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Vision, Sketch & Prep Tiny Garden Beds - Backyard Abundance part 1

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    • 1.

      Introduction to Backyard Abundance


    • 2.

      Chapter 1 Intro


    • 3.

      Chapter 1 Part 1 Orient Your Garden Beds


    • 4.

      Chapter 1 Part 2 Garden Dimensions


    • 5.

      Chapter 1 Part 3 Different Building Methods


    • 6.

      Chapter 2 Preparing Your Land


    • 7.

      Chapter 3 Pest and Weed Control


    • 8.

      Chapter 4 Using Healthy Soil


    • 9.

      Day 10 Celebration


    • 10.

      Day 20 Celebration


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About This Class

From Home Alone to Homegrown!

This project is broken up into five easy to follow classes, where you will learn how to turn a small piece of yard into an abundant source of delicious food, all in an easy to follow, beginner-friendly method. Together, we’ll create three raised garden beds, supported with healthy soil, irrigation, and pest control measures to ensure your garden produces quality food.

In this first class, you are invited to unlock the powerful potential of your yard! Discover the fundamentals of gardening, and learn how to grow a beautiful and sustainable source of food that can save you hundreds off your monthly grocery bill. 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.

Get the tools to plan and prepare your garden space. In this class, you will learn how to orient to the sun, organize your crops, manage pests, and build ideal soil to sustain healthy growth.

As a bonus, you will also see progress and outcomes you can achieve in 10 and 20 day update videos at the end of this class.

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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


