Growing Our Own Food in the Midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Growing Our Own Food in the Midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic


These are some crazy unprecedented times We’re living in right now folks a lot of uncertainty out there. We don’t really know what’s going to happen. We’re all just kind of Holding tight and hoping for the best and this virus has certainly impacted some people a lot more than it has others We’re fortunate it hasn’t really impacted us a lot But for those of you that it has impacted we want you to know that you’re always in our thoughts and prayers And we hope everything gets better for you when we’re dealing with Uncertain times like these one of the most valuable assets Or skill sets that you can have is the ability to grow your own food. Now we haven’t gotten to a point where food is scarce in our country And I don’t know that we will but we definitely want to kind of stay away from large crowds and try to stay away from that grocery store as Much as we can and the ability to grow our own food is going to allow us to do that And that’s what we’re all about here on this channel. Our motto is “We Help You Grow Your Own Food” and Sometimes you guys help us grow our own food. We learn from each other this community where we can share ideas share gardening practices tips varieties all that good stuff That’s what we want to be here for to kind of brighten your day in these kind of uncertain times And so today I just kind of wanna take a tour around the garden show you what we’ve got going on and show you what’s sprouted since the last time I’ve seen you guys and Just give you something else besides Some of the you know news that’s on TV that’s not too happy. If this is your first time on our channel Welcome go ahead and hit that subscribe button down below and that bell button. So you get notified every time we come out with a new video and if you’re a frequent viewer of the channel It’s always good to have you back on our last couple videos we started our Warm season crop planting we got some squash in the ground first and then on the last video We’ve got some bush beans and some pole beans planted and I wanna show you how those guys are doing so far This is the plot in the dream garden where we planted those two rows of cucumbers on the end and four rows of squash in the middle there. And we’ve got some stuff coming up all ready took about six or seven days got some stuff coming up There’s a little cucumber right there. A few more right here so they haven’t all germinated but they’re coming and once all those cucumbers germinate then will put up our hortonova trellis like we did for our pole beans and our squash is coming up nice, we’ve got I don’t know probably half of those have came up so far There’s another nice-looking squash seedling right there, so Happy with this plot so far how everything’s progressing things are coming up once these things come up. They’ll start growing pretty fast We’ll end up getting some squash here, probably in about 35 days or so then we’ve got our Half a plot here where we planted some beans. Our pole beans aren’t up yet But they’re getting there, they should be coming up any time now We go on the other side of this trellis here we can see these momentum bush beans boy these things came up fast Just about four or five days they come up we can see that double row they’re starting to come together. Not all these have germinated yet but a good majority of them have and Really happy with the germination and I’m gonna have to thin these a little bit but that’s okay. Rather have to thin then go back and replant and then over Here we’re starting to get a few of these royal burgundy beans there’s one There’s another one to germinate still waiting on the rest of those. They seem to be taking a little longer then the momentum is definitely a fast germinating seed and then that royal burgundy Kind of behind it and these Kentucky pole beans seem to be a little bit behind them. So it’s always an exciting time when those seeds do germinate You know, you got good seeds. They got a good germ rate on them they’ve been tested recently, you know, they’re good seeds but you still kinda Walk out there every day and check has anything sprouted and check the progress and just when they do emerge from the soil Just gives you a good feeling that there’s gonna be some good tasting produce coming pretty soon. As far some of the other plots in the dream garden, we’ve got this guy right here that We’ve been harvesting some stuff out of right here’s where we just harvested all of our Brussels sprouts and kind of left those leaves on top of the soil. Still got some leeks planted right here, we’ll just be planting Around those we’re gonna put okra in this plot you can see that that leek growed there pretty dang crooked. I can wheel hoe a straight line but I have yet to figure out how to grow on a straight line. I obviously got a little wobbly. Here’s some savoy king cabbage We got most of that out of there had a few heads that just kind of busted and split on us we’ll need to chop all that up. We’ve got some collards