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Which Carrot Varieties Will Grow Best in Your Soil Type?

Our good friend Carol down in Florida, Carol loyal viewer Carol, loyal Carol She just put in a new garden and some new drip tape and stuff. Sent us some goodies. Goodies Well, she sent some wild elderberry jelly. Elderberry jelly, now elderberry will cure. Yep, it’s got some good Antioxidants in it and she said she had to brave the Gators to get out there and pick that for us. Uh-Oh, and I have to admit I got in to that little bit Saturday morning, and also she sent you some cowboy candy. Cowboy candy some sugared jalapenos. She said probably best if I didn’t try none of those, just let you have them. Yeah, but I may be feeling a bit brave what you want to try first. Well, let’s try the Elderberry jelly first. Okay. We got a little muffin there. Yeah. I got it all dolled up for you. That’s good stuff that’s better than any muscadine jelly I’ve ever had. Now I’ve never grown any elderberries no elderberries is kind of a new thing that’s hopped on in the last few years as far as Cultivating them and growing them, there’s been a lot of stuff written out there about them a lot of people talking about the health benefits Of it, a lot of people are juicing them and other things but these are wild ones that they grow down in Florida we don’t grow wild ones here. So it’s interesting to know they grow wild ones in Florida. Yeah. Alright. Let’s try the cowboy candy. Woah woah woah woah, that’s yours right there now. Okay, okay you loaded mine up there. Mmm-hmm Yeah, mm-hmm. Well, it’s jalapenos and some more things in there she said it was more like a sweet heat. Mm-hmm. Go ahead She said these were for you, you can try one. Their good. You got some sugar in there take off the heat a little bit, every now and then you get a few of them seeds will get you. Turning a little red over there. Get you going a little bit. But it’s pretty good. It is pretty good. I don’t find that ohh it’s getting a little warm now it is a little warmer now the front end is sweet it ain’t overwhelming tho. No, but you taste that flavor on the front end and the heat comes in on the back end of it. I really like those those make a good little snack. Now how would you eat that? I like them on a Ritz cracker like that we we like to put them on like a cheese board. I’m gonna follow that up with some elderberry jelly. Go for it. So we like to put them on a cheese board to have some Good cheese on there some good sausage, or some salami and some crackers, some mustard. Anyway, thank you, Carol, for sending us those goodies there. We really do appreciate send us some soap too. Some soap too. Yeah some soap and some goodies and we appreciate it, Carol. Alright, let’s say hey to everybody. Hello everyone and welcome to the Row by Row Garden Show. We’re really excited to have you with us tonight We’ve got a really good show plan. We’re gonna talk a little bit about planting carrots a little later right now were just doing a little show-and-tell and Going through what’s going on in the garden. I want to talk about how dry it’s been. and umm Hot. Something that I ain’t never seen happen before so We were last Friday at my consultant farm, which is a little bit south of here We were putting some transplants in the ground. We had an area that we had Did the whole tarp and till thing cause they had a lot of Bermuda grass And that’s from what I found that’s really without herbicides The only way to get rid of Bermuda grass is aggravate to death and then keep tarping it. So and it’s been real dry we ain’t had no rain in over a month. We pulled the tarp off. We laid our drip tape Turn it on to start seeing the water spots I get it? Yeah. To put our transplants in every foot there and I’ve never seen water or Dirt be so dry where it repelled water. It just puddled up on top And wouldn’t soak in. Yep. It just blew my mind. I’ve seen that before several times We used to have a problem when it got dry like it is now we would have what we call localized dry spots in lawns And those would just go bad and they’d be like circular motions and it’d take a good bit of water To bring them back somehow another and I don’t know exactly how this happens, but when it gets that dry The soil particles change their charge and it repeals that water. Hmm Is that as deep as you want to go on that? That’s about as deep as I wanna go on that but I’ve seen it before and it’s bad bad dry. Dry and hot, hot and dry. So what we had to do we planted four or five rows of the collards, broccoli, stuff like that and By the time we got done that first row of collards, we planted even though we had them emitters running was looking pitiful. So We had to plan B and put some overhead on it just to get that soil back saturated And once it gets as dry as it is now you need to water before you plant and then water after you plant now I’ll tell you what happened to me yesterday So the video come out or actually, this happened to me on Tuesday so my I’ve got my first fall crops in the ground on Wednesday or on Tuesdays video come out Wednesday getting confused here and when I planted them on Tuesday morning and I let my drip run about two and a half hours And I had to teach Tuesday afternoon and I was worried because it got hot 95 or so on Tuesday, and I got worried I said man I got to get home