The FREE link to Class 4

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

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1. Introduction to Backyard Abundance: so much delicious food can be grown in small spaces. Here's how you can do it yourself. Welcome to backyard abundance. Hey, guys, welcome to sustainable states and backyard abundance. The whole idea of this video is to give you a series of chapters. They're gonna help you every step of the way. And the steps that you're gonna be taking if you choose to accept this mission are going to be a way to simplistically break down what to dio, starting with a small piece of yard, maybe front yard, maybe backyard. I'm calling it backyard abundance. You've got a blank slate. It's a patio, it's a parking spot. It's a piece of grass, and it's not really meeting its fullest potential. And you want to unlock the opportunity for yourself to be a food producing crazy person. You want to get some food for your family or for yourself. You want some healthy food from the healthy soil for yourself, so I have sketched out a little piece on our property. It's six paces this way and seven paces that way, so you know, six or seven meters each way. If you did the math and got really particular about it. It's less than 1% of an acre. It's about the size of two parking spots in a lot of parking lots. So we're not talking about a lot of land here, but we're talking a lot of but a lot of potential. And what I want to do with you is break down, step by step, how to start with choosing a spot. If you've got a selection or optimizing the one you have in terms of like exposure to the sun and how you're gonna address all sorts of factors that are gonna make you the most successful, most productive urban gardener urban farmer, you could be and do it as simply as possible. The base of gold here is we're gonna make three raised beds in those raised beds. We're gonna put some soil, some compost, set them up with irrigation. So waterings easy. We're going to set them up with ground cover, so the soils protected and you don't have to do any weeding. We're gonna make a plan on what goes wears that it makes sense. What loves the sun. What's gonna block the sun for the other plants that love the shade that all that pieces together, there's gonna be a place to do some composting as well. And it'll be critter free. I promise you, there will be a way to keep out the deer, Keep up the squirrels, keep out the rabbits and probably for the most part, keep away the slugs. The way we're going to do this, and I'm not gonna use any chemicals, it's gonna be completely organic. It's gonna blow your mind. Every single video chapter is gonna give you the option to take one topic at a time. With that topic, there's gonna be a clearly stated goal, like how to past proof your garden. We're gonna take you through the steps of what To do this, that you understand how to do it and why you're doing it. And you're gonna come out at the end with a recap knowing that's how I critter proof my garden. If that is the chapter you're watching when it comes to planting, we're gonna tell you what to plant Went planted where to plant it. Obviously it's gonna be relevant mostly to where I live on the West coast of North America . But many similar climate zones will match up. We're gonna give you a way to grow stuff through the winter if you're exposed to fairly milder temperate winters. How to put a garden bed to sleep for the winter if you don't want to grow anything, How to finish off the season with some garlic ready to harvest the next year. So your mission, if you choose to accept it from sustainable states, is to grab hold of the garden game plan, take a blank slate, turn it into backyard abundance. I hope you come along for the ride. It's gonna be crazy, crazy, satisfying. 2. Chapter 1 Intro: Hello, everybody. I'm sustainable, Stace, And welcomed the backyard Abundance project on skill share. In total, the backyard abundance project is five classes. Welcome to class one of five. I'm sitting here in my own backyard. Abundance. The same project that I did on video is what you're gonna get to do at your place at the close of class one, which is what this is you're gonna have figured out where you're gonna build your garden. You're gonna put together three garden beds and depending on your budget, you'll use different materials, and I'll give you a bunch of different options. And those three garden beds will be properly best oriented for optimal growing, and they'll have wonderful, healthy soil in them. First class takes some heavy lifting. You got to do some work. You make it through class one, you're gonna rock through 234 and five. Each of the five classes is in total 40 to 60 minutes. Usually the 1st 2/3 is hands on instruction on the final third ist celebration. Bonus material, I'll call it. It's all the check ins I did when I put this garden in 10 2030. And so on days after I planted our seeds and starts to see what you can look forward to in the next class that's coming up. Thanks for joining. I look for to seeing you on the inside. 3. Chapter 1 Part 1 Orient Your Garden Beds: Okay, guys, the sustainable stays here, and we're talking about in this chapter orienting the location of your backyard Abundance. You've got this blank slate. Where you gonna dial it in and make it happen? You know, you got to get a you've got to get a garden game plan going on. So before you start building beds and bringing in soil and making compost and starting seeds and all the rest of the good stuff that the next chapters they're gonna have, we just got to talk about where you gonna position your garden beds. And as we get rolling to this, you're gonna understand We're gonna talk about three beds in an area of about 30 square meters or 300 square feet, and we'll talk about all that very soon. But first, I just want you to spend some time thinking about that space you have at your place or that friend's place or that space you're going to do like pirate gardening at night, where no one really knows you're there. And then in the sun it's just going to soak in and photosynthesize while you're absent. But here we are. Okay, I'm standing here. It's kind of early in the day. The sun's on my left and you can probably tell by my shadow that's the East. This is the West, which means right where my camera is is kind of south facing. It's a bit southeast. This is myself. This is my North. So you know that if you're walking in a forest, where does the mosque grow? It always grows on this shaded north side of the tree. So here's an example of a potential garden bed, and it's running east west. So the morning sun would hit it right here and the end of the day son would be coming in from theirs. That's an East West bed. Think about that now. Think about this bed here. This bed's oriented opposite to that one. This one's running north and South, and what I want you to be thinking about is when we get ready to grow things, some stuff might be really tall, like a pole being that's taller than I am. So let's think about that now. If you're gonna put a couple rows of vegetables in here and on your front row facing south , you plant pole beans. What's gonna happen back here, It's gonna be a whole lot of shade going on. So that mark work well in the middle of summer if you want to grow spinach, which likes the shade and the cool back there. But if you want to grow something that wants full sun back there and you've gotta pull being here, it's not gonna work out. Right. But imagine if you came over to this bed here and you said, Well, South goes that way and