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Planting Seeds & Starts - Backyard Abundance part 3

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    • 1.

      Class 3 intro


    • 2.

      Chapter 8 Part 1 Layout & Planting Pole Beans


    • 3.

      Chapter 8 Part 2 Planting Tomatoes, Peppers & Beets


    • 4.

      Chapter 8 Part 3 Planting Potatoes, Carrots, Lettuce & more


    • 5.

      Chapter 8 Part 4 Planting Zucchini, Kale, Chard & herbs


    • 6.

      50 Day Celebration


    • 7.

      60 Day Celebration


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Time to start planting your own micro garden with abundant potential!

In this third class, you’ll get down to business with the seeds and starts for your new garden. We will cover all the tips and tricks to planting a successful garden. This step-by-step class prepares you as a beginner to succeed in your backyard, thanks to Sustainable Stace’s 25 years of personal experience and knowledge.

In this class, you will build key garden foundations, learning how to successfully plant seeds and starts while promoting germination.

As a bonus, you will also see progress and outcomes you can achieve in 50 and 60 day update videos at the end of this class.

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Sustainable Stace

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I hope you are making the most of The Complete Garden System in Backyard Abundance!


Just in case you've not tried out ALL 5 CLASSES, I've summarized each one below along with the FREE link.


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The FREE link to Class 1

* get your garden beds set up, build healthy soil & keep the weeds away


The FREE link to Class 2 

*keep the the pests away, set up drip irrigation & outline your Garden Gameplan


The FREE link to Class 3

*planting seeds & planting starts in harmony


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*make fertilizer, plan you... See full profile

