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Videos • About Johnny's Selected Seeds
Why Johnny's
Why Johnny's?
Learn about the work we do to help you achieve success, and how your success makes all our work worthwhile!
Customer Service
Customer Service at Johnny's
The story behind Johnny's award-winning customer service — from our small diversified farmer and avid home gardener customers, together with call center, research, and quality assurance staff.
Why Johnny's
Plant Breeding at Johnny's Selected Seeds
Learn how our classical plant breeding team brings award-winning vegetable varieties to life at Johnny's Selected Seeds.
Organic Cherry Bomb Tomato
The Story of 'Cherry Bomb,' Our JSS-Bred Cherry X Grape
Learn what makes 'Cherry Bomb' so exceptional, a unique combination of exceptional appearance and flavor with late blight resistance and performance for organic field production.
Pruning Greenhouse Tomatoes
How to Prune Greenhouse Tomatoes
Greenhouse vining crop expert Andrew Mefferd provides instructions and tips on greenhouse tomatoes, including how to prune your greenhouse tomato plants and why pruning is worthwhile.
Build a Bouquet
Build a Bouquet
Tutorial with Johnny's Flower Product Manager, Hillary Alger, on building a professional-quality bouquet.
Beneficial Insects
Beneficial Insects
Johnny's Education Coordinator, Eric Venturini, gives an overview of strategies to enhance, protect, and support beneficial insects.
About Johnny's
About Johnny's Selected Seeds
An overview of Johnny's philosophy and history, featuring agrarian elders Rob Johnston, Jr. and Eliot Coleman, our customers and employees.
Virtual Greenhouse Tour
Take a Virtual Tour of Our Trialing Greenhouses
Senior Trial Technician and vining crops expert Andrew Mefferd leads a virtual tour of our greenhouse trials — come take a peek at just some of what we've got growing here at Johnny's Research Farm!
About Pelleted Seed
About Our Seed :: Pelleted Seed
Johnny's Product Technician Lindsay Spigel provides an overview on pelleted seeds and discusses some key advantages.
Clementine Cocktail Tomato
Introducing 'Clementine,' Our Tangerine Cocktail Tomato
Emily Haga, Tomato and Lettuce Breeder, on the unique flavor and the color, size, shape, and texture of this crack-resistant, sweet-tart tomato — bred by Johnny's and certified-organic!
Pollinating Peppers
Classical Plant Breeding Technique :: Hand-Pollinating Peppers at Johnny's Research Farm
A demonstration of the hand-pollination technique employed in our traditional pepper breeding program at Johnny's Research Farm.
Washington Cherry Tomatoes
Johnny's Seed Production :: Processing 'Washington' Cherry Tomatoes
Growing tomatoes for fresh eating differs little from growing them for seed. How they're harvested and processed for seed production is entirely different! Here's a step-by-step narrative of our process for producing organic 'Washington' Cherry Tomato seed.
Videos • Johnny's Tools & Supplies
Original Greens Harvester
Greens Harvester Demonstration
Watch this demonstration of our original Greens Harvester model — available in 3 sizes — as well as the key elements of keeping it clean and sharp.
Jang JP1 Clean Seeder
Jang JP1 Clean Seeder :: Anatomy & Use
An introduction to the Jang JP1, an extremely versatile seeder to optimize seeding ease and efficiency, with an overview of Jang JP1 anatomy, accessories, and rollers.
Lower & Lean
Lower & Lean :: An Intro to Greenhouse Rollerhook Trellising
Use the Lower & Lean trellising technique on your vining greenhouse crops to maximize valuable greenhouse real estate. Greenhouse expert Andrew Mefferd demonstrates how, using the Rollerhook trellising tool.
Vacuum Seeder
Precision Vacuum Seeding & Growing Transplants at Sweet Land Farm
Evangeline Sarat from Sweet Land Farm demonstrates how they improved spring seeding efficiency by using the Precision Vacuum Seeder to speed up the process. Courtesy Cornell University Small Farms Program.
Quick Hoops Bender
Using the Quick Hoops Bender
Bend your own high- and low-tunnel hoops. Build season extension structures cost effectively with the Quick Hoops™ Bender. Available in 4 sizes.
Laying Row Cover
Benefits of Using Row Cover
Use these spun polypropylene covers to protect crops from cold and pests. Available in 6 thicknesses and dozens of sizes.
Pinpoint Seeder
Using the 4-Row Pinpoint Seeder
The tool choice for greenhouse planting. Plants 4 rows that are 2-¼" apart; or, plants 2 rows that are 4-½" or 6-¾" apart. Comes with 4 seed-hole sizes.
6-Row Seeder
Using the 6-Row Seeder
Up to 6 rows can be planted at once, with 2-¼" spacing between rows. A roller in front firms and levels the soil.