way over on this side here. I'm gonna plant pole beans this way. And that means the sun's going to come in on all the stuff in front of the pole beans and it'll get full sun and the beans will get full sun. That's an option. But remember, you go back to this bed. What if just the whole back row was pulled beans? If the whole back row was pulled means on big I'm a pole bean and then in front, you could have little guys like carrots or other things that love son right there. And they could be all at different elevations. So think of this. It's like you want to create a parabola right or auditorium seating, and you want the sun to stream in and you want heat? Hit the leaves of all the different plants. So when you're thinking about your garden, you wanna have son, your first goal is a south exposure. Your second goal is a west exposure. So if you can have south Southwest, west means we're gonna have lots of afternoon sun at the end of the day, which is warmer. East is gonna be pretty chilly and north. Sorry. It's just not gonna work out. You don't want to have a north facing garden or you're gonna be stuck with a few types of cool, loving greens that you can plant not much else. So think about which direction your beds were going to go, where you're gonna want to plant your taller things. And as we get going into other chapters, you're going to see how we orient this garden for sun and for shade. And it will just keep on coming together. Hopeful, helpful, healthy. Yeah, 4. Chapter 1 Part 2 Garden Dimensions: Hey, guys, welcome to this chapter of the Garden game plan with sustainable Stace, this is all about backyard abundance. And chapter by chapter, we're gonna offer all these different insights and how twos that you feel comfortable that you feel equipped. It's the closest Aiken due to reaching through the camera and being right there with you. And this is one of the first big steps on getting going on a garden game plan for backyard abundance. You want to figure out the size of your garden beds, how many of them you're gonna build? And I think it's really critical to find a way to do raised garden beds that air elevated up above the grade of the ground. It means it's easy to go get soil and compost. Whatever is gonna make your growing medium and move it in there easily. It means you're not gonna have to roda till or dig anything. In fact, all the grass where we're gonna be setting up the raised beds. None of it's going to be turned over or Doug, it's gonna be very noninvasive how we start to garden here, So I just want to get you thinking about these raised garden beds. We've already talked about orienting your spot based on your shade, your son and all of that. So now we're ready to talk about what materials you could use to make a bet. And I'm going to give you three different options. And as we roll right through this garden game plan, we're gonna have one bed made out of each of the three options. There's pros and cons to each based on aesthetics, based on where you're situated based on how deep you want your bed to be. End money, money. What your budget is is well, okay, so we're just gonna get warmed up and talk about that on before I hit that. We're gonna talk about the size of your garden beds, and I think the size of the garden beds is critical because there's a bunch of really key reasons why I'm choosing to suggest the size of the beds that I am, which is a five foot by 12 foot rectangle, the depth of it anywhere from a foot deep to maybe eight inches deep, and that will depend on the materials you choose. But five feet wide is a meter and 1/2 and 12 feet long is, you know, about four meters. So a 1.5 by four meter rectangle and we're gonna do a total of three of them. And they're all gonna fit in about 300 square feet, about 10 square meters, which is really two parking spaces. Or maybe a backyard patios that you can get total above instead of a tiny little area. First of all, I just want to explain to you guys why I've chosen five feet. So I've got a tape measure here. Just think about five feet. 1.5 meters. 60 inches. Okay. It's a comfortable reach like that. WiFi feet. There's some good reasons when you go to buy materials. Fours and eights and twelves are really easy in foot dimensions. So 10 foot. If you buy a 10 foot piece like this here, you cut it in half. You've got to five footers, my other pieces or 12. So this would right here. That's a whole rectangle garden bed right there. That's our least expensive quickest to build garden bed. It's called Reese on or ah, one by eight. You could use one by 10 1 by 12 1 by six Depending on you know how deep you want your garden bed to be. These air landscape ties there somewhat treated with a preservative. You can in some places find an ICO tie, which isn't preserved, so it will decay quicker. But it won't have any risk of a preservative going into the soil. And then this year is a landscape blocks, and you can see here just problem up there, heavy that they're hollow inside. Okay, that's called a split face because it's got a nice dressed front. But the other side's air just smooth. And there, ah, got a nice little lid that fits on them as well. So we'll talk about that in a second. So back to five feet by 12 feet, why sustainable stays? Why five feet by 12 feet? Why do I want my bed this wide? I'm gonna give you three reasons why number one, the soil that goes inside these beds is sacred. You can't step on it. You can't compact it. You want easy access to it and you want to access that soil by walking around your garden bed. So five feet is a nice width for most people to reach into the middle. It means you're only having to reach 2.5 feet from either side to get to your center row. So that's the first reason why a five foot wide bed with a five foot wide bed you can reach into the middle easily if it was a six foot wide bed. Ah, lot of people with shorter wingspans they're gonna have a hard time reaching in. Another reason why a five foot wide bed is great is that you're going to see as we get these things built and we put drip irrigation into them and we try to figure out putting Rose in them. If you had a four foot wide bed, you'd probably only get two rows for planting. But I've found that when I go to a five foot wide bed, I get three rows for planting. So it's optimizing the space based on how your veggies air going together. Now I'm gonna put three drip lines down each bed, and if it's a small type of plant that we're going to grow on that drip line, I'll actually plant on both sides, something like carrots, something like onions. You can actually have a drip line with plants on both sides, which means if you've got three drip lines and you plant small plants, you could actually have six rows of food growing in a five foot wide bed. So that's the second reason right you can reach in is the first reason, and you can grow three rows of food in a five foot wide bed. The third reason, and this relates to past control it relates to extending your seasons down the road. When we get these up and running, we're gonna have some PVC pipes that are going to go over the bed if you want to use them to have a cloth row cover. It's also called remake cloth or maybe plastic, like a mini who posts. And I've got videos about all that as well. And when you go on by lengths of PVC pipe, they always come where I live in 20 foot lengths and so use that length the best, cutting a 20 footer into three even pieces. Each piece will go over a five foot bed perfectly, so there's no wasted material, so it's for hoop houses so you can optimize a way to extend your seasons and