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Help! I've Never Had a Garden!

Paul Dysinger

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There is the ideal and then there is reality. In this class we will look at how to start with your reality and advance step-by-step.

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Paul Dysinger

Founder of Born to Grow Online Organic Gardening University

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  • January 18, 2018
    9:30 AM

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All right good morning everyone. So. I'm excited to be here with you this morning how many of you all are excited to be learning about gardening and as we get started how many of you have literally never had a garden like you've never OK OK So we've got it is a good number and then let's. You. Well hey that's better than nothing at all. But yeah so I just wanted to get like a little feel for the room of the gardening experience because I know you might be coming here but you might have a little bit of gardening experience but you just want to go a little bit deeper. Some of you haven't ever had a garden before so we are approaching this from more of a beginning standpoint and there is yeah yeah so there is so much when it comes to gardening I feel like this post is in the way here there is so much when it comes to gardening that can be covered here is my goal for us this morning before we jump into it and that is to break it down into to give you a framework so that by the time that you leave you feel like OK I have a framework that I can work from in my garden and we're going to be talking about real practical things that you can do when it comes to dealing with weeds and pasts and things like that but even deeper is that you have this framework that you can work from because otherwise sometimes it can be a little overwhelming to even know where to start when you're putting in a garden so let's start if you all don't mind if we just have a quick word of prayer before we begin. Heavenly Father I pray that you your spirit would be with us as we talk and share together this more. As we talked about growing food it's one of the it is the first. Occupation that you gave to me and what a privilege and I pray that you would guide and that you would be with us during this time in Jesus' name amen. So first of all just a quick little background on myself and very sort of my wife Natasha will be here I don't think she's here right now but she's just grabbing something and she'll be in Natasha and I currently live in Virginia but backing up a little bit I live with my family we have a home on our family farm in Tennessee and so if any of you have heard of Bountiful blessings farm my dad and my uncle partnered together for many years we did a commercial farming business I worked with the family commercial farm for many years and then kind of branched off from the commercial side and started teaching people how to grow their own food more on a home scale so that's perfect for what we're going to be talking about here today and so I started on an online training program where I take people step by step through the whole process of growing your own food and that's something that we continue today Natasha and I just recently moved up to Virginia it's kind of like a temporary move we don't know exactly how long we're going to be there but we've been working with the Phillies have an evangelist evangelism school there we've been working with them there and it's kind of forced us into learning a whole new side of gardening because we're living in a basement apartment and we only have a very small space to grow like patio gardening a container gardening so we used to have the whole farm now we're in this little tiny space and so we've learned a whole nother side to the gardening area gardening world with our patio garden and we'll have another session after this one talking about Patio gardening but today. OK this morning in this session like you said I want to take you through. This framework that I guide people through when they're putting in their own garden so let's just go over a quick overview of what we'll talk about first of all we're going to talk about the big picture when it comes to the garden and we'll start from the big picture and then we'll come back into this the specifics for our garden. OK and ask you like what's your dream go I want to get you thinking about what your dreams for your own garden can cast that vision for yourself and then we'll spend most of our time talking about your garden game plan and this is the game plan that I lead people through and we'll talk a little bit more about it it's divided into four sections and it just helps with knowing what to focus on and when to focus on it and that can take a lot of stress right off of your tape plate right there just having that knowledge and then. On growing an abundance of food and then at the end I'm hoping to save enough time that we can do some question and answers as well because I'd like to hear from you while you might have questions that I don't address in this specific seminar because there's so much that can be can be talked about is a we'll try and save some time for that. But starting out with the big picture I'll talk just very briefly about the organic approach we come to gardening from an organic approach an organic perspective and there's a couple a couple of specific things that are surrounded in that number one we when you come to gardening from our Gannett perspective you're looking at how can you work with nature as much of pot as possible versus working against nature nail conventional gardening most conventional gardeners don't mess with. And they just look at themselves as working against nature but unfortunately what they do often does work against nature and. Part of that is understanding the whole and my blocking the screen for some of your part of that is understanding the whole ecosystems that are in nature so you have. You know if you've ever garden before you've probably seen bugs in your garden and some of those bugs can cause a lot of heart but and oh I wish I could put a picture in here there are insect to and insect bugs that actually are extremely beneficial to the garden as well and having both of them so part of the whole organic approach is encouraging a biodiversity in your garden because having you when you have a harmful bug it's beneficial to have beneficial ones that will balance out the ecosystem. I was just hearing about a situation I think it was in either Yellowstone or Yosemite I forget which it was one of our Yellowstone that's what it was in Yellowstone you know they had had people had basically taken out all of the wolves just