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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.

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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traeger grill sale

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!

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