here that I just planted because I had them. We’ve harvested a little bit but we got a bunch of collards on the other side of the garden So we may Just instead of just mowing these down we may harvest them and take them to the food bank or something like that. Just so somebody gets some use out of them, but we’re gonna get those out of there in addition to these Calendula flowers, which are still making blooms, but some of them are starting to look a little rough So we’re gonna get all this out of here except those leeks That’s where we’re going to do our okra trials till the spring on into the summer. Then we’ve got this plot here where I grew and absolutely sorry cover crop of winter rye this stuff should be a lot taller and a lot greener, but this soil here is just There’s not a whole lot in it, but we’re about to fix that with that truckload of compost over there That’s that good gin trash compost and we’re about to mow this down Till it one time put about a ton of that compost on there and that should make this soil a lot better cause we’re gonna plant sweet corn here on the next video. Now I haven’t quite decided what variety of sweet corn I’m gonna plant this spring. Maybe you guys can help me figure it out I know I want to plant one of those triple sweet varieties and we have four of those We’ve got the honey select, which is a yellow dad grew that last year So I’m not going to grow that one then we’ve got the Avalon which is a white triple sweet And we’ve got two bicolor triple sweets the Promise and the Providence. So I’m going to grow one of those three the Avalon the promise or the Providence so tell me in the comments below which one you think I should grow or which one you want to see me grow and We’ll try to pick the one that gets the most votes. And then this plot here is one I showed you on the last video where we’re going to put our peppers We got some of that gin trash compost spread there we need to come in there and till that up I just haven’t been in a big hurry to do that because We still got a little bit before our peppers are ready in the greenhouse So this plot here is just kind of chilling for right now And then this baby right here, which has kind of look the same for a while now Collards still doing what collards do still making I’m probably about to have to get this Dinosaur this Lacinto Kale out of here most of it is starting to bolt It just jumping to 85 degrees during the days just kind of threw it for a loop So I’m probably going to get that out of here I might plant some more beets Right there we also showed you in a previous video we Direct seeded some carrots here on these three rows and we transplanted some beets those transplanted beets have taken off Those things are growing so fast Looking so good and our carrots Although it came a gully washer after we planted them have germinated okay, considering we’ve got some see them right there They’re coming up I need to get in here and weed this and kind of bust-up this crust a little bit But those thought we’re gonna have a decent stand of carrots Although I was a little bit doubtful there for a few days speaking of fast-growing I want y’all to look at this pak choy right here we transplanted this on a Video a few weeks ago and look how quick that stuff has grown I told y’all this stuff grows fast it finishes in about 30-40 days or so in it I mean it grows an inch or two a day you can stand out here and watch it grow We’ve been keeping it watered with that drip tape in the middle. I probably need to Spray it at this point. I got a few bugs eating on it, but it grows so fast Sometimes the bugs can’t even keep up with it It stands the reason that they do but it always amazes me how much faster things grow this time of year than when we plant them in the fall and They’re growing in a time where the temperature is getting colder versus now is at a time Where the temperatures are getting warmer, you know, those beets, that Pak choy, even those carrots Grow off in almost half the time that they will as opposed to when we overwinter them. Now Let’s walk around the barn over here and see how our taters are doing So we’ve got taters popping up and every day I come out here a few more have emerged from the ground I do have this little Tripod sprinkler here. I haven’t gave them a ton of water, but every now and then every few days or so I’ll give them a light sprinkle just to keep that crust on the ground from being so hard so they can all Break through there you can see that crust breaking there That’s usually a good sign where a tater plant is going to emerge here in the next day or two if we walk down here we can see a few that have came up these are our French fingerling potatoes one there, there So it’s a little spotty at this point, but they’ll all come up eventually. Here’s one that’s just just now Deciding it’s going to bust through so we’re just being patient with these I don’t think we had a lot of them rot Even though we had a lot of rain after we planted them looks like most of them are gonna come up We’ll just wait and see We’ll make the best of what we got and over here on this bigger plot