Are these seeds in your garden plan?

so Christopher over at the boldly Grow
homestead asked me to participate in a collaboration that’s going around right
now so in that collaboration which I think was started by the Wright family
you’re supposed to answer the question of what seeds are you most excited to
grow in 2019 what five seeds since I’m just at the earliest stages of starting
to prep things and get ready for the growing season this year I figured it’d
be a great time to talk to you guys about it and respond to Christopher’s
tagging or challenge I don’t know whatever you call it so seeing is how I
am just at the earliest stages of getting ready for the spring growing
season that we have here and we have really a late growing season where you
probably shouldn’t put anything in the ground until at least Memorial Day but I
figured it’d be a really good time to show you guys what I want to grow this
year so let’s go now I know what you guys are thinking this is gonna be a
little bit weird and you’re probably saying to yourself wait a minute Morgan
did you just bring us into a bathroom and yes yes I did bring you into a
bathroom but let me explain when we were doing the renovations on our house a
couple years ago one of the things that we did was we added an extra bathroom up
on the second floor that way when we’re having you know family and friends come
stay over or people are coming for farm stays we have a place where people
their own separate bathrooms so we did do that but when we put this bathroom in
we actually didn’t have enough money to put in a bathtub which should go there
someday so this is a massively big and probably really echoey bathroom and
that’s okay because it’s also going to serve a special purpose for us because
for at least the next year or two we’re gonna be using this as a room to start
our seedlings as well as when I start incubating duck eggs we’ll probably use
this as the hatching room everything’s going to go right here in this corner
but I got to assemble it first I gotta say I was reading the instructions for
these lights and they come with like a little FAQ and it’s pretty hysterical
question is anyone using the LED grow light for plants other than marijuana
answer yes the light works great for veggies too it can grow tomatoes peppers
jalapenos radishes and so on it’s applicable to almost all plants except
aquatic plants well that’s a relief to me so I guess I’m good to go with these
lights so so this setup is gonna be where I do a lot of my seed starts you
know we’ve got the rubber mat down for easy cleanup and so I don’t ruin the
floors we’ve got you know just these cheap shelves that I got at Home Depot
and I just got some cheap LED grow lights clearly manufactured in China oh
by the way I forgot to show you this because we’re in the bathroom this is
one of the coolest features of this bathroom and actually one of the cooler
features of our house so look at this writing on the wall see this that says
agnes shaw up top and that says marion MSHA grade seven Peacham June twenty
eighth nineteen twenty you know how we’re golden
well the Shaw family was the family that owned our farm for about a hundred years
from like the 1870s to the 1970s and Agnes and Marian Shaw were two
sisters actually the two Shahs who were the last ones to live here and they
spent significant chunks of their lives living here and apparently this room at
one point was their bedroom and that right here
that was their bedroom graffiti when we were doing the renovations on the house
I couldn’t bear to have that disturbed at all so we just sort of painted around
it and we’re leaving it covered up by the mirror to try to keep it somewhat
protected now let’s take a minute to talk about what I want to actually grow
so for this year on the farm Allison is going to continue to have her little
kitchen garden she did such an awesome job with it last year it provided us
with a lot of good fresh veggies over the course of the summer and into really
even this time of year with some of the stuff that we have frozen and so she’s
gonna do that again this year and keep building on that in addition to that the
other thing that we have planned from a gardening standpoint and I know I’ve
talked a little bit about this before is that we want to grow a three sisters
garden so the three sisters garden for those of you not familiar it’s the
combination of squash beans and corn and the three different crops grow together
in an inter planted pattern and when you do this it’s supposedly beneficial for
all three plants I’m gonna take the duck yard and so that spot where I’ve been
keeping the Ducks all winter and letting them splash and poop and make a mess
that’s gonna be the spot where I put the three sisters garden so once all the
snow melts and I can put the ducks out back in the orchard again I’m gonna
start to till that up and plan but let’s discuss what I’m actually planting now
so the first element that I’m going with in the garden is corn now for corn I’m
going with the Dorney sweet corn I got these from Baker Creek Allison and I