hunting you know farmers trying to protect themselves etc knocked out all of the wolf population and the authorities or whoever made the decision making process said hey we need to bring wolves back in here so they brought wolves back in and it was amazing they said the result. The ecosystem changed on every level from not only the animal level because the wolves started to they all and sing out the there was a way massive load amount of deer that had built up because there was no wolves to balance them out so that balanced out but because the deer balanced out all of a sudden floor. And began growing that wouldn't wasn't able to grow before because the deer was eating it all that you know change the insect populations like it would change the whole ecosystem just because it brought balance and so that's what we're wanting to do in our garden as well tell you one very simple example of this is how Have any of you ever experienced tomato or an worms Yeah yeah so they come in and they totally decimate your tomatoes and they can eat them in a matter of like one or two day because room they're got so they can be really bad but there is an inside there's a wasp that is a parasitic last for those tomato horn worms and they will literally come and we just had to make one worms in our garden this year and we didn't do anything to them because we had this wasp in the area that came and it lays its larvae on the horn where you can actually see it's like this little white I have pictures of it I can show you later if you want to come up and talk to me but it's just like this little white larva that lays on the worm and the the. Ends up eating the worm and kills the worm and so part of that you know encouraging biodiversity is if we had just gone in and killed off all the tomato hornworms eventually there would be nothing for the wasp to live on and we'd lose the wasp and then if we ever had the tomato horned worm it would never be able to balance out is that makes sense so this is part of the big picture organic approach we're wanting we're approaching the garden saying how can we work with nature as much as possible how can we encourage biodiversity so that we have a balance system with the good and bad so when I see an insect It doesn't mean that I immediately go out and attack that insect and trying to strike it because I might destroy a good insect along with the bad insect and then I'm in a worse place off than I started all right. So let's talk let me ask you really quickly what your dream goal is anybody have a dream go. What they would like to do with their garden and it can be big it can be small it can be like I want to grow all my own food anybody have a dream of. Big tomatoes Oh right I like that goal anyone else have a goal with their garden. Yeah yeah be able to just grow your own salads there's nothing. Some of my sweetest memories are going out especially in the winter because salads do really well in the winter if you have and will talk briefly about how you can protect them and getting a fresh salad in the middle of January fresh spinach is amazing to someone else that yes. Amen. Absolutely yeah passing that knowledge around. So yes in the back. Yeah. You know isn't that beautiful that. When your garden does well it can often provide way more than you need and it gives that opportunity to share with your neighbors and it creates a bond of friendship with other people that you would never have. Without that ability to share the food that you grow so I wanted you just to think about your dream really quickly because it's good to dream and it's good to have the vision you know the Bible talks about where there is no vision the people perish right it's good to have a vision of where I want to go. Then it's also good to take that vision and break it down into small steps because it's easy you know my wife Natasha and I do health coaching and we go through this process of people casting a vision of where they want their health to be ultimately but then we help them break it down into small steps because if you try and get there all in one big step you'll fail and then you get discouraged and we don't want you to end up in that situation and that is honestly what happens with most gardeners they jump in whole hog I want to grow all my own food they plant all of this stuff and then it ends up failing and then they get discouraged and it's like oh that was a flop what am I going to do now so break it down and then take it one step at a step at a time and this is what we're going to talk about when we go through what I call your garden game plan and this is the framework that was talking about at the beginning that I want to just take you through step by step going through what are you going to focus on when are you going to focus on it and what are the main key steps that you need to get in place to have a garden starting from scratch all right and our garden game plan goes through four levels. Number one is what I call the ignition stage and. The. This whole little set up is kind of set up. You can kind of think of it like getting a rocket ready to launch you know and so you have this ignition stage where you're getting everything prepared then you have a launch stage where you're actually you know you've got a lot rocket on the pad you get everything hooked up to it and it's getting ready to take off and it lifts off the ground now with our guardians some oftentimes what happens is people get through the ignition stage they get through the lot stage and the rocket takes off and it's just going up but then it's like the what was it the Challenger that blew up let's play a bad illustration but you know it takes off and somehow it gets thrown off to the side and the whole garden runs away from you and that's when you've got like weeds that take over your entire garden and. If you've ever had that feeling of you know you don't even want to look at your garden anymore because it just gives you a heart they couldn't really and you can you know it's got way more work than you can do in it so there's the launch stage then there's the gross stage and this is like as your rock is taking off into outer space and you're you're working on we'll go through each of these on a more step by step this is just an overview but you're working on all the aspects of growing that watering it we keeping it weeded transferring know transplanting is in the launch trellis in your plants and getting that you know that that taking care of them stage and then there is an extended stage where you can throw your garden into orbit where you're growing all year round and that's kind of a little bit more of an advanced stage and it's kind of optional because you can just grow in the summer if you want to just grow