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FULL Garden Tour- Week FOUR 2021 | Roots and Refuge

May 28, 2024
Hello everyone, what's up? Welcome back to Roots and Refuge Farm. My name is Jess and I want to welcome you back to my

garden

. Today is May 14 and today we will take a

tour

of the

garden

. So if you are new here. I make

week

ly garden

tour

s during the growing season. I've been doing this for the last year. This is the

four

th season I've done

week

ly tours and it's a really great way for me to open up my garden, which is totally a classroom for me. learn to allow you to get hands-on learning without necessarily being able to put your hands on it.
full garden tour  week four 2021 roots and refuge
It's a great benefit to see things grow and see their size to get an idea of ​​the time period and I always like to show it to you. guys, the good, the bad and the ugly, what's going right and what's going wrong in the garden because I want to give you the opportunity to learn the way I learn in this space, so right now I'm in zone 7b of the Central Arkansas, this is actually it. In my last season in this house we bought a new farm, we have been sharing the development of this and preparing to build another beautiful epic garden, but I am definitely enjoying it to the

full

est, let's take a look at the roses here. the arbor is still putting on a great show, it looks very very beautiful, they like this amazing bloom right at the beginning of spring, but as long as you continue to fertilize them throughout the year, they will bloom until it starts. getting cold again this particular rose is called mandarin rose of heaven.
full garden tour  week four 2021 roots and refuge

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I bought this for Mother's Day a couple of years ago. I don't think I remember the lows of her or Home Depot, but it was one of those stores, just a word of advice if you have ever heard me or anyone else mention a rose? The way roses work is they have a name like this, tangerine sky is the color and the tree rose is like, I guess you could say the brand or the breeder, the owner of this rose, and while I bought mine at Loser Home Depot, that doesn't mean that's the only place you can get it, so all you do if you're looking for a specific rose like that is like any other variety of things that you just like.
full garden tour  week four 2021 roots and refuge
Search online and type mandarine skies arbor rose for sale and you can find retailers that carry it. Roses are sometimes sold in pots, you can buy a pot with a plant or there are certain times of the year at this time. a little late to buy bare

roots

, they usually ship dormant at the end of winter, you buy bare

roots

and they just look like bare root plants that are cut completely, the plants and they start to grow, so if you ever heard me mention a variety of rose and you're looking for it, that's how you find it, you just go and search for it by name, good luck finding that bad boy, although I think it's been out of stock for a while, now I'm planning on taking cuttings from my roses, especially this one, because thanks to this glorious plant here, uh, I don't know if I could get my hands on them, so I want to, I want to take some cuttings because I would really love to have offspring. of this plant on my new farm jeremy, I bought them for myself for mother's day so they are kind of special and also beautiful so there are mockingbirds that have a nest in my trees and every time I come in they jump around here and yell at me , okay, should we go to the food first or to the cottage garden?
full garden tour  week four 2021 roots and refuge
I think we'll come here. We made food first last time. A lot of people asked me what this one was called and actually, I don't know, this was like a five dollar Walmart clearance store and they were supposed to be the same, they weren't the same, they were mislabeled, they were both five dollars, so I don't know what either of them are called, I had several. People told me it looked like a rose called crushed lavender and they said if it smells like lemon then it's crushed lavender and I don't know if I'm really getting lemons from it, I guess it doesn't have a super strong scent. maybe it has a slightly acidic smell, so maybe that's crushed lavender.
I don't know, they're both really beautiful, although Jill came over this week, of course, they bought our farm and she planted some things like this, they're actually artichokes. this little bed here and those will be perennials here we have been harvesting only quarter strawberries from this little set these strawberries came from runners that were sent in by a viewer yeah I don't know like a few years ago it's been a while and I'm not sure about the variety, but they have been very, very productive, they are very good. I have Ozark Beauty strawberries in my green stock and they are similar, but I don't know what this variety is.
Here I have these hollyhocks. I threw some amaranth in here soon, these are going to get really big and pretty. I came over this week and put a lot of seeds in random places, uh, just to fill in the gaps here. This is just a really nice display and pretty much everything. These things that came back from last year were reseeded or were perennial things. All these cosmos are preparing to bloom. I have these roses that need some pruning or some wilting. Jill came and planted. I mean these are. chrysanthemums that everyone planted here, so it's going to be really pretty, I have the spiral of herbs, it's like overflowing back here.
I realized this week that this is all comfrey in this section and it started as a small piece of comfrey that I brought two years ago from the Elliott farm when I went up there to the North Pacific Northwest and visited their farm and brought back a wrapped piece of that plant in a bag from Walmart in my luggage and now it's huge and I plan to take a Part of that with me in my new place, the comfrey will have spread even if it's a small amount, but it's a little difficult to start from seeds, so that It's one of the things I plan to take with me. this beautiful chamomile that is simply extraordinary.
I haven't collected much. I started collecting some the other day, but I still have a lot of dried ones in my house. I don't really need it, but I want to pick it, so they'll keep blooming and this is all something that came back up again. These are my Egyptian walking onions and then they're interspersed with some wild carrots and reseeded zinnias oxalis that came back and look at this, we're starting to get dahlia flowers. How cute are these. Our plan with the move is that we will actually be leaving in August because our kids are starting school, so I won't see this garden until the end, but I will harvest a lot and enjoy it. spring and early summer and I'll hand it over to Jill because she goes completely wild and amazing.
August is actually my favorite garden month because that's when everything overwhelms you, so she'll be the one to enjoy it. this year, but I'm hoping, like I said, to take some bits and cuttings and maybe dig up some of the dahlia bulbs, especially some of the ones that have been here a long time and I know have really multiplied and in the meantime, I'm going to enjoy this to the