them plants probably, probably got to go home get overhead sprinkle on them and I got home and I’ll be dog. If the good Lord hadn’t blessed me with a couple tenths of rain. Really? I don’t know where it come from but I I got home and you can just The dirt just look like it had a little rain. I went in asked my wife did it rain? She said yeah a little bit. I walked out there to that plot Man, it just looked prettier out there them plants was doing well And just made me feel good. I don’t care how much you irrigate that rainwater from heaven just makes it look so much better. It sure does, it sure does. So I got my first cool weather crops in the ground and gonna get some more in the ground Towards the end of this week. I got a little bit of something I wanna talk about here in just a minute. Okay. So you know last week we eat these here From James over at George Farms. Yeah I talked to another feller in Texas other that he said he wasn’t very far from them at all. Yeah Well, I’ve talked to James a couple of times since then cause I had some questions I wanted to ask him. These are the best pickled okra I have ever ate and I’ve done pickled okra before and I thought I was okay with it till I ate him. Mm-hmm And so I talked to him on the phone I said James we got to talk about this pickled okra a little bit and you got to give me some insight. He said he got the recipe off from the book we used to sell called pickled pantry, which is a wonderful book. We don’t sell it anymore but it is a great book. You still get online. You can still get online. Called pickled pantry It’s probably one of the best ones out there. Mm-hmm and I asked George cause this thing is really crispy and he said the trick to it is, is using one of those stone crocks to ferment them in. Uhh, or to let them age in. Mmm. There’s something about that stone crock so he don’t just put them straight in the jar. No, no, and that’s what I have done in the past excuse me That garlic will get you. That’s what I’ve done in the past And they didn’t turn out as will he said there’s something about that stone crock and doing it in bulk that really does something for them. So I did a little bit of research on this right here. Uh-huh, and that stone crock keeps the temperature in there more Regulated and that’s what a lot of people online Recommend, so I’m thinking about getting me one of these stone crocks and I found a USA made one in Ohio from an Ohio stoneware and they make one They make several but they make one It’s a three-gallon and I’m thinking about getting and it’s got the weights on it everything if anybody out there has got any Opinion or experience with these put it in the comments and let me know what you think But I definitely want to go with the USA made one and that’s the best one I have found so I may order me one of these I don’t think we do enough preserving out of the garden and pickling and things like that is a perfect way to do it mm-hmm sauerkraut Yeah, I like sauerkraut and I know we from the south but I like it. I do too. and I’m gonna do some of that this winter but you need you one of these stone crocks To do that in so that’s where I’m at on that now I got plenty You want to get you a 10 pound stone crock, I got plenty of okra to fill it up well I may get the five-gallon as big as they make. Get the five, get the five-gallon and will do a heap of okra we do have This book right here called Preserving the Harvest that has some pickling recipes in there It has some Jam recipes and all other stuff in there, which is a good book. Now you making a mess over there. I’m making a mess. Speaking of. My point is if you ain’t doing some pickling and some Fermenting things like that you need to do it. I’m gonna start doing more of it, I don’t think we do enough. And I’m gonna tell you that right there last night I was sitting in bed and just in my not my bed, my recliner watching TV And I just got a craving all of a sudden. I had to go outside and get this here pickled okra. Hmm Speaking of pickling preserving. I’ve got cucumbers out the wazoo and You can have them right there, but them would make some good pickles as well I seen a recipe the other night or on there a feller put on there with smoked salmon he cut his Cucumbers about two inches and he put smoked salmon dip on top of them called them cucumber cups, huh. That’s another thing, I think I’ve had them at a fancy hotel or a reception before. Yeah, I swung a craving on me too, huh. last thing I want to mention before we get into our Carrot talk. Had a feller So I had a video come out on was it Tuesday about our chicken going to get some of that good chicken litter compost stuff and I knew just as soon as I I wanted I figured some people had never seen what a Chicken farm looks like it So I wanted to show that in the video but I knew just as soon as I showed that somebody was going to one of the Animal humane Advocates was gonna jump on me about that and so this one guy commented on it I want to read this comment and kind of explain my stance a little bit. So he said Nice Nazi chicken concentration camp. I’d rather not grow my plants on the faces of tortured animals. So this is my response to that as long as Americans insist on eating processed chicken from fast-food places. There’s going to be commercial chicken farms. Just the way it is now. You don’t have to eat chicken from those