End of Summer Garden Tour 2019

– Hi, and welcome to another
Morning Chores video, my name is Nicole, and today we’re giving you
an end of summer garden tour and we’re also going to share
some fun facts along the way. (ominous music) Summer is quickly coming to an end and we’re heading into fall and
I thought it was a good time to give you guys one last garden tour before we start tearing everything down and cleaning things up. I’ll be quite honest, it’s not my favorite time of the season because the garden is overgrown and there’s a lot of things dying off and it’s just not very pretty. But I thought it was important to at least show you
guys what it looks like so that you have something to compare to with your gardens back at home. During our tour, we’re also going to share some fun facts
about some of the produce that we chose to grow
this year in the garden. So let’s head to the garden
and see what’s happening. (playful guitar music) The first fun fact I’d like to share in the garden
today is about the tomatoes. Now if you notice in the footage, a lot of my tomato plants
are on their way out, they’re dying but they’re
still loaded with tomatoes, and a lot of those
tomatoes were still green when the plant started dying. I always leave the tomatoes on the plant, I don’t rip the plant out because those tomatoes will still turn red and it’s always better if the
tomato can ripen on the vine, rather than picking them green and then having them
turn red on the counter or on the back patio. They always just taste
a little bit better. So if your tomato plants start dying off, but you still have green tomatoes, try to keep them in the
ground as long as possible so those green tomatoes
can turn juicy red. (slow guitar music) This is a new variety of basil that I tried called cinnamon basil, and its name is exactly
what it tastes like. It has cinnamon undertones
with that classic basil taste, but I really enjoyed
growing this this year and the bees and the
butterflies absolutely loved it. (bee buzzing loudly) Next fun tip we’re sharing
with you today is an easier way to thin out your strawberries. As you can see, I’ve got quite a mess
here with my strawberries. But I’m gonna share with you
an easy way to thin them out so you’re not having to bend over and do that backbreaking hard work. Here we advocate for the
backdating garden methods, so this fall what I do is
I cover the entire garden, including my strawberries in wood chips. I cover them so you can’t even
see any of the strawberries. And then in the springtime, the only strawberries that come
through are the strong ones. This is a really easy way to
thin out your strawberries without having to bend
over, get down on the ground and pull and keep the
ones that you wanna keep. All about working smarter, not harder. Our cucumbers this year
did really, really well and we had several volunteers
come up in the garden, and then I also planted some. The ones that came up
were actually quite bitter and we didn’t really enjoy them. And as you can see this
one got away from me, when they become that big,
they’re just not as tasty. But the variety I planted
was absolutely delicious. So it may take some trial and error to find what variety you like best. Did you know that asparagus
has female and male plants? Do you know how to tell
me which ones are female and which ones are male? The female ones are the ones
that produce the red berries. You cannot eat these
berries so don’t even try, but they do really make
a beautiful farm plant at the end of the summer
heading into fall. Just has that little splash of color, while everything else is dying off. This was a new variety
of berries I decided to try called Schwartzbeeren berries, they derive from Germany, and they were quite delicious and unique. They tasted like a blueberry, yet they have the
coloring of a blackberry. (slow guitar music) Next fun fact is medicinal
value of elderberries. Last year I planted two elderberry plants, and I got berries off of them
for the first time this year. I like to make elderberry
syrup from my berries because it’s great to
fight off cold and flu. Elderberries are high
in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and potassium making
them a great immune booster. (playful guitar music) Not sure what to do with those sunflowers when they start dying off? Well, the first thing you can do is, if you use heirloom
seeds, you can dry this and save the seeds the plant next year. So I have to drying inside right now that I’m hoping to harvest the seeds from so that I have some flowers next year. And as you can see, there’s probably hundreds of
seeds in just one sunflower. So by drying just one of these, you’ll have some flowers
for a very, very long time. But another use for these
dead sunflower heads is chickens love them. (slow guitar music) (chicken clucking) (muffled speech) I always end up planting
only one zucchini plant because my one plant always
produces so well for us. We’re still getting a few zucchini, but otherwise it’s mostly done for and usually at the end of the season, the leaves will get
this white film on them, and that’s just one more sign that the season is coming to an end. And then of course we
have one lonely cantaloupe left waiting for harvest. Thank you so much for
joining me in today’s video. I hope you enjoyed it. You can also head over
to morningchores.com, where you’ll find all kinds of
information on home studying, gardening, DIY and much, much more. Hope you have a wonderful week
and we’ll see you next time. (playful guitar music)

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