On this week’s episode, the guys talk about vegetable garden design and what they’re planting in their spring gardens. Travis has a sketch of his new 1/4 acre garden plot that they prepared using a tractor harrow and chisel plow last weekend. He mentioned that he will still need to till the area once, but it should be ready to plant after that. They discuss how they prefer a garden design with subplots, as opposed to having one large continuous garden. The subplot design makes it easier to compartmentalize certain crops and makes it easier to practice proper crop rotation. Travis mentions that his new garden area consists of six subplots that are each 30′ x 35′. Greg shows a sketch of his garden area where there are 7 subplots that vary in size slightly. They both talk about the importance of having walkways between the plots, and they prefer grass walkways over wood chips.
On the Show & Tell segment, they share a bulb of raw kohlrabi from Travis’ garden. Travis mentions how he prefers to eat the kohlrabi raw, but that it also tastes great when cooked. They discuss how they’ve recently started pepper, tomato and eggplant seedlings for spring. Greg also talks about a new product in their seed line, Wynne Peanut. He explains that this is an improved variety with excellent disease resistance, high oleic acid content and great storage potential.
On the Q & A segment, they answer questions about tomatoes splitting and tomato trellising stakes. Greg mentions that tomatoes will split as a result of excess moisture or irregular watering. He suggests that drip irrigation allows for more consistent watering. But if the excess water is a result of rainfall, there’s not much you can do. He does explain that the hybrid, round varieties are less susceptible to splitting as compared to the heirloom varieties. Travis states that he prefers t-posts and wooden stakes for his Florida Weave tomato trellising. While the t-posts are a bit of an upfront investment, the wooden stakes can be easily found and will last for several years before needing replacement.