On this left side here we’ve got our Kennebec and then we’ve got a couple rows of those Yukon Golds and We haven’t got a lot of those coming up yet, but it seems like every year those are Those kind of later maturing potatoes are always the last ones to come out of the ground There’s one right there It’s kind of early to the party But our red potatoes, especially the ones down on this end for some reason Ones down on this end maybe it’s because it’s a little drier up here Maybe we did have some rot the soil but these on this end Are looking fabulous and these things are just growing really really fast Must be feeding off all them goodies we left in the soil from that cover crop and When I am may end up having to do is just kind of hill half a row at the time waiting on that part of the row to come up and then These guys here are gonna need hilling a lot sooner than those others. Now if you watched our row by row Garden Show this week And if you didn’t what’s wrong with you? But if you watched our show this week you saw we had some tomato plants that are ready to go in the ground So let’s go over here and look at the tomato plot Talk about what we did there what we’re gonna do Before we get those in the ground pretty soon this plot here is where we had our English peas and some lettuce. Now those English peas, they didn’t care much for that 85 degree weather. It started taking a toll on them So I got one good last harvest out of them. I got that trellis and got all that out of here got that lettuce What was left of it I just mowed it then I came in here Pulled up the drip tape. I couldn’t recycle this tape. I’d been using it awhile and had a lot of You know couplings on it and stuff So just going to have to replace the tape here But we got it tilled up nicely and we’re gonna go ahead and put some more of that Gin trash compost right here and just spread it over this whole plot. So I’ve got about five tons like good old black gold compost on the truck over there Ole boy loaded me up pretty good this time. So I’m going to put about a ton on that pot We’re going to put our corn probably put another ton and a half On where we’re gonna plant our tomatoes here And I’m gonna dump the rest on my compost pile and probably put that between my potato rows now when I plant tomatoes I usually use my FAD system furrow, amend, and drip and I only amend The row there where I’m going to plant But if I’m able to get this compost pretty easily and it’s pretty cheap at eighteen dollars a ton I’m just gonna go ahead and put it over this entire Plot here it can’t hurt anything and we’re not going to be planting all of our tomatoes at one time You know, sometimes we like to break things up a little bit. So it’s not, you know overwhelming We don’t spend a whole day out here planting tomatoes So we’re just going to plant a row at the time when we started these in our greenhouse We didn’t start them all on the same day and we kind of did that on purpose? So they would all be ready to transplant at different times So we’re gonna do you know? Maybe one row a week a couple rows a week until we get about four or five rows of tomatoes in here I’m going all in on tomatoes and beans this year It’s gonna be a good canning year around here and we’re gonna grow a lot of crops that we can can and preserve Especially considering what’s going on in the world right now. So that’s what’s going on around here right now a Busy busy time a lot of planting going on a lot of plot preparation going on Now considering all that’s going on right now. We’re not growing any more food than we usually grow. We always have all our plots Full for the spring we’ll do some cover cropping and give them a break You know, once the spring season is over with but we’re growing the same amount of food We always grow we may dial back and not sell as much of it and actually eat more of it considering, you know We want to limit our contact with the public and then these next few weeks or months So well probably eating out of the garden a little more than normal not doing any you know Take out a couple times a week not going to get a pizza or anything like that. Really Enjoying what we grow from our garden even more than usual So I’d really like to hear if this worldwide virus has affected any of your gardening plans out Are you growing a bigger garden than you normally grow? Are you growing different crops? Maybe more storage crops considering what’s going on and all the uncertainty out there let me know in the comments below if this worldwide virus has affected your garden plans any and what you’re doing how you’re Altering those plans as a result. Also don’t forget to let me know which variety of corn you want to see me grow It’s either going to be Avalon Promise or Providence, so let me know which variety you want to see me grow and we’ll tally up the votes and the winner is the one we’ll grow. Don’t forget to hit that subscribe button and that bell button if you haven’t already if you enjoyed this video Give me a big thumbs up and go check out these other two videos right here. I think you’ll really enjoy those as well We’ll see you next time.

