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01 The Backyard Garden Blueprint

Edwin Dysinger Paul Dysinger



  • January 13, 2021
    8:15 AM
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Hello Everyone we are so excited to be able to share with you today our some of our series here is called the backyard garden blueprint I'm called a singer and I'm really excited actually I've been invited my dad Edwin to come and join me for this seminar series he has just a huge wealth of information and knowledge and it's a real joy and privilege actually we do quite a bit of piecing together don't we dad it's a lot of fun. We do that's a term honor in a privilege for me to get to work for and with my. We really enjoy working together and so we are very excited to be able to walk through some of these basic principles of building your garden we're going to be going through 6 sessions here the 1st one here is on planning your garden because we really want to a foundation and having a good plan really is at the base of that foundation then from there we're going to move on into building healthy soil and getting into other aspects of your garden as well and I guess maybe we should just give a quick little introductions you for anyone who doesn't know us so we have a garden. Ever since I was born I mean I feel like my mom my mom is an avid gardener and so everywhere that we went we always planted a garden always growing things but it wasn't and tell a bit later that my dad ended up partnering with his brother John and bountiful blessings farm in Tennessee and we grew commercially for several for many years and I worked with the family farm for several years. Yeah yeah for 10 years. I didn't work with the family farm for 10 years but you were doing the commercial farming for 10 years I came in and I guess I worked for it was a good number of years with you guys too though and then I branched off and started Yeah and then I branched off and started my own business teaching people how to grow their own food and we kind of focus on more of a home scale homesteader scale and just gather from that experience growing $50.00 to $70.00 different varieties of vegetables herbs berries all year round summer winter gardening and just kind of gather from the experience and pull it together and our goal is to try and make things simple and as easy as possible for you to be able to go and implement this in your garden so sound good. Awesome Let's go ahead and get started here so the backyard garden blueprint session one planning your garden and we're going to go through 3 parts in this particular session part one is what to grow that in volves choosing what you're going to grow in your garden and we'll give you some tips and tricks on that part too as where to grow it that includes mapping it all out and making kind of an actual visual plan for your garden and part 3 is when to grow it that includes creating the planting calendar which can be a real blessing if you have planting calendar that's put together in an intelligent and simple way can really take a lot of overwhelm off of your garden plan and we got something really exciting or in the share with you for that part as well so let's go ahead and jump right in and start with part one which is choosing what to grow All right so here's just some basic tips and tricks that we want to give you to make it hopefully make it a little bit easier for you to get started with planning your garden number one is we encourage you to make a list of what you would like to grow and it may sound like a very simple and basic task right there right but it's actually a pretty crucial one and we're going to be giving you in the resources for this class there is a garden planning worksheet that actually just breaks this down and makes it very simple does a column where you can just write a list of what you want to grow and when you're doing that we encourage you to be as specific as possible so when it comes to growing hue Cumbers do you want to grow pickling huge numbers or do you want to grow slicing through Cumbers when it when you're going to marry tomatoes do you want to grow cherry tomatoes or do you want to grow beef steaks tomatoes the more specific you can be the better it is. And because when it comes down to it you're going to make this list of the things that you want to grow and then you're going to need to choose the specific variety that you're going to grow of that crop right and so if you know that you want to grow pickling Hugh Cumbers then you can easily go to the pickling you cumber section of the seed catalog or wherever you're going to purchase your seeds and it will narrow those options down for you when you're trying to pick a specific variety so then once you've made that list of what you would like to grow and then the next step is to choose those specific varieties like we just talked about here right and so when it comes to you know cherry tomatoes do you want to grow some golds cherry tomato or you know some other kind of cherry tomato and here's where you know it can get a little bit you know when you open a seed catalogue and there's 50 different varieties of tomatoes you know it can be a little overwhelming to try to figure out which one should I go you've got you have to make a decision so we're going to give you a few tips and tricks that can help narrow those options down for you and another thing is that we also are giving you a resource in the resources for this class as well download that you can you have a list of our favorite varieties of vegetables so you can either use some of these tips to pick your own variety or you could go in and you could just throw try one of our favorite is which is kind of cool too. And when it comes to choosing your specific varieties one of the 1st things to make note is the different types of seeds there are different how many of you have heard of different types of seeds like heirloom see g.m.o. see there are many of you that have seen or heard of these different types of seeds and when you open a catalog and to see these