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1. Class 3 intro: so much delicious food can be grown in small spaces. Here's how you can do it yourself. Welcome to backyard abundance. Hello again, guys. Welcome to Class three of five on the backyard Abundance project. This is all about planting. We're done planning. It's time to plant. We've got the beds. We've got the irrigation set up. We know what we want to grow. We've developed our garden game plan. Class three is putting seeds and starts into the ground. And so you're going to discover where you are, what resources you have available to you, what seeds they're going to do best, what starts they're gonna do best. And we're going to get them in the ground today that we can start enjoying what it is that we're gonna be growing. So class three, it's all about planting. Let's get to it. 2. Chapter 8 Part 1 Layout & Planting Pole Beans: all right. Thinking about growing things in this garden now So immediately I brought in a chair because there's something about being in the midst of what's growing. That's just beautiful and relaxing and therapeutic. Yeah. Okay, so it's planting day. I've, ah, gotten us to a point. If you've been following a long chapter by chapter, where we've oriented our space, we've nuked all the grass or weeds with cardboard and chips. We've put in three beds. We've got three lines for dripping in one bed, three lines for dripping in another bed and two lines for dripping in that bed, a total of eight. They reach about four meters long as there's over 30 meter of lines over 100 feet of rose we're gonna plant and in some cases will do two things beside each arose. It could be up to 200 feet of planting, and then because we're doing this garden for a friend, we put together a planting plan, and I've gone you through that, showing you with the compass rose. Which way is south, which is that way? The little dotted lines are the water lines. We've put out everything from pull beings to potatoes that were planning to plant. So with that as a plan about 30 different items to consider, I put together a little sheet of paper with a list of everything I want to grow. And then I did four columns. I've got seeds, I've got starts, I need seeds, I need starts. And then I dug through my stuff. What seeds and starts now have what seeds and starts do they need to go purchase or get from friends. So I've got everything assembled. Now I've got seeds and starts. I've got a watering can to give first water. I've got a whole lot of cardboard which is gonna be going down on each of the beds. Cover and protect as much of the soil is possible. And we'll get in future times talking about caring for the soil and building it through the whole growing seasons that were always putting mawr into the soil than what we're taking out. And then two handy dandy little things for what I'm planting. I've got some lime because my area on the west coast of North America tends to get acidified over time, usually a little bit of lime in the soil when I plant and anything that's a seedling getting started that you're putting in the ground. It's gonna need some traction for its roots to kind of take hold. And so one of the best things is you need some ah, phosphorus, which is bone meal right bone meal. A rock phosphate will give you that. So it's gonna be especially helpful getting the transplants in and also with beats as we plant just seeds and starts and put them in. I'll just talk through each of the things I plant a hand her a temper, too, to go with each ones that it kind of makes sense. What we're doing and why. And again there's no right or wrong on seeds or starts is just time and budget kind of what pace you want to go out. So I've got a mix of both. We're just going to jump in, and I'm going to start in this bed right here with some pole beans on the back row and planting away, and we'll go from there. So getting ready to plant whole beans, the first thing I'm doing after I took out this volunteer tomato that was here is removing the sacks that have been protecting the soil while I got ready. Because if you're soils not growing anything, I always believe it should be protected. So pull the sack study here where the rule of Pol Beans is gonna be. And then I get a position, cardboard, where these beans were gonna be. And for now, just to get set up in a position the cardboard with the hoses or the drip lines on top. But that's just to mark or sketch out. Once I've got where these we're gonna go overlapping all the time so that no light is gonna get through. I'm gonna figure out, right, whatever the drip plane's gonna go and then I'm gonna mark where every drippings and with that, I'm gonna be ready to know exactly where every seed is gonna be planted in this row. And remember, there is a seed every 30 centimeters or every foot and from that all kind of hole just big enough to pound the pole for the pole, being in and put the seeds around the pool, and there will be no opportunity for any weeds to grow anywhere else. In that Rohan it'll suppress all the moisture. We are rocking. So I've marked Reach Dripper is gonna be on. All I'm doing is cutting Ah, hole where I can put my pole and my poll being seeds in around the pole. And that will be the only soil that's exposed right, so you can see the size of that whole. It's only about oh, maybe 15 centimeters square. And as soon as we got all our square holes cut out, we'll put the drip line underneath and then we'll plant without puncturing it. So this will be right underneath there, and the drip is right in that spot, so it'll retain all the moisture. There will be no weeds to compete with, so takes a bit of work to get going. But, man, you'll never have to weed through the whole season. So remember, we're planting pole beans. I've tucked the drip line underneath the cardboard now, and I made some polls. Now I was working on a construction project and I had left over two by fours. This is 1/3 of a two by four put through table saw, and it's about oh, I don't know. 2.5 meters tall, so once it sunk into the ground, it will be about seven feet a bit over two meters tall. Um, you can use bamboo stakes. You can use metal, metal, fence, post whatever works. All I did then was sharpen up the end so you can see it's nice and sharp. And then I'm just taking it and jamming it into the whole right at the back of the cardboard square that I had made. And then, as I'm just going down the road pretty straight for just cruising up here on a ladder. Sh walking him in. Some of them are different heights because the two by fours, I cut up for different heights. And once they're in 30 to 45 centimeters nice and solid to hold up, the beans were gonna plant against them. We're going to put in the next one, so we're almost ready to plant seeds so you can see the drip line is running here underneath the cardboard. My on on tap here and there's a drip at every post. Now the problem is that the black line will curl and it'll kind of expand and contract with the heat of the season. So you have these little staples like this. And if you're careful and you don't puncture the cardboard, you can just put them through in a few places where you think that