After 3 Years of Gardening In Missouri (Sharing Our Journey Series)

see he's digging for the jalapeno he

doesn't even eat him he just loved

picking the right stuff from the garden

we're doing a series of love looking at

where we're at and where we're going

after three years of off-grid

permaculture homesteading okay gardening

gardening is such a huge topic and we

couldn't possibly cover the whole topic

here on this short vlog so I think what

I'm gonna do is just for those who

haven't been following in our blog I'll

give a quick just overview of where

we're at right now with gardening and

then I'd like to share a little story

with you that will hopefully sum up the

highlights of just what we've learned

kinda in the last three years here in

Missouri and then we'll finish out the

vlog with a few goals that we have for

gardening here at thousands of roots in

the years to come we currently have four

raised garden beds because that's all

the time that we had this year we

transitioned from kind of a back to

eating style our first year here to just

kind of raised mounds two raised beds be

sure to check out the description below

I'm gonna leave links to some of our

favorite books and resources for

gardening so far this season from this

bed we've harvested about 12 onions

multiple servings for a family of eight

of chard and kale we already dug up our

beets they're probably about a dozen

beets we've gotten a few strawberries

random strawberries and right now we've

got a few little radishes coming up I've

never planted radishes so we'll see how

those go and we are still enjoying the

kale and the chard though it is getting

a little bit buggy eating now and from

this garden bed over here we've

harvested about three large salad bowls

of lettuce for our family the lettuce

it's just really hot so it hasn't done

incredibly well it's still hanging on

there a little bit got a few little bits

of lettuce but it's pretty much done for

the season

and this bed mostly has Tomatoes so

we're looking forward to getting some

Tomatoes here we've only harvested one

so far but there's some starting to get


oh we've harvested some herbs from this

bed we've got parsley and lots of

African blue basil so we've been

harvesting from this bed as well

over here in this bed we planted green

beans late so we're looking forward to

those but they're not ready yet

got some Tomatoes coming on and mostly

though lemon squash which we love it's a

fun little summer squash that's super

sweet and tasty and then also in this

bed will be sweet potatoes you can see

this the sweet potatoes have totally

overrun the walkway they're just going

crazy so we're going to enjoy digging up

those in the future let's see oh I

forgot to mention we've also harvested

quite a few yellow peppers these yellow

wax peppers from this bed tomatoes

starting to turn

we've also harvested quite a bit of the

jalapeno peppers here in this final bed

and there's some Tomatoes few little

cherry tomatoes that just volunteered

coming up as well in this bed

they also harvested garlic out of this

bed a while back and we saw plenty of

that that we've been using so are you

ready for a story a little bit I think

we're ready to tell a story the tale of

two squash all right so we have a

it's out today that's going to share

with some of the highlights of what

we've learned in garden but in story

form watch you guys listen really

carefully because the story is done I

have something fun for you to do

okay once upon a time not too much ago

they're not very far away


their names were Sonny and William Sonny

William grew up in the same little

neighborhood they both lived in the same

houses newly constructed raised garden

beds and their little houses and their

houses have been prepared for them


there was cardboard and paper put down

also that that would smother the weeds

they both have the same fresh compost

layer but now they both came from really

high-quality organic heirloom seeds and

they were both wanted pretty much the

same time they were given the same

amount of water they were doing this

thing yummy tasty worm juice what's up

once a week

and it left that little home they grew

up together they became strong little

plants pretty soon they weren't baby

plants anymore they became a brought

plants and they sent off their branches

and guess what little yellow flowers

then big yellow flowers sometimes began

to grow and fruit started

the branches you would imagine they

probably were both really puffy plants

right like well there were a couple

little differences and although they

both enjoyed life first time one began

to meet the difference was funny was

with sunny kind of trellis out now truss

and he could grow up and reach for the

sky if he wanted to but the big thing

was funny is that

guess who lived in his house before

heated green beans green beans lived

there the year before him but for


guess who lived in his house here before

right a relative the tennessee sweet

potato squash live beer the year before

him so unfortunately the William became

the victim of the squash court by

did the Tennessee sweet potato get

invaded by a bad guy last year and began

to eat away at the heart of Williams

mean by not just one but many of these