protect from past, because with a hoop house you can grow a little later. You can grow a little earlier in the season. You can keep off all the birds. If they're coming to eat Berries or fruit and things like that, you can keep off a lot of things that are a problem. If you don't have good enough fencing or its little micro pests. Ah, cloth or a plastic cover is gonna be great. So that's your first reason you get three roses. Your second reason and your first reason is you can reach in. So that's why a five foot by 12 foot is your dimension you're going to use. 5. Chapter 1 Part 3 Different Building Methods: Okay, guys, sustainable stays here. We're talking about three different materials to make your bed, so let's just look at this. Starting with the budget product now, this product in a lot of places, is used to build concrete forms. When they're building concrete forms, this will be put up. It'll hold the concrete in place and then you'll get stripped away. You can actually find it recycled or reclaimed at building sites at times for free. It's called Reese. On. In my area, this is called a one inch by eight inch. So it's a one by eight piece of Reese on This is a 10 footer, and when we cut it in half, it's gonna make the to five foot ends of the bed. And then I've got two more pieces for the sides of the bed and these air one by eight and they're 12 footer. So these are each gonna be aside so side side and end. So if it's five feet in five feet and 12 feet, 12 feet and you add that all up, it's gonna be 34 feet to go around the perimeter of the bed. And if you take, say this is about a 1.5 inch would screw, so I'm just going to come in close to you. If you have a drill like that and you have a 1.5 inch would screw, and you basically lay out a rectangle of all these pieces on edge and you screw them together. You've got a rectangle box and you've just made a bed. Super simple. You could. If you want to go a little more hardcore. It's not like anyone's gonna pick it up and carry it away once it's filled with soil. But you could if you want to go hardcore, get round or rectangular steaks. And you could take a big sledgehammer cause you feel tough and beefy and you could pound those in in the corners of the rectangular box and then screw through the upright pieces of wood into the corners to kind of stake it in place so that could be an option as well, I'd suggest generally you have to decide between treated or untreated wood. That's your call. If you don't have your lumber, cut the size, yes, you'll need a skill saw to cut it decides in a lot of lumber yards. Will they'll sell you a piece and then they'll charge you a modest fee to just cut it said . If you don't have a skill, son, you want to take a 10 foot and two fives. Just get them to cut it for you. That's all you need to build that. Now. Remember, 34 feet around the bed, the total cost for these three pieces of wood was under $30. Now it's only gonna give you a 7.5 inch high because eight inch wood is actually 7/2 because it's gone through a planer. But you'll have a 7.5 inch high raised bed, and that's gonna cost you less than a dollar a foot. That's your most economical option. You could go toe one by tans, one by twelves. You could stack to one bites on each other and make it, you know, 15 inches tall. You could do whatever you want, so that's your most economical option, coming around to thes air called landscape ties so they're kind of rounded. I'm just gonna bring in close. If you haven't seen these before, they're kind of rounded on the edges and their flat on top. It looks like something you'd used to build a log house with. Right now, this is an eight foot long piece of wood, and the dimension on top to bottom is 3.5 inches. So if you see back here, I've got three of them on the plan I have for the second out garden bed is to put them three high like this and I'll overlap them. Just like when you use bricks and mortar. They won't have all the same edges. They'll be staggered. Three high like this gives you 10.5 inches. So this will be a taller bed than that one you could go to high, which would only be seven inches. But I think that isn't gonna be deep enough to put something like that together. I'm gonna use a much bigger screws. All have the drill, and I'll use like a 3.5 to 4 inch screw and going on the sides, not straight down. And so that'll be a really strong rectangular box. If you want to go three high with landscape ties, the price I paid for this ended up being about $3 for every foot around. So a 34 foot box comes in it around 100 bucks, something like that. Now, the third option I'm gonna make a bed out of is these guys. These landscape blocks dimensions of these are eight inches tall, eight inches deep and 16 inches. Okay, so they're eight by eight by 16. And the beautiful thing about these is that they're not solid, solid stuff would be weighing £80 or so. This is about 40. So the backside that's gonna have soil against it is smooth, the ends or smooth so you can put them end to end to end. I'm just gonna do one block high, but the front is gorgeous. See, It's got makeup on it. It's like addressed face. These are called a split faced eight by eight by 16. They're not light. They probably weigh 15 20 kilos like 35 £40. And the other really cool thing is that they come with lids that are the same dimension. These actually cut with a special concrete blade in your skill sauce. You can actually cut them, do 40 fives on corners or whatever but I think we're just gonna do a nice square rectangle , so they fit right like that. So, with a lid on top of that, remember, we're just gonna go one high with the lid and the block. It's about 9.5 inches, so this will be 9.5 inch sides. Uh, the landscape ties will be about 10.5 inch sides, and this will be about eight inch sides. Oh, and I didn't mention the price on these. It's gonna cost you probably about five bucks for foot. So if you want to do a 34 foot perimeter, five bucks a foot, you're gonna be coming in close to $200 it's heavy, so but it's beautiful. These look really nice. And then if you want to move your garden, but any time you just pick up your blocks and you move them somewhere else. So maybe if you're looking for a front yard spot and you wanted to be decorative and not anger the neighbors that you've gone all far me, though I think that's a good thing you might want to go with something like this. So there's your three options $1 a foot, $3 a foot, $5 a foot and you can go out and get those materials as you wish that you could make your rectangles. And as I said, we're gonna make three rectangular beds, one out of each, and then we're going to start filling them with right mediums do the whole perimeter. So it's weed and passed proof, and we'll take another step forward towards the garden game plan and backyard abundance. It's going to get good guys, let's get into it. 6. Chapter 2 Preparing Your Land: So, guys, we've gone through all the parts and pieces that are gonna go into making the three separate raised garden beds, and we've got this blank template for our backyard abundance. We're not gonna pull up or uproot, and we're certainly not gonna poison or spray chemicals in any of the grass. We're gonna do two simple things and then put the beds right on top. We're gonna cut the grass as short as possible so that the grass is just a slow as it could be to the ground. And then we're gonna cover it with cardboard and everything is gonna go on top of that, the whole backyard abundance, front yard abundance, patio parking spot. Whatever it is now is gonna get turned into an area for growing