different labels on that right so let's talk a little bit about these different types of seeds and what is involved with them 1st of all good seeds and good soil really are the 2 pillars of a successful garden without high quality seed all other activities are moot That's a quote from Coleman in the new organic gardener so what about g.m.o. hybrid open pollinated and heirloom seeds. Dad you want to give a quick definition. On what a g.m.o. seated as you know a g.m.o. seed is is basically. A seed where the genetics have been modified in a laboratory. And Gene material from some outside plant some other species or some other. Source than the parent plant has been transferred. To generate that material of the parent plant. So. Anyways it's if the key thing is that it's done in a laboratory and it does not happen naturally Yeah I mean it's kind of radical to an extreme example of this would be they have taken like spy a gene from spiders and put it into the glands of goats so that when they milked the goat spider silk will come out when the mill I mean is this really weird crazy stuff that's a that's an extreme example in agriculture more classic example of that would be where they have taken a gene from back Tyria soil borne bacteria called bacillus there in Gensis bt And they have. They have biologically inserted that gene into corn so that if worms eat the corn they're inserting the bacillus itself actually. Oh the bacillus since. The spill is that crazy so if the worms eat the corn they die I mean sure makes you feel really good about eating that corn too doesn't it it's so the good news is that when it comes to g.m.o. seeds they are not readily available for home gardeners they because they are patented farmers that use them have to have a contract with the company that patents them etc etc That being said we do her highly encouraged picking seed companies that take what's called the Safe seed pledge and we'll talk about that in a 2nd but they sickly that that means that they will not sell any genetic knowingly sell any genetically modified seeds and I believe that they even try and make sure that the seeds that they sell have not cross pollinated or or anything. With genetically modified seeds so those are g.m.o. seeds the next one is hybrid seeds and these are the offspring of a cross between 2 or more varieties usually of the same species so a great example of this is if you cross a Golden Retriever with a poodle what you get you get a golden doodle right and those are the same species it's a natural cross that can happen very naturally in nature. But they you know you get this cross that has some of the characteristics of both of the parents and so hybrids they'll often breed hybrids because they're wanting to get a specific characteristic from one plant and a specific characteristic from the other the interesting thing with hybrids is that if you breed 2 golden doodles together what happens. Some of the offspring look more like a golden retriever and some look more like a poodle right have a kind of goes back some of them go back to the parents so they don't brood breed true to type and it's the same with the plant world if you save the seed from a hybrid and try and grow it there's a high likelihood that the plant that you grow is going to revert back to closer to one of its parents varieties so yes not going to grow the same type of tomato that you grew the 1st time with that hybrid. So that's something to keep in mind and then open pollinated. Is basically a non hybrid variety it's one that can reproduce itself in kind if you if you grow if you save the seed and grow it's going to grow the exact same type of tomato every single time and an heirloom is basically a open pollinated seed that's been a lot around for a long time right you know earlier are handed you know early seeds or seeds that are handed down from one generation to the next just like earlier. Articles of furniture or you know keepsakes or whatever. Yes So air land by definition is open pollinated is just good to know the term because you're going to come across it when you're trying to pick out your seeds right it's going to say this is an heirloom seed so most heirloom and open pollinated you can easily save the seeds from then and use them in your garden and they will reproduce true to type so the remaining thing to to keep in mind the difference between heirloom and open pollinated is that airlines they're both open pollinated It's just that airlines have been passed down from one generation to the next there are there are new open pollinated varieties of plants being introduced every year. Using traditional breeding methods and that's the way all the. All the different varieties we have now have have been developed that way and that there are new open pollinated varieties are developed all the time by by hybridizing 1st you crossed 2 different. 2 different varieties within the same species trying to get different traits and. You. You take the 1st generation of offspring that's the f one generation if you're wanting to develop a new open pollinated variety you'll take that generation and and so those seeds and select those the the offspring that carry the traits that you want most and then you will. Breed those ones among themselves and so their offspring and you'll do that about. 