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used to the city now we got our own land
life's getting real busy busy none of it
was ever planned
got the crib looking pretty pretty with
a garden full of plants
plants and we built your own committee
uh from the bottom we advanced

hey everybody what's going on welcome to
another edition of back to our roots
today we're just kind of hanging out in
the herb garden
got a little work to do we're going to
do some thinning of some plants that we
started from sea
as well as some starter plants that i'm
actually going to be planting
into these buckets today
we're going to thin some other plants

out that will eventually go out to the
big garden but
before we do that we've actually had a
few people reach out and ask us
what our soil consists of and since i'm
really not the brain behind all of this
uh my husband is i'm gonna let him
explain to you guys
what his soil mixture is um as well as
the fertilizer and all of that stuff
before i
put the plants in okay yeah so the
the soil is three parts it's um black

cow manure it's um miracle grow
soil container mix
and peat moss so it's even and you can
see it's real fluffy
it's real fluffy and so what what
without what i normally do is put that
in in a wheelbarrow mix it up
and then i make that i call it my little
my uh little fertilizer yes so it is um
azomite blood meal bone meal

fertilizer and a little garden line
so you would put that on like like that
and then you then you would uh plant is
that enough
yeah you can put a little more
it don't smell too good either
yeah that's good okay
so then what i'm gonna do is take um
again i'm just gonna remind some of you

maybe you've seen it maybe you haven't
um i have become a huge fan
of sweet basil i use it on almost
everything that i cook
so the other day i went to lowe's and
they had a few
of these starter plants so i was able to
pick up
um three sweet basil plants
and now what i'm gonna do how they smell
so good i'm just gonna take them out
of this container maybe

and guys buy seeds if you can get seeds
buying because
man some of the biggest companies that
sell seeds are out
they don't have seeds people are buying
this stuff up
which is an indication that a lot of
people are starting to garden and farm
which is a good thing but it's tough to
find seeds nowadays
so usually this comes right out but
we we got quite a bit of rain the other
last night actually you can actually
plant that right in that's what it is

with this yeah and it'll just dissolve
in the same i don't like to do it but
yeah but you can do it like that so
leave this plastic on no not the plastic
but the
the it's the thing they make where it it
dissolves in the
uh i'm kind of stubborn i'm just going
to do that
and to my husband's point i will say
for those of you that maybe have not
gone shopping or
out to lowe's looking for stuff for your
things are really really scarce um

i was surprised that they even had these
basil plants
but i was out looking for quite a few
things that we're trying to find to
um that we need for the garden and
really couldn't find it so
if you find some seeds and you know
where to get them from
i would suggest that you buy them and
share the information where you're
getting them from
all right so once i get this planet in
once you plant that then i would i'm

going to go back now and put
more black cow on the top of that so
that the
the manure uh i'm just gonna slide it
inside yeah so that the manure goes down
into the soil also
okay so what i'm going to do is
i have three of these that we need to
plant and i've shown you guys one of
them so
i will just kind of put a little

fertilizer in this
and i'm going to move through this
pretty quickly with the other two
just to get them planted and then i'll
over to the other plants that we're
going to be fitting

i really did not know that you could
plant this directly yeah
they build those now but i don't i don't
like it either i like to put it right
into the soil
but what do you want me to do
no i mean you could you can do it you
could do it that way i mean just go
ahead and where you're comfortable with
doing it
but this thing is so soft yeah

there we go that one was a lot easier
yeah so we'll get these buttoned up guys
and then we'll be right back
okay so back we got them
planted in and i just want you guys to
see the difference
so this is well this is the before
with the fertilizer and this is the

with the black cow manure so the only
thing we have left to do is put the
black cow manure on this one
and then we water them in
and sometimes i feel like i'm putting
too much water and my husband's like no
put more put more put more
because you want to make sure that they
really get set in
really well in the soil and you want the
soil all the way
through the pot to hold all the way to

the bottom to get so the peat moss will
help retain some of that water so
the first time you definitely want it
water it in well
i'll get more water for this one because
we still got to put black cow on it
i don't want to make sure
okay so what we'll actually do with the
basil again because this is our herb
garden we're in we'll just

we have some cleaning up over here to do
this one um was meant but we're keeping
it so we can
use it for the seed so but we just got
some cleaning up to do here
and then we will find a spot for the
if you can see you can stay there i'm
going to move this and i'll just show
so this was
some basil that we planted oh geez