in the summer but once you get good at that or even if you want to try even before you get really good at it you can there are simple ways that you can extend your garden. And grow your rail and even if you live in very very cold environments and we'll talk briefly about that but the main yes. Yeah. Yeah. You know that's a good question and I don't know is there. Back over this way it looks like. OK that's good to know it's good to know so if anyone else needs them. So today this morning we're going to look mostly at the ignition launch and grow stages we'll talk a little bit on the extend because I recognize that some of you are going to want to go a little bit deeper into that. But for most of us just starting out I encourage you to focus on these first three stages and then as you get that down it's very easy to throw in additional things to extend over into the winter. All right so number one is ignition and these are kind of a little overview of the steps that go on in this ignition stage and as you're thinking about this remember I was saying I want to leave you with a framework and this is the framework that I want to leave you with because each of these stages pretty much are things that you focus on for the most part at different times and so right now you know we're in January we're coming into the growing season this ignition stages where you are out right now and you don't have to worry about thinking about all of the the grow you know you want to learn how to take care of your plants obviously but right now you can put your focus on the ignition stage and it just helps you know where do I need to be putting my focus on at this time soon you'll be planting your plants and that will be in the launch stage and you'll know OK I need to be focusing on these think so the first stage here is ignition. And you want to be focusing on planting your garden ordering see and focus on your soil and nutrients This is a simple simplified version there are deeper things that you can go into but. As simplified the main things that you want to be focusing on right now are planning your garden ordering seeds and focusing on your soil and nutrients. The presentation I can try and get it online get it uploaded for you yeah I'd be happy to share it with you for sure. So here is literally honestly where most people struggle. With you a field steps of how not to fall into the same trap it's really quite simple but it's a very it's a it's something that we've all fallen into included my including myself and this is when it comes into the planning stage of our garden I can remember on the farm several years ago my family my dad was running the winter season of the farm so we were doing all of the winter crops and vegetables and part of that was growing some of the storage crops for storing in the winter and we we planned but we planned way too big and. We ended up growing I think it was about a half acre of sweet potatoes that year and I tell you I have never seen so many sweet potatoes in my life the crop did wonderful and but it was just a nightmare to try and get them out of the ground we were like trying to find people that would come and volunteer to help you know that sweet potatoes away but then after we got in them all harvested which was pretty much a miracle in itself then we have. But in sweet potatoes that we had to move now and so we're trying to think up creative ways to sell them so we ended up making these little we called them little Yami bags where people could like buy them as a gift bag to give away for Christmas or Thanksgiving or something like that. But it all started out with the planning and we had so one one thing that often happens to us is gardeners as we start out and we we think big and it's really easy to do when it comes to gardening because it's easy to plant a lot of plants but it can take a little bit more to take care of them down the road it's easy to get a lot started in the beginning but what I want to talk about here is specifically where most people struggle is. That one one side of it is planning and planning too big for what you can take care of another side of it is this whole. Idea of success versus failure you know all of us live busy lives to a certain degree or I should just say how many of you would consider your life busy. OK but yet most of us some of us in the room might have a more relaxed life but I know from my wife Natasha and I we live a pretty busy life and it can be difficult sometimes to think how how can I fit the garden into my schedule. And what happens is we can often easily fall into a big trap and can any of you guess what the trap is when it comes to planning your garden. What's that OK too big is one. Too many plants. Takes too much time yeah there's one other trap that I'm thinking that. So. Not starting not starting procrastinating there it is so easy for us as gardeners too when it comes to planning the garden specifically to procrastinate and to delay and sometimes if you've never done it before you can also have like a brain freeze when it gets overwhelming thinking of all the decisions that you need to make and where do I start and so what often happens is number one for some people they plan and they plan too big all right so that might be you for other people procrastination can be the real big game changer where. You don't ever even start planning because that it's kind of overwhelming or Life is too busy and so it's always pushed off to the side and you never get into that planning process for your garden and all the sudden it's the gardening season and you're trying to figure out what plants need to be planted now you're kind of running by the seat of your pants and and so then you find out oh I need to be planting tomatoes now but you might tomatoes aren't ordered and so now I need to order. My tomatoes but then I have to wait for the seeds to come and then you're already running behind our right. Hate it happens to the best of us so you're not alone if you go through that experience or if you've gone through that experience before but I want to share with you some tips to to eliminate needing to go through that experience yourself I'm here's how not to fall into this trap the first one is to take it one step at a time don't try and figure everything out all at once there is a lot to think about when it comes to growing a garden there's a lot of options you might get a seed catalogs and start looking through it and you could get overwhelmed just by looking through the seed catalog has they've got one hundred different varieties of tomatoes and you don't know which one to pick right so take it one step at a time and I'll share with you some simple steps that you can go through that you can write down in your notes