Friday, September 27, 2013

Create Tunnel Hoops Quickly & Easily





Extend the growing season for cold-hardy crops with a very late season harvest, or overwinter them for earliest possible spring harvest. 

Benders allow you to do this by creating low tunnel hoops out of galvanized electrical conduit. 


Friday, September 20, 2013

A Word From Johnny's International Sales Department


Johnny's knowledgeable commercial sales team offers region-specific, year-round support to commercial customers. Our territory representatives offer information, resources, and assistance with:
Carmen Pepper
  • Crop Planning
  • Variety Selection
  • Trend Awareness
  • Regional Expertise

 We turned to our commercial sales team to offer their insight and expertise on the Blog. Our first commercial sales team post comes from Johnny’s International Sales Representative, Anthony Stevenson. Here’s a little background information on Anthony:

Anthony joined Johnny's International Sales Department in 2007. Anthony holds a Masters in Business Administration and is fluent in Spanish. He is the Territory Sales Representative for all countries excluding the United States and Canada. Anthony works to ensure his customers' success from garden to market by staying up-to-date with gardening techniques, culinary trends, and technical growing knowledge. Every spring he looks forward to starting his own garden — something he has done nearly every year since childhood.

Below, Anthony speaks to the various uses of Peppers throughout his sales territory:

A seed is only the beginning.  Tastes evolve, preferences change, and vegetables can have “a moment.”  In the fall, gardens are anticipated.  In the winter, they get planned.  In the spring, they are prepped and two, even three seasons of enjoyable labor yield a harvest that brings pride and a sense of accomplishment.  But in the beginning, all you have is the seed. 

Johnny’s has always been proud to supply our customers with seeds from our own award-winning breeding program.  My favorite vegetable is the pepper, and Johnny’s has bred many unique and delicious varieties.

Peppers are a very regional crop.  For example, what is grown in the American southwest and in northern Mexico is incredibly different from what is grown in Southeast Asia.  The good thing is that both types are fantastic and their differences should be embraced.

Italian corno di toro types like Carmen are sweet and can be eaten right off the vine or lightly fried or roasted.  Anaheim chilies like Highlander are used in the wonderful Mexican dish, Chiles Rellenos.  Serranos and Cayenne chilies like Red Flame bring a tolerable amount of heat to a dish.  But peppers don’t have to be eaten fresh.  A dried Poblano is an Ancho.  A dried Jalapeno is a Chipotle.  They can be dried and then pulverized or they can be pickled.  Peppers are diverse; with a myriad of different uses.

Gardening should be fun.  Go out and get some pepper seeds and have fun with them.  You won’t be disappointed.
Highlander Pepper


To contact Anthony, you can reach him via email at: astevenson@johnnyseeds.com, or Toll-Free at: 877-564-6697, ext. 5310.
Otherwise, for general inquiries about Johnny's Commercial Sales, email service@johnnyseeds.com and we will get back to you shortly.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Farm Seed: An Essential Component of Every Sustainable Farm

Farm seed is a strategic investment in the land that pays long-term dividends in the form of greater productivity and sustainability. Rich with potential for diverse applications, farm seed and cover crops control erosion, add organic matter, conserve moisture, and support soil and watershed ecology.

Johnny's offers a range of select cover crops and farm seed for every practical application. Of the many ways to incorporate farm seed into your operation, below are some of the top uses:


You can see all of our Recommended Farm Seed Uses at Johnnyseeds.com >>>

 
To further clarify which Farm Seed would work best for your operation, you can refer to the chart below:

Click the chart to see a larger version at Johnnyseeds.com

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Creating Custom Micro Greens Mixes

Micro Greens  are an ideal, year-round opportunity for market growers. The start-up costs are low, they are relatively easy to grow, and most can be harvested within 2-3 weeks.

Johnny's first listed Micro Greens in 2001.
 
If you've previously grown Micros, you may be wondering how to create your own custom Micro Greens Mix. First, start with varieties of varying colors, flavors, and textures. Once you’ve done this, we suggest you try one of these two methods:

-Mix equal or varying quantities of seed from 5-6 varieties of similar growth rates before sowing.
     

-Grow the individual components and then blend together once harvested. This allows for varieties of different growth rates to be seeded on separate days so that they will be ready for harvest at the same time.

When creating your custom mix, be sure to keep detailed records of varieties, seeding dates, and the percentages of each component used to ensure that once an interesting mix has been discovered it can
be easily recreated.

Micro Greens on display

 

See our selection of Micro Greens at Johnnyseeds.com >>>



To learn more about Micro Greens Production, visit our informative web page >>>



Not sure which varieties to start with? Here are the Top Picks from Johnny's Research Team for the Beginning Micro Greens Grower >>>





Do you currently grow Micro Greens? If so, let us know which varieties are your customers' favorites!  


If they are are something you're considering adding to your operation's offerings, let us know of any questions you have by leaving a comment under this Blog post. We will be sure to get back to you as soon as we can.