and a lot of times We kill our own chickens and I’ll be the first one to tell you that Grass bread or free-range chicken tastes a lot better than what they grow in them big chicken houses But the demand is out there so they exist All we’re doing is getting the waste from them just because we’re using that chicken litter doesn’t mean we necessarily promote that Don’t shoot the messenger, right. So we’re just using the waste and it’s clean and if you are against the way chickens are raised in chicken houses Don’t be eating no chicken nuggets. Yeah, don’t go to McDonald’s or don’t you know now you can have that stance If you don’t ever eat fast-food chicken or processed chicken But but a lot of times people that say those kind of things and I’ve not eatin McDonald’s in years and years and years Right. I have ate a chicken nugget in my time, but it’s been a long time ago. So that it is what it is The demands out there. So those things exist and We’re not sitting here Carrying a flag for them, we’re just using the good stuff that comes out of them. Yep alright So let’s get into carrots cause we’re getting into it’s October now and October is time to overwinter carrots now And I usually aim for early October, but it’s still a little hot It’s probably gonna be pushed back to the middle of October planting them and I was doing some online research I kind of wanted to see what the upper range of carrot overwintering was and I’ve been overwintering carrots for years But most of the United States can over winter carrots, even in zone six Own up there pretty close some places they would say the tops will die back, but you’ll still get some root production there, so Overwintering carrots is really good because they taste a lot of sweeter when they get them cold temps. They do, I’ll testify to that. So first of all I want to go through the types of carrots and some of the varieties We carry we’ve we’ve added a lot of carrots lately And really I’m really proud of how many the diversity of carrot varieties we have So I got a little chart here. Mmm another chart to show the different kind of shapes and types of carrots so you’ve got an Nantes a Danvers, Chantenay, and what we call an Imperator and All these have slightly different characteristics and some of them are better in other soil types than others. Your Nantes here is a more blunt carrot. Okay, it doesn’t have a lot of taper to it It’s kind of the same width all the way down. This makes a real good storage carrot because it’s uniform fits in jars Good, you’ve got your Danvers carrot which is more your Bugs Bunny type carrot has really broad shoulders and a fairly sharp taper there. Your Chantenay carrot is your short stubby carrot and if you’ve got hard or clay soils That’s the go-to for you. Now these things even though they’re shorter these things will produce really well and you get a lot of carrot From these things even though they’re shorter So if you got harder soils Chantenays the way to go and then the Imperator is Your real long slender carrot and the advantage of these is you can pack a lot of these in a small space But you need sandy soil. You need relatively softer soils high organic content soils. Right, right These things need to be able to penetrate so in the last few years. They’ve been a lot of Prepackaging carrots in the grocery stores, and we see a lot of these baby carrots in there. Uh-huh, what variety would you say that is so In fact, we’ll talk about this in a minute if I can find it here So this Viper carrot Which is an Imperator type is one that is actually commercially grown for baby carrots. I did not know that. Okay, and the reason is so this is a real long slender carrot and This variety was developed because they can get baby carrots. They look for about a two inch piece They can get more two inch pieces So what they do is they basically cut these things up and round off the ends to get the baby carrots Really, yeah So they can get more baby carrots out of one Carrot with these then they can with other types and they can grow these really tight spaces So that’s what this variety was developed for Not even if I’m gonna plant a bunch of these this year, but you ain’t gonna saw them up and round them off. Right. No, I’m I’m gonna use them whole but it’s supposed to be a really really good variety And I’m not sure anybody else has this variety out there that’s Viper. So that’s the ones they use for the baby carrots They take these long ones here they cut them round them off and that’s where you so it’s a little bit wasteful I don’t know maybe they use the carrot shavings for carrot salad or something like that animal feed or whatever Let’s get into some of the varieties we got and What types they are so you hold that We’ll start out with the Danvers. So we have one Danvers variety. It’s your kind of old heirloom called Danvers 126 I’ve grown this one many years. This is a really good variety here As far as the nantes go moving this way We got several different varieties. Probably my favorite carrot variety of them all is this Bolero right here, it’s a hybrid. This is a go-to, go-to. Highly productive very very productive. We’ve also got this one which is an old standby this Scarlet Nantes, which I’ve grown for a while This is a great great carrot. If you want to put some carrots up real nice uniform sticks on that and then this new one we’ve