to do this but so what I would suggest is set aside a time to plan in your schedule so wherever you're at right now you know when your garden comes later on you're going to need some time in your schedule to take care of your garden so if you can start blocking out that Time for your garden in your schedule now you'll set your up yourself up for success later on. Set aside some time to plan it plan in your schedule and it doesn't have to be like an hour every single day you know you don't have to make it overwhelming it could be half an hour two times a week could be maybe an hour once a week but at least if you have some time set aside and marked in your calendar so that you know this is designated for my garden otherwise inevitably it will slip by with the business of life and something else will fill it in so set aside that time then take it one step at a time. And start planning early so leaving this conference is the time to start planning your garden you know you're here you're excited about it. Set aside that time in your calendar and now is the time to start planning your garden I know it's January and you might not be. Ready to plant certain things right now as soon as you go home but if you have the plan set up you'll know when you need to be planting them when the time comes and you'll have those seeds ordered and ready and then the. Last thing here is you can even get accountability that can be helpful for some of us if we were if you know that procrastination is really your big struggle you can get accountability from someone a friend that is gardening with you and you say hey I need to get my garden plant can you just keep me accountable and you know I'll keep you accountable ask each other in two weeks you know where we're at and that can be very helpful. So when it comes to actually making your plan I want to give you. Because I just said you know take it one step at a time so I want to give you some of those steps All right so we can make this really practical for you. But first. With making your plan understand that everything revolves around your garden plan if you have a plan for your garden this season and this is especially critical for those that are just starting off with your garden if you have a plan it will set you up. It's probably the single most thing that will set you up for success in your garden this year over anything else would be your plan and. And. Well your plan is definitely the foundation it's the first steps and then talk about focusing on on your soil and and how to focus on building up healthy plants themselves but your plan is the first foundational that will set you up for success everything else revolves around it. I want you to go from here and into this next season feeling that you were the master of your garden. Vs your garden being the master of you you know Martin Luther once had a quote where he and he said this about a great musician of his time and I forget the musicians name but he said. The music obeys the man and he named the man the music would obey that man verse is he being ruled by the music instead he told the music where to go and I want you to have that experience in your garden where at the end of the day you come to the end of your season and you were the master of your garden and you feel that satisfaction that you know not only did I grow wonderful food but it grew well and it wasn't it wasn't the master of my life and it didn't run away from me and take over my life. So step by step making your plan here is the the practical steps first starting out first of all the first step and so when you're set aside that time in your schedule to start making your plan the first session that you can do when you sit down is say OK I'm going to come up with a list of what I want to grow choose what I want to grow and that can be. And here's here's what I would encourage you to start out just thinking broadly what do I want to grow I want to grow tomatoes I want to grow cucumber ZX eggplant green beans and you might come up with a you might come up with a large list and then you can pare it down from there but start out just thinking what do I want to grow and write it down on paper. Of the different veggies that you want to grow. And that could be your first little planning session is just that and you don't need to feel like you need to do more than that in your first planning session you know that might take up all of your time you say OK I'll do the next step later don't try and get it all done all at once if you have the time. Get it all done at once you can do that but that can be a little overwhelming for some people the second is choose where to grow it so you want to look around your space and say Where am I going to put my garden this is especially for you all that are just starting out you know some of you if you garden before you might already have a garden area but in this class you know I'm talking to people that have never garden before and you're going to want to look around your house and say Where can I put the garden some places have more options than others right so you're going to have to work with what you have if you can a couple tips on this is you want to find an area of your garden that has the most sunlight possible for most of your crops so for us in the northern hemisphere that's generally going to be on the southern side of your house. Or if you have a larger property. You want to look for an area that gets a large amount of sunlight where Natasha and I are in Virginia it's actually a real blessing because our house like the patio is on the southern side of the house and so that's where we do our patio gardening at the moment. When you want to look for a place that has the most sunlight if you don't if you are literally in a situation where you don't have anywhere that gets you want to least. At least six to eight hours of sunlight a day preferably eight to ten in the summer where your garden is and that's going to be for most of your fruiting crops like your tomatoes your cucumber is your plant your squash some of your greens. So if you don't have that opportunity in your growing area if your house just doesn't afford that then there are that Suppose that you can grow. That don't need as much sunlight and that's going to be most of your greens in your herbs and some of your root vegetables like your. Carrots and turnips and stuff they can handle a little bit less sunlight so you do have some options if you don't have the perfect ideal location. But what you want to do is number one choose what you're going to grow Number two is choose where you're going to grow it and map it out on a little piece of paper and we'll talk about setting up your garden beds here in just a second the next step would be