four or five months ago maybe yep it's
it's been a while
but because we love it so much i found
some more and
when this is all done because pretty
soon it will be
i have some more to replace it so we're
just going to straighten this up over
here later and clean it up a little bit
and that's where we'll place this um
you also have to learn we also are
planning on dehydrating some of it and
finding ways
to preserve it so that you have it year
even though we can pretty much grow year

round here at least eight or nine months
out of the year we can grow which is
it's a blessing for being in the south
the heat is sometimes a little
unbearable but
you have a long growing season zone
b hot um i'm gonna leave that one over
there so we don't forget to put black
on it all right guys so before i start
let me just show you um we talked about
this lone
squash plant before it's finally growing

so we're actually going to i'm going to
thin this out as well
and take the best one and then i'm going
to plant it into one of our blue buckets
and we're going to take it to the big
so i will be doing that later as well as
let me grab one
time for these also this is the new
squash plants we planted
a couple weeks ago so we're going to do
the same thing with these going to thin
it out

plant it in our blue containers and take
it to the big garden
but i want to show you guys this squash
i'm not sure this one right here looks
like it's trying to break so i'll
when i thin it out i'll probably go with
this one but i also wanted to show you
guys we put three seeds
in each one of the cups and two of them
grew and they kind of pushed the other
seed out
so if you guys can see that so
i will probably end up using this one

and when we transfer it to the blue
that's what um i'll be doing okay
so we have let's put this in there
all right i'm gonna sit and just kind of
talk to you guys about
the different plants we have here that
we're going to be thinning
um and i'm going to start with the
greens okay
this is going to be better for me to
hold this over here
so we got our georgia collards and we

have our
what's this morris collards
nope morris head
what happened i made a mistake and hit
camera kind of drop down
um so here's here's what i'm going to do
because usually these are separate so i
can just take it out and
kind of do it but with this way
i'm going to have to just try and keep
it together so i don't

pull it apart you know what i mean so
let's do this this has got a lot of
water ready i'm not going to do that
it's got a lot of water well i know but
i gotta get my clippers though to cut it
but if you guys
i want to make sure they can see there's
three different
little plants in here one two three so
the way we do it when we're thinning
them out is really i just try

and pick the one that's the healthiest
which isn't necessarily always the
prettiest but i like to try and
find the pretty ones as well as the
healthy ones
uh and that's not necessarily always the
the taller or the bigger one
but in this one what i'll probably do is
i need to get my snippers but
and sometimes it's hard for me to decide
right so if i take this one out
and i don't know i'll just take that one

for now and then what we end up doing is
keeping this one and we'll move this one
our blue buckets and they'll end up
out to the big garden and i don't always
necessarily pick the
the right one sometimes when we transfer
for whatever reason it'll they'll die or
they won't grow
but most of the time um

they end up growing pretty well so i'm
not gonna sit here right now and
thin out all of these i just wanted to
give you guys an idea of
the plants that we're going to be
thinning out today so these are all
of our greens that we're going to do
as well as
we have here i'll take this one
some bok choy

same thing if you can see this one
there should be three yeah there's one
right here
two three so for me lots of times when
it's like a single cup or a single cell
it's a lot easier
um to transfer it but
i don't know i think i'll try and keep
that one
or that one which one do you think
they're all pretty good
yeah they germinated well so

i'm gonna get rid of that one and
usually it's better to to cut them
because you don't want to mess with the
roots but i'm just being lazy right now
yeah but i will go get my snippers in a
and then we only we end up with one so
when we transfer it to
our blue containers it's a lot easier
for me to
kind of just hold on to the stem

flip it over take it out plant it like
we did with the basil
but i'm not going to do that right now
so we have some bok choy that we're
i try to keep these turned so i can see
um these two
well this one's starting to turn don't
you see that little bitty one right
yeah these are our red mustards it was
two that didn't come up so i just
replanted that so yeah yep so that one's
starting to germinate but as you guys
can see

same thing i'm going to do with our red
and i'm just sorry guys this is on me
i'm just turning around just so i can
my name and then
gonna do the same thing with the swiss
chard here
and already talked about the spaghetti
squash we're actually gonna take those
out today and take them to the big
and then over here we have our um
dinosaur kale

