Bee Gardens: Cultivating Pollinator Paradises

Bee Gardens: Cultivating Pollinator Paradises

A bee garden featuring wildflowers, native grasses, and herbs serves as a biodiverse haven for nurturing bee populations. Nectar-rich wildflowers like bloodroot and Virginia bluebells offer a colorful feast for bees, while herbs like sage, thyme, and oregano also provide abundant nectar and pollen for these vital pollinators. Interspersed among them, native grasses like little bluestem and switchgrass provide essential habitat and nesting sites. Together, these elements create a thriving ecosystem where bees flourish, pollinating crops and wild plants alike. Remarkably, a single bee lawn in Minneapolis, featuring a mix of flowers, was found to attract over 50 species of bees. And, […]

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8 Unusual Fruits To Grow

8 Unusual Fruits To Grow

What’s your favorite fruit? This question suggests apples, grapes, oranges for many of us, but how about Goumi or Jostaberry? Jung offers an assortment of popular and lesser-known fruits. While some of these are less common, their unique qualities make them a tasty and low-maintenance addition to the landscape. Let’s dive in! Currant Currants are like gooseberries, with many of the same growing requirements and uses. And while they’re self-fruitful, 3 to 4 plants are ideal for a family. You can grow red, black, or white currants. Still, red is the most popular for gardeners, especially ‘Red Lake.’ Black currants […]

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How To Create A Pizza Garden

How To Create A Pizza Garden

Happy National Pizza Day! Each year on February 9th, the United States celebrates our love of pizza. According to National Today’s pizza survey, over 57% of Americans love pizza and 30% eat pizza at least once a week. There are many ways to celebrate this delicious food including creating and growing your own pizza garden. Select Your Favorite Pizza Toppings Pizza preferences vary widely among individuals. While some delight in the savory combination of mushrooms and peppers, others find solace in the comforting familiarity of tomato and garlic. The first step to creating a pizza garden begins with selecting the […]

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How to Introduce Youth to Gardening

How to Introduce Youth to Gardening

Cultivating plants can help enhance the long-term health of elementary school kids, by teaching youngsters the origin of their food and how to grow it according to an education initiative and program called Texas Sprouts. Exposure to outdoor gardening, nutrition information, and cooking classes resulted in a lower probability of pre-diabetic and diabetic conditions. By teaching kids how to grow and prepare their veggies, their intake of healthy greens is increased. Introducing children to gardening has many positive effects – encouraging healthier habits and better lifestyles, as well as health improvement, lower obesity rates, and the prevention of chronic diseases. Here are simple […]

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New 2024 Spring Garden Catalog Review

New 2024 Spring Garden Catalog Review

The arrival of Jung Seed’s Spring Catalog for 2024 is exciting news for avid gardeners. It is an opportunity to explore new varieties and rediscover old favorites, whether one is gearing up for the spring garden or planning ahead for the summer. The catalog is a treasure trove of inspiration for everyone. As we immerse ourselves in the beauty of nature’s cycles, it is wonderful to have resources like Jung Seed to accompany us on our gardening journey. Do you have any specific plants or varieties from the catalog that caught your eye for this upcoming season? Annuals Annual plants […]

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7 Environmental Factors To Consider With Gardening

7 Environmental Factors To Consider With Gardening

As you look at plants in the nursery or online, you’ll probably notice a reference to growing or USDA zones. An example is Summer Crush® Hydrangea, which lists a growing zone of 4-9. Hardiness Zone Map These numbers are based on a map created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help gardeners determine the type of plants likely to thrive in different locations. The zones on the map show the average minimum winter temperatures for a given area. For example, Zone 6 includes areas where the average lowest temperature in winter goes down to -10°F. A few cities in […]

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Preparing for Winter: Simple Ways to Provide for Backyard Birds

Preparing for Winter: Simple Ways to Provide for Backyard Birds

Birds use a variety of adaptations for surviving in cold climates, including fluffing their feathers, roosting and cuddling, tucking their feet and bills, and even shivering to stay warm, according to Tina Shaw for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. With that in mind, however, there are a variety of ways in which you can proactively protect, support, and provide for backyard birds throughout the winter months. From the value of effective shelter to providing adequate nutrition and beyond, properly preparing your backyard can be made simple. Preparing Adequate Shelter Providing shelter for backyard birds is a simple and effective way to […]

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Garden Trends: Color of the Year 2024

Garden Trends: Color of the Year 2024

As you embark on the journey of planning your garden for the upcoming year, explore the plethora of new offerings at Jung Seed. With an array of choices at your fingertips, the task of selection may seem daunting. A strategic approach to finding inspiration could involve aligning your choices with the Color of the Year. For 2024, Pantone has chosen Peach Fuzz 13-1023 as the hue of choice. To streamline your decision-making process, we’ve curated a selection of our favorite plants inspired by this captivating shade. Anne Fall Bearing Raspberry Anne Fall is the largest, best-tasting, highest-quality yellow raspberry. The […]

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10 Colorful Perennials For Your Spring Garden

10 Colorful Perennials For Your Spring Garden

While winter is just beginning, spring will be here soon, and we will be eager to fill our gardens and patios with colorful blooms. Perennials have the advantage of being low maintenance and coming back each year to become a long-term addition to your landscape. If that is not enough, some of them show off their blooms in spring, making them a fine addition to your collection of spring-blooming plants. Here are a few spring-blooming perennials to consider for your garden.  Alexander’s Great Brunnera This underused perennial has much to offer in the garden with its attractive silver foliage from […]

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Planning Your 2024 Vegetable Garden

Planning Your 2024 Vegetable Garden

Where do I begin? We often hear this question from gardeners looking to grow vegetables for the first time. And with so much information at our fingertips, the process can feel overwhelming. Let’s take a few moments and explore the general steps to creating your first veggie garden. What Should I Grow In My Vegetable Garden? Create A Vegetable Favorites List When I began vegetable gardening, I had a long list of things to grow, and the real challenge was knowing what I should grow with my limited space and experience. As you start planning, begin with a list of […]

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