7 or 8 times and after you've done it 7 or 8 times you'll begin to have. An open pollinate adroitly that breeds true mostly true you know it'll be 90 percent true. To the parent. And that's a really good thing to know because when you are looking in the catalogs the hybrid seeds should in the catalog they should have an f one or f 2 next to their name it should list of the generation of hybrid that it is next to the name and that's very quick and easy way to know whether a seed is a hybrid seed or not is does have a one an f 2 the company should be listing that next to each hybrid name blending You know what generation and as. It's almost always if one Yeah yeah so and you know hybrids are not necessarily evil you know some people get them mixed up with g m O's but they're not they're not necessarily evil we grow hybrids right so hybrid so g.m.o. seeds have serious health and environmental concerns that continue to mount like I just said the hybrid seeds are not evil we all are hybrids hybrids are not evil we grow hybrid seeds we have grown hybrid seeds. And they can't they are they can make good food but the main thing that you have to remember is that you can't necessarily save the seed and expect to get the same crop back from the hybrid seethes can have some added vigor uniformity and disease resistance that's why they breed are and cross breed different varieties to try and get the disease resistance from one and the big beautiful produce from another type of scenario. But like I mentioned hybrid sees will not produce true to type. There we go there is evidence that nutritional content may be superior in open pollinated varieties so that's something to consider when you are purchasing seeds and if you want to save your own seed then you're going to want to use open pilot pollinated or heirloom seeds now saving seed is unique to different plants we're not going to get into the details about saving seed in our in our session today I can have a whole class on it yeah and you will want to have a good book to guide you or to go online a good book if you want to write one down if you're interested in saving c.s. is a book called seed to seed seed to see that's an excellent resource on saving seeds of that is something that you're interested in here are a few seed companies that we have bought from over and over again that are safe quality seed companies that we've had success and results with number one is Johnnie selected seeds we put the state where they are from in there as well so if you want to purchase seeds closer to you you can pick the seed company that is closer to you so Johnny selected seeds in Maine high meringue seeds in Vermont Hi milling seeds all of their seeds are organic so kind of anything about their company is every single one of them is organic bakers creaks heirloom seeds in Missouri the neat thing about them and all of their seeds are heirloom as is as is mentioned in their name right Southern at least open hole in their. Open pollinated southern exposure in Virginia territorial feeds in Oregon. And Peaceful Valley in California Peaceful Valley in California if you did not catch all of those we will have these slides available afterwards so you can you can get the slides. When looking for seed companies I mean I would suggest starting out with the ones we just gave you otherwise if you're looking for another seed company what we would encourage you to do is look for a company that takes the save seed pledge and basically that means that they do not knowingly sell genetically modified seeds or plants that have been crossed with them etc And there are a lot of companies that have done that. All right so how do you choose your seed variety How many of you like it just a few tips so you don't get bogged down in 50 different types of tomatoes right number one question to ask yourself is do you want to save your seeds that's again immediately narrow it down to open pollinated or heirloom. Number 2 is really encourage you to pick a seed company or 2 Ok so we just gave you 6 but we would encourage you to pick one or 2 probably the ones that are closest to you they will most likely have seeds that are more tailored to your growing area and stick with start out with a seed company or 2 and then you can order catalog or most I think all of these have websites online that you can go and look up the seeds online and then just a couple tips when it comes to actually picking a variety is number one a great idea is to go and ask your local farmers ask them Hey what are your what's your favorite what have you had the best success with tomatoes or cucumbers you know what's your favorite variety. That is and by the way we will also give you a handout that includes some of our favorite varieties so if you just want to go and pick one of our favorite righties you can you can do that as well. Then another thing is watch reviews some of the seed companies online they have reviews on the different seeds and you can just check the star ratings on those and those can be an excellent place to get ideas. Or like I said you can use some of our favorites as well I don't live. You know beyond that it's really a matter of just making a decision right going in there and taking one of them so if you want to go the easy way use one of our varieties favorite against some of the food companies will identify whether there's this variety is is he taller and or frost tolerant you know there are some and so for example if you want to grow a lot of us in the summer and you live in the southeast. That can be challenging but there are some He's taller and varieties so you know think about your time even when you're wanting to do it where you are think about your context and choose varieties that are appropriate to to where you live in the time that you're wanting to grow it another thing that can narrow it down a lot for you is if you want to choose to grow organic and then that will narrow down you just want to pick the organic seeds that those seed companies sell and so you just drill down to the organic section right or just look for the again organic little labor organic seeds or seeds. That were produced from plant that were grown organically yet and then organic methods and I personally believe there are benefits to using organic seeds. We won't go into all that right now all right so that is the 1st section All right 1st section quick recap choose what to grow choose what variety of that plant you want to grow so I want to go tomatoes but I want to grow a beefsteak tomato that's the variety right or a sun gold cherry tomato and then choose what seed company that you're going to purchase from and once again in the handout we're going to give you the worksheet there's little columns you can just write these write in so it makes a lot easier. Number 2 part 2 to planning 3 step