the ah, there and then it's not gonna go away on Yeah, And then what I'm going to do is take thes air, pull being seeds, and I didn't save any moment. I mostly grow dry beans, but these air for fresh eating and so around each post and remember the South is heading this way. I'm gonna put in a seed east and west and south. I just won't put one on the north side, actually quit three seeds around the post and then the water when it drip, Study here will drip right on and soak those seeds down. And hopefully all three seeds will just be a trio of buddies that will climb up the post. So generally the rule of thumb when you're planting seeds that you want to get them into the ground and cover them roughly with their own depth of materials. So as long as you've got enough to cover them up and especially so birds don't get him pat him down, and then we'll just put some water on him, and that's all you got to do. And you got three pole beans that are gonna grow up that pool there. There you go. 3. Chapter 8 Part 2 Planting Tomatoes, Peppers & Beets: Okay, so we've got the pole beans done. And if you take a look at the handy dandy plan we'd written up once we got the pole beans done, we're moving into tomatoes and peppers. Now I won't be able to plant a tomato plant every foot or every 30 centimeters. It'll get too crowded, so I'm gonna plant them every second, drip every 60 centimeters or two feet, and then I'll interspersed things like maybe let us between the tomatoes and peppers, and then we'll do beets and radishes along this line just as planned. When you go to put in tomatoes if you're going to do some starts, I've got some starts here I actually saved last season 13 different varieties of tomato seeds from all the different varieties I loved to enjoy. That's a nice, healthy start. Ready to go. You're gonna have to put a cage around that start. So this is a cage. Generally got three legs. You got to make sure you're not gonna puncture your drip lines. It'll shove right through cardboard or a coffee sack if you have to. And if you get it down, you can see the bottom of the leg here, get it down. You know, maybe 2025 centimeters. Presuming your soil is soft enough to get it down. The tomato will grow up inside, and it kind of has the cage to support itself, especially if it starts getting heavy with fruit, which is a beautiful thing. When I dig a hole to put a tomato in. I always have eggshell. So these air eggshells exit from hatching our baby chicks this year and putting. But I crushed up eggshells in the bottom of a tomato whole. Provide some calcium and prevents, um, root rot problems that tomatoes air proto have, especially if things get wet so eggshells crushed into the bottom. So I'm gonna do every second drip. I'll do a total of four tomato plants. Then I'll do to pepper plants. And remember back to our plan. Here we are hoping to have some cucumbers and cucumbers. I'm probably gonna put at the end of both of these drip lines, and then we'll have to create a way for them to kind of prop themselves up and grow so they don't twine through all the tomatoes and peppers and pole beans because they can be gnarly , vigorous, and we'll have toe create little plan for them cause cucumbers are a wonderful thing, but they're they're crazy in the garden there Superfund. So let's finish up planting off this bed. Here we go. So would you look at this little Q T. This is a tomato plant, and it's growing up out of the soil that I brought in for this garden and I didn't intentionally planted there. Whenever a plant shows up in the garden that you weren't intending, it's called a volunteer. It showed up. So thanks for volunteering little tomato. And I just want to let you know that generally speaking, with the exception of squash, pumpkin, cucumber type plants that cross pollinate make weird Franken foods. If you get a volunteer in the Garden, it's probably going to be really vigorous, really robust and really hardy. So I'm gonna clip around this coffee sack that it's growing through, and I'm gonna transplant that tomato and keep on rockin. Thank you for volunteering. Okay, so we're planting tomatoes in the bed. Here we are. So the first tomatoes in here this is just marking where the next drip spot is where we're not putting a tomato. And the shovel is now where the next plant is. Remember, we're gonna put beats in here, so the tomatoes are gonna be going right beside them, So I'm digging a hole. I remember we did the lasagna type. Layering with the sacks have been on here until a moment ago, Ever since we filled these beds the soils, nice and moist. Grab a handful of egg shells and put them in the bottom of the hole. And don't be shy about digging deep. When you plant these tomatoes, they do really well. When you dig them down deep, you can actually bury some of the lower branches and lower leaves, and that will just become roots underground. So don't be shy. Dig him in deep and pack the soil around the tomato really tightly, so it's firmly held. You certainly don't want a strong wind on your first day to take this plant that's come out of a greenhouse very delicate, fragile environment and have it break off. So breathe deep, cover some of the branches and leaves if you need to, and pack it in nice and firm on top of those eggshells. Now when you cage it, it should be ready to go and take off. So I put in to pepper plants at the end of the road that started out with tomatoes and remember these air every two feet or every two drips. And then what I'm doing is just taking it. I'm gonna interspersed some lettuce starts in between the's peppers. If I can get the money here now, these air quite root bound. But if you start to break them apart, what you discover is there's more than one lettuce plant inside here, and what we'll do is we'll break them up into little clusters, and then from that we should be able to kind of intersperse them at the alternate drip lines. Lettuce isn't getting at nearly his biggest peppers and tomatoes, and it will be long done its life cycle. Before those guys were ready to harvest. And as I'm going along, I'm just gonna add water to everything that's been planted, and then the drip planes will be used on a regular basis and that will finish up that side of the drip line, and then we'll get ready to radishes and beets further on down the road. So I've got some radish seeds for the end of the bed. You can see what the radish seeds look like. They're pretty small radishes germinate really quickly there. A good, cool, loving type veg. So they should spread up pretty fast. We're gonna do probably the last third of this road with them. And then I've got some beet seeds here that I saved from last year. Just give you a sense of what they look like. They got really cool, kind of meteor looking shape, all sorts of edges warp and woof to them. That's beet seeds. We're gonna just, uh, make a little trench right here with a hand shovel and then put the seeds in there, Sprinkle some soil over it and water it. And then I'm gonna show you a little trick that might surprise you. That's gonna be a great way to get them germinating. Here we go. Okay. So I just said to you that I was gonna share with you a little trick