to order your seeds once you have chosen what to grow and where to grow it is to order your seeds and that will take actually getting your. Yes. Getting those catalogs and going through and picking which ones to get. And I'm just looking at the time because there are there are some tips I can give you for choosing the choosing Fridays here's what I'll tell you we have. Ultimate garden cheat sheet that we give away in our in our business and it has listed on our favorite crop spacings for like how far apart we plant our plants that has our favorite And it also has our favorite varieties on it that we have of especially appreciated and that can be a good starting place when you're when you're choosing your varieties if you're. If that's a struggle for you if it's overwhelming to look at a whole seed catalog it can be a starting point to say hey I'll just try what you done and it's been a success for you and most of them should work for most of you all as well so I can give that to you and I can see if I can upload that as well along with the presentation and it's got more information on there Scott whether we direct seed to them or transplant them. Other informations like a quick look up a guide for your different crops that can be very helpful for you on. Our rights the second part of this ignition stage is focusing on your soil so the first part is planning you want to go through those those steps of choosing what you're going to grow where you're going to grow it were during your seeds getting ready and then you also want to focus on your soil your soil really is the health of your garden. If you think about it the garden mirrors a lot of our own personal health when our bodies are healthy we're more resistant to diseases that come and attack us and the healthier your garden is your plants are the more resistant they are to disease Well what is it that makes our bodies healthy. You are what we eat right so what we put in affects the health of our bodies and it's the same in I mean there's more to it you know you've got to exercise there's other things to it but a major part is what we eat and the same thing happens in the garden the are where where do your plants eat. They eat from the soil they do take in some from the air as well but they alone of it is from the soil and so the healthier your soil is the healthier your plants are going to be does that make sense and believe it or not a healthy plant is more resistant to pests and diseases as well I can share with you some illustrations later on here but the main purpose here is I want you to come away recognising that the second thing for you to focus on is your soil you need a good garden plan but you want to also start beginning focusing on your soil now there is an option to get a soil test I understand that you know for a lot of us just starting out that can be a little overwhelming to think you know so. I get a soil tests if I do where am I going to get it and how in the world are my going to figure it out I don't have time to go into all of that here in this presentation in our online garden training where I take people step by step through growing their garden and you know we go into a lot more detail about that and I walk you through the whole process of getting a soil test you don't necessarily have to get a soil test it is a good thing and I would encourage it but you don't necessarily have to get a soil test to start out. You can start with there the number one thing that you want to do to improve your soil if you don't get a soil test and even if you did you would want to be doing this anyways but the number one thing that you want to do is wherever you are growing your garden in you want to add organic matter to your garden soil in the form of some kind of compost. Compost is broken down organic matter and. So. There are many different places that you can get compost you can get them at your other local centers you can get different types of compost I would suggest looking for an organic compost in your area sometimes there you might find. Leaf mold compost which is broken down leaves that is very excellent for your garden mushroom compost if you can get an organic mushroom compost can be good as well some people wonder about like horse manure and new workers those can be OK but I would be careful where they're coming from so you want to look into what is the source of the manure if it's from a local farm that you know where the horses have been and you know that they're not pumping them full of antibiotics and other things like that then. You could feel a little bit more safe but you'd want to also make sure that the horse manure is broke. Down so if they've been bedding the horses you want to make sure that that is broken down to the point where you can hold it in your hand and it doesn't smell like manure anymore it smells like a rich earthy smell all right and then you can add that to your garden. But organic matter in another it self no matter where your soil level is it will improve your soil not only the structure of your soil but it will also add nutrients to the soil depending on what compost it is some will add more nutrients than others. It will add nutrients but one of even even a greater thing. Along with that is that it encourages. Microbial life in the soil. Believe it or not the soil that we are stepping on is alive with life you might not think about it often and often we don't think about it but if you took a. Teaspoon of soil and counted the microbes and the bacteria and the microbial life in it. If you counted one a second can in any of you guess how long it would take you to count all of the microbes in a teaspoon of soil. Or not quite a lifetime. A year that's a good guess anyone else I guess. It would take you about thirty thirty one years counting one a second to count all the microbes in a teaspoon of soil that's a lot of life now that that's a good soil now. Yes That hasn't been treated with chemicals and Roundup that's killed off that light because you can kill the life in the soil so that's a good soil but you want that life in your soil those microbes and those bacteria they help make nutrients available to your plants they create symbiotic relationships with your plants that protect them from diseases and other. Intruders So adding that organic matter is going to encourage that microbial life in your soil and it will help with the building up a better structure in your soil keeping it loose so that it's not too compact or if you have sandy soil it gives you know it gives a little bodies so that it can hold water better because water will just drain out of sand a lot easier so whatever your soil is it will help with improving it and starting it out. And then in. And then. When it comes