got which I’m excited to try this year. This gold nugget carrot. This is a Nantes type, that is a yellow carrot. And the yellow carrots are really really good. So if you had somebody growing carrots for the first time Tell me which one you’d recommend. I tell you which one I’ve been recommending. For the first time I would say that the the Bolero and the Yellowstone, which we’ll get to in a minute would probably Of the ones I’ve grown those two right there are probably Some of my favorites this is the one I’ve been recommending is this purple, deep purple carrot because it’s such unique Coloring in there. I figure if somebody’s gonna get hooked on carrots. This is a good one to get them hooked on. Now that would be that would be and I haven’t that’s a new one We got I’ve got to try that one this year as far as the Imperator type carrots go. That’s the ones we have the most varieties of All your purple carrots are usually Imperator type So you’ve got the deep purple here which we have in pelleted We have the Purple Haze here. So the difference from the Purple Haze. The Purple Haze has an orange core the deep purple has a Dark red or purple core. We also have a new variety coming we should have on the website soon called Black Nebula. Which is even darker than the deep purple and it’s supposed to be really good for juicing And I didn’t know this some people used the dyes from these purple carrots to make clothes and stuff. Wow. The other two imperator types we have we have the Yellowstone here Which I said is a consistent performer for me a really good one and then the Viper which I mentioned Is this really long one that I’m excited to try. We through with this? Not quite okay, and then one more we do have it’s not on the site yet. It should be soon We do have a Chantenay a variety we’re working on adding. It’s called Royal Chantenay for all of you folks with harder soils that’s going to be your go to carrot that should be on the site soon. So we’ve got lots of different options With many of the varieties you’ve got a raw option, raw seed, or pelleted seed. For the stuff we have pelleted we also have quarter pounds. So you want to grow a lot of carrots like I do You can get the quarter pounds If you plant these carrots by hand Which is the way I do a lot of times because it’s just easier to do these pelleted makes life a lot easier To shake them out there or if you’re using our Hoss Garden Seeder the pelleted works fine. The raw seeds are a little bit aggravating to see by hand and they won’t work in the seeder either. Yeah, my rule of thumb is is if I’m using the seeder I use pelleted seeds if I’m doing by hand I’ll use The raw seed but it’s up to you. The pelleted does make it easier to spread them out, but I like planting my thick so so you’re soil type and your Choice is what kind of carrot you would grow. We dictate the variety you would buy probably more the soil type. Right, right You know, I wouldn’t try to grow the Imperators unless I had some really well-drained soil The the Nantes seem to be pretty tough. They can get down there pretty I would say this is one of the most popular varieties of types, I ain’t gonna say varieties. Type of carrot for the home gardener. Yeah, and those are really good if you gonna store, Mrs. Hoss Put some in jars last year some that I grew some yellow ones. They look really nice. Let’s talk about planting real quick So as far as carrots go and I’ll use my my picture from my onions Last week because it’s kind of the same deal So I like to plant my carrots on double rows With drip irrigation in the middle and besides saving space maximize space in the garden getting two rows per one line of drip tape and the main reason is is For weed suppression those carrot tops will shade out that middle area and it really helps you keep the weeds under control when you overwinter Carrots, they’re going to take several several months to grow out and those winter weeds. You want to keep those at a minimum So we basically put our drip lines which are the dotted lines here. We put those two feet apart I have done it three feet anywhere between two and three feet to two and a half three and And then you just plant on each side use our drip tape layer It makes a nice little furrow on each side of that tape and you can just sprinkle them along that furrow. Planting your carrots thick it’s hard to get carrots too thick Plant them real thick we don’t ever thin ours because I’m not going for all the same size carrots We like small carrots, big carrots. Keep them wet till they germinate and I’m not Gonna act like I’m no carrot expert cause I ain’t. I can grow them Travis does a lot better job with them than I do I Don’t I tend to not have this much patience as I need growing carrots. You gotta have patience to get them up they slow to germinate Got to keep them babies wet to get them up and you got to be careful not let the weeds overtake you Right, so you need a good stale Weed seed bed weed seed bank and the tarps are what great way to get that Or keep it cultivated. You don’t want to have to them carrots while they germinate you don’t want them competing with weeds and then keep Once I plant my carrots if I don’t have any rain coming soon. I’ll let the drip run all night long. Let that bed soak and you want to keep it fairly soaked for The first seven days or so until they germinate that is the