On this week’s episode, the guys discuss their New Years Resolutions for their own personal gardens. Some of their New Years Resolutions include expanding their garden size, growing more cover crops, growing more winter squash in spring, doing more pickling and fermenting, and growing more okra. Travis mentions that he has plans to expand his garden area by 1/4 acre after the removal of trees and preparation of the soil. This will add at least six more subplots to his current garden production. He also mentions that he would like to incorporate more summer cover crops into the rotation, especially in the months of August and September when many things won’t grow due to the extreme heat. Greg explains that one of his New Years Resolutions is to increase his soil health by nurturing the earthworm and microbial populations in it.
On the Show & Tell segment, Travis has some Purple Vienna Kohlrabi and Premium Greens Mix that he grew in his garden. The Purple Vienna Kohlrabi is a great fall/winter vegetable that is cold-hardy, fast-growing and great to eat. The leaves are edible, but most people grow them for the bulb which sits at the bottom of the plant. The bulb has a flavor that resembles a cross between cabbage and a cucumber.
The Premium Greens Mix is a combination of several different mustard-like greens, and is a great fast-growing, productive crop to grow in the cooler months. It is a “cut and come again” crop that may be harvested 3-4 times throughout the cool growing season. It’s great when prepared raw for a salad, but also can be sautéed with other cool weather vegetables.
On the Q & A segment, they answer questions about pelleted seed and how to plant mustard as a cover crop. They explain that pelleted seed will definitely be something they carry in the future, but the varieties may be limited initially. They contrast growing a large cover crop of mustard versus a small one, and explain that broadcasting is more feasible on a larger plot while a walk-behind seeder works well for smaller plots.