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Transplanting Beets, Cool Flowers and Brussels Sprouts in the Fall Garden

Y’all excuse me if I’m a little bit sluggish today just ate lunch and I got a belly full and It’s gonna be rough but we’re gonna work our way through it and we’re gonna get another one of these plots planted here. A plot of cool weather crops in our dream garden if this is your first time on our channel Welcome go ahead and hit that subscribe button below and hit that Bell button So you get notified every time we come up with a new video if you’re a frequent viewer of our channel It’s always good to have you back So this is our third plot of cool weather crops that we’re planting in the dream garden. This plot here is where I had some Sorghum Sudangrass over the summer Really nice and tall you might have seen the video where we took our lawn mower without the blades on went and crimped this plot We then covered it with a tarp let that grass kind of die off and decomposed Since then I have removed the tarp And then I came in here with the mower and cut as much of that grass as I could with the push mower Basically, just to chop it up and leave it where it was I then put some of my chicken manure compost on top of it and I tilled it in just to get everything incorporated. Now if you saw those previous two fall planting videos we did here in the dream garden You saw where I laid out drip tape I buried that drip tape and then I planted on top of it for this particular plot We’re not going to use drip tape and I’ll tell you why. So if we look at this soil here we can tell there’s quite a bit of organic debris Left from that Sorghum Sudangrass cover crop now this organic matter here is going to do wonders for the soil But it’s going to cause problems if I try to run that drip tape layer through here. I’ve done that before and it just It doesn’t work as well when there’s a lot of trash or a lot of organic Material in the soil and it’s still a little chunky here because of all this organic material it didn’t till up super fine We’re going to have some good soil we just won’t be able to use our drip tape layer attachment here. So instead of using my double wheel hoe to make a furrow and then taking my drip tape layer Attachment and burying that drip tape in that furrow like we did on those previous two plots I’m gonna do something different here because I can’t use my drip tape layer with all this organic material So what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna mark a hill or make a hill where all my rows are going to be. I’ve got my high arch wheel hoe right here and I’ve got the plow set in the hilling position cause that’s going to make a mound or a hill of dirt. Now planting on a hill or a mound is very useful if you’ve got an area that drains Fairly poorly and this plot right here is pretty flat and it doesn’t drain very well. So Planting on that elevated hill can help out when you don’t have very good soil drainage. So we’ve got some crops today like Brussels sprouts that we’re going to be planting on single rows And we’ll plant those right on top of the hill for that improved Drainage and then we’ve got other crops like beets and kohlrabi that we’re gonna want to plant on double rows. We can really stack those in there plant two rows fairly close together and save some space in our garden. So when this thing makes a hill with this plow set here On each side of that hill it will actually make a little mini furrow and that makes a nice Planting indicator for when we plant double rows So for the single row stuff, we’re going to plant on top of the hill for the double row stuff We’re going to plant right to the side of each hill and it should work out just right. I’ve got my rows laid off here three feet apart. I use these stakes to mark where my rows are going to be So at the end of one row, there’s a little marking in the soil or a little scratch mark at the other end There’s a stake I can drive to so I’ll make sure I get straight rows So I think we’ve got 10 or 11 rows in this plot on three-foot row spacing. Let’s take our high arch wheel hoe go ahead and make our hills and lay off where our rows are gonna be. Alright Alright, alright So we got 10 hills made here, and I actually had to go over these twice With my high arch wheel hoe and that plow set. There’s so much of this straw down there That it didn’t make a hill in the first pass, but when I went over it twice, I got a nice hill. I got what I was looking for. So for my double row stuff like the beets and kohlrabi I’m gonna plant them in these two little valleys here on the side of that hill and then For my Brussels sprouts and my flowers that I’m gonna plant I’m gonna plant those right on top of the hill. So let’s take a look at what we’ve got to plant today on the first row. We’re going to plant these flowers here This is a cold weather flower called calendula Also known as a Scottish marigold. So these things should do well in the cool weather makes them nice pretty fall color blooms. So we’re gonna plant a single row of these guys And then we’ve got a lot of beets here I’ve got a flat of early wonder beets a flat of kestrel beets and a flat of these gold beets and these things need to go in the ground for A week or so now you can see we’ve got a nice plug there And we’re going to get these beets in the ground. We’re gonna plant the beets on double rows and I don’t know how many rows we’ll get out of these three flats But we’re going to plant as many rows as we can of these beets here. We’d love to grow beets around here They’re good to eat and they’re good for you. And then the other stuff we have to plant here is Brussels sprouts and Kohlrabi, so we’ve got some red Brussels sprouts here that we need to get in the ground. This variety is called Red Bull We’ve got these Jade cross Brussels sprouts that will need to get in the