voluptuous veggies. And we're gonna just to start off by cutting the grass and covering all the surface with cardboard. And then we're gonna build our beds. Here we go. Okay, guys, we cut the grass, started to put down cardboard, and with our least expensive simplest material to use, I've just built a box. So for now to position it, I'm just putting two screws in each corner This is the last corner just to show. I just took the 10 footer that was gonna make the five foot ends, and I cut it in half. We've got 12 footers down the rest of it. So now we've got two screws in each corner. Got a nice little box. This is where you might want a buddy, because now you can pick it up. If you got a buddy moving around a little bit, position it just right. And then we're going to start filling what's inside the box and putting down ground cover around what goes outside the box that it's weed free both in and out the box, and we're gonna get our three beds together. But here we go. We're getting rockin. So you guys remember that early on we talked about the advantages of a five foot wide box and how helpful it was. So I just want you to see how wide a five foot boxes, you know. Okay, this is how big it is. I've got a six foot long arm span about two meters, so that's how big it is. So the idea, remember, is that if you are working outside the box. You can easily reach to the middle without stepping into the soil. So that's what it's looking like. Okay. Five foot wide, which is 1.5 meters by 12 foot long, which is about four meters. We had already mapped out the whole area where the backyard abundance project was could be taking place in our yard. So we just had a frame of wood on the ground. And then we had a lot of cardboard ready to go on. A few helpful friends so challenges. If it's a windy day, you might need a few blocks of wood or small kids to just hold down your cardboard so it doesn't blow away and get it all. Lay doubts that there's no light peeking through to the ground underneath, said, Hopefully, you're gonna restrict any weed or grass growth of any sort. Once you've got it all laid out, then you're ready to start building more beds on top of that. So as we got ready to lay out the second bed next to the 1st 1 you can see I had my friend is Neil and down there for a minute to make sure we had enough space for a person to comfortably work when the beds air in place. And also you won't have enough room to turn around or to have a wheelbarrow that goes down between the rows between the beds. One of the little challenges we encountered with the blocks and the lids that go on them is that they really note the ups and downs in the soil underneath. So if it's an uneven surface, long boards there gonna be a lot easier to work with, because the bricks are you really gonna go up and down? I was fortunate to have a fairly flat surface underneath, so it made the bricks look pretty good right from the get go Safety first, kids, watch your fingers. What your eyes. What's your toes? Make sure you're cutting with care and as you start putting together the parts and pieces, if you're gonna make a bed using landscape ties, you're gonna get a lot stronger finished bed if you overlap the different joints. So I'd use 1/2 piece in a full peace and then start at the opposite end with the next tears that everything's overlapping just the way bricklayers lay down bricks. - All right, guys. Pretty much. Got the backyard abundance ready to be abundant. Check it out. We've got a low budget option of the five by 12. 1.5 meter by four meter. Bad. Remember, that's about a buck. A foot to go around the perimeter. Two screws at each corner. Boom. You're done right. 1 10 foot or cut in half. That's your ends and a 12 footer down each end. So simple, so inexpensive. Ready to go. It's not gonna fall over. You just put the ingredients in and we're gonna go for it. I'm sitting on kind of the mid grade one, right? This is three landscape ties. They are pressure treated. Some people may or may not like that, but ICO ties aren't available where I am. You might be able to get ones that aren't treated but the same dimension. We just took 12 footers and cut them in half for the ends and in half for the span. So this beds a little narrower. It's about four feet, so a little over 1.2 meters, maybe by 12 feet. That's about three bucks a foot to go around the perimeter. And then this is the big beauty. If you wanted to do some front yard, the outside face that's looking at me is dressed looks really good. The lids come on and off really easy if you want to move anything around. If you maybe don't like Ben and over too much, you could go to bricks high, put a little more soil in, and then you could sit on it while you guard. Not to be pretty sweet. So that's about $5 a foot to go around the perimeter. Now you'll notice there's cardboard everywhere, right? Got it all for free. Let's hear it for that. And it is just the pulp from would. So it's gonna turn back into soil. And when you put cardboard down on grass, which I've already cut really short, it pretty much kills it. And then the key is just top dressing. It's that the grass underneath it doesn't get any light, doesn't get any air. You would do this on top of soil on top of grass on top of a patio. I've even seen people do this successfully on top of concrete. Just put the cardboard down everywhere so now it's already the whole perimeter that's in the future. Gonna be deer fenced and all that, but we're not getting there yet. We just have are three beds ready? A nice space between. There's about a meter in between each bed and we're gonna end up having a doorway into the area over here with the deer fencing that goes around. So think of that in the future. I'm facing the sun so you can see where we're oriented. And now we're going to start filling the beds. The stuff that's most carbon e most brown, most rotted. I'm gonna be most fertile for scenes to germinates. Gonna be the top layers. The stuff that's most nitrogen rich, most green, most alive grass clippings, fresh compost tree chip ings that's all going to go in the bottom. But to start off to cover everything in the beds and outside the beds were just gonna put tree chip things down. I got them for free from a forest Service company. They basically cut down people's hedges and branches and trees, running through a chipper and basically shredded up. So we're gonna lay, you know, about 10 centimeters, four inches or so right down over everything inside the beds and on the walking paths. Those walking paths will not be slug friendly. They won't allow any pass to get into the beds or to be hiding undercover at night. And it'll be a great way inside the beds to have something that's gonna be breaking down and adding nourishment and holding moisture through the hot months when we're growing lots of veggies here. So let's get ready toe, layer this all out with tree chip ings. Here we go. 7. Chapter 3 Pest and Weed Control: after all the work you put in at this point of laying out your beds and getting your cardboard down. This part's really satisfying because it goes super fast and few spread, you know, just 10 12 centimeters of chips down. It covers the whole area. It basically eliminates the light. Getting to the ground underneath so pretty much immediately stops the growth of everything below. And as you'll notice as we go through the backyard abundance project, whenever weeds or grass start to peek through these chips in the season, we just keep covering them. And it just does a beautiful job of completely eliminating the weed cover or the grass poring through