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Video: My Spring 2017 Garden Tour

Video: my spring 2017 garden tour

I’ve been gardening, blogging, and living here for the last seven years, yet this is the first time I’ve ever done a garden tour. Needless to say, it’s been long overdue!

I think I’ve always held back because there were often other things I wanted to do first to get the garden “camera ready.” Things like blowing the leaves, raking the paths, rebuilding the beds, waiting for plants to grow bigger and better or putting in new plants and waiting for those to grow bigger and better. A working garden is neverending, right?

Which is why you’re getting a good look at the garden as it is every day. It’s not fully weeded or mulched, nor do all the beds look their best; a couple of them are out of commission since we started cutting back on our water use with summer approaching.

Nonetheless, it’s a glorious time to be in the garden with all the nasturtiums in bloom. I haven’t planted nasturtiums in seven years — they’re all volunteers from the very first crop I seeded! That original tiny patch of flowers I grew the first year I lived here has somehow spread all over the property, even leaping across the roof and self-seeding on the other side of the house. We’ve been knee-deep in the vines and making plenty of poor man’s capers!

Before we move on to the video, you might want to revisit my last post and familiarize yourself with the layout of the yard. I’ve also noted a few things below, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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0:22 Baby cameo!

0:52 Pug cameo!

1:31 Since many of you have asked for an update, you can see my Moro blood orange tree in the lower left corner (aka the tree I planted my placenta under). No fruit yet, but it’s doing well!

4:25 You start to get a closer look here and throughout the garden at my irrigation setup. All of the tubing and emitters are from DripWorks and I have a step-by-step guide to installing one of their kits in this post.

4:50 It’s a little more covered up than usual with nasturtiums, but this is my vintage clawfoot turned bathtub planter (currently filled with chard and borage). I used the no-dig method to build up an entire tub of nutrient-rich soil in just one season.

4:56 Fun fact: There are actually stairs right in front of me here, but they’re completely covered with volunteer nasturtiums. When we don’t stay on top of pruning the vines (like this season), we have to take the “long way” around and down to the lower garden.

6:42 That little red rabbit hutch was where we quarantined our new chickens for the first few weeks. They only roosted there at night; during the day, we put them in a more spacious portable pen in the yard (seen briefly at 6:10).

8:06 Yep, you’re getting a sneak peek of the new flock! We now have an Easter Egger, Golden Sex Link, and Silver Laced Wyandotte in addition to our Golden Laced Cochin.

9:10 Most of the green you see in the lower yard are our volunteer tomato plants! I counted around three dozen seedlings in late winter and by now I’ve lost track.

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I'm a plant lover, passionate road-tripper, and cookbook author whose expert advice and bestselling books have been featured in TIME, Outside, HGTV, and Food & Wine. The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook is my latest book. Garden Betty is where I write about modern homesteading, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring—all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more »