on what's going to speed up or increase the chance of better germination for all your seeds. So I plant the whole wrote once the beats first and then the radishes air gonna come along further down the end, and as I go along, I obviously cover the soil and moisten it with the water in Cannes. But the key here is that we tend to plant all of our seeds when the sun's out. It's nice and warm, and that usually dries out the seeds. And as soon as they dry out, the seeds have a very low chance of germinating. Well, you don't want to keep hydrating them and letting them dry out and hydrating them and letting them dry out. It's better to just get them wet and staying nice and moist and warm. They don't need sunlight. They need warmth. So my suggestion the trick is cover them up with something like a coffee sack newspaper cardboard, anything that won't blow away and will prevent the sun from directly hitting the soil above the seed and drying them out prematurely. Then, every couple days, you can water under that seed or sack cardboard there, and it will stay permanently moist. It will germinate much higher rate, and then once it's all sprouting up underneath that cover, pull the cover off of cardboard or coffee sack. They'll be a bit yellow, but as they start to photosynthesize and get direct sun, they'll turn green and do really well. Way higher chance of germination if you cover your seeds. This garden beds already very full with beans planted and peppers and lettuce and tomatoes , but we're going to try one more, and that's a long English cucumber at this end of the bed. It's only about 1/2 meter by meter space, but it's enough room to thrive and do well here. I've dug a nice deep hole. I've got it positioned right below a dripper in the drip line so that water is gonna go right to the roots. And then, as I pack it in, I'm just gonna cover it up with lime to make sure the soil is not too acidic. And also some bone meal, which helps the roots take off on a newly planted transplant. With that covered up with whatever you have to protect the soil and protect the roots and take away the competition a coffee, sacks of mulch or some cardboard, And with that, this cucumber plants ready to go with a good drink. I just want to make sure is well, guys, that the topic of fertilizer is gonna come up in future chapters where we try to fertilize all these baby plants and get them rocking. 4. Chapter 8 Part 3 Planting Potatoes, Carrots, Lettuce & more : Okay, so we've planted one of the garden beds that was the one that had the pole beans and the tomatoes and peppers and such. And now we're moving on to the next one, which is the bed that's right behind me here. And you can see potatoes is on one side, carrots and parsnips on in the middle, with onions adjacent to them and carrots and onions. A really good companion plants and then mixed greens, which is just kind of a salad blend of like eight different types of lettuce is that all germinated different times and come up at varied times. And good thing with lettuce is you kind of keep receiving it through the growing season. And then you always have fresh salads toe to enjoy when you've got those drip lines. Three of them, in this case, on this bet. I think it's a good idea to plant the middle of the bed first and then plant the outside extreme edges. So I'm gonna get ready to plant that. So the's air, some bunching onions that I've got, and each one of these little six containers has a few onions in it, so I think I'll be able to pull them apart, and there's probably gonna be about 20 onion plants to put in down that road, which is four meters long. The 12 feet there will be 12. Draper's on there, and then I've got different person ip seeds and lettuce mix and carrots as well to put in here just a note that parsnip seeds needs to be quite fresh, not more than a year old when you go to plant them or they'll really struggle to Germany and then these beautiful potatoes that I've got here these air a red heritage potato called Chieftain, and you can see the little seeds sprouting on him. Every one of those little eyes there can start a new plant. You could cut this in half and grow two plants even. But we'll just do one. Every foot. Every 30 centimeters will bury them fairly deep, but not leave them super cover like could be a deep hole, but not a lot of soil on top and then gradually filling in the hole as the sprouts shoot up . And then as that root grows longer and longer underground, off of it will come all these little fibers that will produce more potatoes. So we're ready to go. Potatoes, parsnips, carrots, bunching onions and a whole bunch of lettuces and salad mixes. Let's go plant. Okay, so you can see I've broken up all the green onions here. There's probably 25 to 30 of them down there. I've done a little trench, We're gonna place them and I'm just dusting that trench with a little bit of line just to neutralize the soil. If it's a bit acidic, I'm also going to take a little bit of bone meal just to help it route up. And then in that trench, I'm just gonna evenly space the bunching onions all along there and then other side of the same drip line we're gonna put in a row of carrots. So let's get these little guys in and watered. Okay, so I'm just putting in. The last couple onions in this row just saved a few. I'm digging nice and deep with my shovel. It's that the roots are going straight down. I don't want them to be bunched up. I want them to go straight down so they can reach for moisture. And if I can get one. At a time like that, I will. Nice, deep hole. Tamp it in trying to get a little bit of an indent around the area so that when water comes near their it'll go down to that in debt. So there's a whole row of bunching red onions done. Now I'm gonna water them and then probably put cardboard right here next, them to just eliminate any options at any ah, weeds growing up where the moisture evaporating, So another step forward. So now what I've done is I've put cardboard down between the onion, really just put in and the lettuce road that's to come here, and I found in the past that cardboard tends to blow away if it's dry and windy, but it's put a coffee sack on top. Or maybe you can find an alternative. It doesn't much better job of holding itself down. Another thing that just always surprises me. How stri doesn't blow away in the wind. If you've set it down before it gets windy, it's incredible how strong will withstand a strong wind. So here, now you've got this space where all of this area is gonna not have light getting at any weed seeds if there are any in the soil and they won't be able to germinate. So we're just targeting the areas where we want to grow food, Right? Way less work way more fun. Another little helpful hint. Before we plant our carrots on this side over here on our lettuce mix over here, you can see it in too little furrows, one on each side of this hose. And the idea is, this one's gonna have this variety of lettuce and I'm just gonna cruise along sprinkling gingerly Let us seeds are so tiny, so tiny I just probably planted 100 lettuce seeds. I'll just let you see how tiny their there's about 10 on my palm right there. They're so smart. And then