100 comments

  1. I went from 1k sq ft last summer to 9k sq ft over the winter , thanks to the Hoss boys videos showing me how to take care of the weeds, as that was my biggest issue. We'll see if I can keep up this summer, with what I've learned.
    As far as weeds go. It looked like you garlic patch got away from you Travis. You might not want your dad to see that 😉

  2. I'm putting my sweet potato slips in today, I think summer weather is here, like it or not. It's supposed to be 90% by the first of the week. I might be talking a chance but my slips are getting to big to keep inside. It's supposed to be overcast today and I can't think of a better time to acclimate them.

  3. I would go with "Primus"… According to a study I read, it had the Most marketable corn and Least insect damage compared to Avalon and Providence. 😉

  4. I am in Zone 6 and wondering what the temperatures are like where you are that you have squash and beans coming up already. How warm is it there?

  5. Limited to starting seeds indoors and cutting potatoes right now, here in Colorado. We got about 4-5 inches of heavy wet snow the last couple of days, and it looks like Christmas out there…

  6. I vote for Providence. No reason except I like the looks and it’s farmer market approved according to what I read on your website. I would really like to see drone footage of all your gardens – and where did the name “dream garden” come from? That’s my state of mind now- I dream garden here in the upper north. Lol. You guys get to layer so many crops and here it’s a one shot deal – mostly.

  7. Travis—Thank you for the "positive" video. I live here in zone 6b. Currently, the govenor of our state of Pennsylvania, has closed down everything non-essential for a 2 week period of time due to the Corona Virus. I plan to have a much larger and more diversified vegtable garden this year. My Hoss seeds, and Hoss seed starting trays with ProMix are full of plants waiting for the temperature to allow planting outside. I plan to can and "put up", as you say, as many vegetables this year as possible. I really want you and Greg to know, that as much of a pain it must be for you guys to come up interesting subject and topic content each week, I really appreciate watching your Row by Row show. Both of you contribute greatly to taking my mind off the current state of world events. Please share my thoughts with your video audience next Thursday. I applaude your efforts.

  8. Avalon. That’s what I bought from y’all. So I want to see how yours does compared to mine. Plus I want to duplicate your fertilizer practices, hilling and such to see if I can grow it as good y’all do.

  9. I'd like to see "Providence" in your 2020 growout.
    My husband and I enjoyed the food that came out of our 2019 garden (3600 sq ft). Last fall, we had already decided to expand. In January, we started opening a second garden plot (only 25×70). For our 2020 garden, there will be a little more variety in the crops we grow. We do not have a tractor, so we are using a pick and a wheelbarrow. We expected the new plot to be ready by the end of April. By staying home because of Covid-19, it was ready by 3/20. So… are we doing anything different because of the pandemic? No, not really. Best wishes, Kate in Olympia, WA

  10. So, I will plant more tomatoes and beans and corn this year, for storage and use later in the year, because of the coronavirus outbreak. I vote for Providence corn. Happy gardening and thanks for your prayers and concern. God bless.

  11. Bigger garden this year, but not because of the Corona Virus.
    But the world wide panic does reinforce our desire to can more food for a rainy day. No panic, but more incentive.

  12. Planted 6 -50 ft rows of pink eyes yesterday before it rained now gotta get my second hand 20 x 40 greenhouse that i just took down back up in a hurry wish me luck

  13. I Always enjoy a the walk through your garden video and the input you do for each crop. Yes I'm going to plan more this year but we planned that before this virus outbreak.

  14. Travis – try freezing your extra collards and kale for winter. Last year I cut up my extra collards/kale and used them in soups and pasta and they were delicious! It was so nice having bags of collards and kale for winter. I would love to see you grow Avalon. This year I'm sticking with what worked well for me last year – Delectable. But I much prefer white corn. I wish I could get that kind of compost. I just paid $476 for 12 yards of delivered Leafgro. And that is with a bulk discount.

  15. We bought a bunch of each of the 4 varieties from you over this winter. We're gonna plant 2 plots about 30×30 each. We're gonna try the Primus for a triple sweet because family likes that and also the Peaches n Cream in the second plot. I would love to see how we compare on the Primus. Maybe along the way you will share how yours is growing and what y'all are doing to that crop along the way.
    Gonna get us a drip tape kit next here as well. Looking forward to it!

  16. Up here in VA, I have changed a little bit in terms of what I am growing. For the first time I am growing potatoes, a lot more tomatoes and bell peppers this years. I have a lot of onions and some garlic. I always grow pumpkins, but this I might not due to all the Covid-19 stuff. I cut out squash and zucchini this year, but that is due more to not wanting to deal with squash bugs and vine borers as much.