love it the idea would be we’d grow a ton of it we’d grow some for ourselves I
might feed some of the ducks but we’re gonna do a ton of corn I’m not going to
get too creative and crazy with the number of varieties of corn that I’m
going to grow out and the three sisters garden the reason for that is I’m
concerned about cross-pollination and that might hurt my yields I might do one
or two other varieties but spaced them out pretty far and maybe even put
something like sunflowers in between them
to prevent that cross-pollination but yeah so the sweet Dorney corn I’m gonna
be planting a bunch of this all throughout there it’s gonna serve as the
base of the three sister the second thing I’m really excited to plant is the
McCaslin 42 pole bean so the McCaslin is this nice little
white bean you know so just a little guy it’s something that you can eat fresh
it’s something that you can eat dried again what’s nice about this is we want
to try to grow a good chunk of food that we’ll be able to enjoy throughout the
late fall and winter out in that three sisters garden and so this is something
that will store pretty well too and it’s probably also something that can feed
the ducks again I want to be able to leverage the fertility of the Ducks
maybe even try to have it be that I’m bringing less grain and less feed on to
the farm for the Ducks by growing some of our own food crops that they can also
eat now seeds number three and number four that I’m also very excited about
our two different types of squash but in reality I’ll probably grow like I don’t
know five or six different types of squash the traditional New England pie
pumpkin is always a good choice it stores really well it’s great to eat
I enjoy you you know this one or the Connecticut sweet are the two variety of
pumpkins that I like the best I’m not a big fan of the ornamental pumpkin but
these guys are good durable also a food that the the Ducks like to eat one of
the things that we found is we’ve we had like a couple of squash and a couple of
pumpkins go bad as we store them in our cellar so far this winter it’s been nice
because all I do is just take them hack them open and leave them for the Ducks
and the Ducks go crazy they feast they love them it gives them a little bit of
variety in their diet in the winter and so I’ll definitely be growing that
another thing I’m gonna looking to grow in a large quantity is the delicata
squash the delicata is our absolute favorite squash there are so many meals
where you know we will have some sort of meat and a delicata squash and it’s like
the best thing on earth especially after a long day when we don’t feel like
cooking it’s really easy to prepare and you just cut it open dig out the seeds
make it into slices throw it in the oven for half an hour and
you’ve got this sweet tender yummy yummy squash goodness these things store for a
really long time I’m gonna be very excited and again I’m gonna plant a
whole bunch of different types of squash though beyond these to the idea being
that the squash is what spreads around the three sisters garden and smothers
out a lot of weeds and so that’ll be great
one other note both of these seeds come from high mowing organic seeds they are
a seed company here in Vermont they’re really great people really good stuff
that they do there I know Baker Creek is an awesome company
but I will also say that high mowing organic is a great place to get some
seeds now the fifth and final seed that I’m excited about actually has nothing
to do with the three sisters garden I’ve actually already started to try to
germinate these seeds and here’s what they are they’re chestnuts Oh as you
guys know we have this nearly 600 tree permaculture orchard in our farm it’s
been something that I’ve been working to establish for a number of years it was
really the first project that I undertook here on the farm and it’s been
something that’s been ongoing we’re still several years away from really
getting serious yields out of it but I’ve been very focused on trying to
sprout my own chestnut seedlings and really be able to create my own tree
stock I’m gonna continue to replant and plant trees back there I might even
start selling bare root trees so if you guys are interested maybe drop me a
comment down below but chestnuts I am so excited about I
will admit you know while I think annual vegetables are a lot of fun to grow and
they are a good addition to your diet and to what you eat I think that
perennial tree crops are so much more important to a long-term sustainable
farm so if you’re really trying to plan and build a homestead that’s sustainable
for a long period of time I strongly strongly strongly encourage you to look
into trees and tree crops and shrubs and all sorts of perennial food crops that
you can grow even though they take a little bit of time to ramp up they are
just awesome in terms of what they can
provide for you and yield so I strongly encourage you to check that out so those
are the five seeds that we’re looking to grow I’m really curious to hear what you
guys are thinking about too so be sure to let me know down in the comments

