hi everyone welcome back to the final
episode of the spring garden series today we’re gonna be getting our warm
weather vegetables planted tomatoes peppers cucumbers squash I can taste the
harvest now yes that actually we’ve been eating all along the way out here so for
those of you who have left comments and you’ve shared some life-changing stories
about gardening and eating and growing your own food good work keep it up I’m
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support here on the channel through the videos great work that’s right thanks so
much for following on with us and if you haven’t yet got started what you’re
gonna want to do is go back and watch the series from the very beginning so
much fun to grow your own vegetables we’re doing it in a quick simple and
inexpensive way and to grab one of my spring garden seed collections
everything you need to grow a basic garden of fresh tasty veggies so much
fun to grow your own vegetables so ready to get these veggies in the ground yep
let’s do it before we get our veggies planted in the ground a few basics about
warm weather vegetables you can get them planted out in your garden about two
weeks after your last frost date after the soil is nice and warm they really
take off much better in warm soil now warm weather vegetables love the warm
weather so you wanna plant them when the nighttime temperatures are consistently
between 55 and 65 degrees and the daytime temperatures are between 60 to
around 90 degrees that way they’ll really take off and thrive now if you
have a choice as to where you place your garden beds if you’re growing in a
raised bed or you’re creating a new garden bed in your backyard
you want to orient your garden bed facing south and plant the tallest
vegetables on the north side of the garden bed so they don’t shade out the
smaller plants that is if you’re in the northern hemisphere here in the southern
hemisphere it would be opposite now we don’t have too much of a choice where we
place our garden beds because we were just growing here on the hill but in
this garden bed right here we are gonna plant a tomato and a cucumber you ready
you guys might remember a few episodes ago we did prep this entire bed for
planting already we had a compost worm castings drip irrigation and we also
planted some lettuce seeds and you can see here this red romaine lettuce from
the spring garden seed collection is grown
absolutely beautifully and we will be harvesting some leaves this week for a
salad so what I’m gonna do first before I plant my tomato in my cucumber is just
kind of get a feel here for how things look so I’m gonna lay things out put my
tomato plant right here and I’m going to put my cucumber plant kind of in between
the cucumbers actually like a little bit of afternoon shade they don’t like to
get too terribly hot in the afternoon I’m gonna kind of lay things out here
and see how it looks I think that looks pretty good so let’s dig a hole for our
tomato and we’ll get the tomato in the ground now I’m gonna get my hole as deep
as I can here because tomatoes like to be planted deep wherever the stem
touches the soil they are gonna grow roots so I’ll get as deep as I can here
into the ground and that way it’ll be a nice sturdy plant now because I am
planning a tomato plant that’s a little bit larger I am gonna need to dig a
little bit deeper of a hole so I went and grabbed a bigger shovel and actually
like the shovel because it’s kind of narrow so I allows me to get into tight
spaces without disturbing the other plants around it I’ve got my hole dug
for my tomato plant now I pretty much plant all my warm weather vegetables the
same way with a few little tips and tricks I’ll be sharing for each
vegetable throughout the video so what I do first to each planting hole is I add
some compost now even though we already amended this garden bed a few weeks ago
I do like to add some extra organic nutrients to each planting hole so this
compost that I made right here in my own garden so I’m going to add a handful of
compost to the hole here and this just gives the plants a little bit of extra
nutrients and really helps them get off to a good start because sometimes
transplanting can be a little bit of a shock for the plants so by adding some
good organic nutrients it really helps make the transplanting process a lot
easier on them I’m also going to add some of the firmest your worm castings I
love putting these in the planting hole because it really does help with the
root development and of course it adds all those wonderful beneficial bacteria
and microbes that the vegetables absolutely love so we’ve got those in
the planting hole I’m gonna kind of give them a little mix around here the soil looks absolutely beautiful
there’s even some worms right here so we’ve got the Mar globe tomato here
which we started from seed back in March actually and I have it right here and
we’re the smart pots transplant endures and this tomato plant is looking
absolutely beautiful ready to go into the ground and look we’ve got some
little flowers already which means tomatoes are on their way
the transplant errs are super handy I love growing in them because you can
just peel away the sides pull the sides down and pull out the transplant without
disturbing the roots too much it’s going to put this down in my planting hole and
you can see I’m planning it I’m planting the tomato as deep as I can as deep as I
could dig the hole here we’re gonna fill it in all that good soil will go right
around the stem of the plant will grow more roots so the tomato plant is nice
and sturdy and a lot more stable when it gets windy out that’s some of the soil
and I took out kind of loosening up these chunks I put
them back in I’m actually going to add another handful of compost right around
the plant just to kind of loosen off the soil is kind of heavy I have heavy clay
soil on my garden subtle help really aerate the soil break up the heavy stuff
put my drip irrigation back in place right around my plant
now tomato plants get really tall and they get very heavy especially this one
it’s going to grow a lot of tomatoes it is gonna need some support but we’re
gonna do that a little bit later on in the video now today we’re going to plant
a cucumber transplant that we started from seed but cucumbers are one of those