and our thousand head kale
and these are beets
that looks like a lot in that one
so i'm not going to pull anymore because
i know he made that comment
because he wanted me to go get my
so just wanted to show you guys the
different plants
that we're going to be thinning out
today so i'm actually going to get my

and start working on this so i can try
and get all of this done
and then once we get our um
squash planet and the other squash
and some of these thinned out we'll come
back and
show you the before and after
all right guys this is the tedious part
of gardening
um but it's still very enjoyable
so as you can see we have finished

thinning out
the chart the dinosaur kale thousand
head kale
the beets um again the swiss chard
the bok choy the red mustards and if
missed it let me just go back and say so
when we thinned them out
each one of these had i thought it was
like three seeds but some of them i
found had four and five
so we thinned them out where we only
left uh
one plant in each cup because once they

get to i don't know how big they but a
certain point it'll be time for us to
them out of here and move them into our
five gallon buckets
and put them in the big garden
so as you can see and i wanted to save a
few just so i can show you guys
um what i mean by thinning so i've
already done
this side of our morris head collards
and this is a georgia collard so these
all have
one they should they better one

seed one plant so if you can see here
like four one two three four
um i don't know if there's a certain
method mine is just to really
try to get um as close to the soil as i
possibly can and then i just clip them
and i leave one
good pretty healthy one so i'll take
that out
and it leaves just one here so i'm gonna
do the same thing

and sometimes they're um
like honestly they kind of look to be
the same like
height wise health-wise so then i just
try and pick and choose which one i
think is the healthiest and
for me personally i try to get the one
that is closer to
the center of the soil versus
you know closer to a side but sometimes
i don't really have an option
like this one here that one

is more over to the side than the middle
i'm going to take that one off
and these are all in about the same spot
but i'm going to take that one off
because this one looked like
the healthiest one to me and this one
we're gonna clip
and we're gonna clip
and we'll leave that one

and actually i'm going to clip both of
those at the same time because i want
that one
and same thing with this one we'll clip
that one
and we'll click that one and there you
have it
um it's probably a lot
more tedious because it's hot outside
you know that's the process of thinning
and now we're down to
one plant in each and um
i'm gonna set these down

or my husband's gonna no i got it babe
because you're filming
and i don't want you to drop it so i'm
just going to put these back
because they're not tied it's not time
for us to transfer them to the
five gallon buckets yet but
over here if you can see i did the same
thing with the squash
they each had um three
two to three seeds in them so i did the
same thing with these just thinned them

left one in and we're going to take
these now to the big garden
and transfer them from these cups to our
five gallon buckets
and see what they do
all right so we will meet you in the big
all right guys um a long day already
we're heading to the big garden to
plant our squash that i just finished
sending out
and i just wanted to show you guys what

the temperature is here
in texas we're right at
100 degrees all right 99 maybe but
we're right at 100. it's hot
so um
really we weren't gonna do an update but
since we're here
i might as well just quickly give you
guys uh an update on
what we got going on here before i go to
the squash

the first thing i'm gonna do is take you
to the forum
yes this is our corn
i am so super duper stoked excited
um just i don't know i'm so excited
about it
um i'm babe what is this what is this
those are the tassels that's what
actually pollinates the corn
so when you these are attached to the
little strings that you see on the corn
and each one of those strings makes a
kernel so so i'm learning too

because again i we've never grown corn
but i know i had some people send us
some messages saying
wow you guys are actually going to try
and plant
corn in your buckets and yes
show them we're doing this in buckets
just like everything else we have out
and it is so far so good thank god um
had a little wind last night it kind of
pushed them over to the
right but i came out here this morning

and fixed them and also explained in
case people don't know why
because when we first planted them they
we actually had more space between them
right and then we had to move them
closer together because
well corn actually self-pollinates which
it doesn't need bees in other words it
pollinates itself through these
so this right here goes down to the the
corn will be down here
later on as it grows and it this falls
down there and pollinates that's what
produces the corn
so the closest they the closer they are

together the more pollen
gets to the cobs and the more fully
makes it grow
yes okay exactly but i am excited so i
had to show you guys this that wasn't in
the plan today but i have to show you
guys our corn
and since we're here i will show you
guys the cucumber as well
we actually have some cucumber that is
um look at this check it out
look at that looks like a pickle
that you could take right off and eat it