Soil-Block Makers
Using Soil-Block Makers
Make your own seed-starting blocks to encourage vigorous root development.
Long-Handled Tools
Johnny's Long-Handled Tools
Years of research have gone into the design of Johnny's durable, commercial-grade trapezoid hoes, collinear hoes, stirrup hoes, cultivators, and wire weeders.
Harvest Knives
Johnny's Knives & Cutting Tools
High-quality knives and machetes enable you to harvest your crops much more quickly and cleanly.
Broadfork Demo
Using Johnny's Broadforks
Deeply aerate the soil without disturbing the soil structure, using these European-designed tools, developed by Eliot Coleman.
Collinear Hoe
Using the Collinear Hoe
Johnny's tool consultant and author Eliot Coleman demonstrates the collinear hoe. This handy gardening tool makes elimination of weeds quick and enjoyable. Available in 2 sizes, including a version with a replacement blade.
Duratool Taper
Duratool Crop Support System Demo
The Duratool Taper System (formerly known as the "Ty'mup") makes securing plants to supports quick and convenient. Perfect for tomatoes, peppers, and any other trellised crops.
Flame Weeder
Using the Red Dragon Backpack Flame Weeder
Burn weeds out of your soil at the wave of a wand. It is perfect for creating stale planting beds and spot weed control without herbicides.
Tub Trugs
Using TubTrugs®
Flexible, lightweight, food-grade polyethylene tubs make great harvesting containers and much more. Available in 3 sizes and 3 colors.
Using the Tilther
Lightweight tiller, designed to create perfect tilth within the top 2" of your bed by mixing in compost and fertilizer, while chopping up the roots of the previous crop. Conceptualized by Eliot Coleman and used extensively on his farm, after one quick pass with the tilther, the bed is ready for the next planting.
Hatfield Transplanter
Using the Hatfield Transplanter
Transplant from a standing position. Saves time and your back! Works best with 2 people. One person operates the tool, another handles the transplants.
Jab Planter
Using the Easy-Plant Jab-Type Planter
A hand planter for corn, beans, squash, pumpkins, melons, cucumbers, and sunflowers, on open ground or through plastic mulch.
Earthway Seeder
Using the EarthWay Seeder
Designed for the small-scale market grower and large-scale home gardener. Fast and easy to operate; furrows, plants, covers seeds, and marks the next row, all in one pass.
Glaser Hoe
Using the Glaser Wheel Hoe
Fast, quality weed control between rows. Swiss-made hoe has a multitude of optional attachments available separately.
Videos • Instructional
Pruning Cucumbers
Cucumbers :: Pruning Your Trellised Vines
Pruning the lateral growth points between the leaf, tendril, and developing fruit of trellised cucumber plants encourages upward growth and maximal yield.
Edible Flowers
Edible Flowers
Many flower blossoms are edible, and make excellent garnishes and decorations. Grow your own assortment with Johnny's Edible Flower Collection.
Greenhouse Eggplants
Greenhouse Eggplants :: Johnny's Select Varieties
Take a look at Johnny's selection of greenhouse eggplants — bred, trialed, and selected expressly for exceptional performance, quality, and yield under protected-culture conditions..
Greenhouse Peppers
Greenhouse Peppers :: Johnny's Select Varieties
Learn about Johnny's selection of greenhouse peppers and the key features we look for when selecting peppers for top performance in protected-culture environments.
Grafting Greenhouse Tomatoes
Greenhouse Tomatoes :: Grafting Overview
Get instruction on how to graft tomato plants using grafting clips and a razor blade in this 20-minute video by the University of Vermont Extension.
Pruning Greenhouse Tomatoes
Greenhouse Tomatoes :: How & Why to Prune
Pruning greenhouse tomato plants is worthwhile to balance vegetative versus reproductive output and minimize conditions that favor disease. Andrew Mefferd, Johnny's expert in fruiting greenhouse crops, demonstrates this quick and simple technique and explains the benefits.
Herb Disks
Herb Disks :: Planting Tips
Quick, reliable, and convenient, Johnny's herb disks make it easy to grow herbs successfully. Nine types of herbs available.
Salanova Lettuce
Lettuce :: Ideas for Growing, Preparing, & Marketing Salanova®
Salanova is a "one-cut" cored-head lettuce, with yields in our trials 42% greater than direct-seeded baby leaf lettuce. The heads are densely packed with single leaves that are baby-leaf sized. You create the salad by making one cut near the base of the head.
Charentais-Type French Melons
Learn from Johnny's melon expert, Steve Bellavia, how to quickly and easily tell when your Charentais-type melons are ready to be harvested.