vegetables that are so easy to grow you can also plant seeds directly in your
garden bed so we’re just gonna dig a hole for this cucumber and plant it the
same way we planted the tomato plant however we’re not gonna plant it deep
we’re just gonna plant it at soil level so I’m digging myself a hole this one
doesn’t need to be near as big so I’ll throw in my little planting hole recipe
a handful of compost handful of worm castings mix it around so to get my
little transplant out of the pot it’s super easy I’m just gonna grab the stem
in between my two fingers turn the pot upside down and gently squeeze the
bottom of the pot to help release the plant you look at those roots I love
seeing the roots on the plants so we’re gonna plant it right here in this hole
and we’re going to put the soil level of the transplant at about the soil level
of the garden bed here fill it in now cucumbers do like a little bit of
afternoon shade so it’s gonna do really great here in the shade of this tomato
plant and I am going to trim back these poppies a little bit they’re kind of
over growing the garden bed but I’m going to leave them here for a couple of
days because it’ll help shade the transplant for the first couple days in
the garden before it gets established now another part of my planting formula
is giving them some great nutrients to help them get off to a good start so I’m
going to add the vermis Terra worm tea I water all my plants indoor and outdoor
with this stuff absolutely love it it’s a great
organic fertilizer so I’m going to add about a half a cup or so to my watering
can and this is just a really provides really slow and steady growth to the
plants and really helps them get off to a good start and then I’m also going to
add in some of the good dirt plant food which is higher in nitrogen it’s a
really great fertilizer to put on your plants especially when you first get
them planning because the nitrogen really helps promote good leafy plant
growth helps them grow quickly which is exactly what you want when you first get
them planted now tomato plants like nice deep watering so I’m going to pour my
water here on at the base of my plant let it soak in a little bit water some
more when you water it nice and deeply it really encourages the roots to grow
down deep because they look for the water and that way it makes for a nice
dirty plant because more roots mean more fruit on your plants now we’re going to
pour some over the cucumber and I do like to water at the base of my plants
whenever possible because when you get the leaves of your plants wet it can
really encourage disease to grow and spread on your plants okay now it’s time
to put some support in for our plants here cucumbers definitely need support
too so I’m actually using a tomato cage from the garden center for the cucumber
plant and we are just going to place it right here over the cucumber plant this
is a vining cucumber it is going to get probably 5 or 6 feet tall so I’m just
gonna push this cage right down over it to help support it as it grows it’s
gonna get really heavy with all those cucumbers we’re going to be growing this
tomato cage will support the cucumber plant beautifully as it grows now I may
need to add another stake down in the middle just for a little bit of extra
support but I will be tying the cucumber plant to the cage as it grows now when
you’re supporting Tomatoes I don’t like to use the cages that you can buy at the
garden center I like to make my own number one it’s a lot less expensive and
I did a video on this there’ll be a pop-up link above and a link in the
video description so you know exactly how to make your own DIY cages and save
a ton of money number two they’re a lot sturdier than the cages you buy at the
garden center this is like a roll of mesh wire and
it’s a lot taller than the cages you can buy so we are just going to place it
over my tomato plant here a little bit tricky in this tight spot to get it over
the tomato we’re going to very carefully so we don’t damage it just set it down
here in the soil now you can see I’ve actually used this cage for a couple of
years but you can see how I’ve cut larger holes here so I can reach in and
harvest the tomatoes and care for the plant so I’m just gonna push these
little legs down into the soil here as far as I can
pushing it in around the irrigation hose I do also like to support it by putting
a pole in the cage I just kind of weave it in and out of the wire here to give
it a little bit of extra support you can see it’s kind of tricky here see it’s
gonna use a little muscle I’m gonna pound it in at the top okay it’s on the
ground as possible I’m really excited about this it looks great it’s always so
much fun to get the first vegetables planted
last thing I’m gonna do is add some shredded leaf mulch I love how these
shredded leaves look and feel now mulch really helps protect your garden bed
especially in the heat helps cut down on water evaporation keeps your plants nice
and cool and also add some good organic matter to the soil it’ll break down over
time and really bring in the works you don’t have shredded leaves you can use
straw which can be purchased really inexpensively and spread over your
garden beds as well if you’re planning a couple of Tomatoes right in a row you
want to space them about two feet apart cucumbers can be planted closer about
one foot apart now remember we planted some lettuce seeds here just a couple of
weeks ago and I didn’t mulch them when I planted them because I didn’t want to
stop the lettuce seeds from germinating but right now these little lettuce
seedlings are starting to come up so I’m gonna spread some really finely shredded
mulch around them starting to get kind of hot here so I don’t know how much
longer we’re gonna have the lettuce growing especially in this particular
spot because it gets a lot of sunlight now in this garden bed we’re going to
get some squash planted squash is an absolute power producer so if you want
to grow a lot of food for you and your family you definitely want to plant
squash and today we’re planting some squash transplants from the spring
garden seed collection these are the golden summer crookneck squash an
absolutely delicious variety and actually just started these plants about