formula for planning your garden is choosing where to grow those crops in your garden actually mapping out your garden space right so number one is you want to look for areas in your car in your area in your garden or around your house I should say that get the most sun Now some of you Ok let me ask a question how many of you already have your garden space planned out like mapped out all right. Like maybe half of you maybe will more than half of you Ok so some of you already have figured out where your garden is going to be if you haven't you're going to want to look for the sunniest place the place that gets the most sun around your house most crops do best with 6 to 8 hours of full sun south facing slopes will stay warmer in the winter just because of the angle of the sun here in the northern hemisphere that also includes. What you get is a problem with. The south facing part of your house. So. If you're thinking of extending your season into the winter or just growing earlier in the spring or later in the fall you can get you're going to get the most some but yet even in this well the summer be more half and half but another thing I'd like to add is that for example if you're if you're living in the in the northern part of this country. The south facing slope has has advantages in the fall winter and spring growing because it's a lot a lot warmer. But if you're in the southern part of this country. That that warmth advantage isn't significant in the wintertime because you're already pretty warm but that south slope is going to be a lot hotter and drier in the summer so you know you have to balance those kind of things to yeah. So in hot zones like southern Florida you may actually want to look for the cooler climate zones like maybe the northern side of your house if you want to keep things cooler specially like your greens your lettuces your spinach those are plants that like cooler weather and they can grow Ok even in a little bit more shade as well here are crops that do better in shade vegies grown for their leaves or roots will do best in the shade so if you don't have a lot of sod or. You have a space that doesn't get as much sun this is a great place to put some of these leaves or root vegetables so beets carrots garlic potatoes radishes onions those are be kind of like your roots ones right Asian greens broccoli cabbage Collard scale let us finish Swiss chard etc All those leafy vegetables they're going to do a little bit better in the shade if they if you have a place that doesn't get as much sun. So the next step is mapping out your garden space or you picked where you're going to put it like in your backyard or around your house or out in the field right next part is mapping out your garden space with. So you're going to want to lay out your garden beds and personally we suggest 30 inch wide beds that says this is a recommendation everybody as you know you're free to do whatever size garden beds you want or if you're doing raised beds often those are 4 by 8 that's kind of a standard size raised bed to be 4 feet wide 8 feet long and those are definitely valid as well if you're just going to grow in the ground we recommend 30 inch wide beds because number one they are easy to step and reach across so you're not like trying to fall into your you know you don't end up falling into your bed just trying to reach the middle of it and there are actually a lot of tools that are made for a 30 inch wide by this kind of become to a certain extent standard among a large section of small scale farmers I know many of you are doing this on a home scale right but you can still buy tools that are made for that size the same tools that farmers use and it makes a lot more efficient for you in your garden as well. And then we encourage 12 to 18 inch aisles for most home gardens I would encourage an 18 inch I'll tell them tiles are pretty narrow this is what farmers do to maximize their spaces they make these tiny little I always that they walk down right but if you have the space if you have the space you might want to a little bit of a wider aisle. The issue where the 12 and silos were in your squatting to work in your bed your feet are in the aisle but your your rear or might be oh I'm hitting the plants on the washing plants behind you and also another issue is like if you have been that you're harvesting with they don't really fit in those 12 inches so you're kind of Anyways farmers to figure out ways to get around these things but we want to make it easy for you all right so that's our suggestion with mapping out your garden beds and your aisles here is a plug and play garden plan that you want another bonus resource All right so we decided we're going to give you calling this session the backyard garden blueprint right so we want to give you an actual blueprint for a garden plan so in the resources you are going to be able to download this exact garden blueprint plan this is a plan that we use to grow over a $1000.00 worth of food in a small backyards sized space Ok it's 15 feet by 20 feet. Which is actually pretty small space if you think about it 15 feet by 20 feet and wall let's say does this have a pointer in it. Area. So you don't notice that these are 30 inch wide beds they are 20 feet long here and in this example we have a one foot pathway again you may want to do that a little bit larger All right and we'll talk a little bit more about how the plants are spaced in here but right now I just want you to check out the whole picture as a whole and so you're welcome and free to take this and literally plug and play into your garden and just grow the exact same thing or swap out some of the veggies and we'll talk about that in a 2nd or this can be used as just a visual example of what it looks like to map out your garden space and you can just draw your own using this as a as an example. So when it comes to mapping out your garden one of the things to keep in mind is crop rotation how many of you have heard of crop rotation or know what it is Ok looks like we have a good a good a good number of you in a nutshell