for the whole season. So be generous. Get lots of them dumping down and just keep adding more as you need them. Okay, guys. Hey, soda pop way are we got the three beds built with the three different kind of levels of pricing. Three different kind of presentation styles with the dressed faced Hello, block one by eight over on my right and at the back of the landscape. Ties That's bad and the one to my right are both five by 12 with 1.5 meter by four meter. One of the back is also four meters long, but it's a little narrower. It's about 1.21 point three meters, about four meters wide, so we've put cardboard inside the beds and outside the beds. As you saw. We've taken mark chips, chips from local hedges and trees. It's like a whole pile of forest here. There's a little bit inside each bed. It's also around the perimeter of every bad. That's going to suppress all the weeds. Anything growing through no pastor slugs. We're gonna wanna live in that. So the next step is to put the growing material or medium inside. We're gonna take compost from the property here that we've been building soil with. Put it inside, and then some soil. It's gonna cost about $30 to fill each bed with soil and compost. So, um, it's not that expensive isn't $30 for all of the material to go in a garden bed, And if you use the model on the right is only $30 for the perimeter as well. So that bed built and filled 60 bucks. Very inexpensive tohave. If you did three drip lines veggies on each side of each drip line, and each one's four meters long. You have eight meters times 3 24 meters. A veggie rose in one bed, 24 meters, which is 75 feet or so for $60. Not bad at all. So we're ready to go to the next step, filling up the beds and then putting a deer proof perimeter around it as well. And soda, as always, is gonna help me out, please. But shy. So he's not gonna look atyou. He's only gonna talk to me. All right, way. Keep going. 8. Chapter 4 Using Healthy Soil: Alright, guys. So we've got one garden bed filled and ready to plant. And you know what? You never want to feel rushed or hurried, cause gardening is supposed to be grounding and settling, not anxiety raising, Right. So the earlier you can get your garden beds ready for spring, the better the soil will have prepared itself because we're gonna dio a preparation method that's often referred to as lasagna gardening with just the idea of stacking layers of greens and browns, greens and browns on top of each other. The deeper your bed is, the easier it would be. And we're doing a fairly shallow bed. But we're gonna do kind of a modified it aeration of lasagna gardening so that we can have basically soil building even while soil is growing and that will retain moisture and generate nutrients for the plants. When you're finished up, I've got coffee sacks. It could be cardboard. Could be leaf Moshe sitting on top of black soil with a host of layers underneath it, and we're gonna attack a little garden bed together. And I'm just going to show you what I've put in here is that you can follow along. As you wish. Here we go. Okay, this is the garden bed for the day to fill. And yes, it's spring. And yes, it's raining and I love working in the rain. You might have heard the saying April showers bring May flowers. Well, we're in April right now where I am. It doesn't just bring May flowers when you get rain where I live, I get June, July, August, September, October, November December vegetables so that rain is good for everything going on. I want to fill this bed. We want to use this lasagna gardening approach, and I just want you to think for a moment about what's in here so far. Looks like an empty bed. In total, it's about 25 centimetres deep, 10 or 11 inches. Remember that their soil at the bottom under all this. Then there was grass on top of the soils that's brown and green. Then I put cardboard. That's brown. Then I put fresh bark chips That's green, so we already got four layers brown green, brown green soil, grass, cardboard bark chips. So there's already four layers in here, and now I'm gonna add a few more layers and I'll just walk you through that. And I do my best to get the free best quality ingredients I can to build this bed. So here we go. So the next thing guys that I'm putting in here is actually straight out of the chicken coop. But keep in mind the chicken coops been running with nothing emptied out for about six months. So this bed has got a mixture of rotting elf, elfin sawdust and chicken manure. There's a lot of layers of brown and green already going on in here, so not gonna spread that out. And this one wheelbarrow load that I just put in here will probably fill about half of the garden bed, which is remember, 12 feet or about four meters long. So there's that lots of brown and green layering already going on with that, And it's all different levels of decomposition, which means it's at all different levels of nutrients available to the plants we're gonna put in here. Okay, The next thing that I have guys is really great. Check out how green this is. It is grass clippings. I just put together a bunch of grass clipping, so that's is pure nitrogen as you can get. If I layer a bit of that, it's gonna really activate the decomposition. In fact, it'll start steaming inside there with all the activity. So that's a bunch more green going on inside the garden bed. Just one bucket of that. Her one capture of that And that's for again half the garden bed. And now, before I put soil in. Remember, this is all the lasagna layers before the soil. We're really building soil. I'm putting in compost, and this has been maturing for about 67 months in my garden, but mostly over the winter, when it would not have been breaking down or decomposing so quickly. And so this is household waste, last year's chicken manure and weeds and all sorts of things broken down. And this is full of worms. They are going to really accelerate everything that's about to go on in this garden bed, so lots of worms in there. So now think of this. Let's think about this for a second before we put the soil on and just consider what we've got. Oh, my goodness. This is good. We have got the original soil that we're putting this backyard abundance on top of right. That's like the blank palette. So we got the original soil, then we have the grass. Then we cover that grass with cardboard. Then we got fresh bark, chip ings and tree chipping is on top of that. Then we put in chicken manure with all the litter and sawdust and nutrition from the chickens. Then we put in grass clippings. Then we put in compost that's full of worms. Look at how these beauties Here's a couple they want to say Hi. There's some of the worms. So those worms are gonna go in there and break everything down, and now the beds a little bit more than half full by depth. And I'm gonna take the soil that I brought in, put soil on top of it and then cover it with coffee sacks and just let that bed prepare itself. So let's go get some soil and some sacks. Okay, so about half the beds full of all the layers building up to the soil, which is called often topsoil. So we're putting the topsoil on the top, and here we go. We're just gonna rake that around get her levels. Nice. See, we're rat for full. Keep in mind, the soil is gonna settle a bit so you can go really full and it will settle down a bit. Settle down, soil. Settle down. So now we have covered all of our lasagna lairs with the greens and browns with some nice rich brown top So which I didn't purchase from this bed. And each of the beds is between 1.5 one of the third meters by about four meters long, all the