three weeks ago from seed indoors they grow so so fast so they’re definitely a
great way to grow a lot of vegetables in a short amount of time so it’s dig our
hole for a transplant we’ll do our little planting hole formula add some
compost I mean it’s really super simple once you get the basics down some
compost add a handful of the vermis Terra worm castings if you haven’t ever
tried making your own compost it’s really pretty simple I’ll link up to a
video on how you can make your own now I grew these in these little seed cells I
actually got these from the Rusted garden over on his seed shop so you can
check that out if you’d like to grab grab some for yourself
and again I’m grasping this stem carefully and between my fingers just
turning this upside down and then squeezing it to loosen it the roots again look absolutely
fantastic it’s gonna drop it in the planting hole and add a little bit more
soil because you don’t really want to plant squash deeply notice here I’ve got
two separate transplants growing so I’m actually going to break apart this block
of soil and just plant one per hole so they’re not competing for nutrients fill
it in with soil add my tag here that squash is another one of those
vegetables you can also direct seed in your garden once the weather is warm
enough you’re past your frost date you’ve got some nice and warm soil like
we do right here so I’m gonna grab some of the crookneck squash seeds from my
spring garden seed collection and I’m gonna plant some right next to the
transplant that we just put in the ground I always do like to have plants
at different stages of growth so we’ve got the transplant right here and the
seeds will be sprouting in a week or so and that way we can spread our harvest
out over the growing season so squash seeds are super easy to plant just drop
a couple seeds in the soil cover them up that’s all there is to it now we’re gonna plant some peppers they
absolutely love a nice sunny spot and I love growing peppers here in the center
planter it’s the sunniest spot in my garden now I do need to pull out this
cabbage plant right here to make room for my peppers I really hate to do it
but it’s just getting too hot for the cabbage and the bugs have really gotten
to it so we’re gonna go ahead and sacrifice
the cabbage plant for the peppers pull it out and I’m still going to take this
inside wash it really well and we can eat the leaves maybe compost some but
the peppers are gonna take its place I’m gonna plant two different varieties
of peppers today the California wonder which is one of my absolutely favorite
peppers for my spring garden seed collection
absolutely delicious on the grill I cannot wait to eat this I’m gonna plant
this right in front and then the Hungarian hot wax a beautiful yellow
kind of mildly hot pepper that’s gonna be absolutely delicious and sauces so
guys you are getting the drill down here dig the hole add the amendments I mean
once you get the basic formula it’s really super easy soil is nice and loose
it’s been amended over the winter time got some nice shredded Leafs in it it
really looks great you can see her along the edge I’ve got some chives planted
which are a lot of fun to come out here and harvest we love to put chives in our
omelets now peppers do like to be planted close together so you can really
get a lot of peppers and a small amount of space they grow absolutely
beautifully containers as well so you don’t have a big space to grow a
garden just grab a couple containers and plant some peppers so I’m going to add
some more compost the planting holes and some fur mysterio worm castings grab the
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they’re a great organic fertilizer to add to your plants throughout the
growing season okay so let me grab the California wonder pepper this transplant
is looking absolutely beautiful it does have just a little bit of bug
damage on the top here but that’s not a problem it’s gonna be just fine squeezing the bottom oh wow those roots
look absolutely fantastic these are growing in the good dirt potting mix
which I absolutely love for transplants it’s going to plant the pepper about
soil level don’t need to plant peppers deep either and we’re gonna plant the
yellow hot wax I’m really excited about these hot wax peppers they are
absolutely delicious and I cannot wait for some nice fresh salsa it’s a really nice-looking transplant
look at those roots those look absolutely amazing just feels so good to
get these vegetables in the garden and I just love the color of the soil all
right let’s give him some water Burma steer a warm tea and the good dirt
plant foods soaking down in there now I do like to give my peppers a little bit
of support in case it gets windy they do get really heavy when they’re Laden down
with peppers so I like to use just a small tomato cages that you can get at
the garden center it’s really inexpensive they just cost a couple of
dollars and it’s best if you install your trellises at the time that you
plant because that way you don’t disturb the roots as you would if you put them
in later in the growing season and they’re a lot easier to get over the
plants when they’re small now you guys know the next step right you’re getting
good at this I’m gonna put some mulch around my plants it feels so good to get
these pepper plants in the ground I get so many questions about watering
watering is one of those things that you just really have to come out and check
your soil and see how wet it is so for example these pepper plants here I put
my finger in the soil as far as I can get it and if it feels wet you don’t
need to water so right now I have my irrigation set to run every five days
for about thirty minutes but as the weather changes it starts to get hotter
I’m definitely gonna have to come out and check it more often to monitor the
watering well comment below let me know how your spring garden is doing are you
getting your vegetables outside what’s your favorite thing to grow and I want
to thank you guys so much for joining us in this series it’s been so much fun to
start from seed see our seedlings grow inside get them outdoors planted in the
garden camera guy great time everyone good job so much fun
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