with those guys done, I'm gonna put this awesome lettuce blend of eight different varieties of lettuce down on this side of the strip line and then, uh, we'll cover this up and give it a water in this side of center will be done. Remember, the size of the sea determines how much soil you put on it. So when the seeds air this small, you can go pretty teeny covering of soil. I'm just gonna go back and try to fill in any gaps where I can see that there's not a lot of soil Get big chunks out of there. There we go. So I've got all the lettuce seeds in and covered with a slight dusting of soil. And what I wanna note now is just like in the previous bed when we planted the beats and the radishes. Seeds do not need light to germinate there, very content to germinate in the dark. They need moisture and they need warmth, moisture and warmth, so to keep the soil covered to prevent weeds from getting a chance to keep on growing. Now that I've got all the lettuce seeds covered like this with moisture, all I'm gonna dio let's take coffee sacks that I've got ready here and I'm just gonna cover everything up. It's just gonna keep the moisture in a little bit longer, make it a little easier. I don't have to water those seeds nearly as often while you're waiting for them to germinate and get some routes. Once they've got roots, the drip irrigation is gonna work beautifully to get them going. So There we are. We'll set right on. I've got everything ready here in a furrow for the parsnips and carrots to be planted, I'll just interspersed them right down the whole row. I've dug out a whole bunch of divots here that the potatoes Congar Oh, each one to a hole and then I'll gradually heat more soil on them as the chutes come through. And then in between the carrot, parsnip pro and the potato row, I'm gonna put down some narrow strips of cardboard coffee sack. That and this battle be done. So here we go on that. So I've put the carrot and parsnip seeds in this furrow. I'm just giving them a light dusting of lime, which I've done, and now a light dusting of soil. And I'm using the really fine soil that I broke up for the potato holes. I'll give them quick moistening of water right beside their onion buddies. So as they come up, the parsnips in the carats will want to thin them a little bit so that they can size up and reach their max potential. But you'll never get every see germinating that you planted, which is why you purposely plant a few extra seeds, so those guys were ready to go. Now, absolutely nothing is more gratifying than planting potatoes. If you don't have time to plant a garden, you've still always got time to plant potatoes. I remember the first time one of my kids planet potatoes with me. How shocked he was that it was a ZZ as it was. You just take one of these little beauties and put it in the soil and you just planted potatoes. So we're doing with each one. I'm not going to drag you through everyone. I'm putting them 30 centimeters apart at each drip, and I'm just covering them enough so that the shoot is coming out. Keep in mind. Do you want the potato itself to be covered? And you don't want potatoes that you're gonna be harvesting? Um, being exposed to sun? That makes them very bad for your health. In fact, some would say poisonous. You want the potatoes to be covered, so I'm just covering them like that and I'll heap a little bit more soil from the edge of this bed as ah, shoots come up at each spot so I'll just pick away at this for a moment and then bring you back to finish up. So I put the cardboard down between the rows, all the potatoes air in the garden. I'm gonna put sacks on here is well so that there's not very much that's really exposed again. We're trying to keep the soil covered, protect all our little plants and there they are, all covered up. You'll see the watering line is actually kind of tucked in underneath here. But that's OK. The moisture is just gonna dribble down to reach the potato plants are. Then I'm just gonna go along and give everybody a little shot of water. All those potatoes can start germinating. Well, im going about my business. Guys, we've got another garden bed planted. Look at us. Go. There's only one left to do. Stay tuned. 5. Chapter 8 Part 4 Planting Zucchini, Kale, Chard & herbs: Okay, We are ready now for the third and final bed of veggies to be planted in backyard abundance . I'm just going to review where Raton get you set to go with me. I just ah, got another handy dandy, edible asparagus pointer. The first bed we plan, it was the pole beans. You can see the polls in the rear behind me. Last bed we planted most recently was one that had potatoes and carrots and onions and such right beside me here on my right. And now, today we're gonna attack this third and final bed. There's gonna be chart and greens in the road closest to the camera. Here were gruesome big plants that Aaron the cabbage and broccoli family. I didn't come up with any turnips. And frankly, though I was asked to plan some I don't like turnips, So it's like the only veggie I don't like. I'm not planning any at this end. Closest the camera into some squash family stuff to spill over onto the pathway and then on the far row, little guys that will get the early morning sun first will be a variety of different herbs . So I'll just show you what I have here. Mostly seeds that I started out with. And these are all seeds that I've saved. I got a variety of charred called Ford Hook. I've got a really lovely green that that's called tatsoi that can be eaten raw or cooked. Kind of like spinach. I've got a variety of cabbage seeds I've been saving called January King. I've got some more greens that'll come out as lettuce. It's called a Simpson lettuce. I think that's about unit for that in the squash family. We've got someone that's cantaloupe be here and also a yellow fruiting zucchini start. So those were ready to go there. And in the far. Er, bro, I've got a good variety of herbs here. Actually, I've got oregano. I've got some chives, have got some basil, some dill. These air rosemary that I took is my own cuttings this spring when I learned how to propagate herbs. So I'm pretty proud of those little guys off one of our bigger bushes, so we'll plant those in there, and then we've also got some time, so we'll get all those guys in. And so here we are will reposition the camera and get ready to start planting the final Roa veggies and backyard abundance. Here we go. So the first thing I've done here in this bed is plant what? I know we're going to be the two biggest plants in the bed initially, cause they'll vine out the zucchini and the cantaloupe, so I've put them as far apart as I can write at the extreme end of the Rose, where there's a pathway where I'm sitting right now that they can grow over into, and I've positioned them right beside a dripper on the drip line. In both cases, there's bone meal and lime in the whole have sunk them right in nice and deep packed him down. So when I put water on those when I turned the trippers on, there will be water right to the roots and hopefully they'll have enough room to grow. And then from here, I'm just gonna starting putting in rows of greens here that want shade greens