In this video, I give you my 10 top vegetables you should always grow.

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Welcome to the first vegetable garden tour of 2021!
I am growing in Zone 6a, Ohio and focus on growing things I love to eat (vegetables, fruits & herbs), with a few flowers thrown in here & there- primarily for the pollinators.

I grow a vegetable garden at my home and share in the work of the larger vegetable garden at my parent’s home- In this video I share what’s growing now & plans for the 2021 gardening season at both locations.

00:00 Intro
00:32 Strawberry Bed
01:00 Raised Beds
03:12 Why Row Covers?
05:24 In-ground Beds
10:29 Expanding- Outside the Fence
11:08 No-Dig Potato Bed Experiment Update
12:37 Plans for Garden Location #2
13:17 My Gardens at Mom & Pop’s
15:23 What’s in the Greenhouse?

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10 Vegetables You Should ALWAYS Grow

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  • joe LeGrand

    Good list. I would put in some perennials like asparagus or sunchokes.
    Maybe you could do a 10 perennial vegetable list.

  • Leo Serrano

    Ang galing sanA gayahin natin ang kahit sa paso makaka tanim tayo nang manga gulay hindi. NA tayo bibili salamat,

  • Tin foil hats are the new black

    Cabbage is actually "Kohl" in German, "Sauerkraut" is fermented Cabbage. The species u grow and wich is commonly used for "Sauerkraut" is called "Weißkohl". ("Sauer" means sour and "Kraut" is a synonym for plants in general)

  • Danielle Russomanno

    My cardiologist actually had me eat french fries when my potassium was low instead of bananas.

  • Leona Archambault

    I enjoyed your video very much but the thing I would take out of your group of 10 is lettuce and put green peppers

  • TJtheHAWK

    I'm amazed at how big your spring crops are compared to mine. I'm in zone 6a new hampshire and I planted a lot of lettuce and spinach and carrots in mid March and they are well behind yours. Did you start in the fall or something? What is your secret?

  • Nicolas Bertin

    A good trick to warm up your soil is actually cover crops or let it grow weeds. It's a thing that's not very well known, but plant roots are warm coz they shelter billions of bacteria and other soil life, which warm up your soil. I've noticed last year that if I plant in beds that are full of wood chips, the plants get a late start. But if a lot weeds have grown in this bed, with the woods chips, and that I weed out the bed and plant in this, I get a much stronger start for my crops. Farmers around France who do "living soil gardening" IE with a thick layer of mulch all year round and no tilling, usually use commercial black plastic tarps, coz it warms up the soil quickly. But that's not an option in most private gardens.
    Just like you though, my cabbages have a huge number of pests, but mainly cabbage shield bug (eurydema ornata) and pigeons who eat the leaves. Netting is too fragile and expensive for me, so I only grow cabbages in the fall and winter, when those pests are gone. I find though that a good trick against pest, if you have room in your garden, is to plant what they eat as cover crop. For example, slugs love brassica leaves. So you just sow canola as cover crops and they'll eat that. I tried it and it works. If your rabbits like chard, maybe let a few grow to seed, and you'll have a huge number of seeds to make a bed full of them for the bunnies. I usually find that the more plants you have, and the more biodiversity you have, the less pest problems you get. Of course it's very hard to do in some areas… I would love a pond in our urban community garden for example, but it's impossible.

  • Gloria Enciso

    Where did you get the garden netting? I grow in zone 10, so mostly need it for bunnies and buggies. Like that it can be seen through. Thanks.

  • Maria Espino

    Funny, I do the same at my moms house. Just found you and love it. You can find me @dancingfarmergirl in the good old insta. Come say hello.

  • Sou K

    So happy I found you! We are neighboring states(Indiana), and this year struggling with the bi polar weather.
    Your garden is beautiful

  • Laura Gridley

    Your garden looks beautiful. I am in Michgan just outside detroit and have been working on my gardening the last two years since the pandemic and just found your channel that has provided me with some great tips and pointers for this year!! 🙂 i was looking for a channel of someone in the same zone as me so super excited.

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