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[Music] Hello you beautiful Rebels and welcome Back to another video in today's video I'm showing you how I prep my garden for The fall and for the coming spring so Let's go so this is a no dig Garden what I usually do in terms of annuals that Have to come out of the garden to make Room for more annuals next year is I cut Them at the base if they have very deep Roots and so they'll basically compost Into the no dig beds or I pull them out If they're a root vegetable because We're going to eat those or I pull them Out if they have very very shallow roots I do this because I want to maintain the Integrity of the soil in my no dig beds I want to maintain the microbiomes the Biodiversity all the wormies in there I Don't want to disturb it too much I'm Really big on soil health and soil Science I think it's really cool I've Been reading a lot lately about it for Funsies you know I like to get into the Nitty-gritty of the science behind it I Think it's really neat but again some Things have to be taken out directly by The Roots so things like my leaks here That are still growing I have some Spring onions here these I'm leaving in My no dig bed because we'll Harvest them Throughout the early winter or late Winter early spring especially the leaks The leaks can stay in there a very long
Time the spring onions I expect to stay In my no dig beds until about December And then I'll be slowly taking them out During this time anyways after I remove The annuals that need to come out I then Dust everything with a lot of compost Now most people they actually only dust Their no dig beds with compost they add May be a few millimeters a few Centimeters at most of compost what I Like to do is I like to add a few inches Of compost to my no dig beds just Because they're going to be going into Their second year next year and also Because I had to bury some of my Irrigation for the garden underneath Them so we instead of digging in the no Dig beds to bury the irrigation we Topped everything with a lot of compost In order to bury the irrigation so we Didn't disturb anything so this is some Of my irrigation right here you can Check it out at the sustainable Village And this is a blue mat system and it Goes all over this backyard and all over The garden and it goes into my Greenhouses as well and usually what we Have right here in this setup right here Is we usually have a carrot about four Carats per long bed like this and so the Carrots monitor the moisture levels in The ground and only water if it requires More water so it's a really intelligent Way of watering and having irrigation
For your garden because it's not going To water it and it's already been Watered so I don't have to have a timer On I don't need to do any of that Because it will only get watered if it Requires water and in terms of Water Waste and Water Management Systems I Consider that very sustainable and I Prefer to do things sustainably so I Have a gray water system I have a water Catchment system for rainfall but I also Don't want to waste the water so this Way I'm not wasting any water in the Garden I have an audience up there today So many birds I will link to the blue mat system that We have at the sustainable Village Sustainable Village is actually really Cool they helped us map out our entire Backyard so they're really hands on Hands-On support so really cool people Over there really nice really awesome Shout out to them more irrigation over Here so what we do though is we take out The carrots in the winter because They're filled with that water and we Can't have water sitting in the garden Because if it freezes in the carrots it Those carrots are destroyed they'll Pretty much break so all the carrots Come out of the garden but these lines Remain the irrigation remains I just Shut off the hose which is over there by The way this might look really weird in
My video this looks like a ton of weeds It actually looks like my garden is Really really weedy but this is not Weeds this is kale and lettuce and Tomato plants because everything went to Seed and so it just went absolutely Everywhere and so this will all die in The winter months because it's not going To survive because they're all annuals For now we're eating all the lettuce That's coming up all those seedlings We're eating all the kale seedlings and I'm probably just going to let the Tomatoes die because they're not going To get tall enough before the end of the Year to produce anything so they'll die During the winter months when it snows Going back to the compost I use a nice Rich mushroom compost I love mushroom Compost I love my psyllium I do get bits Of mushroom in there and bits of Mycelium that run through the entire Yard maybe next year I'll do centimeters Of compost I'm not quite sure but I do a Bit of compost on everything because you Want to enrich your soil you can't just Let your soil sit in let's say a planter Box or a raised bed or a pot in your House and expect your plants to flourish You can't expect the same thing from a No dig bed either you need to top Everything with compost I decided to get Everything done and topped off with Compost before the spring because I
Don't want to do this in the spring I Have enough work to do in the spring so I decided to do it this fall so yeah Some people I think forget that you Can't just have a potted plant or a Raised bed or a garden without topping It off with some sort of compost that Could mean that you're just letting your Trees shed their leaves in your garden And you leave it that's great that's Compost automatically right there Because it's going to disintegrate it's Going to Decay into a nice rich compost But for some Gardens that may not be Enough so what I do is I top everything Off because I need this Garden to Produce a lot of vegetables and a lot of Fruit for my family so I need it to be At its top game I need it to be rich and Filled with compost good soil because All our food is getting nutrients from That soil let's check out the Greenhouses These are my winter greenhouses now and My lettuce has come up I have lots of Lettuce in here and my spring onions are Doing really really well look at this Lettuce Wow little story for you I had a friend Who grew tomatoes in these planter boxes So one year she grew tomatoes the next Year she planted her seedlings of Tomatoes and she called me up and was Like my tomatoes look horrible they look
Just awful they are not beautiful like They were last year the leaves look Brittle the plant looks like it's dying Like barely hanging on the fruit on it Is Tiny it isn't even ripening what's Going on do I need to fertilize my Tomatoes I said no did you change did You add did you add any compost did you Top off your container with any compost And she said no I get asked all the time Do I use fertilizer in my garden do I Add any fertilizer to it I do not I Don't use anything like that in my Garden there's no vegan fertilizer There's no you know fish gut fertilizer That I use in my garden if I do use Something that's a bit more nutrient Dense and I have played around with this In the past I go to my Lake which is Literally three minute walk and I get Big buckets filled with seaweed and I Let that kind of ferment for a few weeks And then I add that to like my tomato Bases and stuff but I honestly do not do That very often because I prefer topping Off everything with compost in the Spring or in the fall and that is all I Do I only add compost to my garden I Don't touch any fertilizers or anything Like that so that's really it I just add Really rich compost to my garden it Helps it grow I get a good amount of Produce every year for my garden from Growing vegetables and fruit it just
Makes sense to me and so I top Everything off but I do have a bit of Work left for my garden this year I'm Growing garlic again I grow garlic every Year super easy to grow it what I'll be Doing is I save my own garlic cloves Every single year I save the biggest Cloves from the biggest bulbs of garlic And sometimes I find garlic Farms that Have really cool gar garlic that I want To try and so I get their garlic their Biggest bulbs if possible and I break Those apart and I put those in my garden So hopefully everything will go well This year and I'll get some extra garlic To try out in the garden and plant it Very very soon and as you have seen in Past years I harvest my garlic in July I Dry it out and then I break all my Garlic up so that I can then plant it in The garden and I keep the smallest bulbs For human consumption so we eat the Smallest garlic bulbs because I won't Plant them and that is the end of Today's video I hope you enjoyed today's Video I hope it gives you some insight Into what I do here in my garden get Dirty steam magical piece bye