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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 Selected Seeds
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.
Trialing at Johnny's
Trialing at Johnny's Selected Seeds
Nothing goes in our catalog or out our door until it's been rigorously field-tested or trialed at Johnny's Research Farm in Albion, Maine or at one of our farmer–cooperators throughout the country.
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.
About Pelleted Seed
About Our Pelleted Seed
Johnny's Product Technician Lindsay Spigel provides an overview on pelleted seeds and discusses some key advantages.
Beneficial Insects
Beneficial Insects • Strategies to Protect & Enhance Populations
Johnny's Education Coordinator, Eric Venturini, gives an overview of strategies to enhance, protect, and support beneficial insect communities.
Calvin Lamborn on Pea Breeding
Calvin Lamborn on Pea Breeding • Father of the Modern Snap Pea
The work of Dr. Lamborn has brought us improvements in pea breeding rangingi from exquisite flavor and appearance to increased disease resistance, higher yields, smaller pods for efficient processing, and ease of picking for field workers.
Organic Cherry Bomb Tomato
Breeding 'Cherry Bomb,' Our Cherry x Grape Tomato
Learn what makes 'Cherry Bomb' so exceptional: appearance and flavor combined with late blight resistance and performance, for organic field production.
Clementine Cocktail Tomato
Breeding '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
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
Seed Production at Johnny's • Certified-Organic Washington' Cherry Tomatoes
While growing tomatoes for fresh eating differs little from growing them for seed, how they're harvested and processed for seed production is entirely different! Watch how we produce organic 'Washington' Cherry Tomato seed.
Micro Greens Yield Trial
Trialing • Johnny's Micro Greens Yield Trial
A look at our recent Micro Greens trial, with guidance on determining how much seed to plant, turnaround time, and projected yield.
Virtual Greenhouse Tour
Trialing • Take a Virtual Tour of Our Greenhouse Trials
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!
Build a Bouquet
Recipe • Miso-Glazed Kabocha Squash
Johnny's Vegetable Product Manager, Pete Zuck bakes up the last of our long-storing Kabocha Squash. Quick, easy, and savory-sweet, this is surely one of the most nourishing, delicious ways to celebrate the late-winter transition to spring.
Tool Demonstration VIDEOS
Broadfork Demo
Broadforks • Demo
Deeply aerate the soil without disturbing the soil structure, using these European-designed broadfork tools, developed in partnership with Eliot Coleman.
Collinear Hoe
Collinear Hoes • Demo
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.
CoolBot Installation
CoolBot • Installation
Installation instructions for the 3rd-generation of the CoolBot, a device which provides an economical and energy-efficient way to transform an insulated room into a walk-in cooler to keep your fresh produce at peak flavor and quality. Courtesy of Ron Khosla, CoolBot Inventor!
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 crop.
Easy-Plant Jab Planter
Easy-Plant Jab-Type Planter • Demo
A hand planter for corn, beans, squash, pumpkins, melons, cucumbers, and sunflowers, on open ground or through plastic mulch.
Earthway Seeder
EarthWay Seeder • Demo
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.
Flame Weeder
Flame Weeder • Demo
Burn weeds out of your soil at the wave of a wand. Backpack portability makes this flame weeder perfect for creating stale planting beds and spot weed control without herbicides.
4-Row Pinpoint Seeder
4-Row Pinpoint Seeder • Demo
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.
4-Row Cultivator-Weeder
4-Row Cultivator / Weeder • Demo
The 4-Row Cultivator allows for quick and easy, yet precise cultivation between densely planted rows, and provides an efficient way to keep salad and greens mixes free from weeds during that critical, early-growth stage.
Glaser Wheel Hoe
Glaser Wheel Hoe • Demo
Provides fast, quality weed control between rows. This Swiss-made hoe has a multitude of optional attachments available separately.
Greens Harvester
Greens Harvester • Demo
A demonstration of our original Greens Harvester — available in 3 sizes — as well as the key elements of keeping this highly efficient tool clean and sharp.
Hatfield Transplanter
Hatfield Transplanter • Demo
Transplant from a standing position, to save time — and your back! Works best with 2 people: one person operates the tool while another handles the transplants.
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.
Harvest Knives
Knives & Cutting Tools • Demo
High-quality knives and machetes enable you to harvest your crops much more quickly and cleanly.
Long-Handled Tools
Long-Handled Tools • Demo
Years of research have gone into the design of Johnny's durable, commercial-grade trapezoid hoes, collinear hoes, stirrup hoes, cultivators, and wire weeders.
Manual Mulch Layer
Manual Mulch Layer • Demo
Watch how quickly and efficiently this people-powered tool enables you to lay mulch. Great in small spaces as well as the open field, and fully adjustable for a wide variety of bed widths and mulch sizes.
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
Quick Hoops Bender • Demo
Bend your own high- and low-tunnel hoops. Build season extension structures cost effectively with the Quick Hoops Bender. Available in 4 sizes.
Lower & Lean
Rollerhook® Trellising • The Easy Way to Lower & Lean in the Greenhouse
Greenhouse expert Andrew Mefferd demonstrates how to implement the "Lower & Lean" trellising technique with Rollerhooks and Tomahooks on your vining greenhouse crops to maximize valuable greenhouse real estate.