  17. I'd plant Providence. By the name, it's trusting God to bless the work.
    Honestly don't care if I ever hear that 'word' CV again.
    Today, we have a drive thru testing at the local stadium. Sigh. Guess it's close to home.

  18. We always grow a garden, and freeze and can as much as we can, but this year we are growing a bigger garden, and a few more things that are designed more for storage. As always, thanks for the video! We are way behind you in terms of spring – we had four inches of snow on the first day of spring, but we still have things growing in the greenhouse! Have a great week!

  19. At 62 I'm in that twilight zone of age where this virus is killing people, and on top of that I've a couple born genetic issues that I'm having to deal with that puts me even more at risk. I need to go to my local garden center and pick up some stuff but am scared to do so, the last thing in the world I or my family needs right now is to become horribly ill.

  20. Good morning from the Canadian Prairies where the snow banks are still piled high, but the sun is shining bright and seedling are growing indoors. Your videos are always a delight to watch thank you for your time and your sharing great easy to apply advice. I can't pick a variety of corn for you to grow, any one of the three would be great. I have always grown extra starts of tomatoes and given neighbors my extras and the only change I am doing is growing more tomatoes and cucumbers in patio pots to give even more away. For the last several years I have canned vegetables from the garden because we prefer the taste so much more. I grew up with mainly home grown vegetable and fruit so it is just a common practice to preserve in the fall. I am going to grow the Mr. Big peas this year because of your video I am really looking forward to that. Have a great weekend in your gardens and THANK YOU for your great video's 👩‍🌾🌱

  21. Doubled sweet potatoes, purple hull peas, okra, tomatoes, and other staples we like to eat. Already purchased more canning jars. You better preserve as much food as possible. Growing peanuts for the first time. We need the protein!

  22. I’m growing more in my backyard. I normally grow most of my food at a community garden. There is always some theft there. I think it will be a lot worse this year because of the virus. So, I took out a tree in my yard and am growing a lot of tomatoes and beans in containers.

  23. I have expanded my gardening tub supply to grow more veggies this year. Going to plant my tomatoes and peppers next week. Potatoes are already sprouting. Growing my sweet potato slips and can’t wait to get them in the ground. Always enjoy your videos and the Row by Row Show.

  24. Even before this mess of a virus, I was preparing to change what I grew. I had decided to not grow a lot of superfluous things. No dozen different types of tomatoes, that sort of thing. I am growing paste tomatoes for the first time to get some sauce canned. I live in the middle of nowhere and we are still having trouble with our couple of stores having food. People are coming in from Tennessee and Kentucky in addition to our citizens here in Virginia. Our little stores can't supply six county's worth of food. My garden, I feel, will be a very fortunate thing for us this year. I had already bought the seed to add several types of vegetables I have not grown before, such as cauliflower, pumpkins, and cabbage.

  25. My garden has changed Bigly. I have a dozen super fertile raised beds I normally raise tomatoes, okra, and a few cucumbers in. Last year I raised 58 tomato plants in those beds. Needless to say I’m a tomato fiend. This year I’m breaking up a 1,600 sq ft part of the yard and planting mostly beans and taters there. And get this, yesterday I arranged a share cropping operation with my neighbor. I’m farming his old garden spot and paying him in produce. Five degrees and a master in engineering and I’m a sharecropper. This is some wild times we’re living in. It doesn’t matter how much money you have saved if the food simply isn’t available to be bought.

  26. Had already added more beds last year to grow more food this year, in anticipation of world uncertainty. The "buzz" has been out there for quite a while. Still not enough room for all I want to plant, but probably all I can manage. Nothing overwintered or cropping right now. Afraid new plantings will succomb to early heat (80s this week). Would like to can more, but spring to fall is peak season at work. I mostly freeze things for raw veggie smoothies.