to fertilize in your garden your compost in organic matter is not necessarily going to have all of the key nutrients for your garden All right. If it's really good compost it made it you know it may be close close and it may be getting there and it's good to add it but you may need some more nutrients for your garden and without taking a soil test it's kind of hard to know which ones you need the most All right but I'm going to share with you our number one garden fertilizer that gives a good balance of nutrients so if you if you haven't taken a soil test you could. Start out with using this all right and. That is it's called an all natural part of lies are vague in mix from down to earth so you can write that down if you want to get some for yourself it's this particular fertilizer is a very good mix which means that it's all plant based the reason for that isn't necessarily because I'm totally against using any type of animal product or. Or animal fertilizer but because I am against using fertilizers that are sourced from factory farms and most of the lies are will have either blood meal or feather meal in them that is sourced from a factory farm where there is animals are being pumped full of antibiotics and all kinds arsenic you know you get a lot of you don't know what is in it and so it's just safer to go with something that is like this and I can tell you that we started using this this year and it totally revolutionize our garden now we're growing in containers this year and so nutrients are even more important and we started out using an organic liquid nutrient but it was missing a couple nutrients and that made all the difference to switch to this which is a powder it's more natural Yes So. It is it is it's the actual It's got crushed soft rock phosphate in it it's the natural it's basically. Pre-made mix of what I would use if I was growing it out in in a main garden so it's got like kelp meal soft rock phosphate greens and and others. Mixed together it's not that bad. I forget. The box like this that was like. Sixteen bucks or something for. I don't remember it was like five pounds or something. You can order online at Amazon. And you can get larger quantities than this you know you can get it in a larger quantity if you need to do yeah. Yes that's a good question and if you if you're not doing a soil test I would definitely do it in the beginning of the season I would I would start out trying to do it like maybe a couple times in the season maybe when you switch your crop out. But a little bit more and and on the box that has some more instructions as to ratios like how much are you going to spread out over one hundred feet and then you can break it down for your own personal garden. I would mix it into the whole thing. Now when we did it our plants were already in the pots and so I just scratched it into the top and watered it in and it worked well that way as well but that was because the plants were already established and I couldn't mix it all the way in but I would makes it all the way in in the beginning yes. That's. Yeah we do yeah. Well that's kind of you thank you yeah that's really kind of you so are Amazon store is Store dot born to grow dot net store born to grow. Yet born to grow dot net. Stored. Born to grow B.O.R. And yeah B.O.R. and T O G R O W dot net and it has this on there and so you'll go on there and when you click to checkout it all redirect you over to Amazon it will automatically add it to your cart and then you just go through the checkout process Oh thanks for bringing that up kind of you. Yes. Yes What I would do is I would prepare my garden bed and loosen up the soil and then I would spread it out over the bed area that I was going to grow and then I would scratch it in with we use what we call a three part problem cultivator that you could use a rake or something and scratch it into the soil so you scratched in to the top layer of the soil. Yeah I'm not too happy and like I said on the box it has recommendations for how much and I don't have them off the top of my head so. Now. Going along with the soil test we are at the conference here we are doing a little drawing for you all for a free soil test so if anyone is interested in a soil test you can sign up and the and or maybe I'll just give it to you. Do you want to just pass these we have. There's more. Yes So we have a little. Little sign up and we'll just do a drawing at the end and someone will win a free soil test and we'll give you like nutrient recommendations for your soil. All right. All right we need to move along here still. Moving on to stage two which is the launch of your garden and during this stage you're going to be focusing on preparing your garden beds building up your soil seeding your garden and transplanting so direct seeding into your garden or transplanting your plants into your garden. There are many different ways that you can set up your garden All right. Some people use the square foot gardening method how many of you have heard of the square foot gardening method Yeah so some people use a square foot gardening method and that is a good method to use we use something that is similar to the square foot gardening method but it is specifically in growing in thirty inch wide beds now the square foot gardening but method oftentimes will have you gardening like in the four by eight plot what can be a little bit difficult about that sometimes that's a little bit hard to reach into the center or you know you can't step across it or reach over so we suggest growing in a thirty inch wide bed and there are some advantages to that I'll share in just a second tier. One advantage first of all though for growing in a bed versus growing in a row some people. A conventional more conventional standard way to garden is just to grow in rows so you'll take like a roll of lettuce and then you know twelve inches over another robot is twelve inches over another row of lettuce kind of like in the picture here where you just have like this row of B. and then you'd move over and have another row of beets. But if you grow in a bed that is a little bit wider and is designated for your plants you can actually plant your plants in a staggered pattern like this and you can fit a lot more in and so you can actually maximize your growing area. Plus there's additional benefits to where as your plants grow they will grow up close to each other and those shade out the weeds underneath so you have less weeding So there's multiple benefits to growing in a bed and you just think of this as continuing down like that. Yeah this is two feet but we said just thirty inches yeah which is two and a half two and a half feet. So there's a couple few advantages of growing in a thirty inch wide bed it's easy