ground and over here We’ve got some kohlrabi we’ve got some purple Vienna kohlrabi and this is called white Vienna kohlrabi, all the bulbs are kind of green So we’ll plant the kohlrabi on double rows. You can really stack those in there tight. We’ll plant these Brussels sprouts on Single rows and just get as many rows out of this stuff as we can Hopefully we go ahead and fill up this plot with all the stuff we have here today. So we had just enough plants to plant That 30 by 35 plot here in the dream garden just enough I mean we would have had just a few fewer plants. We wouldn’t have gotten all 10 rows planted Let’s take a look at what we got. So this is the entire plot here We’ve got the whole plot planted which is always Nice relief. I don’t always plant an entire plot at a time, but it’s nice when we’re able to when we have time to. So on our first row here, we’ve got a single row of our cool flowers. This is our Calendula or our Scottish marigold. We got those on about 12 inches apart or so. We didn’t measure any of this I’ve been doing this quite a while and I can eyeball it pretty good So I didn’t measure it out, but an approximation probably about 12 inches apart Then we get over here. We start with our double rows of beets as you can see there, we’ve got two rows packed in there nice and tight and once that foliage gets up in a shade out that center there and it just works really well to plant these on double rows these here are Early wonder beets and then right over here. We’ve got our Kestrel beets So those are both Red beets there And those should come off pretty fast especially If it stays relatively warm, like it’s been being and then the third row of beets we’ve got here are our gold beets These are our touchstone gold beets and these things are absolutely beautiful when they start growing and start maturing. So three double rows of beets there and then we get over here. We’ve got our brussel sprouts We ended up getting two rows of the green Brussels sprouts. This is a variety called Jade cross We can see that there And Brussels sprouts can be a little tricky because you got to get them in when it’s still warm enough to get plenty of plant growth. But they really need a frost to kind of trigger that sprout development So it’s a kind of weird window. You got to squeeze Brussels sprouts in Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. The weather doesn’t always cooperate. I think we’ve timed it Fairly decent this year and then this one here Is another Brussels sprouts. This is a red one called Red Bull and it kind of looks like red cabbage the transplants do but it should grow out real nicely and never tried red brussel sprouts before so I’m a rookie on that one and really excited about trying those. And then our last three rows here we’ve got kohlrabi now I didn’t have enough plants to do all three kohlrabi rows in double rows I usually like to plant kohlrabi on double rows because like the beets you can really stack them in there. So this first one here is a double row. I had more plants of these The white Vienna kohlrabi So that one makes a kind of pale green colored bulb and they’re a little more flattened almost like a Vidalia Onion and then these last two rows here are My purple Vienna kohlrabi and they make a nice pretty purple bulb now after I planted these guys I put the overhead sprinkler on them for about 45 minutes or so. It’s kind of overcast today And I think the high was around 85 which we’ve already hit temperatures are starting to cool now later afternoon So I put that overhead sprinkler on them just to cool them off a little bit Give them a little bit of water, but since it was kind of cooler outside today The transplants didn’t look near as bad as they have when I was planting those other two plots. It makes a huge difference putting in transplants in 85-degree weather Versus 95 degree weather, you know They just that soil gets so hot They can’t take that extreme heat and you have to kind of keep them cooled off as you’re planting But we didn’t have to do that with these guys and they should be just fine Still haven’t had any significant rainfall in several months You know about two months but we should be getting some in the next few days, which would be nice and that will give these guys a nice little bath and nice little drench and Get those roots established and a lot of this stuff in this plot the kohlrabi and the beets Like I said should come off pretty fast the flowers and the Brussels sprouts They’ll be here for a while But a lot of this stuff will come off pretty fast and will probably come behind that stuff with some lettuce Which I just started in the greenhouse late last week. So as far as our cool weather crop planting goes We’ve got three of the four plots that we’re going to put cool weather crops in already done. We did our first two in previous videos go check those out if you haven’t seen them. We’ve got another one done today We’ve still got a carrot plot to do We usually try to get those carrots in Early to middle October the soil still a little warm and Carrots don’t like hot soil. They germinate better when the soil temperature is closer to 75 So it looks like we’ll be late October getting our carrots planted this year, which will be just fine We’ll do that in this fourth plot take off the tarp and get that ready and we’ll do that on an upcoming video. If any of you guys out there in gardening land have any tips on brussel sprouts I would love to hear them Like I said some years they do really well for me some years they don’t so if you got any tips and tricks to growing really nice tall evenly dense stalks of Brussels sprouts let me know in the comments below. If you’re interested in any of the seeds or any of the varieties we talked about in this video I’ll put some links below so you can check those out. Hope you guys enjoyed this video. We’ll see you next time.