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  • All the best Morgan, for the upcoming growing season!!!

  • Always look forward to your videos!!!

  • Looking forward to see how your three sisters works out, I’ve never had any success with it personally.

  • Looking forward to see how everything grows for you! I am starting seeds today!

  • HighMowing is an awesome company! Very nice people. I am looking forward to Cherokee Purple Tomatoes, Early Jalapeno, Zucchini, Music Garlic, and Detroit Red Beets. I did pick up a few seeds from Baker Creek also which should be fun.

  • Great idea on the 3 sisters garden, so how do the beans fair in that garden? R they pole beans that climb up the corn stalk?

  • Really interested in seeing your 3 sisters garden. I tried it once and wasn't that impressed with the mess it was.

  • Some great choices!

  • I realized at the end of the video that I didn't know what you were growing and had to "rewind" to the beginning of the seed talk. Long before facebook and youtube and all that I used to covet internet time (dial up, max. 1 hour a day of choppy connection, worth every second) so that I could read old house renovation blogs. So, while you were chatting up seeds, I was looking at that bedroom turned half (so far) bath. Love the floor, the old windows (especially the proportions), the paint color, all of it and especially the Shaw girls' signatures. My husband and I are actually going to take a look at an 1870 house today, as a possible housing solution for our son. It is in bad shape but it is encouraging to see an old home brought into the 21st century. Bravo. ( We live in a house that is a bit older, brought into possibly the 20th century)
    Anyway! I bought some seeds just last night from Pinetree seeds, which is in Maine. I have High Mowing on my list also. I thought I'd try to get seeds from the north-east US this year, though there are actually a couple of closer places. Pinetree is an old favorite from when they sold tiny $.30 seed packs. I purchased just some early crops (kale, onion, herbs) that I want to get started sooner. I also printed a start calendar from MOFGA. It says to plant kale and onion March 1.
    I don't have a light set up. I am going to start inside and maybe use the potting greenhouse on days with good solar gain. It has been heating up 40 or 50 degrees hotter than the outdoor temp some days; pretty wild.
    Oh, one way to grow more varieties of corn without cross pollination might be to stagger planting dates and maturity dates. Not that I've successfully done that….but it sounded good in a book.

  • I love how you preserved the 1920s graffiti.

  • Hi Morgan – I will also be watching your progress with the three sisters – I've yet to see it done successfully. We also grow Delicata squash faithfully every year. Perfect squash for two people.

  • Baha thanks for the photoshop =] made my morning! Growing Sugar Pie Pumpkin and Delicata Sq…no corn or chestnuts though =]

  • I couldn’t agree more about the trees and shrub food crops! Looking forward to seeing your three sisters garden

  • Well said, Morgan! Trees and perennials, are very important to sustainability. Looking forward to your three sisters garden.🙏

  • Can't wait to see your garden this season. I've got some apple trees and fruit bushes in my living room waiting to be planted that I got on clearance at the very end of fall. Definitely excited about getting those established

  • I've always fed pumpkin to my chickens, the seeds are a natural de-wormer. I'm just west of Atlanta(for now), my perennials are Tea bushes, blueberries and red raspberries. I hope when we make the move the Vermont, I'll still be able to grow my tea.

  • We found similar graffiti when my parents renovated my bedroom in our house, built in 1802. We used a clear varnish and an artists brush to very carefully seal it. Years later I had the chance to meet the people who owned the house years after us and the gentleman was so excited and asked if we knew about it. Great stories were told over several cups of coffee

  • I also love delicata squash, but for me last year it was a bust growthwise. It was extremely slow growing and only produced one tiny squash that never got a chance to mature. I have a shadier site though, so maybe you'll have better luck. I had good luck growing spaghetti squash though, even battling squash vine borers I still got lots of good size squash and they kept well and were easy to cook. I'm also going to try the 3 sisters this year with purple podded pole beans and NE sugar pie pumpkins. I have never grown corn or pumpkins so I'm a bit nervous, but also hopeful since I removed some trees that were shading the area. I'd really like to grow hazelnuts, I think they would be the best choice for a nut on my tiny property.

