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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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' 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.
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' 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.
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.