full

est. I'm really enjoying it, I think this year of gardening because I know I'm not going to do a lot of conservation because the month of July we'll be doing a lot of things back and forth, doing preparations there and maintenance here and just going back and forth, we're working in all those logistics and, uh, it's given me this kind of frivolous acceptance of the feeling of wild nature, uh, in the garden and I.
I've just let all the volunteers grow and I'm not really as worried about preserving as I normally am when I'm planting things, I'm thinking about when they're coming and I don't plant anything without having a plan to preserve it I'll know I have my freeze dryer I have my gallop I have my dehydrator This is how much we can use This is how much we need to put in This is how long it takes I put things in and this year I'm just growing things for the experience of growing them. I'm growing a lot of things that I'm not even going to harvest and it's kind of liberating because it's like I can grow them. just grow something beautiful just for the fun of it here, my thai long beans are coming out probably within a day or two of grabbing this trellis.
I have some nasturtiums in there that have quadrupled inside since I put them in. I've got some lovely lettuces here that look really nice, these beans, uh, they volunteered early, that's why they're so far along, you can see I actually have little beans, isn't that the cutest little thing? If a bean can be cute, this is it. The cutest bean ever look how small and wheaty, so it has flowers everywhere, lots of little beans. It will take about a week to get them from this size to where I'm going to pick them up for the table. maybe we won't even have to wait and see that much, it always happens, it always seems to sneak up on me, but there are tons of flowers on these that I didn't even plant, they're not as cool as last year. the fall beans so I plant beans here and I usually do peas and then I do beans in the early summer and then I do another wave of beans in the fall and these were the fall beans and at the end of the year it was It's like the end where you've been eating something so much that you just let go of some and others grew too much here and dried out and ended up falling and staying on the ground until the spring started to grow, I managed to survive a couple of light frosts and now I have beans that I will harvest in May .
It's great. I also noticed this week that some of my onions are getting to a pretty good size, so I really like to see that I wasn't 100 sure how cold it was if that would have hurt them, but it didn't at all. Now a lot of these are like really big varieties, like super sweet and stuff like that. I still have some time left, but they look great. I planted these onions like in January from sets I bought or started onions at Dixondale Farms and have multiple different varieties. I also have shallots and leeks on the back and Some people have asked me if I cut the tops off my onions because some people say they cut the tops off and they will put their energy into forming bulbs and I have never cut the tops off. higher than mine, but I have never needed to do it.
They're obviously bulbing really well, so maybe I'd look into it if I felt like I needed it, but I haven't felt that way. Here we have a couple of different varieties of cucumbers. These are the silver slicers here, I think there are peas in here. the first pea flowers on these boraguard sweet peas because it's been a very cool spring, I think we'll end up harvesting these and look at their lovely little flowers so I'm definitely very happy that it turned out well on the other side, here, those are golden badger beets, Okinawan pink okra, as well as okra from the Texas hills, going down both sides here, the chives are blooming and look like truffle trees, let's see these chive plants are about three years old, I think , and they just come back every year.