trick A lot of times people get it wet and they don’t keep it wet enough, keeping it wet with carrots. Now carrots to me there’s two things that you can grow in the garden that has Substantial difference in taste and what you go by in the grocery store. One of them is carrots and the other one is English peas. Mm-hmm English peas and fresh carrots that you grow out of the garden have a completely different taste and flavor Profile than what you go buy at the grocery store. The homegrown carrots that are overwintered, man those things are sweet Their sweet. They got a real earthy flavor to them. Got a different smell to them. They do, they are just absolutely delicious And I know carrots is cheap to buy in the grocery store But if you’ve never had any homegrown carrots boiled in some chicken broth, you ain’t lived yet. That’s some good stuff. English peas is the same thing to me, I don’t care for English peas out of the can. but Fresh English peas out of the garden hard to beat. Hard to beat. One more thing as far as the Optimal germination temperature for carrots is between I would say 75 and 85 degrees That’s why I’m waiting a little bit for the soil to cool down. If you plant them when the dirts too hot they won’t germinate very well. Far as fertilizing real quick, we’ll use our fad system. So when we When we make our furrow, they’ll put our drip tape in we’ll put a little bit of that chicken manure stuff in there and then we’ll lay our drip tape on top of it and then I will hit them with 20-20-20 probably every two to three weeks throughout the growing cycle. and some Micro-Boost. Get some nice tops on those guys and Far as weeding goes with carrots and we’ve got a video out there on YouTube about this if you do it this way keeping the weeds out, it’s really really easy You’re just gonna make one or two passes with your single wheel hoe between these middles here. I usually just single wheel hoe, three teeth on it simple simple setup and then Where your drip tape is between your double rows this baby right here is going to be your go-to Tool and we got this in a called a single time cultivator We’ve got it in a short handle and a long handle What the trick in this baby right here is is you can go real close to the outside of where those carrots are with your point down and Cultivate but they’re in the middle where your drip tape is at you turn That bad boy sideways right there and you can scoop right through there and not get into your drip tape and still get them weeds out. You just barely graze the top of the dirt. Works ideal for carrots, I tell you it works good for Onions too. Onions and carrots so you can basically lay it down like that and scoot it across the soil like that and it does the trick. Alright, lots of good carrot talk there if you have any more questions about Planting carrots, growing carrots, varieties of carrots let us know in the comments below. I did want to mention so when we overwinter and plant them in October, we’re usually harvest them early spring I can also plant another round in early spring that will come off in May So I can get two crops of carrots per year We’ve got some questions from last week that we want to answer. Alright, and if we answer your question on the show Send us an email to [email protected] and we’ll send you a nice little prize. So our first question comes from The Green Man and he says I’m getting attacked I wrote attached. I guess he meant attacked I’m getting attacked by worms and hoppers in my sweet corn patch I heard you guys talked about using Spinosad to control these pests. Can you share some more info on this product? Before they eat everything I’ve got thanks love the show, Jay. If you growing sweet corn in the fall, you’re gonna half to, gonna have to treat it for worms. In the springtime I do a lot of, a lot of times especially if I notice I’m getting some pressure but in the fall of the year, it’s just absolutely a necessity to plan on getting worms in your sweet corn and You want to start early of all the natural or organic pest control products that works good on worms Spinosad would be the one I would pick there It’s the quickest and best one, the Spinosad is a naturally fermented product That is a it’s poisonous to those worms. It’s not necessarily poisonous to us So it’s a safe product to use I would go through there spray the top over the top As best I could and get it on that silk, if you can get it on that silk also BT works as well. But BT you have to be a little more ahead of the game with that being a little more Preventative on it, when you start seeing any worm damage whatsoever on the leaves and when your corns about Waste high or so you better be getting after them If you let them tassel out and your corn starts making, you may be too late to the game. So spinosad is the way to go especially in the fall, hit em I would say at least once a week and stay after them, yeah, and you’ll you’ll be okay. I have done it as frequent as twice a week, spray late in the evenings I think the mixing rate on this is 2 ounce to the gallon so And this court container here. You got 16 applications or 16 gallons. You can mix up. Yeah It’s all OMRI certified so yeah Certified for organic production, but that’s the one to go to right there Don’t be ashamed to use it, use it and use a lot of it on your fall corn. That’s right You can also use it on your