to step across straddle like I was talking about earlier or to reach across if you're working on it from either side there's also many quality tools that are designed specifically for a thirty inch wide bed so that I can make it easy and then our plant spacing recommendations are based off of it so if you know when I upload the cheat sheet online and you go download it we have a specific plan spacing recommendations that we like to use to get the maximum out of our garden space and those are based off of the thirty inch wide bed. Another advantage is that it's really ideal for a home garden. In the sense that if you do a twenty foot bed it is equal to fifty square feet or one fifth of one hundred linear feet and this is where it comes in to figuring out how much fertilizer to put on your garden because on the little box member I was telling you it will tell you how much to put on and it will say put so much on per one hundred feet and so then you would know it makes it easy to figure out. In When you're adding the fertilizers to your garden. Then a big key in your garden and this is a cardinal rule is that beds are not to be walked on you always want to walk on a pathway in between and we often because we like to maximize our space will often do a twelve inch pathway and. So it's a small path. But it maximizes our space you can do a larger path in between if you want a little bit more space just remember the more space in between that space is open for weeds and other things to grow and so the more space that you have the more you have to deal with other things growing in that area. And here is a little example of what a garden can look like in that area so this is like a twenty foot wide garden you have a one foot pathway in between thirty inch wide bed and you can see kind of how the plants are staggered in there yeah you can buy in the way you can take a picture of it if you are. And I will try and get the presentation up where you can download it as well. Next is building up your soil we talked about adding organic matter to your soil you want to add compost interior soil worm castings is another good source of organic matter to add into your soil you can get worm castings from local garden centers and stuff and then I mentioned our number one garden fertilizer the reason why I have this in this section is. Why it's in both big mission and the launch is because in ignition that's the time to start figuring out what I'm going to use for my garden where am I going to get the compost from which fertilizer might get and ordering it in the launch phase that's when you're actually going to add it to your garden because like I was mentioning earlier you want to prepare your bed to loosen up the soil and then that's when you're going to put the compost onto your garden bed or did the fertiliser onto your garden bed and scratch it into the soil and then you'll plant into it on top of that. All right. Next is this is the exciting part and that is seeding and transplanting And really this is one of my favorite parts of gardening it's getting the little start started it's so much fun and it makes your garden look really nice. When it comes to seeding and transplanting you want to you need more light and warmth for germination of your seeds most seeds germinate best around seventy degrees some will germinate lower than that as well but it's ideal if you have around seventy degrees and it can be a real benefit to. Most of the things that we plant we like to plant inside and then transplant outside and there's benefits to doing that. Which I'll touch on in just a second but you can plant your seeds directly into the soil as well either way a little plant general planting rule is to cover your seeds three to four times their diameter so. Sample if you plant a quarter inch diameter PEACEY you know peas are about a quarter inch you want to plant about an inch deep now your beat seeds are going to be smaller so you're going to only plant those maybe a quarter inch deep or or a quarter to half inch for a beet you know your lead a seed is even smaller You're going to plant that does very shallow a quarter inch poly at max. If you are planting directly into the garden for cool and heavy soils you can plant a little shallower if your soil is kind of heavy. Warm or dry soils you can plant slightly deeper I wouldn't worry about that as much when you're just starting out it's not going to make much of a difference but then the main key is you want to keep that soil moisture and tell germination. All rights. There are advantages to transplanting I'm running out of time here so I'm just going to run through these real quick transplanting can be more reliable it's theirs you can give your plants better care when they're starting out you have an almost harvest when you transplant out. Your plants it's easier to deal with the weeds later on because your plants have a head start. It increases the effectiveness of succession planting and shelter gives your plants a head start when you start them in a sheltered environment. Stage three is growing and this is where you have a lot this is probably where most people face the most challenge is when it comes to weeds and pests right those are kind of two of the big challenges that gardeners often face. So in the grow stage we're going to focus on watering weeding Charlus seeing pest and disease control harvesting and storing your vegetables and I want to give you just a few tips. We'll start out with a quick watering tip watch because people sometimes have questions about how often do. Water When do I water you know what's what's going to be best for my plants I've encouraged you to water in the morning or the early afternoon now there's a myth that if you water when the sun is out it will burn your plants that's actually a myth you can water in the middle of the day and it will be fine we do it on the farm all the time. But the key here is that you want to water in the morning or the early afternoon so your plants dry out before night time because if your plants go through the night when the temperatures drop number one they don't like it as much to be wet and cold. Obviously in the summer it might not get so cold but when they stay wet for a long period of time that can foster disease as well and so it's good to have them have a chance to dry out and they'll dry out best in the sunshine Yeah and then the next question is how much do you water your plants and here it's really key to just keep an eye on your garden and check the soil to see if it's more East you know I had one gardening student one time that was asking me you know how do I know when to water my plants and I said you know well one thing that you can do is you can literally just take your finger and