H&HG - With the economy so bad, saving money is important. Did you ever think you could grow your own vegetables? Tom and Joani MacCubbin show you how!
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Joani MacCubbin: Hi! I am Joani MacCubbin, and today, we are going to plant a vegetable garden on his side of the yard. Tom MacCubbin: Yes, I am Tom MacCubbin. Welcome to hisandhersgardening.com and it is my side of the yard. And yeah, this is just natural. Well, I like to do a lot of vegetable gardening. I would like to cramps and everything. But we are going to teach Joanie a few tricks here. Before we start off, vegetable gardening season, we want to grow some things to eat and it's amazing what you can grow to eat. Joani MacCubbin: Yes, we've been harvesting broccoli. We had some wonderful beets last night. They were delicious. Tom MacCubbin: And do you know, you can pop some beets too. But it all starts right here, and we are going to get the soil in good shape. Now you are working in some peat moss there. I have got a little more. I am going to work it on my side. Just regular peat moss, that's available at your garden center. If you can find a compost, you can do that too, and just go ahead and dig it in or work it in anyway you can. Here are some other things that you might add, how about some Black Cow, cow manure. Joani MacCubbin: I like that step. Tom MacCubbin: Here we go, right across there like that, and you can treat the whole garden if you want to. And just put down a nice light layer. Again, it's working it in, it's getting the soil loosened up until and you might notice that these raised bed areas, sometimes I cheat you know. I look it through and use potting soil, just like this. Joani MacCubbin: Of course, I still love your Black Cow manure. Tom MacCubbin: I know you do. You want to get the bigger plant. I know what you want. Okay, I think we are in pretty good shape at least in this spot here. We have probably done it to a large area. I've got the tomato plant for you. Joani MacCubbin:Do I have to get the dog to dig the hole? Tom MacCubbin: No, I don't want the dog right now. Joani MacCubbin:: Okay Tom MacCubbin: And I've got a tomato plant for you. Isn't that a beauty? Joani MacCubbin: Wow! Yes. Tom MacCubbin: I grew that on myself, can you believe that? Joani MacCubbin: No. Tom MacCubbin: No, you are right. Joani MacCubbin: Because you don't usually put tags on them. Tom MacCubbin: Oh! Let me cut on that one there. and this is the one that come in a peat pot. Let me just go back, a long time, remember that peat pot, just pull that off a little bit outside there, not too much but just down a little. Joani MacCubbin: On the sides? Tom MacCubbin: Yeah, all way around. Take the bottom one. Joani MacCubbin: Nice roots, look at that. Tom MacCubbin: Yeah, the roots will be coming out and now you have to dig the hole. Joani MacCubbin: Okay. Well, I have got a hole. Tom MacCubbin: Well, dig a deeper hole. Joani MacCubbin: Deeper? Tom MacCubbin: Because you know what, we can put tomatoes deeper in the ground than -- I think you'll do need the dog to help you there. Joani MacCubbin: It's okay. Is this okay? Tom MacCubbin: That looks good. Joani MacCubbin: Well, okay. Tom MacCubbin: Push the soil around, and you have gotten the tomato. Joani MacCubbin: Well, how nice. I have to pour some water? Tom MacCubbin: Yes. Joani MacCubbin: Always, we have to use some water. Tom MacCubbin; Get it in good shape, what a happy plant. See it's already smiling. Joani MacCubbin: Oh! Yes, nice flowers. Tom MacCubbin: And that's what you want to do sometimes to get a big plant, so you can get the garden growing. There is other things that we can plant like peppers, for instance, available at your garden center. And with these, you take the top off of it right there, and you plant that in the ground, but what I want to show you are some of the seeds that you can plant. Well, this is a warm season garden. Of course, we have cool season, warm season. Right now we are in warm season. How about some beans? How about some Cal peas? Joani MacCubbin: No. Tom MacCubbin: Forget them. Okay, let's see, how about some -- like some cucu