fall brassicas your cabbage, yeah. Anything like that where you have worms eating on it? Mr Hutch Milkenson asked I would like to use drip tape in my new garden But I will have to gravity feed some relatively turbid pond water. Can this be done probably looking at 2,000 feet of tape on the upper end. Couple things to mention here and we get this question a lot as far as can. I use can I gravity feed drip tape? Yes you can but it’s really not feasible for most people and There’s a website out there that does all the physics and the calculations behind it But you basically have to get that tank about 30 to 40 feet off the ground to generate enough pressure to feed the drip tape for most people You’re not going to be able to build a structure that tall. to do it, so You’re probably going to need a pump of some sort Because you don’t want to put it even if you do put a tank that high off the ground You ain’t gonna have anyway to refill it Unless I guess it’s just catching rain. The second thing is if you’re Doing this relatively turbid pond water. You’re going to need a more filter than what we provide in our drip kits You’ll need something like a swimming pool filter or something like that to catch all that. There’ll be a lot of particles in there You gonna wanna catch before it gets to your drip systems and you got to have pressure to run through that system So the short answer is No and No. It’s not just not feasible. I hate I never say never but this is When you talk about gravity feed drip tape, you start irrigating out of a pond I just normally just say no, right it’s best not to go down that road. You can run into a lot of obstacles So you need to be working off of city water, well water, or something where you got adequate pressure At least 20 pounds and relatively clean water, and you need clean water. And our last question that’s based on a comment we made last week during the show. Ernie Tiller says, hold on What’s the difference between dirt and soil? Tell you, Ernie, what the difference is. For some reason or another, every professor in this country that has ever taught a Horticulture class when the people come in there for their first day of class. That’s the first thing they tell them so if you’re ever in a big crowd of people and you say dirt There’s gonna be somebody out there, that took a horticulture class that’s gonna get on you it happened back we was in a big meeting up in Grand Rapids and happened up in there. Well a customer come by and get on me too, a customer come by and he’s same thing. If you question them every one of them has had a horticulture professor that just harped on this Now years ago, I had a lady get onto me. I was in, where was I was up in Rochester Minneapolis. Believe it or not of all places, one of the most hardest weeks I ever spent in my life. Rochester, Minnesota. Excuse me yeah, Minnesota I was at a show up there for a week, anyway lady got onto me there. She was a horticulturist too. They in the south we use the terminology dirt and soil a lot But anybody that’s ever had any training they want to call it Soil they say dirt is what you get on your shoes and underneath your fingernails. Soil is what you plant in. Yeah soil is a living organism. So to say in there mind, dirt is just something you knock off your shoes. We’re not gonna chastise you for saying it because we just regular old country folks and we’ve said it all our lives but You have to be a little bit careful when you get in those formally trained Mixed crowds like that cause somebody’s gonna Somebody’s gonna they can’t take it anymore it just bothers them so bad somebody got correct you. And I normally just shake my head and say yes ma’am go along with it Yeah, I’ve tried to be better since that customer come by and got onto me pretty bad I’ve been trying to be better about it on my videos not saying dirt and saying soil Dirts just easier word for me to say but I understand that it bothers folks and I understand the difference there. Oh I do too, but that we was raised it was just dirt and soil all the same thing. Right. Yeah We apologize in advance if we offended anybody on that subject. That’s right. That’s right. Alright. Well, that’s gonna do it for tonight before we leave I wanted to do a little teaser next week’s show that we’re probably gonna talk about onions. Man ain’t they pretty and Look at them onion starts there, them babies ain’t long for needing to go in the ground. I tasted one of them yesterday I pulled them out and he was close. See they’re very very close. Yep That one there ain’t quite ready, but it’s close. But they getting there and one thing to mention about these we So we sell the trays we sell are 162 trays But we’ve got some of these that are 288’s and they work really well for onions if you’d like for us to carry, these 288’s let us know in the comments we can get them and they’re the same quality as our 162’s but these things work really good for onions and leeks and things that your gonna transplant that are a little smaller so. We’ll talk about these a little more next week. Talk about onions and varieties and when and where intermediate, short, long all that good stuff. Yeah. Well, that’s gonna do it for tonight if you haven’t already done So hit that subscribe button, hit that bell button, hit that thumbs up Give us a like and we will see you guys next week. Take care.