  27. My vote is for Providence as I like the bi-color corn. I decided on a garden before the Coronavirus issue but now I'm glad I have something to distract from the 24 hr news cycles. I live in Solano County, CA where the first US case arrived. I'm literally 1 mile from Travis AFB where the 800 cruise ship passengers were brought. My wife has Leukemia and I'm recently disabled so I do watch what this virus is doing. We are very concerned but are very serious about contact with family and friends. I found your videos while researching garden info. Watching what and how you garden has given this rookie a focus and confidence that is helping me cope. Thank you.
    On a lighter note, I need to plant a crop of toilet paper as it is hard to find around here.

  28. I almost jumped the gun and started planting last week but I didn't and we had a freeze last night here in Oklahoma. I can't Waite to get seeds in the ground especially with what is going on today. I have had hit and mis experience with seeds from Johnnies and other seed companies I think I will try Hoss seeds this year. I really don't want to experiment this year I want lots of veggies.

  29. The virus has given me more time to work in the garden if this rain will stop for bit. Been using Cog Hills Light technique and my transplants are looking good. How does the triple sweet corn do being frozen on cob? I have always planted incredible because that’s what grandpa liked and it freezes really well. Thanks Brett from Arkansas!

  30. God bless you Sir! Wish I could show you the view our Swiss cows have on the lac below with the Swiss Alps in the background.

  31. Great video! We decided last December to Grow more of the basic veggies, we referred to it as a soup garden… All the veggies we put in soup…So we started planting seeds at the first of the year. We try to plant some areas up to 3 different times during the growing season, so we start as early as possible! The VIRUS help me to decide to build some raised beds in hopes to gain more harvest. Were having to fight all the rain to get them finished… Have a Blessed week ! Brett

  32. Worked out today also, got carrots and lettuce in and worked on getting my tators in buckets.

    My garden has doubled this year but that was before the freak out but yes I'm working more towards canning stuff.

  33. Only thought with the gin trash is if any of the roundup is left in it. I had some cotton burr compost that did put the hurt on some tomatoes. It didn’t kill them, just made for some spindly sickly looking plants for a couple weeks. It was from a commercial compost outfit. The burr compost didn’t affect my grass one bit, but the tomatoes did take a hit. Now I don’t know it was roundup; that’s just what my local ‘experts’ said the residual would most likely be. I would have thought 2,4d but I know nothing about cotton.

  34. I am in NE FL and I have a yard to grow. I am thinking of having a garden but I missed the spring so I guess I will have some sort of summer and fall garden. Janice

  35. I am definitely growing more this year. I want to be able to help others as much as I can (family, friends, neighbors, food banks). Storage crops will be high on the list, but I just want to make sure everyone can get some good nutrition. I am not worried about a food shortage, I am worried about people who can't afford to feed their families healthy foods after being laid off or furloughed. As for your corn, I would like to see how that Avalon grows!

  36. Yes Travis I’m planning on everything we normally do and more. I will use space in the flower beds as well as the raised veggie beds. Probably will go tried and true things over the new things I purchased early. I plan to be serious about succession planting as well. It’s mostly about space and what we can care for. Zone 5b Chicagoland we don’t have the time that you do.

  37. Providince yes Travis we are planting the biggest garden we ever have I think it's just going to get harder and harder to get food and we are definitely focusing on canning vegetables

  38. Seeing what’s going on in Italy certainly has motivated us to grow more food, vegetables and chickens. Staying home!! Thanks for all your information. I’ve learned so much. Lagrange, Georgia

  39. I am in Indiana, and had to temporarily close my salon yesterday. Our grocery stores are struggling to keep food in stock, so my plan has definitely changed. I was focused on starting pepper and tomato seeds, under grow lights, but now I am switching gears and focused more on faster producing crops like lettuce, kale, and spinach.

  40. I’m in California on a self imposed isolation vacation! And was harvesting all morning. Then I packaged up 10 care packages to take to shut in friends and elderly. As I was quietly picking listening to the birds, and the fwap fwap of my flag in the wind, I was struck by how much I’ve learned from ALL my You Tube homesteaders. I’m ready for this challenge!! I’ve been planting every time I’m bored. (Will keep weight off! Lol). You’ve taught me well! And please, if you can, speed up postings so I don’t have to watch Hallmark movies! 😂. God Bless you!

