GreenFun: Beginner Vegetable Gardener in Ottawa Canada and his Garden Part I

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This is my video diary of my first year of gardening. It’s a bit long, but it’s a big garden! Hopefully I’ll get some feedback on how to make it better, this…

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25 Responses to GreenFun: Beginner Vegetable Gardener in Ottawa Canada and his Garden Part I

  1. We found our patch of ground, now for the hard work. Used this video for

    Jennifer Harrison
    February 28, 2014 at 4:04 am

  2. Just want to say, the bits about the lettuce made me really laugh out loud!
    Lettuce plants are definitely easy to grow, but your note about growing in
    the mulch where weeds can’t was priceless.

    February 28, 2014 at 4:11 am

  3. Oh give me a break. Even when I started gardening at age 10, I knew enough
    to read the package the seeds and plants came in and paid attention to
    month to plant, spacing, depth, sun, etc. That is just common sense. If a
    kid knows enough to do that, then there’s no excuse for adults.

    February 28, 2014 at 4:53 am

  4. Excellent video on gardening! Thank you. Everybody that has access to land
    should start cultivating good vegetable and fruit garden to help reduce the
    cost of importing food when we can grow it ourselves. This would be a good
    addition to sustainable housing where land is available for gardening. We
    in Canada have a green housing project by using a recycled material. Feel
    free to view our channel to see what we are working on.

    KottageRV Vancouver
    February 28, 2014 at 5:22 am

  5. When I worked on my uncle’s farm, all his blackberries, blueberries,
    boysenberries, raspberries and such grew in 90 percent sand. The berries
    like that a lot. It’s more loose when you first plant, and the water seems
    to be more evenly distributed. They need that looser soil combo for the
    beginning roots to spread. He had THE largest berries in the northern
    county, where they lived. So, I would suggest for the berries listed, to
    plant them separately with about 60 percent sand, 40 percent peat.

    Bronson Clarke
    February 28, 2014 at 5:32 am

  6. No, But I do get your point, I think it’s cool planting a seed and watching
    it grow.

    February 28, 2014 at 5:42 am

  7. Why so many negative votes. This person is not rude and actually giving
    quite a good advice. Companion planting is a must to Google, how else you
    gonna find out that planting kohlrabi next to tomatoes is a bad idea,
    however planting peppers is a good idea.

    February 28, 2014 at 5:53 am

  8. Very enjoyable.

    February 28, 2014 at 6:43 am

  9. i also live in Ontario and we never plant outside before May 24, it just
    gets too cold at night for young plants, especially new seedlings.

    Tara Stratton
    February 28, 2014 at 7:05 am

  10. @barkershill I can’t agree more. Gardening is more about expanding your
    thinking. Follow the old ways, but also experiment with new things. It is
    very satisfying to have a shot in the dark become a reliable method of
    gardening. I make my living in pest control, and a warning to southeastern
    gardeners: BEWARE THE KUDZU BUG on your beans and vining plants! I haven’t
    found any organic ways to control them. I use a MILD solution of bifenthrin
    to control them (.00375%).

    February 28, 2014 at 7:17 am

  11. @TheVoiceofresistance Possibly. If you plant a large enough garden and call
    it a farm you can pull it off and still be straight though.

    February 28, 2014 at 7:24 am

  12. I’m curious to find out how your asparagus went. You weren’t sure you had
    enough space and I thought you had plenty. :) Did you get enough for a meal?

    February 28, 2014 at 7:28 am

  13. I agree with you, but ya could have been nicer about it. I did everything
    the packs said personally yet they died. I hauled in some black gold dirt
    (so to speak) with compost. Yet they still went belly up. It’s frusterating
    it really is. Esc when you don’t have anyone to to guide you in person.
    Being in Canada we have such a short growing season so it really hurts when
    they flop. Stupidity is one thing, but when ya really try it’s frusterating
    as hell. Maybe I will come and raid your garden lol.

    February 28, 2014 at 8:14 am

  14. I hope you didn’t try to eat that “asparagus” LOL I bet you did have a
    large amount of decorative plants though :)

    February 28, 2014 at 8:47 am

  15. Great videos!

    Rainbow Gardens
    February 28, 2014 at 9:34 am

  16. It’s a great garden i recommend that you plant the seeds in march in a
    green house or a large clear container or a mini greenhouse and leave them
    near your window or outside. Then when you plant them crumble the soil with
    a fork (the big one) and add compost or organic matter, add a lot of water
    when there are

    juriel garcia
    February 28, 2014 at 10:02 am

  17. I thoroughly enjoyed this video … I don’t feel so badly now … hope you
    did better in following years …

    Linda Casey
    February 28, 2014 at 11:02 am

  18. I’m in Langley BC and I was told not to transplant outside until temps are
    10 deg + overnight. Very good advice considering plants such as tomatoes.
    Good luck gardening, it is so much fun isn’t it ?

    February 28, 2014 at 11:16 am

  19. I’ve been gardening a little over six years now (I’m 26 years old). One of
    the BEST lessons to learn in gardening is that no matter how many
    precautions you take, and how much you amend the soil, you WILL lose some
    plants. You can’t let that defeat you, just keep planting. Succession,
    succession, succession! Very proud to see gardening boom as economic times
    get worse. The raised-bed approach is an excellent one. Happy gardening,
    friend! Looks good.

    February 28, 2014 at 11:34 am

  20. It takes three years to get any good asparagus, don’t ever cut it till
    then. Your peppers are too close as they will get really big nt takes a
    good three years for your soil to get really good, your garden looks great,
    you r doing a good job,

    loretta wilson
    February 28, 2014 at 11:36 am

  21. @ Radwoem, I agree with ya, but it shouldn’t even have to matter how the
    economic times are. It doesn’t matter what race or country you are from
    this is what our ancestors had to do in order to survive. I’m just glad
    more people are waking up to being self sufficient (myself included). I’ve
    been eating organic food for years, and I finally decided that this was the
    year I’ll learn how to garden :) Great job urthgate, been a couple years
    since you started and I bet you’re gettin good at it!

    February 28, 2014 at 12:02 pm

  22. Strawberries don’t do anything until the second year. They will come back
    the second year bigger and stronger. Good luck with your garden. My first
    year was a total disaster. Yours is great and you’ll do so much better next

    Marti Robicheaux
    February 28, 2014 at 1:01 pm

  23. Thank you!!! I was just trying to help. Some people tend to look for
    negativity. My responses would have been the same if I were young or my
    ripe old age now. I think people’s egos tend to get in the way instead of
    accepting criticism. So what if you failed. Listen to the advice of those
    that have been at it and who have a natural talent for it. It’s in my DNA;
    there are a ton of farmers in my family stretching back generations, so I
    was born good at it. Not everyone is that lucky.

    February 28, 2014 at 1:59 pm

  24. Like you, I’m a new gardener, 2nd year. I’ve probably read everything on
    the net and watched every video…twice, but I don’t profess to know much
    about it. Nothing wrong with your asparagus though, looks great! If you
    planted using seed, you won’t be able to harvest asparagus until the 3rd
    year. Strawberries are evasive, they’ll grow everywhere before you know it
    too. Maybe you want to start a compost as well, feed your beds a couple
    weeks before planting next year. Great video, good luck!

    Lainee Writes
    February 28, 2014 at 2:10 pm

  25. I dont know about your last frost date but in alberta our last frost date
    is suppose to be may 28th. However in june of 2009 we did have snow. I like
    your set up its very nice are you planing on gardening this year.

    Michele Goodsell
    February 28, 2014 at 2:22 pm

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