  1. Holly Marsh Author

    I'm in SE Michigan, and there's nothing better than overwintered carrots. Once they've been kissed by a hard frost, any starch turns to sugar, and they roast up perfectly.

  2. MeLu B Author

    Lol…an elderberry jelly chaser…to chase the heat from the cowboy candy away. I love to serve my cowboy candy over a block of cream cheese like so many do with pepper jelly.

  3. Michael Morris Author

    I'm on my second year of elderberries… and they produced really well for me this year… made my first batches of jelly myself. But mine aren't wild, I purchased a bunch of cuttings from one of the big elderberry farms in the midwest… but they are doing fine.

    I also did a bunch of cuttings on my Mulberry tree, and they are beginning to root… going to plant a small "field" of them… have about a 1/4 acre that's available… and I'm going to just put in a large plot of them. My Mulberry wine was so good… I've got to ramp up production of that for friends and family. Not for sale… only for sharing with like minded folks.

    Oh boy….. I raise my own chickens, and they are treated very well… they have a climate controlled (to some extent) very weather resistant home… they get to free range under my watchful eye, and I have removed MANY 4 legged critters that would do them harm. But at the end of the day I love me some Chick-Fil-A… how will I live with myself……….

  4. Tara Bonee Author

    We have tons of wild elderberry here, very few ppl I know grow named varieties. We batter and fry the flowers for fritters. .we wait all year for them! We too have not had rain in over a month. Ive lost 2 sets of seedlings for the fall garden already…and the 3rd is looking a bit pitiful

  5. Welch HomesteadNC Author

    I like a seed seller who takes the time to explain what seed will works best for what you want to grow. Thanks guys love all your videos

  6. Deep South Bama with Mr. Tom Author

    Travis, I am not against the use of the chicken manure, but, I have used it all my life. In doing some research for one of my videos,I came across a disturbing situation with animal manures from conventional livestock meat and egg production. What I did not know that all the antibiotics given to cattle, pork and chicken do end up in their manure. More so if the manure is not high heat composted to kill the antibiotics. The studies I read said if you use it, the plants will uptake the antibiotics too. Then when you eat your veggies you are eating theses antibiotics as well. I do think we are all aware of the build up of antibiotics in humans making them less effective in killing off infections in humans. Just wanted to throw this out there for you.

  7. John and Leigh S. Author

    I learned a trick from an old-timer to get carrots to sprout in clay soils and grow well.
    Sow the row spread on top either Pete or compost .
    Lay a board over the row for 5 days . Then remove to board and two days later you will have a good stand of carrots. Keep moist.

  8. Jay’s Mindful Plate Author

    I have been fermenting veggies for years and made my share of kraut too. The stoneware crocks do work great. You might want to check out your local hardware stores for a crock. I found them at my Ace Hardware and you won’t have to pay that shipping charge. Good luck. Never miss a show thanks.

  9. Grumpyneanderthal Author

    Ever notice how the “Offended Class has no problem offending you? They believe their just cause gives them rights which you are not entitled to exercise.

  10. McLeod Homestead Author

    I found lots of elderberries this year. I've missed them as I grew up with them. I made jam and I've been making syrup for my whole family. Since it's all local I took clippings and they are finally rooting and I am hoping to get into ground this weekend so I pray they take… Any advice? I also grew purple carrots this year she they were so sweet. I'll grow again. Inside were still orange though. Great show and thanks guys…..

  11. Portia Holliday Author

    The deer nibbled on my hollyhock leaves with this drought. PA got a little rain but NO where near as much as we usually get. I put a lot on rabbit manure out today. The drosophila love rabbit manure. Every gardener needs a cook. Up here in PA I grew about (8) different round carrots bc our soil is clay. It is more along the lines of the Chantenay carrot. I sowed mine 6/28 and the cotyledons appeared 7/14. Rochester, MN had a nice lil quaint mall. I also ate great biryani there. Your onion try is looking good. Thank you for another great show!

  12. Michael Morris Author

    I grow my garden in the dirt that's out in my side yard… and I don't really care what some bunch of college educated brats think about it. … wait I might be one of them, let me check the mirror. Whew… the mirror say nope I'm just college educated, not a brat. 🙂

  13. Justin Cottle Author

    What’s y’alls take on growing carrots in a raised bed? Should I make furrows or try and just spread the seed liberally throughout the bed? That’s if this south Alabama weather ever cools off. Thanks

  14. Deborah O'Neal Author

    I didn't know there were so many types, sizes, or colors of carrots. Interesting. Love y'alls videos. Will you have a video on beets?

  15. Tawana Jeffries Author

    Have you ever used that pickle crisp powder when you pickle your okra? I pickled okra for the first time but I saw a video on YouTube where this lady added it to hers. I want to learn to ferment so I can do some fermenting in spring. What type of carrot is the little finger carrots? Do you trench your hand sown carrots? Do you use a piece of wood over your carrots until they germinate? I’m growing some late this month once the weather cools .

  16. Carol Avant Author

    I'm so glad you liked the goodies! Watchin' you fellas try the cowboy candy was priceless! Let me know if you folks need another jar of Wild Elderberry – I made a bunch of it this year. Greg, Ohio Stoneware crocks are wonderful! I have three of them (all 3 gallon crocks) and make Kosher-style dill pickles and sauerkraut every year. BTW – when you can up fermented dills and sauerkraut, the jars tend to grow little feet and walk right out the door…….

    Travis – I had the same problem when I installed my drip tape system. The soil is just powder and the water pools. I've been overhead watering before I plant anything just to get the soil to retain some moisture, and I definitely have to overhead water until seeds germinate. the garden is fine now, but I'm putting water to it for about and hour every day. Thank God I bought a house with an irrigation well!

    Now, for the carrots. For the past 4 years, I've grown Red-Cored Chantenay carrots, and have had good luck with them. They are stubby, little buggers, but they're delicious and they can well. This year, I'm trying Bolero and Danvers, too. If the weather stays hot and dry like it is, I may have to wait until November to plant them this year.