here that are going to provide the shade and herbs over here so we'll get onto that next. Here we go. If you're a really visual person like me, this is a beautiful way to lay out your bed I've laid out all three drip lines with what I'm gonna put wear And I've even dug with little shallow furrows Where I'm gonna put seeds My herbs air actually at drip line locations where there's actually water gonna drip out So on this side I've got stuff that I want to have a little bit of shade tatsoi and let us tall stuff that will go in the middle to provide it some shade from the morning sun Like taller things like spreading broccoli and cabbage And on this side the basil, dill, rosemary, thyme, oregano, green onions up to the cantaloupe that it's a front there. So I'm gonna plant all this out and then sack every area that I can and get it wet, And this will be a beautiful thing. That's gonna be a very productive, bad already . So I'm in a situation now where I have planted all of this bad. Any place that I've got seeds, I'm gonna cover them up so that they actually I'll put it like this. So one sack covers two rows in your foreground. You can see over here all the herbs air in I sacked all that on their sides that there'd be more soil covered and I put bone meal around each. And I'll just put these sacks here. Everything's been moistened, and then all the soils covered up. Put one more there and I'll have one despair. Look at that. Yeah, baby. Okay, that's where we're sitting. The final of the three beds of backyard abundances planted. There's lots more parts and pieces of what we're going to do in coming days. Still coming on how to care for the veg, how to keep away pasts, how to maybe add some more color with some flowers and such, which can not just add beauty but also do some more past control. Well, look at the soil management in building soil and just how to enjoy the garden and maximize it fully. So it's truly backyard abundance. Thanks for sticking with us. Happy plant 6. 50 Day Celebration: Welcome everybody today. 50. The fifth update for backyard abundance. It's amazing to see we've got going on here. We're just gonna jump in through the three beds and I'll show you where things right. We'll do some harvesting together. First off for at the Mellon plant. There's some tiny baby melons getting going right here. Can you see them? Okay, so we'll see how those guys grow over the next few days. They're just tiny right now. The herbs row has been amazing. This week I made a fresh past us ups, and I used parsley, thyme and basil on the same sauce. And now we've got these big, vigorous er bushes, so there's just flavor abundant to be putting into all sorts editions. Check out where we're at on the zucchini plant. I've already picked a bunch of zucchini between the day 40 update in the day 50 Update. There is one. There's one over here that's even bigger. I've been waiting for this updates that I could harvest it. It's too big to get at with a scissor, so just turn it off. So there's There's the two for today, and I picked to just a few days ago, and you can see there's like four or five more coming as well. And there's multiple bees, three B's air inside this flower right now, pollinating. It's pretty crazy. You need to remember that in the garden, every leaf is a solar panel, and so, in this case, zucchini is crowding and crowding and crowding. The sun is coming from that direction over there, and what I've been doing is I've been letting all of its leaves keep on growing towards the South Side. But the leaves that are on the north side, I'm just pulling them off like this because otherwise they're crowding up the lettuce and the kale and other things like that. So there's actually a few places just note where I've already cut off branches that or leaves in those areas. I'm totally OK with that because you can lose a few solar panels on the north end of the plant, and then it lets all the other plants that around here keep growing. So just be thoughtful and how you take off a few solar panels at a time, and I think it just provides more opportunity for all the other plants that are neighbors. The tatsoi that's in the foreground here is still going to see there's some over here O C. Show you. You know, they're starting to flower and leaf out and create some seeds. I'm gonna let that happens that I can collect seeds for next year. But the chart is not really coming on, so you get into some of these leaves. Just take a look at how big the chart is. That's my hand. And so there's some beautiful big chart to harvest, and, ah, there's no place that her chart doesn't work in my mind. It's just an incredible product to put into your dishes all over the place. And, ah, it's coming on. So the more that you harvest it, the more the more charred there is to keep on sharing with others. So this bed is abundant. We've looked at the bikini, the melon, the herbs, the chart and a few things like that. Let's go into the adjacent bed. So in the adjacent bed here, this is where we have the wire worm problem with our lettuce. So we receded. Beats on the one side of the drip line and bush beans on the other side, the bush beans. They're starting to leaf out now and grow really well. The beats air coming along great as well. And if we just take you up a little bit here, you can see the carrots are looking beautiful. So I've thinned all the carrots outs that there's enough space for a character grow, Think of maybe two fingers, the thickness of a decent sized carrots. So wherever there too tightly compact that I've just pulled one out. I'll just go in there and just show you what I'm talking about. When we get in there, there's one here that's a bit too tight, so that's not much of a carrot, right? But the ones that have decided a much bigger so that just gets set aside puts nutrition back in the soil. The other ones can keep sizing up all the potatoes. Aaron Flower. Now you can see how amazing there, and there's all sorts of bees and pollinators coming in, and we've been adding the soil like I showed you in the past toe provide more habitat for the potatoes to grow. We're just going to go down onto one of the plants now and see if we can pull up a few potatoes and see where they're at in their maturity. Now the potatoes air nice and dance in here, and normally when you're looking to harvest some potatoes, you don't pull the whole plant up. You just go with your hands and fish around and look for potatoes. But what I am going to do with this plant is pull it up just to get a sense of where the maturity of the crop is that because there's lots more plants. So I'm gonna pull this one up and see what we got. The good news is it's hard to pull up, so there's a lot of rooting going on. What I'm unsure of and what I've wanted to find out is how are the potatoes doing? Wow, there's your answer. That's how the potatoes air doing. So they're just about coming into baseball size, so Oh, yeah, look at that. There's been some water on here. Is there a bit muddy? So I'll wash there was off. So this is great is there's lots of potatoes here and I'll wash them up once I've got the most harvested show. You what there is. And that just affirms the fact that