No matter how hard the winter was here in Arkansas and we had a pretty cold winter, this winter is the coldest we have had in a long time. I have a couple of volunteer zinnias. I'm just going to leave them, not the best place for them, okay, I just moved these cucumbers over some and I'm going to let them climb from the side and they will, and the cucumbers are there too, it's so wet down here that let's go to the Otherwise, now I've planted this bed with all kinds of zinnias. Now you will notice that it has quite a lot of weeds.
This is my straw mulch, which grows grass and weeds from the mulch seeds and that's a pain in the ass, but it's not them. It is not difficult to deal with weeds, just pull them out of the mulch. I still like to use that as mulch and have planted all kinds of zinnias here. I have some volunteer sunflowers and some volunteer zinnias going. I'm just allowing it to grow and this brassica that I'm about to collect some seeds from will probably be removed next week. Here I have broccoli. They are not any kind of fancy variety.
Just some starts I bought them at a local place and they look good. They will all be harvested this week or flowering and here are some cabbages that are starting to grow heads and look very nice. Now this is a flat leaf cabbage like a Dutch cabbage in the back of my high tunnel I have the curly leaf like kale and these are just I think they're called Dutch cabbage which are just the flat weave ones and we've learned this year to grow kale and these and napa cabbages, we actually prefer flat leaf cabbage because we like to fry the cabbage or turn it into stir-fries and things like that, the flat leaf has like a thicker leaf and it just holds up longer, whereas the curliest The cabbages get a little soggy at first so we really want to eat them all so far, very good for insect damage, but this one is big enough to harvest and we'll eat it soon and get to work. the ones here I have some Thai basils that were slightly damaged by that really light frost and some nasturtiums they all seem to be coming back and here are tomatillos and they are obviously doing well on that trellis those are kajari melons I'm glad to look at them and here are some bull blood beets and they are actually about the right size to be harvested so if you look down here you will see that I have a couple next to each other and a lot of times what whatwhat I'm going to do when I have this happening is I'm going to take out the largest one that just had more size and I'm going to leave the smallest one and when I take this one out it's going to allow you to access more resources and it's going to end up catching up and I.
I'll just harvest that in the next wave. I try not to plant beets or root vegetables too close together, but if I have a couple that are next to each other, I just treat them that way by thinning them and harvesting. and allow the rest to catch up and grow, so in this corner there are some zinnias that have volunteered every year I've had this garden. I planted them years ago, it was before I took regular tours of the garden. I started them and they were super pretty, they're like sherbet colors so I'm excited to see them back through other seeds that are in there, these are Mexican sour pickles, cucumbers, here I have fennel that looks so lush and feels so soft, I have to smell it every time.
It smells great and this is a huge titan sunflower that volunteered and is on a very good start to being super majestic. I actually had some volunteer sunflowers this year and I covered them when we had that light frost and like here, these are like