  1. Ann Yonkof Author

    Wondering how much success you have with the Calendula. I'm guessing the plants have good airflow in the garden, but do you see mildew at all? Or does it remain fairly disease-free? Thanks for all the good information, really enjoy your videos.

  2. Mike Henderson Author

    Your Garden with all of that organic matter is looking great Travis, I have got to incorporate that in my soil also. For several years I was lazy, and did not do it, and my soil texture is not what it needs to be.

  3. Carol Avant Author

    Another great one, Travis! I'm about a month behind y'all in Zone 9B, and I've got lots of seeds started. Late October and November are big planting times here.

  4. Alan Fogle Author

    I like beet roots and love those beet greens !!!! We got a much needed one and a quarter of an inch of rain yesterday and last night. Thank the Lord !! We have had very, very little rain in the last 2 months. It will help a lot and more in the forecast at the end of the week.

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  6. Kubota Jordan Author

    Looks good I can already taste them beets . Would the dibble wheel make the planting faster ? Or is there to much thatch for it to work? Great video!!

  7. Travis Mattingly Author

    Hey I have an idea for a show! How about crop storage or like preservation… I dunno… got any ideas on canning or freezing…. fermenting? Tips tricks or techniques? I have a bunch of bell peppers…

  8. Portia Holliday Author

    Here in zone (6) I sowed my Brussels 31 May and I transplanted them 21 June. I have Red Bull and Jade Cross still sitting in my seed tray:-( I will see how they do when I replant them next year:-) I love that Brussels are deer resistant! My stalks made it thru the drought! I planted my Brussels in my strawberry beds and they are not compatible. I spend my winter dumpin Starbucks coffee grounds everywhere. My nitrogen level is super high. There are some things that I can not grow bc of my high nitrogen level. I planted Calendula and I love it. It is still outside looking pretty. The seeds will drop and overwinter for next year. I heard Farmer Jessie on the podcast with Josh Sattin and he spoke highly of your hilling tool. I just ate my Mini Love watermelon. It does not have a deep red meat but it is swee! I have a Sugar Baby melon yet to harvest. I will compare them. Your Sudex Grass left a nice organic trash atop your soil. That is much better than planting into sand. It was nice to watch you just drop your transplants with confidence. You are going to have a lot of food. i will have to try to keep pace nest summer:-)

  9. Farmer Bob Author

    Glad to see you got some winter crops in. We’re still in a holding pattern here in So. Cal. because of high temps. We’re still hitting mid 90’s during the day and mid 60’s at night.


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