Galia-Type Tropical Melons
Melons :: Harvesting Galia-Type Tropical Melons
We are often asked by melon growers how to tell when the fruit is ready for harvest. Steve Bellavia, Johnny's R&D melon expert, show how to tell when your tropical Galia-type melons are just right for slipping off the vine.
Lambkin Piel de Sapo Melon
Melons :: Harvesting 'Lambkin' Piel de Sapo Melon
'Lambkin' is a Piel de Sapo variety, a newer, earlier cultivar of the type known as Santa Claus or Christmas melons. Here's what to look for as it approaches ripe-and-readiness, with a couple harvesting options to suit your preferences.
Lilly Crenshaw Melon
Melons :: Harvesting 'Lilly' Crenshaw Melon
'Lilly' is a Crenshaw melon best harvested at the stage known as forced-slip. 'Lilly' is characteristically much earlier than most other Crenshaw varieties. Melon expert Steve Bellavia, of Johnny's R&D, demonstrates how to easily tell your 'Lilly' is ready for plucking, to ensure its distinctive sweet-spicy flavor is enjoyed at its peak.
Sapomiel Piel de Sapo Melon
Melons :: Harvesting 'Sapomiel' Piel de Sapo Melon
'Sapomiel' is a large, sweetly aromatic Piel de Sapo melon, a type also known as Santa Claus or Christmas melons. Johnny's R&D melon expert Steve Bellavia shows how to tell when it's just the right time to cut 'Sapomiel' Piel de Sapo melon fruits from the vine.
Sun Jewel Melon Harvest
Melons :: Harvesting 'Sun Jewel' Elongated Specialty Melon
'Sun Jewel' is an oblong melon of Korean origin, with yellow skin and crisp white flesh with a delicate, unusual flavor all its own. To be sure its subtle flavor is fully enjoyed, melon expert Steve Bellavia of Johnny's Research team details signs of ripeness and slipping your specialty 'Sun Jewels' off the vine.
Seeding Your Micro Greens
MicroGreens :: Seeding Tips
Johnny's Micro Greens expert Steve Rodrigue provides some pointers to ensure you are seeding your micro greens for optimal efficiency, health, and yield. View closeups of our popular, easy-to-grow Mild Micro Mix and Spicy Micro Mix.
About Hoophouses
Season Extension :: Intro to Hoophouse Advantages & Options
Hoophouses allow you to extend your growing season before the last frost and after the first frost by providing a naturally warm shelter for plants.
Season Extension / Overwintering Trials
Season Extension & Overwintering Trials at Johnny's Research Farm
Johnny's Trials Technician Steve Rodrigue reviews our recent season extension and overwintering trials, conducted here in Central Maine at Johnny's Research Farm, and discusses a number of exceptional winter-hardy varieties available from Johnny's Selected Seeds.
Summer Squash Blossoms
Summer Squash :: Best Varieties for Edible Blossom Production
Summer squash expert Julius Koenig of Johnny's Research team shares some tips and recommendations for edible squash blossom production.
Zephyr Summer Squash
Summer Squash :: When & How to Harvest 'Zephyr'
Yellow at the stem end, pale green at the blossom end! Learn to recognize when and how to harvest this distinctively patterned, delicious and productive summer squash for optimal flavor and texture, from the experts at Johnny's Research Farm.
Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes :: Slip Planting Instructions
Sweet potatoes are easy to grow and highly nutritious. Using black plastic helps warm the soil and will get your slips off to a good start.
Side-grafting Tomatoes
Tomatoes :: Side-Grafting
Johnny's greenhouse tomato expert, Andrew Mefferd gives a step-by-step tutorial on side-grafting tomato plants, with straightforward tips for best technique and optimal outcome.
Pruning Tomatoes
Tomatoes :: Pruning Indeterminate Types in the Field
Increase fruit yield and lessen disease pressure by pruning your field-grown indeterminate tomato plants. It's easy! Learn how to prune.
Videos • Pest & Disease Control
Distributing Ladybugs
Distributing Ladybugs in a Screened Greenhouse
Watch a demonstration of how we distribute ladybugs at our Research Farm in Maine in this short tutorial.
ID Late Blight
Identifying Late Blight
Late blight (Phytophthora infestans) occurs commonly each year in many places around the US and world. Learn how to identify late blight in your garden.
Control Late Blight
Controlling Late Blight
Suggestions for preventing, controlling, and managing late blight with copper fungicides and other methods.
Tomato Hornworms
Controlling Tomato Hornworms
The hornworm is a large caterpillar that eats many parts of the tomato plant. Learn how to prevent these pests from devastating your crops.
Cucumber Beetles
Treating Cucurbits with Surround | Controlling Cucumber Beetles
Learn how to treat cucurbits (plants that are members of the cucumber, squash, and pumpkin family) with organic pesticides to keep beetles at bay.

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