and some babies down here
that are growing
you see this
and there's a baby baby right there look
at that baby right there
yeah so i'm not gonna take you guys on
all of this but this is all cucumber
right here that's starting to grow
um our okra's doing great but i'm going
to go over here

and that squash that was dying right
there which one
we thought was done that we keep trying
yeah yeah it's actually
it's actually still producing still
producing fruit
well look at this it's trying to yeah so
i don't know
i don't know if they'll grow now yeah i
don't either yeah but
that's why we're playing they have male
and female so this is the
this is the female part of the squash
and the male is back here
so female male so it's two parts

well like humans yes
so we're going to leave it though and
see if we can't get some
more but we are that's why we're
planting some more
yeah it doesn't want to stay well this
is summer squash too so
it's a different and this one we have
i don't even know it's dying well it is
but that means it's probably we've
probably got it still
we're still making squash underneath it

we've gotten at least
ten yeah so we have some in the house
but here's
this one that we didn't think was i know
that we didn't think was gonna grow but
look what we got here
that one's ready i'm gonna just let me
see i'm gonna take it off
i was going to do this later but since
i'm here i'll just take it off look at
that baby it's so pretty
yep the other ones are doing well too

so we will for sure give you guys an
update later but
what i'm going to do is actually take am
i putting the squash in
this yeah six over okay that's spaghetti
squash so winter squash
i'm gonna sit there i'm gonna put my
cucumber in here
and i'm gonna take this one is
like my favorite so i'm gonna take this
one first we're gonna go start with this
one yes one
so what i'm gonna do is just dig a

little bit
not too deep but i'm gonna take this
out and transfer it to the bucket
so that we'll get us some more good
god it stinks fertilizer

and i'm gonna keep my little sign in it
and i'll come back and water it in later
that's a as simple as it is really
yeah when did we plant those do you
remember the
i want to say august 24th 24th yeah
sounds about right
so they're growing they grew pretty fast
they did it
so guys what we're going to do is i'm
going to go through and plant all of
um our squash in these buckets and

actually when i come back i'm going to
plant them i'm going to water them in
and when i come back i will just give
you guys a real quick
tour of everything else that we have
growing here in the garden
and just to give you a quick update all
right so we'll be back
all right guys so pretty much got them
all watered in this is the last one
that i got to get watered in but one
thing i want to make sure that i say
is we typically don't water our plant

in the middle of the day or when it's
this hot we usually do it
early in the morning or later on in the
when the sun goes down because if you
water them
when it's when it's too hot the sun
along with the water could actually burn
the roots so
the only reason why we're doing it right
now is because we're showing you guys
how we've kind of done the entire
process from taking them from our seed

to our buckets with soil the fertilizer
and the last step is wiring them man so
that's the only reason why we're doing
it now
because i know somebody's going to send
me a message and say why in the world
are you guys watering
when it's that hot um but we usually
don't do it but
that's only why i'm doing it now so yeah
that's it
that's all we're gonna do right now i'll
come back out later on
i need to just straighten up a little
bit and cut some dead stuff off but
um let me just give you guys a real

tour um
i mean i i don't want to really talk a
lot i just want you guys to see
the beauty that's what i call it it's so
amazing to for someone who's never done
it before
so to anybody that's listening that says
i could never do that i don't have a
green thumb
um trust me you can it takes work it
takes effort
takes confidence and it takes a lot of
want to um

and a lot of prayers because we do that
too but
i mean i'm going to stand here and just
let you kind of show them
we got corn over there cucumbers
okra i'll go right here just so you guys
can see
that this okra is um i don't know if you
can see that from that far but this okra
is starting to grow
we've taken a lot off yeah we've gotten
some quite a bit off of here
and this entire row is okra and this
plant when you see these flowers

you know you're going to start getting
so beautiful and all those back there
are buckets and bags that we've been
we're close to 70 buckets ready to go
so we're just going to keep going to get
until we get over 100
and we'll be ready to plant for the fall
yeah and again squash back here oh green
beans i didn't show them the green beans
we'll be having uh

we'll be ready to eat some green beans
in a little bit these are all our green
bean plants
right here yep green eggplant
so and um i say the old garden back here
we're actually still getting okra off of
we're actually letting a lot of them
really really big so we can just start
getting the seeds from them
but it's still producing as well so
we're still getting something

there and peppers for our jalapeno
peppers tonight yeah
our jalapeno poppers
so guys um that's that's pretty much all
we have for today
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