way around the perimeter is a bit over 10 meters or 30 feet. And here we are with L filled up and lots of layers on it. But then we want to protect the soil. Because remember, the soil is the whole part of the equation that matters the most in this. So what? Ideo as they take sacks. And if you can't get coffee sacks or potato sacks, which is remember, it's compostable. In this case, organic material, it becomes soil. Over time, you could get cardboard or leaf mulch. They would do Justus Well, just to create a really nice covering that keeps the worms feeling safe. They're not threatened, and that way they'll come up to the surface and they'll do what every gardener wants, which is nice turning of the soil without damaging it. So rather road are telling, or even putting a fork in it and turning it over the worms. They're going to do the work for us. That's a beautiful way to go. So this bed in this area now is ready to receive its irrigation drip lines, which were going in next. And then we're going to start planting on the door flights. Thanks for sticking with it. It's going to get done and it's gonna be awesome. Backyard abundance. 9. Day 10 Celebration: So it's about Day 10 ish, and I'm gonna try every 10 days or so to do an update on what's going on in the garden. And here we are at our first update at the first bed, the one that we planted pole beans and tomatoes and peppers and such in and what I want you to see is just a variety of the things we've encountered since we came up into this. The first thing I'll mention is we had a heat wave. After a few days of moisture, we had a heat wave. So ended up buying a watering can because I discovered that some of the things that didn't have deep roots or the seedlings needed a water from the watering can. Now, in the foreground, you can see the beats. The beats have come up beautifully. They've come up all along. I've added a few flowers that I've put it in a few places, and sunflowers that have gone to seed in my garden got planted at the very back behind the pole beans. The pole beans are up. Most them are a few centimeters tall, and there's two or three up of the three seeds they put around each pole. The tomatoes, air rocking. One of the tomato plants back here already has a flower on it. This lettuce looks really good. This lettuce completely dead. So what I've done is I've bought a replacement lettuce in a few places that's going to go here, and ah, then this is just a little kind of invention. This is a piece of wood that was left over in my shop with a piece of cardboard. It'll be like a shade paddle, and I'll put it up like this in front of the lettuce is just what we've got these really hot days when it's hitting 30 Celsius or about 80 F. The lettuce wasn't made for that. Yeah, So tomatoes air good. Some of lettuce is done. Great. Some hasn't beats, have germinated beautifully added some flowers and things that come along nicely. And I'm just gonna replace the lettuces that didn't make it. So That's kind of the update. Day 10 ish on that first bed. So, uh, our first update our day Tanisha update for this bed which has potatoes on the right for the most part, carrots and onions down the mill and greens down left. Just give you a little update. How things were looking there. Well, the potatoes air sprouting over on the right. There's potatoes coming up all along. It's been 10 days, and they're sprouting up like this, and they were put way more than that under the ground. So there, cooking, I put a few flowers in down that side as well. Down the center, the carrots air up all along. Just little tiny guys centimeter up. But they're spreading beautifully, and next them the onions hit miss some of totally taken and they're rooting and they're doing great. Many have just died, so I'm gonna get more onions. The heat spell clearly was too much for them, and we'll start again on some of the onions. That's real gardening. Some things don't work out kids, and you just keep on going. Hopefully, and on the left side, we've totally rocked it All the mixed greens we put in have come up from C beautifully. There's already mixtures of different colors cause it's a salad green mix, so there's pale yellow. There's dark yellow. There's red and all these different leaf colors coming up, so I think at the next update at day 20. It's going to look amazing and colorful there. So that's what that bed is looking like. Okay, so for the third and final bed planted a few flowers in the foreground and Justin overview on the other. Things that are here. Well, you can see the things like the deal have come along great. One of the basil plants have survived and is looking fine. The one that's next to it has not survived. So that's that's not gonna work out for this little basil plant. So he's gone. Um, the little transplants I'd done from my own pots of I think they're spreading broccoli of cup along beautifully, and there's little traces of the greens coming up in the middle row as well. On the far right, you can see this is again all see that I have saved myself chard, broccoli and such. It's just coming up amazingly, and for the most part, I think I was a bit too a bit too aggressive with the scene, so I'm gonna have to go along in a few places, and we'll just pluck out a few of the extra plants because it's a bit over seeded, we could say, which means very viable. Lots of the seed was germinating, and I'll have to thin it out a bit. So this beds looking great in the distance at the very end. If you look up just a little bit more, you can see on the right there. There's the big squash plant and a melon plant. They're coming along fine as well. So this beds looking fantastic. And I just have to thin a few of the extra seeds that have sprouted so beautiful. Just keep on watering and, uh, watch that grow will be back for about a day. 20 update. See where things air out then. 10. Day 20 Celebration: welcome to our second update on backyard abundance related to our time check ins. It's day 20 ish day. 20 ish means update number to take a look at where things were at. There's a lot of good going on. The beats are getting some serious size leaves here in the foreground, the tomatoes air sizing up in one of the good things to do at this point is get the leaves of the tomatoes to get on the highest wire possible of the cage, said they. As they start to set fruit, they'll have something to help bear the weight. I've just taken these little shade paddles that we did it Day 10 which were shielding the lettuce from direct sun when they were struggling. And now you can see the lettuce is doing well. It's looking good. We're gonna be able to harvest really soon. And we did realize, as noted previous, that there was some wire warm in here, which was part of the reason why these weren't surviving. It wasn't really about the heat. I think the peppers are looking pretty good and have some flour set and fruit. The radishes that I planted here, it was really old seed that I'd gotten from a friend. I think it was five years old. Did not germinate. There's only one or two radishes coming up. Well, what you dio I did is just replaced with some marigolds that look beautiful. But I won't be able eat him the beans in the background here coming along good. There's two or three every poll, and the sunflowers air up already over into the 30 40 centimetre size. They're gonna look beautiful, and the cucumber that you can see on your right over there is already starting to set fruit . It's got a little tiny Cuc's grown on it. So this beds doing fantastic and note there's no weeds. I haven't had to pull any weeds that here. So