four

and a half feet too, very cool, oh, it's time to eat some basil, so I want to show you something real quick so here are some simple sweet basil plants that I started from seeds and I want to show you how basil works. It grows so that the basil gets a main stem, it will have some little side shoots here, but when you pick the basil, if you look at this main stem and notice how there are these kind of shoot stems coming out of the armpits of this plant, then when you pick basil, you want to pinch it right above those two sucker stems.
If you do that on all of your plants, you'll end up with a good crop of basil and what you've just done is prune your plants, so if you have basil growing in your garden and you don't necessarily know what to do with it or you might think, "Oh, I don't need basil right now." I always try to remove the tops of the basil when it starts to get soft. tall like this and what this does is it makes this little tool bushier and keeps it from going to seed, especially if you live somewhere that's warmer than where I live, once it starts doing like 90 degrees Fahrenheit 32 degrees Celsius during the day the basil will want to flower and pruning it that way will cause it to grow in a lot of places that you never want to let it get too carried away with a tall, long main central stem and What I usually do in a situation like this is grab this, I'm just going to put it in my pocket while we do the garden tour and when I come in I'll probably tie a little string around this and hang it up.
It's upside down in my kitchen, sometimes I'll smash it if you have lemonade. People ask me what my strawberry basil lemonade recipe is. Sometimes I will go through the process of taking real strawberries and cooking them down to a strawberry. simple syrup and you just find a recipe for that and you squeeze lemons and you blend them together and then you just blend basil leaves together and you put them in the lemonade and it's delicious, but you can also just buy lemonade, strawberry lemonade at the store and just crushed basil. leave it inside too, you don't have to get too fancy.
I think almost everything is better with basil and basil tastes like summer to me, I love it, but if you have extra, hang it to dry. in your kitchen it will dry and then you'll put it in a bag once it's completely dry and just shred it into things you don't have to use right away. You can also put it in a food processor with a little oil and then freeze it. that in ice cubes and you're going to throw it in the kitchen, but definitely choose it, choose it, don't think about it, oh, I have nothing to do with it now because if you don't prune the basil, it will become tall and uh, they're just going to flower and when they flower their taste isn't as good so you have to try to prevent that from happening, speaking of things that flower, my parsley which is a couple of years old is finally starting to flower isn't it?
Clean plants are fascinating, so parsley is a relative of the carrot and also Queen Anne's Lace, which is a wild carrot and you'll notice that it looks like Queen Anne's Lace is not as clean, we have tomatoes growing up to the end. Some flowers starting to set down here, we should probably have fruit in no time and we will also have to start tying them to the trellis very soon. I have a lot of young summer squash plants here, which is always one of the first foods to really get started. eating substantially from the garden in late spring early summer and down here there are some cut red sunflowers so down there there's a lot of chard, this is like a bronze fennel, all those fennels were early ones and I just put them in and they they watch.
They are so big and pretty and they smell so good, more tomatoes, more tomatoes here, on the other side of the chard, we have pineapple, ground cherries and this is where I made a mistake and I'm going to show you, so I did. I don't harden them off properly and this is what they look like guys, this is what plants look like when they're not bruised properly. This is a serious case of sunburn and unfortunately most of my ground pineapple cherries look like this, so you might be wondering. what am I going to do about it and the answer is nothing, it's not great, there's nothing I can do about it now, it was just a mistake on my part, I was pulling up the plants and I thought about some, I just thought that these were in the bunches that we were pulling off and apparently it wasn't enough and it was very sunny and hot when we moved them here and they suffered some damage, these leaves will definitely not be fine, but as you I can see that there are some new leaves coming in, they are thicker, harder and I think these plants will probably make it.
They may be a little stunted. I have pineapple ground cherries volunteering in the garden, so this isn't the only one. crop I had, you definitely want to harden off your plants. I have a video that tells you how important it is, but you know this is what happens if you don't do it, it can kill your plants and it can stunt them many times over. damaged but they come through and we'll see what happens with these in the back row here I have a lot of beautiful roses this is an experimental tomato I just planted this one and I'm literally letting it go I'll show you how a tomato grows as long as we don't interfere because I explain it often, so it will be a small example for you.
How beautiful, look at this moment, so it's crazy. I have things planted on all the trellises. It just hasn't come up yet a lovely onion left over from last year and I saw that it had shot up and was starting to flower and I decided to leave it, it's not that pretty up here, I planted glass corn all over up here and this I really need to identify. I let it grow because I thought it might have been resold and I'm thinking that's not the case. Does anyone know what it is? It has a small white flower coming out.
