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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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' 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' 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' 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' 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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™.
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.