crop rotation is lessee International Well you have to question why rotate your crops right plants give and take from this one in different ways so in a nutshell crop rotation means that instead of growing a tomato in the same space year after year after year you're going to actually move that to the next year you're going to grow your tomato in a different place in the garden and you're going to grow lettuce it in the place that it was growing before right that that is what we're talking about when it comes to rotating your crops and one of the main reasons is because plants give and take from the soil in different ways so if you grow one plant in the same place over and over you're going to deplete your soil over time just in the way that that crop takes from the soil some plants are heavy feeders from the soil some plants are lighter feeders from the soil. Also insect and disease control there are certain diseases that are soil borne we had an issue with this when we were working with bountiful blessings farm and we had a black rot on our brassicas that Ross because of your kale and cabbage etc and it was a soil borne it was black all right you know it was a soil borne disease and we literally had to grow our cabbage and kale across the road for several years while that soil borne disease died out and then we could bring it back and grow them again because it stayed in the soil so that's a real life example of how crop rotation can help with Disease Control. Insect control and you know frankly on the home scale all year it's probably small enough that it's not going to do a huge amount with insects but. Those are some of the benefits. And then also crops can affect the next crop that's grow. When a crop is grown in the soil the way it interacts with the soil such it can affect how well the next crop grows and so that's another benefit of crop rotation for example lagoons leaves nitrogen in the soil and I want you to remember that lagoons leaves nitrogen in the soil they fix nitrogen in the soil. As long as you have the right. Microbes what is a rose would be a reservoir Yeah as long as you have the right Reds o.b.i. in your soil there live humans well and often lagoons come pretreated with the right so be on the seed so that it makes sure is that it fixes that nitrogen into the soil and then that nitrogen can be used on your next crop and I want you to remember that because we're going to go over real quick a simple crop rotation plan and we'll see how that can benefit your growing so there's a simple crop rotation plan it comes with a plug and play garden plan. And it's a 4 year crop rotation plan So number one you have lagoons and when you're making a crop rotation you want to rotate crops by their families by their families Kaye so. We're going to go over this pretty quickly and. Try and make it as simple as possible for you but this is a simple crop rotation plan that you can easily plug into your garden so number one is you have live humans here so those are like your beings green beans peas peanuts many cover crops are lagoons as well so that's your lagoon family the next section are your roots so that includes carrots turnips ideas radishes beets and we also put in there Dill salons around parsley some herbs in the root section. Next section is your fruits and grains that includes your tomatoes peppers eggplant cucumber squash corn potatoes All right those are the night shade family is melon squash and grasses families and then the 4th section are your leaves and flowers so your salad greens lettuce spinach cabbage kale broccoli cauliflower and these families are your sunflower coal and Goose foot families right here so. I'm going to jump to the next slide so here's that plug and play garden plan all right so this has that crop rotation incorporated into it so for example right down here is your lagoons. Here are your roots your radishes carrots beets onions and then your fruits and grains right here in this bed and then leaves and flowers here in the top bed so the way the crop rotation works is you'll notice that we're so here number one you grow roots in this bed you're number 2 lagoons moves and grows in the bed that the roots were growing in you guys following me saying your number one fruits and grains grow here and then you're number 2 the roots move and grow where the fruits and grains were growing. So here in our example here are lagoons who remembers what moves where the live humans were. Leaves and flowers the eyes got a man and the other smart Ok So yes leaves and flowers are going to move down and are going to be planted the 2nd year where the lagoons were growing and these lagoons are going to be planted where the roots were growing Now here's one thing what was it that would do is leave in the soil nitrogen your leafy plants will do better with nitrogen in fact Levie plants can use more nitrogen because they're not fruity So you're eating the leaves off of them and nitrogen builds beautiful lush leaves nitrogen help from the growth. Production of the plant in fact too much nitrogen can make your plants produce small fruit or or never would have There's way too much knives in but usually just smaller fruit so so that's an example of how your crop rotation plan can help and benefit your garden plants so that's something that you can easily put into your plan for your garden so. The next step is actually taking this crop rotation plan and figuring out where you're going to place each crop in your garden right so what I would encourage you to do is to divide your garden into 4 equal sections if you want to do it simply and you want to use this rotation plan and then divide your garden into for equal sections and then plan your crops based on the 4 kinds in the crop rotation plan just split your crops up into those 4 sections in your garden based on their families in that crop rotation plan then comes the question what if they don't fit what if you want to grow more of something in one space that will fit in that area right so if you want to do that an example of that is with fruits and