Archive for December, 2018

Planting Potatoes, Onions and Other Cool Weather Vegetables

Saturday, December 29th, 2018

PotatoesInDirtOnion sets and seed potatoes arrive mid-January at J&N Feed and Seed. Planting potatoes and onions are at the top of everyone’s gardening list this time of year. As everyone in North Texas knows, our late January and February weather can be a gamble— temps can be spring-like one day and fall below freezing the next.  But, the weather extremes should not deter gardeners from planting during these months.  Potatoes are top of the list for planting this time of year.

Other good go-to cold weather vegetables are root produce such as turnips, beets, and carrots as well as hardy leafy greens like spinach, cabbage, kale, and chard. Bulb veggies (onions and garlic), as well as asparagus crowns, can also be planted at this time.

Preparing and Planting Potatoes 

When purchasing seed potatoes, look for certified seed potatoes. These are seeding potatoes which have not been treated with growth retardants to prevent sprouting. Conventional potatoes in grocery markets are typically treated with retardants.

After you have planned and prepared a garden spot with well-drained, loose soil, the seed potatoes can be prepped for planting:

Cut each seed potato into quarters (sulfur dust can be applied to the fresh cut ends) and let the potato quarters set out overnight or longer until cut sides callus over.  Seed potato quarters are then ready to plant— for a good rule of thumb, potato quarters should be planted 3” to 4” deep and spaced 12” to 15” apart. To provide plants plenty of growing room, make sure rows are spaced 24” to 36” apart.

Caring for Potato Plants

Potatoes need consistent moisture, so water regularly when tubers start to form.  Before the potato plants bloom, hilling should be done when the plant is about 6 inches tall. Hoe the dirt up around the base of the plant in order to cover the root as well as to support the plant. Bury the plant base in loose soil. Hilling will keep the potato plants from getting sunburned, in which case they turn green and will taste bitter.  You will need to hill potatoes every couple of weeks to protect your crop.

When the potato plants have bloomed, new potatoes are ready for harvest.  For larger potatoes, harvest only after plant tops have fallen over. For more information on planting seed potatoes, visit the Texas A&M website.

Other Cool Weather Vegetable Plantings

Lettuce, spinach, and cabbage can be planted at this time either by seeds or plant starts. For reference, these vegetables can be planted in February with seed or starter plants.

Stop by J&N for your seed potatoes, onion sets, and other cool weather vegetables.

 

January Garden Tips

Saturday, December 29th, 2018

January Garden Tips

It may be chilly outside at this time of the year, but winter is a perfect time for a number of outdoor chores. Just consider how much better outdoor chores like soil preparation, planting, transplanting, and pruning can be done without toiling in hot summer temperatures.

January Garden If you need to move a plant to a different spot in the landscape, this is the month to accomplish this job. Most plants move best when they are fully dormant as a result of prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. Remove some of the top growth to compensate for the inevitable loss of some of the roots. Once the plant is moved, water thoroughly, apply root stimulator, and a few inches of mulch over the root area.

January is a great month to accomplish pruning of fruit trees. Annual pruning keeps the harvest within reach, thins crowded branches, allowing more light to penetrate developing fruit and stimulates new growth for next year’s crop. Shade trees can also be pruned at this time.

Fruit trees and vines can be planted at this time as the ground usually does not freeze here in north Texas. You can also prepare the soil for new flower, rose or shrub beds by mixing plenty of organic material like compost or a flower or shrub mix. This way the soil is ready for immediate planting when temperatures get a little warmer.

Fertilize pansies to keep them actively growing. Houseplants can be fertilized with reduced rates of water-soluble fertilizer this month. Do not over-water your houseplants.

Birds of all kinds appreciate a constant source of seed, suet and water during the winter and you will enjoy the activity they create in your backyard. Just remember once you start feeding, you should keep it up through the winter.

7 Plants That Need Winter Pruning

Friday, December 14th, 2018

Between now and mid-February Texas winter pruninggardeners should begin winter pruning.  Neal Sperry offers this list of plants that should be pruned during this time of year.