little larvae again to eat away so he

began to wither he became also the

victim of a lot of squash bugs that

squash bugs they don't tend to go to the

nice beautiful green sunny white plants

they go to the plants that are more like

living up there in there and making it

so a pretty sad story right but there's

a good part of this story - you know

William was

he was a lesson to his caretakers so

what to do differently so that in

generations become his caretakers could

have chunky little squash he sacrificed

his life so that future generations the

squash in his little garden spot the

grow healthy and strong too


so would you guys like to try anything

go out to our Gardens and see if you can

find sunny

and you can time

you guys think you can do that one more

thing though before you go this will

help you identify William because

William is not the only one who fell

victim his brothers and sisters didn't

make it either so William was the one

that has the biggest fruit growing on

his body guys ready to go find them

gonna I'm gonna capture this on video

see this chicken thinks she found the

Garden of Eden I think josh is on the

hot trail

Joshy already found William all right we

found some of the little grubs here I

don't know if you can see it wiggle in

there but I'm just gonna try and cut

this open and get that guy out I think

this fine is full of them and it might

be too late to save but there he is you

see that little guy got him look at that

that's a treat for the chickens all

right I had to keel all the way up the

vine here there's another big one up

here come here you there it is yep there

all throughout this poor vine if you

catch them early enough and get them out

you can cover back back over the vines

after you pull them out you cover the

vines round them up with dirt and then

they may reroute and the plant may

survive but I think this one's a goner I

think they're all throughout the whole

vine okay unfortunately we found one all

the way down going into the fruit here

into the spaghetti squash there may be

others already in there so this is gonna

have to go the chickens we're not going

to be able to save it there

is squash bournemouth and the larvae

this is our natural pest and disease

control guide I go to this all the time

it's a great resource so look for the

week below and there sunny sunny is a

lemon squash look at going up the

trellis that we put on here is there one

of these lemon squash we can good show

oh look at that lemon squash right there

nice lemon squash right there and why

did we call him William William like

William who William was he died for


Bruce : squash plants where we planted

squash plants previous years we're going

to definitely rotate that problem now we

had our doubts about rotational

gardening didn't we yeah we were hoping

that we could just companion plants and

do a lot of variety in each bed some

feeder heavy feeder plants with some low

feed or plants that would give back to

the soil and lots of diversity lots of

insectary plants and things like that

but not with the gourd family the gourd

family definitely needs to move to new

areas and then also we're going to try

in the spring to see if we can dig up

the larvae and get some of the larvae

out of the soil so will disturb the soil

like with a pitchfork or a broad fork or

something so this is send our story

about the two squash plants um I guess

kind of the easiest way to sum up our

lessons learn and that relates to that

story is that you kind of have to treat

each plant as as a character almost in a

story and put yourself in that plant

shoes and from the very start to the

finish imagine what that plant needs so

what what kind of soil preparation needs

to be done will you do to smother the

weeds what nutrients doesn't need what

other plants are

help support it there's just so many

different variables it's like a huge

puzzle and just keep putting those

puzzle pieces together keep records keep

learning from year to year and little by

little the puzzle comes together and

you've got this beautiful story and

hopefully you can use your Williams to

make more Sonny's in your garden so be

the plant be the plant be the plant yeah

that sound weird so what we're going is

that our estimate is what we need is

about 3500 pounds of fruits and not

fruits roots imagine roots and veggies

so 3,500 pounds of root crops and

vegetables that's a lot so obviously

we're nowhere near that but we're gonna

take it one step at a time one bed at a

time and one bed at a time so that's our

goal for the near future is to just add

raised beds as we can right now we have

75 square feet thereabouts

and we would like to have closer to a

thousand square feet of bed space

another goal is that we are going to try

and focus on the vegetables that are

more expensive and harder to store so

that we're not having to go to the store

as much and yeah I just focus a lot on

the greens they're hard to store and

plants that are more expensive in the

store we still will do like potatoes and

things like that but it just on a small

scale just so we learn how to grow them

but focus on the things that are more

expensive wrap this up yeah let's wrap

it up okay thank you so much for

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