grains. And what we encourage you to do is to then double that section so instead of 4 you're going to end up with 5 because you're going to double about one section with the fruits and grains and split it by family I'll give you an example here let's see so for example with the fruits and grains Let's say you want to grow more corn right because corn takes up a larger of the space so what you would do is you would create a 5th bed here and you had planted with Cloran which becomes your grasses family and then you would have your families your night shades of melons on the 5th bad would be grasses and then you would have your sunflower coal and Goose foot and that keeps a rotation where you're not growing the same family 2 years in a row because we're all in me. So what we call the original plan that we've made is a 4 year rotation so we're going for a year and you're going to be back to where you started. What Paul was saying here now out in the 5th one gives you a 5 year rotation and actually the more the more years rotation you have generally the better it is so if that if that was all too complex you can just copy and use this right here right. But if you want to take it to the next level then you can start splitting out those bad if you want to grow more of a certain variety or a certain certain family in your garden. See if we can go all right so then the next step once you have your garden space mapped out you you planned out your garden beds and everything the next step is ordering your seeds and. You will then just go through your crop list and make a seed order for the varieties that you pick up and then how much seed should you order you know basically you want to order the amount of seed based on how much you want to grow but remember that seed is cheap so it's always better to have a little extra seed than to run out all right it's always better to have a little extra than to run out and seed is actually very easy all things considered. So I would just you know for many home garden size you can get the smallest seed pack and he usually has plenty of seed for what you want to grow unless you're growing something like carrots or beets where you are wanting to grow a lot more space of them anyways on in the seed companies they'll tell you they'll give you a little guides on how much seed for her or. Her bed or Perreault that you're growing at such a way so always err on the side of a little more seeds and less All right so quick recap the 1st part of planning your garden is choosing what to grow right what you going to grow the variety etc 2nd part is choosing where you're going to grow it mapping out your garden space figuring out your crop rotation plan 3rd part here is the timing of when to grow your garden when do you actually plant those things out so that you're not just going through your season running by the seat of your pants not sure when you should be planting your tomatoes your few cumbers and such so we're going to share with you very briefly what we call our perpetual harvest hat gardening is full of decisions everything that we do in the garden you're making decisions here and there and really. It's the simple art to garden successfully and easily without much effort or overwhelm It's the simple art of knowing. What to do that's your plan how to do it those are your actions and doing it at the right time when to do that doing it at the right time the power of what we call our perpetual harvest taxes if you can have all those 3 things in one so when you wake up this morning you can have something that tells you what to do and how to do it today right so you know when to do it what to do and how to do it all in one place we're going to go through this very quickly. I'm going to speed through here on the real side. If I can get the clicker to go all right what to do it includes like the list of crops you're going to grow seeding transplanting cultivating watering hole or seeing harvesting except such or including what we call succession or Leap Frog planting. How many of you are familiar with succession planting or or leap we kind of cling to the turn leapfrog planting basically what it is is each time you harvest something from your garden you have something that's ready to go in its place so you can have this continual harvest out of your garden that makes sense this is why we call our perpetual harvest tack so that you can have this continual harvest from your garden an example is if you're growing head of lettuce Let's say you harvest that head of lettuce Well what if you had a transplant of reddest that was ready to go in its place so that you could just have a continual. Harvest of lettuce for that season so that makes sense Another example is with peas piece or something that are grown in the spring in the early spring when what if you had green beans that were ready to plant in the place that the peas were growing as soon as you take those peas out that makes sense so you just keep a continual. Continual stand of crops in your garden that you're harvesting from every single week. The problem is succession or Leap Frog planting can be complex you've got to figure out when to plant your 1st kraut how long it's going to be harvested was that harvest window. Oh how long before it will be harvested like what's the days to maturity how long is the harvest window then when to plant the 2nd leap frog crop so that it's ready to go in when the 1st one comes out right. Plus figure out how long in the season the crop can be grown and then you've got to repeat that for each crop because they're all different how many of you think that sounds complex to figure out. It is frankly it is a really good here's the interesting thing though like it really doesn't take take that much work to plant a seed or to transplant it into your garden a lot of the complex the comes with figuring out the timing of all of those succession plantings and working that into a plan that's easy for you to implement so that you're not forgetting different different things right it can be complicated and less if you use