  • Great choices! I agree about the trees, I'm still in a city apartment but I've started my Moringa trees and ordered my elderberry cuttings and started avocado trees, I think figs might be next….because trees will take a few years to grown and produce I think people forget about them and concentrate on the quicker garden foods. I also want to plant asparagus but I'm going to need more room to let the ferns develop. Could you shellac the wall to prevent it from rubbing or fading? I love when old houses have little tidbits from the past lives. Great video!

  • I completely agree with you on the perennials!

  • That delicata squash sounds really interesting. We will have to check it out! Where will you move the ducks once you take over their yard?

  • Should of named the farm after your own family.

  • Where do you get your chestnut seed?

  • Hey Morgan, put me down for a chestnut sapling should you ever get them to start! I'll buy you a beer at the Harpoon Beer & BBQ Contest this summer!

  • What a sweet find you have behind the mirror. Old homes have some of the most interesting things hidden away. Their names conjured up images of them in my mind and what life might have been for them over years ago.

    My 5 seeds…gosh, that's hard.
    Thai Double Blue Butterfly pea from Baker Creek. It's and edible flower used to dye food.
    Chinese red noodle bean, so excited to see it on our arbor and taste this unusual vegetable.
    Chinese Shaw Fruit that a radish with bright green interior…a fall crop.
    Ethiopian Kale, technically a mustard but used more like kale is. Seeds from Trade winds fruit.
    Vitex agnus chastus aka Chaste Tree. A wonderful late blooming small tree orvshrub, depending on how you grow/prune it.

    Other things I am growing are walking stick kale, Brads Atomic Grape tomato, Mary's Viagra Groundcherry and Tomatillo Amarylla, Mexican sour gherkin, Red Mountain Celtuce, and a pile of zinnia varieties. (I went a bit nutty with ordering seeds.)

    I am also rooting Red Tree Collards and growing those for the first time. So excited I can hardly stand it.
    FYI…I am an urban gardener on a regular lot in Portland OR so this should be interesting figuring out where to plant everything. 😬😄💓

  • I am pretty pumped for my 5lbs of sunflower seeds. When are you getting chickens?

  • What variety of chesnutt tree are you trying to sprout/sell? We have Chinese Chesnutt trees and really want more but are thinking about a different variety.

  • Graffiti is just cute! My house I had built in 2006 – 2014. I had the shell built by Aug 2006 then 2 years before my bedroom bath closet kitchen laundry, then 2008 living and dining rooms and finally finished rest of bedrooms and baths finished in 2013 and a wrap around porch 10' deep in 2014. Now I just do upkeep and landscaping. Big thing is no mortgage! So upkeep and taxes is all I have now for housing. Love your vlogs! I love chestnuts but not enough cold hours here for them. Take care have a great day!

  • plant your corn about two weeks apart and you'll avoid cross pollination. plus once pollinated cut the tassels off. they are no longer needed and you get bigger corn.

  • Another great video Morgan! Winter still has a firm grip on us here in MN, so it's been hard to get excited about gardens yet.

  • Grow pecan trees.

  • Isn’t squash the best! I love roasted butternut, acorn and spaghetti squashes. We are firing them in our garden this year also. I’m eager to see the progress of your trees. We have an old walnut tree in our yard, I drops walnuts every couple of years

  • How cool to have a dedicated seed starting room; love the history. ~Heather

  • Awesome choices. I've been curious about the three sisters. I will be following your journey. I like that you picked a tree! Hope the chestnuts sprout for you.

  • We are trying to start a lot of our own seeds this year….we are attempting to start tomatoes, broccoli, luffa gourds, popcorn, and cauliflower!

  • Great video. High Mowing Seeds is my favorite Seed Company. They always have good, dependable seeds and I love that there are organic. We plan on going the same varieties of corn as well as delicata squash. We're going to try onions and potatoes this year too.
    I would be interested in bare-root Chestnut trees if you think they would survive in somewhat wet conditions. We sit on top of a mountain full of springs that pop out of every nook & cranny of the property.

  • things I've planted since I was big enough to hold a hoe:
    green onions
    green beams
    *jalapeno peppers
    *bell peppers
    cannabis sativa
    *goji berries

    this year *

  • Ok for one thing stand in side your buildings look out when you see gaps and day light that's what critters see repair as needed first step

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