we're gonna keep on letting the other plants grow and just pulling out a few at a time. Oh, there's one of those things I wanted to show you. This is the wire worm. There's aware worm right there. He's tiny, and he's nasty. Part of that click Beetle family will take 2 to 3 years to mature. But they love digging into potatoes, and they're very hard to get rid off. Ah, what else could I show you in here? Well, how? There's another wire worm. So we know that there they must have come in the soil that I purchased here. Um, the other really good thing is that when we started this garden, it was brand new soil. Right? And we're putting in her own compost, so check out the fact that there's lots of earthworms coming out of this soil as well. Oh, I like it. So we got a good start in our potatoes. The chickens were gonna enjoy eating that plant as well. I'm just gonna wash these up and show you what we got. So that's what potatoes a day 50 look like. So we remember when we put them in, it was just a single potato per plant. And in 50 days we've got that. I can assure you that each of those ones that are smaller are gonna size up radically if we let them go a little longer and there's lots more plants in the row. So I think when we start looking at Day 60 and a 70 there's gonna be a lot more potatoes to show for each plant. This is a really good start. Three other good thing to notice is, there's no disease. There's no harm. Their solid. These things could dry it, and they'd sit a long time in your pantry if you just keep them cool and dry if you don't eat them right away. But we all know fresh potatoes taste best. Let's keep on looking. So now we're into the bed, the final bed to show you today, and there's a lot to harvest here. I'm pretty excited of what's going on in this bed because we've got actually our first green pepper, so I'm gonna hurt is that right away? And there's our first green pepper coming into play, and there's beats to harvest, and there's lots of cucumbers to harvest. So just take a little look at that beauty. I'll get you into some better light, and then we'll get a few other things going So right in front of the paper plant, right? Just harvested the pepper. The beats have been going crazy. Look at the second these beet leaves. So this beat looks like it's doing really well. And I am gonna pull it up is that the little beet plant next to it can keep on growing in size. The goal is, I don't want to pull the stem of the little beet plant. I just want to get the more mature one. Oh, there we go. So look at that. That's just a big A star potatoes that will clean up beautifully and again. The greens taste awesome. So there's one other. This a great way right? If you can pick some beets that are a nice size and leave behind the smaller plants to size up, everybody's a winner. Yes, we're just gonna pull those guys up for today and add them to are other greens that we have . Ah oh, that looks good. It's hard to bring into scope now the size of the tomato plants behind me because I'm seated. Oppa's tall as I can go and you can see the tomatoes are much taller than I am and the beds only you know, 20 centimeters up. There's lots of tomatoes coming on there, still all green, so it day 50. They're not ripe, but there's plenty of them forming up all different shapes and sizes. And meanwhile, I've been pulling all sorts of left to make sounds out from the lettuces that air being shaded by the tomatoes in here. So lots has been coming out of this bed, even while the tomatoes get ready Teoh to produce. So let's go around the backside of the tomatoes and see what's going on back there with the sunflowers and the beans. So remember we drove stakes in, and we planted three bean seeds around the base of each the pole beans air. Now as tall as I am, and they're going to keep on growing, and they're just starting to produce some flowers, which means they're going to start forming beings very quickly. Check out the sunflowers. This is way taller than I am they're starting to have some seeds forming inside, and some flowers should be opening up soon. So this is a very Lushan abundant bed here. We're going to finish up our day 50 by going to the back end of this bed, the other end, and we're gonna look right near where the peppers were at the cucumber that we built the little ladder trellis for, and we're gonna harvest some cucumbers to finish off. Check this out. So you'll recall. We built the wooden trellis for this cucumber plant, and there's amazing stuff happening behind it. Before we go into around the back. I just want to show you right here in the foreground. There's cucumbers like that. I'll just pop around here so I can harvest it. You can see how big this is. It's a crazy shaped one, So check that out. Big cucumber on theirs. Others in here that are forming up beautifully. And I'm gonna take you around the back. Now check out what else we have. The sun's really bright today, so there's a lot of shadows, but I want you to see it's still connected to the plant. Is this amazing cucumber that I'm about to snip. Could we have a drumroll, please? That did it. Ah, check out that beauty. And there's so many other cucumbers now hanging off the back of this trellis that are probably going to be ready to be picked by day six year sooner. There's actually Aiken C five here that are growing. That'll probably all gonna size up like this. So now that we've to the few these beautiful cucumbers, we're just gonna lay out on a on a coffee sack here. The harvest of day 50 Just you consumed, we got all the ones. So keep in mind, guys, that on top of picking greens and herbs on a daily basis, we've been able to come in a day 50 pickup Epperson, beets, cucumbers and zucchini. Lots of charred. And we picked our first potato plant. So pretty awesome all around harvest. And I think by day 60 we're gonna have a lot more goodness coming our way. Keep celebrating and stick with it. Good job 7. 60 Day Celebration: Hey, everybody, welcome to our Day 60 update in the Backyard Abundance garden. I'm having to move the camera back further and further every 10 day update to get a sense of scale. Because now we've got sunflowers that are moving towards three meters tall. Everything is lush and abundant and vigorous. I'm just gonna briefly take inside the garden and let you just see a few updates on where things right and suggestions on what you could do as well as things move along. Victory. Let's take a look. So, as a brief overview of this first bed, we're gonna look out today, guys for the day 60 update. The potatoes were doing amazing. They're pumping along, and I've just pushed their leaves over that way a little bit, so they're not blocking out the middle row. The middle road is mostly carrots and onions, and we've got some volunteer charred, some volunteer tomato meaning. I didn't plant it, but it's showing up. I just picked the first carrot before I did this video, and I wanted to just see there's another one here. So there's my 1st 2 carrots. I'll give them a rent so you can see them up close on the camera. There's our 1st 2 carats at day 60 from seed. Okay, so there, that's getting up to 15 18 centimeters long, looking really nice. No