  41. I've been keeping my distance I guess, I still go to work everyday like I always have, they make us take our temperature every time we enter the building. Anyway, I put my vote for the Avalon triple sweet. I was hoping you would show how them onions were doing so I could compare those Texas Legends with mine. Y'all take care.

  42. Planting much more this year than usual. Planning to freeze about as much as we always have and then can much more than usual. For some reason I prefer the taste of frozen over canned but canned last a long time. Including much more heirloom varieties as well.

  43. It has affected us here in Kansas. We were going to build an above ground garden but we couldn't. The money went to buying supplies from the store for our quarantine. No work and quarantine made gardening come to a halt. Such a sad thing for my kids.

  44. I added about 750 sq ft. But doing more for storage and going to do succession planting this year to increase and stretch out my harvest. Id like to see you plant that Avalon. Im partial to my white corns. Just how I was raised haha

  45. Hi Travis, it's 4:37 am and 18 degrees up here in New York. Going to start seeding plants inside on Monday. Yes we are going to grow a much larger garden than before. Looking to have a market garden to help offset the cost of new greenhouse and seed and amendments. Covid 19 is taking it toll New York and we've lost 2 incomes and starting Sunday all non essential business is to shut down. Unfortunately my daughter who lives is was exposed to the virus from 2 coworkers and we just found out Saturday and me and my wife are in the high risk category so the waiting to hear from Doctors and county health department is making me a little nervous! Fortunately we a well stocked pantry with all the stuff we need to get us through 6 months. You can't buy much in the stores because the shelves are empty! People are acting like maniacs in the stores. Good news is a lot of stores are letting people over 60 shop from 6 to 7:30 am to get away from the big crowds. Ok Travis that is enough rambling on but I would like to see your greenhouse setup and see how you start seeds. THANK YOU for the great video's and GOD BLESS.

  46. This year most all my plants I started from seed (many I purchased from Hoss Tools and had fantastic germination), and of course I planted more than I needed. Normally, I give my extra seedlings to neighbors/friends/family. This year however, I caught myself planting just a couple more of each variety thinking… just in case there’s a food shortage I better be prepared. I still had several plants to give away, but this whole virus thing does have me growing more than usual in my garden.

    Travis, I have a question or an issue that needs addressing, if you don’t mind. I’m having a problem with mole crickets and can’t seem to find much on how to get rid of them in the vegetable garden…I mostly find info on getting rid of them in your lawn with pesticides that I don’t care to use in my vegetable garden. Can you offer some advice…maybe even address it in your next show. Thank you, Emmy Lou.

  47. I’m increasing my garden size this year, but not exactly for the extra food. We already grow and sell enough volume and variety to make me happy. I just thought it would be a good experience for the kids to have some space of their own since they won’t have so many other activities competing for their attention. They already help me a good deal, but it will be nice for the big ones to have a spot that’s all theirs. Especially since we are stuck in close quarters probably for awhile.

  48. Have been remodeling my house and am living on plywood floors until the garden is laid by. Garden is definitely a priority for me this year.

  49. I learn so much from y'all 🙂 Technically I'd be considered a "square-foot" gardener, but I find many of the row techniques apply even better in several instances. Right before the virus hit the news, I felt an urge to add 4 more raised beds. I think it was like a "Joseph" moment, but either way, I praise our Creator for putting it in my heart (and ability) to grow some more good stuff!

  50. We are growing a lot more stuff to can. Had already planned on getting back into canning but this virus really upped the anty. Lot of snap beans, peas, tomatoes, okra, potatoes and squash.

  51. My garden is undergoing expansion, this was planned since last fall and has nothing to due to the current situation. The property was recently acquired and takes time to clear the land and other work such as treating the soil to improve PH. Grew a little Kandy Corn last summer and plan to up the production in addition to melons, pumpkins and squash. I think your videos are dope.

  52. $18 a ton for that compost? Looks like some good stuff, I would have thought it would be much more expensive. Im gonna try to find some tomorrow. My red clay could definitely use some love.

  53. Avalon. Pretty much going to stick to the plan I had before which is going to be more aggressive than last year with the addition of drip tape for weed suppression and putting plants on double rows.