Laying Row Cover
Row Covers • Differences, Benefits & Applications
Use these spun polypropylene covers to protect crops from cold and pests. Available in 6 thicknesses and dozens of sizes for a range of applications.
Seedbed Roller with Row Markers
Seedbed Roller with Row Markers • Demo
A short clip demonstrating how Row Markers in conjunction with our Seedbed Roller can be used for efficient planting bed preparation.
6-Row Seeder
6-Row Seeder • Demo
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
Soil-Block Maker • Demo
Make your own seed-starting blocks to encourage vigorous root development.
Staple Setter
Staple Setter™ • Demo
The Staple Setter allows you to efficiently drive staples into landscape fabric without bending over — a brief demonstration of this 42" long-handled anchoring tool in action.
Tillie Electric Tiller
Tillie Electric Tiller • Demo
This innovative and versatile tool is driven by a powerful hub motor. Available in several configurations, with accessories that make it convenient and useful for numerous small-scale farmscaping projects.
Tilther Demo
Tilther • Demo
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.
Tine Weeding Rakes
Tine Weeding Rakes • Demo
Johnny's Tine Weeding Rakes come in 3 widths — alter pressure and angle to vary functionality. Clip demonstrates how rapidly removal of thread-stage weeds can be accomplished.
Jack Algiere - Tine Weeding Rake
Tine Weeding Rake • Demo by Jack Algiere
Four Season Farm Director demos the 21" Tine Weeding Rake at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture.
Tub Trugs
TubTrugs®• Demo
Flexible, lightweight, food-grade polyethylene tubs make great harvesting containers and much more. Available in 3 sizes and multiple colors. Convenient collander insert also now available.
Crop & Method Instructional VIDEOS
Eleonora Basil
Basil • 'Eleonora' • Downy Mildew-Resistant Cultivar
Lindsay Spigel of Johnny's R&D team explains how its longer stem internodes and a shallower leaf cup confer 'Eleonora' with intermediate resistance to downy mildew.
Primocane-Fruiting Blackberry
Blackberries • 'Prime-Ark® Freedom'
John R. Clark, PhD, professor of horticulture and fruit breeder introduces 'Prime-Ark Freedom,' the first thornless blackberrry producing exceptionally large, flavorful fruit on first-year canes. Courtesy University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.
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.
Build a Bouquet
Cut Flowers • How to Build a Bouquet
Johnny's Flower Product Manager, Hillary Alger provides simple instructions for building attractive, professional-quality bouquets using focal, spike, and accent flowers that have a range of shapes, sizes, and textures.
Mason Jar Bouquet
Cut Flowers • Mason Jar Bouquet
Filling a Mason jar with seasonal blooms and branches is a favorite weekly ritual here at Johnny's Research Farm. Whether it is blossoms, fruits, herbs, or vegetables, taking a little time to reflect on the season's offering enhances our awareness of time, place, and seasonal rhythms.
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
Eggplants • Johnny's Greenhouse Varieties
Take a look at Johnny's greenhouse eggplants — bred, trialed, and selected expressly for exceptional performance, quality, and yield under protected-culture conditions.
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.
Auvona Open-Heart Romaine
Lettuce • 'Auvona' Open-Heart Romaine
A comparison between leaf shape, dimension, and ease of preparation of the open-heart Romaine lettuce variety 'Auvona' and a traditional Romaine variety.
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
Johnny's melon expert, Steve Bellavia, demonstrates 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 of Johnny's R&D team shows 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.
Micro Greens Production & ROI
Micro Greens • Production Techniques & ROI Analysis
Johnny's grower information specialist and sustainable agriculturist Thomas Macy, with an review of the fundamentals of micro greens production, including some calculations for approximating your return on the investment.
Seeding Your Micro Greens
Micro Greens • 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.
Micro Greens Yield Trial
Micro Greens • Information from Johnny's Yield Trial
A look at our recent Micro Greens trial, with guidance on determining how much seed to plant, turnaround time, and projected yield.
Greenhouse Peppers
Peppers • Johnny's Greenhouse Varieties
Learn about Johnny's selection of greenhouse peppers and the key features we look for when selecting peppers for top performance in a protected-culture environment.
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.
Spacing Sunflower Plantings
Sunflower Production • Planning, Spacing & Sequencing Tips
Tips and recommendations from Johnny's Flower Trialing Technician, Peggy Huff, on designing your sunflower plantings for optimal efficiency, quality, and yield.
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.
Artisan Tomatoes
Tomatoes • The Artisans
Small fruit, superior flavor, and distinctive appearance are the defining characteristics in this line of unique, classically bred tomatoes. Visit our research trialing greenhouse as Andrew Mefferd provides tips on determining when to harvest your Artisan Tomatoes™.
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.
Grafting Greenhouse Tomatoes
Tomato • Side- & Top-Grafting Demo
Get instruction on both side- and top-grafting of tomato plants using grafting clips and a razor blade, as well as key cultural pointers for greenhouse tomato production in this 20-minute video. Courtesy University of Vermont Extension.
Pruning Greenhouse Tomatoes
Tomatoes • Pruning Greenhouse Vines
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.
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.
Pest & Disease Control VIDEOS
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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