disease. Nice and clean. They're going to be amazing. My kids love carrots. Now this Ah, med That's closest to me. Remember, this was the one that had let us and the lettuce got attacked by the wire worm, so it didn't do so well. So we re planted it with bush beans, which are here, and some beats which are kind of purple, e and reddish. They're both doing really well. Remember back in the beginning, we were getting going. We mixed up some organic fertilizer. This is the pail of organic fertilizer I mixed up on. All I'm doing is just today hand dressing. Ah, little bit of organic fertilizer down and around the row, trying to get at the roots, not on the leaves. And then with that in, get out the watering can give it a bit of love working into the roots. And then those should be set for victory as they get producing. We'll have beans before we'll have beats. I would think cause the beans were taken off really well. And this is where I would use a watering can because you don't want the fertilizer sitting on the leaves, which would obviously harm you want the fertilizer getting into the into the plants. I don't know where this chart came from. I did not plant it, but it is showing up in places in this garden, and it's beautiful, so I'm eating a lot of charred. Oh, I got to tell you guys. Okay, So since the day 50 update the last 10 days one morning, I decided I was gonna take some time and make a bigger breakfast than usual. And I came out to the garden here and Onley with what's in the garden. Let's see, I picked green onions and spring onions. A zucchini. Um Then I pulled out, Um, a bunch of herbs. I had oregano and basil and thyme and parsley. And then in the bed that we're gonna go to next. I got tatsoi and kale and chard, and then I got some eggs from our hands, and that was my omelet in the morning. So it's pretty incredible. Every day this week, I've given food out of this garden to someone who's come for a visitor. Come toe, hang out with our family. So it's giving every day, and I'm getting food from it for our family as well. I'm just gonna turn the camera a little bit to your right, and we're gonna look at the next bed and we'll see where things were at their okay, This bed is incredible. If you can see the sunflower over on my right, it's got about 10 flowers that are swarming with bees. I've got all the herbs closest to me all the kale and spreading broccoli's in the middle, the charred and the tatsoi that's going to see it is closer to you at the camera and over here on my left, we've got the zucchini in your foreground and the cantaloupe melon. Ah, little about back into your right. So I'm just gonna take a few photos that you could just kind of see what's here. Of all the abundance, it's so grown in beautifully. There's not a single weed in the bed you put on the drip, Er's and all the energy from the soil is just going into the food. It's This is a crazy bad. So here you can see the tatsoi is going to seed and all the little seedpods air forming, which is exactly what cabbage and broccoli family plans would do to these little seedpods. We're all gonna have seeds inside them From this one tatsoi plant that's going to seed. You'll end up with tens of thousands of seeds available. Topsoil is amazingly simple to grow spring or fall substitutes well for spinach and I think holds up and heat better than other things. I really enjoy eating it raw and cooked, so great thing tohave in Ah, a little closer to the camera. You can see the size of these leaves that are coming in here from I think it's a sprouting Broccoli. There's red kale. There's Ah, green Kale. That's right here and ah! Oh, my goodness. Look at the chart. Liko Tall it is. This is up 34 50 centimeters. I'd say from the ground this charred the leads are getting now to be the size of, you know, like soccer balls take you around to the other side just to see the herbs and the melons. Okay, this is pretty cool. here. The melons are coming out. Amazing. Look at these little cantaloupes, Right in this little section right here, there's four or five of them, so they're already getting to be the size of between a baseball on a softball. 123456 Here there's 1/7. And on some of these branches, take a look at this. How many flowers Air coming on. So I'm gonna have to be proving off and thinning the flowers because there's there's no way this thing can grow that money cantaloupes, but were destined for a very good harvest of cantaloupes. So we've got some of these beautiful flowers in the foreground. This pepper plant now has three peppers of various sizes on it. The cucumber plant with the latter type trellis, which is covered in fruit and veg, is just going amazing. I've given away so many long and goes cucumbers this week, and before we did the video, I took a look, and there's at least 10 that are all between this size and that size coming on. I found a really crazy one that's attached. I was just gonna pick it on camera just to show you the size of these, but this was a really strange shaped one. You know, this is what every little boy would turn into a cucumber again. So that's a gorgeous little Today is brought to you by the letter J. We're going to just look a little further down that pole beans and the sunflowers air towering over me. Let's take a look. One last look at this bed and I think we're done for a day 60 update. Remember way back in the days when this was a tiny little garden and everything was pointed down towards me to show what was at the soil level, and now everything is towering up above me. If I stand up, I'm still in the frame. The sunflowers airway above me in the back. It's incredible. This this bed has the beats, which I've been picking that our baseball size. It's got hundreds of tomatoes on that are all different sizes. And there's one thing that I really find kind of tedious. And in gardening, it's probably my least liked activity. It's thinning all the leaves and extra branches off of tomato plants to allow them to yield better tomatoes. Don't get guilty or feeling ashamed if your garden isn't perfect. If it's got weeds, if you got a little behind, you gotta love gardening and gardening. Easy to love If you do what you love today, someone was visiting and she says, Oh, you know what I love to do. I love thinning tomato plants. So she promised me that by the next time I do an update Day 70 are 7th 1 She's gonna offend all these tomato plants will be able to see the tomatoes a little better on the vine, and the productivity will go up. Hey, I'll have dodged the one activity. It wasn't looking forward to Dio, so from potatoes to carats, fertilizing are beats and beans, taking a look, tatsoi going to seed, seeing cantaloupes that are coming up the size of softballs, having an abundance of herbs. And now there's flowers for all the bees to come on and tomatoes to anticipate and cucumbers to give away and peppers on the vine Day sixties looking crazy. Do you understand how long this is going to keep on going? We still have beans to pick and potatoes to harvest in so much other food. That's gonna come in the next 20 and 30 days. So keep saying, excited, encouraged. It is good to have a garden backyard abundance hope to see a day 70.