  54. Thanks for sharing your garden update with us and the positive words. Interesting times.

    I've grown a small garden on our 1/4 acre lot for the last 10 years. Last month, I set up two more beds so that we could plant additional vegetables. We can't sustain ourselves on a garden this small but working the soil is a nice mental distraction, offers good exercise, and lets me share a little fresh produce with our neighbors — and having a good community is important in times like this.

    I am growing different plants this year. Normally I devote space for a few novelties in order to learn more — I've grown tobacco, cotton, wheat, and more in my back yard. This year is all food that we like to eat and most of the seed varieties I bought in early January were selected for their storage qualities. We plan to can our beans and tomatoes as well as pickle beets and more because I do have some concerns about wide scale unemployment at the end of this year and into next.

    One last thing, I want you to know how grateful I am to have your Push Pull Hoe. I herniated 2 discs last year and because surgery isn't an option for me with all that's going on right now, my doctor said that unless I start to get nerve damage and can't walk, I'll just have to live with the pain for a little while. I'm not able to move like I used to and the Push Pull Hoe let me do everything I needed to get my garden prepared without any pain. I truly can't express how grateful I am to own this tool. Please pass along my thanks to everyone there.

  55. Yes, the current situation did change a few things for me. I am trying not to grow things that are more experimental, and stick with things we really enjoy eating. I'm inter planting and companion planting more than I had planned, just trying to grow as much food as possible in a relatively small space. We desperately need rain in Florida!

  56. Always enjoy the walkthrough in your garden. I am 73 year old stuck at home. If it weren’t for my garden, I’d go nuts. Because of severe arthritis, I have gone to raised beds which I built myself. Added a new one last year & again this year. Planted about a dozen tomatoes, zucchini & crooked neck squash, cucumbers, pole beans. Everything is up but the okra. I plant a dwarf long pod variety which does great in a raised bed. Thanks for getting our mind off bad stuff! I am in Albany by the way.

  57. I'd like to go Hortonova trellis for my pole beans and cucumbers and wonder about best height. Looks like you use 59". The bean tops go loose I guess. A higher trellis can shade the rest of the garden. I'm growing rattlesnake and belive they go 7 or 8 feet. Do you plan on beans running wild at the top?

  58. My garden is about five times bigger this year, but that was planned before the pandemic. Mostly my garden just gives me a sense of security. My family won’t go hungry, and we have tons of spare jars, a dehydrator, and a garage freezer to help store the extra when necessary. It helps me to know that I can provide for my babies even when the world is turned upside down.

  59. Transplants started here in the mountains of WV. Waiting for things to dry. Should have had peas and spinach in but can't. No major changes this year. Always plant enough to eat and store and will do the same but am trying some new varieties. Might work on more succession planting to get more this year though.

  60. I stumbled across your YouTube Channel researching crop information and really enjoyed watching. Thanks 🇺🇸

  61. Corona has not changed me one bit as far as my gardening aims. Ive taken the philosophy to plant as if a famine is coming prior. And when the stores were emptied…I didnt panic buy cause my store is the yard. My friends feel safer knowing me. And we are only solving the world's problems by farming. Creating resources health an wealth…minimizing trash mountain's, wars and oil troubles. Thank u so much this new high arch wheel hoe is the ticket for me. I'm lightyears ahead in the garden Thanks from coconutman for peace of mind. I vote primus.

  62. Yes I,m growing a little bit different crops than years before ,more leaks ,onions tomatoes and less peppers but more root and lettuce, and of course collards to can

  63. Farmers market in my area is closed. I am stuck with 50 pounds of lettuce some 6,000 radishes and tons of strawberries.

    Best strawberry season in forever and we are not allowed to have groups bigger than 10 in public. I know if I set up a stand cops are gonna tell me to take er' down.

  64. Providence corn! I haven't really been effected by the virus, other than my job is doing 50% of us working two weeks, then off for two weeks. As far as my gardening goes, last year I just grew tomatoes and peppers. This year I am planning on growing a lot more types of veggies and adding blueberries. I had seeds started toward this goal before everything got so crazy, so this had nothing to do with the virus. I live in the city, but have my own house and yard, so I can't grow a lot, but I am trying it out this year. God Bless! Carmen

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