It's probably just a weed, I probably need to pull it out. I have some volunteer malabar spinach. I'm going back to this trellis. See volunteer ground cherry here. This is actually a volunteer tomato and I don't know if I could let it grow. There are more volunteer ground cherries here, as well as some volunteer okras, and I've committed to letting any volunteers show up, as long as they're not directly in the way or detrimental to the other plants around them. Let them grow so that all this is in the past. I will let the volunteers grow some, but I would take them out heavily so I can continue with my garden plan, but this year, being the last year with this garden, I wanted to give it a say in what we decided to do, which is why there are so many voluntary stuff, so placing the location in this garden this year may be a little strange, but I'm committed to it, it looks great and it's friendly.
It's very exciting for me because in the middle of May I don't always have that many things set up, oh gosh, tonight we're going to be chasing some chickens, look at all these little ones that came out of the coop right now, here in the back, I have elephant garlic and random garlic sunflowers growing on the walkway and I actually told Jill they could plant this but I'm not sure they've put anything in here yet, I think they're planning on putting in cut flowers. Here, although back here, my potatoes look splendid. I love them, they're beautiful, so I put them in the middle of April like four weeks ago and they look really amazing, so I put them in the middle.
April I'll probably harvest them in early July I guess that's okay, let's take a look at the high tunnel a lot of this you guys have seen recently I started harvesting my cabbages I still have a few more to go and then down here these They hadn't started to rise yet , um, but these are like red flat leaves. I haven't done anything with this atrocious mess yet and some of it is starting to flower, it's really embarrassing, but look, there are full size beets here, it's pretty good I wonder. what are these carrots like being so full of carrots if they are any size sometimes there's only one way to do it oh look that's cute there's a little snack a little garden snack for me so here Jill planted a lot ginger.
On this side there are leeks and shallots along the outside of this bed and then here are tomatoes and this random kale that you're going to try, all of these tomatoes are determinate varieties that I plan to support with a Florida weave. My logic behind making determinants here was that they don't have to be pruned, they don't have to be constantly tied to trellises, they can get a little tall, they're not completely out of control by any means. to be supported, but while you prune the shoots on the indeterminates or I prune the shoots on the indeterminates and plant them very close together, I plant them further apart and let all the shoots grow because there is a certain number of flowers that that The fruit is that that plant is going to set and determine a certain amount of fruit and my hope was that by planting this type of thing it would be less work in the middle of the move.
I had the three rows in the front of cherries and slicers that are all indeterminate and back here I made everything determined that I had these, they were a little insignificant so I hope they recover, but these are a touch of variegated tomato in cream last year I noticed that the variety in my variegated tomatoes faded and were all green in the front garden in full sun, so I thought about having them in the back garden where they would be shaded with the high tunnel shade cloth so they could stay variegated, so these three are the exception to my determinants these are the only indeterminates back here and you'll probably end up tying them to the roof instead of trying to erect some kind of structure there for them here this marigold is still kicking around looking great these are a cucumber Here it is called Monica, which is a cucumber that doesn't require pollination, so I'm not too worried about it getting pollinated here because the walls are open, but that way I don't have to worry about it and I have everything here.
Of the peppers this week that I'm growing, just in time for our temperatures to drop pretty cold, really too cold for peppers, it dropped to 40 degrees Fahrenheit four degrees Celsius this week, which is really unusual for us and not good for the peppers. Of course, it's probably a little warmer in here even with the walls open, but I hope they're okay. Here are the hot peppers that I have, um poblanos, which are not very spicy, they are a little mild, but jalapenos, habaneros, serranos, peach. there are no super hot padrone peppers yet none of those are super hot but we don't do super hot these are just some random peppers that weren't marked as eggplants of different varieties and then these are all sweet and seasoning peppers and these don't look like much now, but they are going to be really amazing.
You will notice that they are planted very close together. Peppers are like that and I'm not 100 sure what we'll do to support them this year, but I'll do it. cross that bridge when you get to it oh one more thing, my banana plants didn't sprout in the front but the one back here is sprouting again so I don't know if the ones in front got too cold but I'm glad have at least one, so this is the first week that the garden is practically in its entirety, uh, and I know we just checked it out, but before long things will be producing and I'll have to go out.
With my harvest basket, my harvest apron, now we eat things from the garden daily between cabbages, vegetables and lettuce, and in a short time it will be beans and pumpkins and then we will move on to fruits like tomatoes and peppers. and then cucumbers and melons and all the delicious food from the garden. I'm so glad to have fresh food from the garden again. It makes me very happy. Thank you all for hanging out with me today. I bless you until next time.

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