  • Shade trees:  remove damaged or dead branches (pruning sealant only on oak cuts). All cuts should be flush with the branch collar on the trunk.
  • Evergreen shrubs: prune to maintain natural growth form of your evergreen shrubs.
  • Peach and plum trees:  prune to remove the vertical growth and keep plants low and from spreading.
  • Grapes: for those that grow grapes, remove as much as 80 to 85 percent of cane growth.
  • Summer-flowering shrubs and vines: prune damaged or excessive branches. Do not top your crape myrtle plants.
  • Prune dead stems and leaves from perennials to tidy up your garden beds.
  • Prune freeze-damaged stems from plants hurt by December cold. (Could include gardenias, oleanders, bottlebrush, pittosporum, depending on where you live in Texas.)

Spend the time now to prune and care for your trees and plants, it will pay off in the spring.  Looking for garden supplies?  Come visit our store!

Raise A Winner With Sunglo Hog Feeds

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Pick up Sunglo Hog Feeds 18G and 16G at J&N Feed and Seed. Sunglo Hog Feeds combine an ideal balance of carbohydrates, amino acids, innovative ingredients, active nutrient supply and show micronutrients to help unlock your animal’s potential and maximize their show performance.

18-G WITH OATS
Feed after Show Sector to promote growth and muscle development in show pigs. 18 G-line Meal Feed can be positioned across a wide range of genetics to promote optimal growth, muscling and condition. Designed for pigs 75 lbs and up.

16-G WITH OATS
Designed to add condition to pigs that are harder in their appearance. 16 G-line Meal Feed is the feed of choice for tighter made pigs that need added body and finish. Designed to be fed after 18 G-Line Meal Feed or Show Sector 2 Complete as the sole ration for pigs weighing 150 lb. to market to encourage growth in rib and body.

Features & Benefits of Sunglo 18G & 16G

Ideal carbohydrate balance: Improves showpig performance due to a better gut environment from ideal balance of starch, sugar, and fiber from start to finish. Keeps your pigs on feed, on schedule and performing their best with superior energy metabolism, gut condition, stool consistency and more.

Ideal Amino Acid balance: Supports the immense muscle mass in showpigs by providing enhanced amino acid levels, including digestible lysine and five other important amino acids ratio to lysine, all balanced to support lean growth.

Innovative ingredients: Improves feed intake and performance. Tightened formulation designs – in combination with ongoing world-class research – set a new industry standard for keeping your showpigs at the head of their class.

Active Nutrient Supply: Nourishes show pigs through elevated nutrients, enhanced nutrient availability and superior balance for unprecedented performance in showpigs at every stage.

Show Micronutrients: Supports strong bone growth and immense muscle mass in superior show pigs from start to finish, including vitamins like vitamin E, vitamin D, and biotin and minerals like digestible phosphorus, potassium, chromium, and zinc. All balanced to maximize show pig performance.

Vortex Optics Razor AMG Holographic Sight

Friday, November 30th, 2018
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vortex optics razorGive the gift of sight this holiday season! The Vortex Optics Razor AMG Holographic Sight is just $399.00 (reg. $499) through December 31, 2018, at J&N Feed.  The Vortex Razor AMG Holographic Sight would look really nice under the tree this Christmas. Stop by and pick one up today.

The Vortex Razor AMG 1x Holo Red Dot Sight is a must have for any serious shooter, whether you’re on a critical tactical mission, hunting that trophy buck, or competing for the top prize.  The Vortex Razor AMG UH-1 Tactical Red Dot Scope has holographic elements for a remarkable sight picture and all sensitive components are safely tucked into the base of the sight for increased reliability and durability. Mount the Vortex Razor UH-1 XR Plus Red Dot Sight on your favorite firearm and shoot with accuracy shot after shot.

J&N Feed and Seed is your source for Vortex Optics in Graham, Texas. Shop our vast selection of Vortex rifle scopes lines including the Viper, Diamondback and Crossfire. We also stock Strike Fire Red Dots, Spitfire Prism Scopes and a large selection of binoculars. All Vortex products come with the Vortex VIP Warranty. Unlimited. Unconditional. Lifetime.

Traeger Grill Sale 10% off In-Stock Grills

Thursday, November 29th, 2018
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Looking at a new grill for Christmas? Stop by our Traeger Grill Sale at J&N Feed and Seed, going on now through December 31, 2018. Take 10% off all Traeger Grills* just in time for holiday shopping!

J&N Feed and Seed in Graham is your local dealer for Traeger Grills and Traeger wood pellets. Be it smoking, grilling, wood-fired convection oven, or BBQ, the Traeger Grill can satisfy all your grilling needs.