what we call our perpetual harvest hack and we'll show you that in just a 2nd here. The 2nd part number the 1st part is what to do you how to do it that's how to seed your start how to transplant how to cultivate how to build healthy soil how to trust your plants how to extend your season into the winter without breaking your pocketbook by the way a lot of these We're going to be covering in our in our seminar series here so that's kind of cool and then the 3rd part is knowing when to do it. Making sure you have it done at the right time in the timing of when to seed the timing of succession plan things when you should be transplanting when you should be harvesting and ultimately if you can put all of these into a calendar that will keep you on track throughout your season it can make it a lot easier for you that makes sense having a plan to. Calendar. So we encourage you to create a planting calendar or we'll give you a resource that you can use as a planting calendar if you're interested in that and when it comes down to executing your garden having a having a planting calendar that keeps you on track so every week you know what you should be doing for that week is going to take a lot of stress and a lot of overwhelm out of your life and the process of growing your garden. Instead of just kind of like I said before running by the seat of your pants not knowing exactly when to be when to be doing this. And to take it to the next level as if you can have a weekly checklist what to do gives extreme clarity so. Let's talk about how you can create your own planting schedule in just minutes. How would you like. To be able to create your gardening calendar in just a minute so right now there are resources available like if you want to go out and create your planting calendar you can do that. For example Johnny's seeds has a spring and fall planting calculators basically these are Excel spreadsheets where you go in and you put what your average last prostate is for example and it will spit out and tell you when you should be seeding your beats or when you should be seeding your tail right and then you just scroll down the spreadsheet and then you'll manually take that and put it into a paper calendar flip calendar or you know your Google Calendar or whatever just we're going to talk more about this later but particularly for fall winter and spring. You know when you buy Steve usually you have something called days to maturity that's the average amount of time it takes from from feeding to maturity when you can harvest but in the fall winter and spring. Days get longer. And so your days to maturity gets longer and so that's the reason for these special calculators because in those seasons you can use days to maturity. And you have a moving scale because as the days get long long and longer you have a longer and longer wait yeah so yes so we can we can give you links out to these resources Another one is the grow veggies garden planning out. That we have not used extensively I did jump in there one of the things I found with it was it did not seem as intuitive as I would have liked it to be but it is an app where you can map out your garden space and then plan your pan your crop planting schedules and stuff like that and I think that they send you a like a weekly email or something telling you. You know what what to do in your garden at a different time. The thing about a lot of these resources that are available is that they can still take quite a bit of work when it comes to actually planning your garden because like for example with the planting calculators you put in your prostate but then you still have to manually put that over to your your calendar to get do that manual process and a lot of them do not have simple succession plantings like you you're still going to have to figure out your own succession planting right. So. We want to share with you something that we are very excited about. And that is after after a while of teaching home gardeners we had in our minds this idea and it developed and it formed over time what if we could create a tool that made planning your garden extremely simple extremely easy told you exactly what to do how to do it and when to do it all in one place all at one time so we wanted to give you a little demonstration of something that is hot off the press. And we call it we are calling it seed time this is a gardening calendar app that we is currently in development. And basically it is a click and drop gardening calendar and I'm going to see if my wife's in the top 1. 100 mind going back to the back there and we're going to don't switch it out quite yet about a couple more slides but we're going to switch over and going to show you just a very simple demonstration of how this app works. You know the story behind it is we my dad and I perhaps a bit rationally we promised our gardening students that we would give them weekly checklist of what to do in their garden based on their location and then afterwards we like them that is a lot bigger task that maybe we really like I said maybe is a bit of a rash promise. And we so we started we looked for different resources and tools and we couldn't find anything that really made it that much easier for us to fulfill on that promise so after doing a ton of research and building out a massive gardening calendar spreadsheet we ended up turning that spreadsheet into a click and drop gardening calendars that our users could use the only problem was that these click and drop our 1st version of our click and drop gardening calendars Is there anyone here that is one of our members yes. Yes So the problem with our initial click and drop gardening calendars is that. They weren't customizable they did have succession plantings but people couldn't move those plantings around or adjust them to their specific area etc So we we had this dream of creating our own apt building it from the ground up and having a lot more functionality and that is where seed time comes in when we 1st launched it launched these calendars out to our gardening community the chat