push it down into the soil and check and see if it's moist underneath and she's like oh it's a brilliant idea it's a great idea and you know you might see it might seem like common sense but sometimes we don't think about it and that's you know if you've never done it before then that's a very simple way to just put your finger down check and see if the soil is moist if it is then you probably don't need to water it now if you're watching your plants and you see that your plants are starting to wilt. Check and see if the soil is moist if the soil is moist and there wilting is probably not because of water it's either because of the disease or it's because of overwatering because over watering and under watering can both have the same. The same symptoms they will both both will end up with your plants wilting But if it's very dry then you know well they probably need water. So watch for wilt in your plants as well when it comes to wandering a quick weeding tip is here's a quick weeding temp of how you can eliminate seventy percent of your wee before you can even see them and I just threw that number up there it might be greater might be a little bit less but you can eliminate a lot of your weeds before you can even see them and what happens is what we call cultivate don't weed what happens is that when a plant sprouts it has if you've ever grown sprouts you know it has the little white thread of a root and that root comes out before even the leaves come out right and that's called the white thread stage and so you have in your soil you have little seeds that are sprouting underneath the soil that you can't even see and when they're in that stage they're at their most vulnerable point in life and so if you come in and just gently stir the surface of your soil you can actually knock out a lot of those little sprouts because just even a little bit of disturbance will knock them out where they will they'll stop growing and you can knock out a lot of your weeds so skim the soil when the weeds are just germinating So literally when they're about that size so that the hardest thing here is that we usually aren't thinking about weeding when the weeds are that size but if you do you'll knock out a lot of your weeds will be a lot easier for you and there are tools that you can just skim the top of the soil is kind of like sweeping a room makes it very easy. For pests and diseases as we come up to. My time is running away fast so for a person Disease Control the number one thing that I want you to focus on is building up the health of your plant because like I mentioned before a healthy plant will be resistant to pass and disease as we've seen it firsthand where the pests literally go after. Plants that are are stressed and to leave the unstressed plants alone. Talking about insect pests rabbits are a different story but insect pests. Healthy plants are resistant there are other natural solutions if you are facing a pest problem right dismemberment like if it is to totally taken over your garden. White flies. Yeah yeah that can be that can be difficult let me. Let me just run through this and we can talk personally about that afterwards us because I realize that my time is running away so I'm sorry about that there are some natural solutions that you can do is I'm going to give you one example here for. Your And this will work for other insects as well. But what we did this was a plant that we had that was literally just demolished by a feds and you can see it's pretty much almost dead the leaves you can't see that if it's on it because they are on the underside of the leaves but we came in we sprayed it with a mix of soapy water and we just use regular dish soap put a couple squirts in a squirt bottle mix it with water so diluted the soap and sprayed the soapy water on the insects and that will kill the insect even larger insects soapy water will kill larger insects if you can physically spray it on them next we fertilized and we used an organic This is a liquid fertiliser called Bio thrive it's an. It's a very good fertilizer we fertilized it to give the plant because remember I said you want to focus on the health of your plant and that gives your plant that extra nutrient boost to boost its immune system and then you want to water your plants well make sure that they have a good amount of water especially for a feds they. They often come because of water stress but you want to water your plants well and how many of you would like to see the plant twenty one days later. This is well our plant like like twenty one days later after we had done just that simple little three step process we literally did it only once we sprayed it with soap once fertilized it once watered it and twenty one days later now I will just help you understand these leaves did not turn into these leaves this is new growth All right new growth that came out. It's not quite that much of America. So sometimes it's good just to make that. And then extend is the last section and that is protecting your veggies growing in the winter if you want to extend your season I would encourage looking into getting what's called a row cover and you can make little hoops like you see in the picture here and it protects your vegies the key in the winter is more protection from the wind in the elements then it is as much giving your plants heat it does keep them warmer but the wind in the elements is what really hurts your plants the most. And then the key to growing in abundance in your garden is really following this. Is following this game plan and focusing on each section at the time in your garden go through the ignition section get it down go through the launch section the grow and extend and. You will have. A good garden year we speak faith for you with the right system in place you can grow an abundance of food with less effort less disease less work less stress and less overwhelm but the key really is having that system and having it in place and following it in your garden. So if any of you are interested in it's really hard y'all is really hard to pack how to garden and one hour so. There is so much more that we that we can cover if any of you are interested in going deeper into into this system we do have an online gardening membership course where we take people through each step we have short master classes that go down to fundamentals that you need to know and then we have longer ones if you want to go into more depth in it and at the conference we are giving up to fifty percent off on all of our garden training resources just so you real quick we have a membership that you can join that goes through all of the process and then we also have a couple gardening courses. 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