Simple and safe to operate, Traeger’s draft induction technology offers continuous convection cooking to ensure even heat distribution. The results are perfectly cooked food every time, with no flare-ups, no burnt food, and no hassles.

All you do is plug in and play! Can’t get any easier than that! Traegers require only a standard 110V household current. After an initial 300 watt heat up of the wood pellets, the grill uses the equivalent of a 50 watt light bulb, making the Traeger Pellet Grill one of the most energy-efficient grills on the market today. Using Traeger’s specially formulated natural hardwood pellets, food has a rich flavor unmatched by charcoal, gas grills and smokers. Pellets come in a variety of woods, too— your grilling experience is only limited by your imagination.

Stop by J&N Feed and Seed in Graham and our team will happily show you our selection of Traeger Pellet Grills and accessories. We’ll get you up and grilling in no time— for many years to come!

*10% off  Traeger Grill Sale applies to grills only and valid December 1 through December 31, 2018. Wood pellets and accessories excluded from sale. 

Case Knives 10% off in December

Thursday, November 29th, 2018
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Case KnivesCase Knives are 10% off in December at J&N Feed and Seed! Get Dad what he really wants for Christmas this year!

J&N Feed and Seed is your official dealer of Case Knives.  Case knives are premium pocket knives hand-crafted with care. When you purchase a Case pocket knife, you are investing in more than just a name, you are buying quality.

What makes a Case® knife different?

Made In The U.S.A. Since 1889 every Case Knife is made with pride in the United States.

Hand-Crafted. Every knife is handcrafted by the most skilled artisans and cutlers in the business.

160 steps. Each knife takes over 160 manufacturing processes to complete.

Tradition. Case knives are cherished possessions passed down through generations and hand crafted to stand the test of time.

Tested XX. A symbol of Case’s commitment to quality which can be traced back to the early days when blades were tempered and tested not just once (X), but twice (XX).

Collectable. 19,000 plus members of the Case Collectors Club attest to the fact that Case knives are the most collected knives in the world.

Natural Handles. Case stretches to the far corners of the earth to find the finest natural handle materials available.

Premium Knives. Case is dedicated to making the everyday tool into a valuable treasure for discerning men and women who want more than just a knife.

Experience. Case has been making pocketknives since 1889. With over a century of experience, we know how to make a premium pocketknife.

Whether you are looking for a small or large knives for a variety of uses, J&N Feed and Seed is your best source in Young County  for quality knives. Visit us today— our knowledgeable staff can help you select the best knife product for you.

To learn more about our wide selection of knives, please click here to visit our contact page. We are more than happy to answer your questions!

Holiday Hours at J&N Feed and Seed

Friday, November 16th, 2018
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from J&N Feed and Seed.  Please make note of our holiday hours!

  • Christmas Eve, December 24th – Closed
  • Christmas Day, December 25th – Closed
  • New Year’s Eve, December 31st – Closing at Noon
  • New Year’s Day, January 1st – Closed

J&N Feed and Seed wishes you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year filled with much happiness and prosperity.  At J&N, we value our customers many of which we call friends.  We’re a family-owned business from Graham, Texas. We’re from, here, raised our kids here and continue to call this great townhome. We look forward to seeing you in the coming year!

 

6th Annual Holiday Shopping Spree Shop Graham First

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
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Shop Graham First Holiday Shopping SpreeThe 6th Annual Shop Graham First Holiday Shopping Spree event is here! Have you heard of this great program called Holiday Shopping Spree right here in Graham?   Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and Shop Graham First, Holiday Shopping Spree encourages patronage to local stores and businesses in Graham.  This year the contest runs November 4th through December 7th and has over $3,000 in prizes up for grabs, with LIVE, WEEKLY DRAWINGS.

J&N Feed & Seed is a participating retailer.  Stop by and pick up your Holiday Shopping Spree card today and start shopping in Graham!

Here’s how it works:

  • Each week, merchants will receive a new batch of color-coded cards.
  • For every $25 spent, the customer will receive a stamped card.
  • Each week’s cards are clearly marketed for the appropriate week.
  • contest starts over every week with a different colored card.

Shoppers are responsible for turning in cards to the Chamber of Commerce by 5 pm each Thursday of the contest period.

J&N Feed and Seed is a proud member of the Graham Chamber of Commerce and a proud participant of the 6th Annual Shop Graham First Holiday Shopping Spree. Questions? Contact the Graham Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

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