literally kind of went crazy people were so excited about it. And the feedback that we've had from our users on our initial calendars has been absolutely phenomenal and so we are really really excited to just take it to the next level with r.c. time out so maybe we can switch out to what it would you guys like it just a simple quick look over of how that works alright we'll give you a quick demonstration here see if it comes up all right so. I guess this screen is clear I don't know this one's a little blurry. So we're going to come over here and look at the screen here so in a nutshell you will have you get a calendar that's based on your location both your last person last frost dates on the left hand side. You can add a crop and number one let's let's go ahead and just yeah we'll demonstrate how on the left hand side you'll have like this list of crops that you can grow and you can click to turn them on and off and drop them into your calendar and it will drop them in based on your location telling you when to see to it when to transplant it and expected harvest time for you're looking for your location right so you have the months here and those little tasks will get dropped into your calendar based on your growing zone. Now what if you want to add a custom crop honey if you could jump up here to this little add a crop but when. You can come in here and choose select a crop there will be a bunch of default crops that you can put in or you can choose to select a new crop Let's go ahead and just add cucumbers for example you can add a new crop where you input everything or you can add one that already has implants in it. So this one is already set out all we need to do is just select the color down here otherwise it will turn out black and maybe less just to you choose that green and then click Save cook it one more time and that will add a cucumber planting you'll notice it showed up in the left here into your calendar as well another thing that you can do is let's go ahead and turn turn a lot of these back on so with carrots and kale Let's say that you have your garden plan and. Turn. And they care and cabbage and broccoli let's just turn a whole bunch of them on. Excellent so another thing that you can do is you can we are going to have a very simple filter where you can filter to just only see the specific tasks that you want to see in your garden so for example you can turn off that preparation in transplanting. And harvesting and so you can only look at what needs to be seeded so you can just get a quick idea of what needs to be seeded in your garden coming up so you can make Plan your seed orders or if you turn off seeding and turn on harvesting you can get a quick idea of when you can expect to harvest those different crops from your garden so you can plan your garden based off of when you want to be harvesting different crops this can be especially helpful for example if you're planning a vacation and you're growing tomatoes that you want to can you don't want all of those tomatoes to be right over your vacation right or right beneath So you want to make sure your tomatoes are harvesting earlier All right let's go ahead and turn those tasks back on and then so you'll be able to view your whole calendar at a glance like this you can also move plantings so maybe grab this grab the seating cauliflower up at the top here and move it a week earlier so you can move that you move your plantings and it will move in your calendar we're going to actually have a little warning box come up actually when you move that it's going to kind of gray out the times of year that that crops may not do as well and so you'll have an idea when you that's that growing window space that you can grow that crop in and it will pop up a little warning box if you move out of that now we're going to allow you to move out of that if you really want to so you still have that flexibility but we want to just give you that those warnings you'll be able to view your year at a glance like this or let's go up to the top right and click on the time line you can also view your year in the timeline like this. And we are incorporating in this automatic succession spacing if you want to have a continual harvest from your garden for example with the carrots here if you turn on carrots number 2 and number 3 you'll see that those pop in and you have an expected harvest time of carrots here on number one carrots Number 2 is going to start right meaning right when Carrots one is being finished harvesting does that make sense so it makes it very extremely easy and simple to play in those succession plantings into your garden in this timeline view you can also drag those crop plantings around so you can move them to exactly where you want them to be etc which also is helpful for planning those success and succession plantings. And the thing that we do like I said this this is currently in development we also will have a frost zone that you can turn on and off so you can get a quick idea of when you should be looking out for a frost in your garden and. Another really awesome feature that we don't currently have set up to demonstrate is that every single week you will get a check list to automatically compiles from your garden calendar plan so you can just go to your checklist and it will say this week you should be seeding your carrots you should prepare your bad for your make sure your bed is ready to because you're going to be transplanting your. Your your kale and you can expect to be harvesting during this time etc etc So every single week you can come into that list and just check it off and it will be an actual checklist you can actually just check off the tasks as you go along and just keep you on track a lot simpler in a lot easier so we are super super excited about it basically what we're trying to do is make something that is the simplest and easiest way for you to be able to plan your garden and keep everything. In. Keep keep everything in one place and keep you on track with your garden. 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