things are coming along really nicely there. Flowing drip irrigation every couple days to keep the big stuff going and a watering cat on the warm days to get the little or stuff just going mostly just the beats needed. Within another day or two, I can start harvesting beat leaves, but I'll just let you see that you might already know this. But beat leaves are amazing as a green in this out. They taste fantastic. If you just pick a few, you're not gonna harm the beats growth down in the ground and you get great salad mixes that of it as well. So day twenties looking good. Let's keep looking around. The zucchini plant has flowers all over it. Some of them are huge. And there's some baby zucchini, that air setting and further down you can see on the right hand side the herbs or taking off really well. The melon cantaloupe plant in the foreground, on the rights coming along. Good. He was a little hard hit with the heavy son, but now he's doing well, and I'll just take you down to the other end of the same bed so you can see what the greens air doing. It's looking really encouraging. Okay, so check out what's happening here. I've added another Mary gold in the foreground. You can see down here and, ah, look at the tatsoi. This green, which could be used as a cooking green. Aura's a salad. Green is already coming together beautifully. So nice little cute leaves, behaves a lot like spinach in terms of if you're trying to figure out where this tatsoi fits in. And some of the guys that I transplanted to come along well Oh, and I'm spotting something right Here are a Fiddes, a foods there, tiny little fellers that come in his past there, usually farmed by ants who eat their excretions. And if a foods get going on cabbage family things, there could be a problem. So the best way to deal with that is simply to spray water on them. Or you could if you just have a few plants, you could just rub your hands on them and rub them off. But you got to get rid of them right away. Or you could just get some dish soap that's environmentally friendly and with some environmentally friendly dish soap mixed with water, not straight. They're soap. You spray it on them. It coats the A foods that it can't breathe properly, and then it suffocates and you've eliminated the past. So water or hand cleaning or a bit of diluted Ah, environmentally friendly soap will work well on that. The charge coming along beautifully. You connection? This is cool. Check this out. The charge seed that we planted came up on this leaf so you can actually see the seed that was connected on the leaf there. So the charts coming in? Well, there's no broccoli and kale coming in down here that's looking good as well. So this bed is taking off. And by the time we get to our third update at day 30 we're gonna be harvesting salads out of here. So a month from seed, we're gonna be harvesting salads out of the chart and the tatsoi and the kale. Oh, it is looking good. Let's take a look at the next bed. So in our final bed, we had potatoes on this side that was planted as a potato. Remember? 20 days ago, because were it our second update? So in 20 days, we've already got potatoes that are looking that significant. If you look down the road all down here, some of them are coming up even bigger than that. At that end, in the middle bed. Pretty interesting to see what's happened. I put in some marigolds where onions didn't survive well, and I'm just gonna move the camera for a second so you can see where the carrots air at. So if you look in there, you can see Merry go. But what I want you to look at is on the left. Is that little fill of They're all just reached two. It is carrot. So the carrots are starting to come up here. And obviously, because see, depth is not exactly the same in all places. The rate at which the carrots come up on germinate varies a little bit as well, but they're coming up. They're coming along OK, Onions, air hitting this but more of them are taking, then didn't take. So I'm gonna call that a win. Onions are a little fussy sometimes for me. And this is new soil. That doesn't really have a predetermined heritage that I know about. So I think by next year they'll be way more friendly to onions. And then let's just move the camera just ever so gently. Just gonna let you look down the lettuce row. Now this again has led us. We started from seed, so it's comin along. And if you're looking closely there, you can see that there's some nice lettuces coming all along that row. And keep in mind, every one of those guys is gonna end up being something that's the size of a full had within a few more weeks. So by day 30 I think we're going to be picking some lettuce in here is. Well, there's obviously been quite a bit of, I think, wood fiber that was pulped into this soil when it was made. I just want to show you one other little thing here if I can get it zooming in the camera. Oh, I think I'm gonna missed it. There, there, take a look at that mushroom. See? Gotta figure what's grown in with my lettuce here. There must be a lot of decomposing wood to create a mushroom that's growing in warm conditions in a new garden bed. So I think that's may be indicative of why some things aren't growing as well as I would have liked it. That's just hilarious to me that there's mushrooms growing with the lettuce. Okay, so check it out. We've got quite a good range of potatoes on this side. Onions and carrots in the middle, and the mixed greens and lettuces on the right. So by the time we're into the gardening, as we are now one of the things we're gonna need to do is check on the filter for the pressure reducer. The filter that it was in here screws in it out by hand. And as you can see here, it's got a little bit of color on it. But it's not gonna be impeding the flow of water very much. When it's nice and clear like that, you know the water is gonna flow through. Well, it starts to get a little darker. You got to just run some water over it can see as soon as I take my finger. There's some gunk coming out, and that actually cleans up the filter right away. The best way to do is just read it under a tap, and it'll take out all that little collected particle matter and the water's gonna keep flowing. So probably every 15 20 days, you're gonna need to do that, okay? And just quickly back in there once it's clean. So it's looking good. Hey, guys, because we're a day 20 are second update. We've checked out all the beds. There's no weeds growing on the pathways. The cardboard and the bark chips have done an amazing job of keeping down the weeds. And if there are more weeds that show up, we'll just don't dump some chips on them. No, dear have come in over the top. No rabbits have come in under the bottom slugs, which are a huge problem in the area where I live. They don't want to cross this. And because there's enough of a perimeter of the chips around the outside of each of the beds, it just feels like, I guess, a really frightening area for them to cross like a no man's land that just could be too damaging for them to crawl across. And all this so that the slugs haven't ventured into here. We've got one past problem we found, which is the A foods on the cabbage family stuff. So we've told you what to do with that. Sprained some water, rubbing off with your hand orbit of diluted soap, other that we're looking at a but in the harvest, which is what this is all about. A backyard abundance. So stay tuned for the next update. We're going to see where we're at. Things are coming along if you're doing it right now as we follow along, keep rockin. It's gonna roll along really nice till next time