  17. WL CAPLINGER Author

    We have lots of wild Elderberry growing all over the farm, in Southern Illinois. They need moist soil and they don't have a problem with a little shade. If y'all think that Elderberry jelly was good, make some Elderberry wine, from them ! Y'all haven't had a full life till you try a glass of it. The wild ones are tougher and grow better than the tame ones.
    Have y'all tried growing Everglade Tomatoes ? I grew some this year and they are awesome, and the bugs don't seem to bother them. The plants are tougher than a junk yard dog and make a ton of tomatoes.

  18. Ronny Williams Author

    I have this crock. They also have the Ohio crock and they are in Athens , AL. Mine makes great kraut. You want one with the reservoir rim to keep the air out which keeps it from forming the slime on top.

  19. That Texan Author

    You can't get better than the crocks by Ohio Stoneware (imho). Just make sure the crock you get has the maker's mark on it so you know that you are getting the real deal. Because of the time involved, you might want to catch a sale and pick up more than one. With two or three crocks you will have the ability to pickle your okra, cucumbers, and cabbage at the same time. If you can buy them local take advantage of it because you will want to check it out closely for lid fit and quality, otherwise find a seller online that offers free shipping!

  20. Kubota Jordan Author

    Drip tape water supply : if you are using a well & pump most of the time the pump will cycle like a M60 machine gun . I had 12 70' rows my pump would every cycle every 20 seconds .I had to put it were 2 zone run at once I have mine on a irrigation timer I tried adjusting the pressure switch but that would not work . You can put in a cycle stop valve to control that . i've bought one but haven't had time to installed it yet . Drip tape is the way to go !!! irrigation

  21. Tom Mathews Author

    Dang, Carol! You're making the rest of us look bad! 🙂 I've got that very crock (3 gallon). It's mighty fine! Ours is a "Water Seal" fermentation crock. The "moat" around the top lip allows you to seat your lid in water (to "seal" it) but the lid is made with inverted U shaped "notches" in it and allows the gas to "burp" but holds the seal. You just add water periodically to keep the seal. You will hear it burping and see the bubbling. I'm about to go with a load of kraut in the next week or so. Mine was a gift and came from Lehman's. Ohio Stoneware is a wholesale only deal, so we couldn't buy direct from them. Now, let's see………I don't want to grow my plants on "the faces of tortured animals" either, but I'll dang sure grow them on what comes out of their butts! And I won't think twice about it! Those chickens are pooping away every day and that waste is going to go somewhere, whether Tom, Travis or Greg get it or not! I think one would be foolish to turn down that valuable resource! Maybe we should just call it organic recycling…..Bout time to get my carrots in the ground but it's just too dang HOT and dry! It's about to kill me to get these shallots and garlic in the ground, but my logical mind is winning out right now! Another timely video! Thanks for a great show!

  22. wayne busse Author

    I've gotten by for twenty-five years pumping pond water at 10 psi with only a window screen on the suction head with out plugging any emitters. I tried siphoning down hill a couple times though, with only a pound of pressure and it plugged emitters everywhere in the t-tape. I usually get two seasons out of my t-tapes in the green houses. I start the spring with city water and then use pond water the rest of the summer. Great show as always, you've convinced me to try some carrots again. We are dry as toast up here in Indiana, only 1 1/2 inch of rain since the fourth of July. Hot as Hades as well, were setting all kinds of heat records. I'm pumping the ponds down a bunch.

  23. Farmer Bob Author

    I started onions, broccoli and lettuce from HOSS Seeds in six packs. I usually plant 3-4 seeds per cell to ensure germination and I got 100% seedling growth from your seeds. Very impressive! Looks like I got at least 95% from the random-seeded onion varieties as well. Looks like I’ll be buying from HOSS for my future veg seed needs. Thanks for supplying high quality products!

  24. T. M. Norris Author

    Yall just stick with your up bringing on the word dirt. We always said dirt too. The ones who get offended will just have to suck it up and accept it! Lol

  25. fozzie prepper Author

    Aka the vegetable man says amen brother preach. Home grown chicken raised and cared for properly is the best. And poo poo on the haters

  26. antoninette alexander Author

    i agree with you on your stance about the chicken manure. When i was younger i work in one of the processing plant in Georgia. i will take my grass feed chickens or the restaurant chicken. but i will use that manure in a hot minute.

  27. jerry kimbrel Author

    I am interested in making the pickled okra. I have the pickled pantry book. I also have two crocks. My questions are: What do you put on the okra in the crock? All of the brine ingredients? and how long do you let it sit? Then do you reheat the brine before pouring it over the okra in the jars? Any information you can share would be appreciated. Thanks


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