How To Plan A Better Garden | Get to know your garden | Intentional Observation (2020)


Hello, today I’m starting the most
important step in planning this year’s garden. I’m Liz Zorab and this is Byther Farm. It’s a cold and windy mid-January day,
we’ve got a storm on the way. We have storm warnings for the next couple of
days, but the sun is shining today so I popped out to the garden to start one of my favorite processes for the year and that is starting to plan what I’ll
be planting where. And although I don’t follow a strict rotation because so many
of the plants are in the ground permanently and also because I can put
in two, three or four crops into each bed throughout the growing year. And this bed
back in the spring had onions in it, that I had planted from sets in the autumn (so
November-ish last year) and I’d then put in a few lettuces in the spring, so the
lettuces have been and gone except for these ones which have gone to seed but I
am leaving some of them to go to seed to collect the seeds from them.So there’s a
few who have gone to seed, so onions came out and turnips went in, they came out
carrots have gone in, they came out, next lot of carrots have gone in and also
some celeriac as well. And I do want to try and make sure that I’m not
immediately putting brassicas where brassicas have just come out,
likewise with root veg. Beans, well quite a lot of the beans stay where they are,
so they are literally going to be where they were last year because they’ll be
the same plant. So I do have a vague rotation, but it’s not strict and I don’t
worry about it too much. So while I’m out here reminding myself
where everything grew this year, I’m going to take the cover off this purple
sprouting broccoli. It’s ready to harvest and the ducks can have the larger leaves,
I’m hoping they won’t take the florets, they don’t usually! There we go! So I start this planning process with
some really intentional observations, really careful looking and making notes
of what’s going on in each bed and how things have grown this year. I don’t use
a pen and paper for this process, I use my phone and I record onto my phone.
So I walk through the garden, dictating notes effectively, onto my phone and then
I can get inside listen back through to that and it’s got all the thoughts and
all the comments that I have about each bed and each part of the garden. And
I find that much easier than walking around with pen and paper trying to make
notes and then not being able to read my scribbly writing. I’ve got all my
thoughts as I walk around. So this bed for example, was the one that had
potatoes and peas in it and I know that I’ve decided not to grow peas in between
rows potatoes again. There’s lots of peas growing in this bed and I’m still
picking fresh pea shoots from here. It’s also got some of the Greek Gigantes
beans that have grown as perennials in it. And this year I sowed a whole load of
green manure in it. Well, that doesn’t seem to have appeared and what has
appeared is loads of moss and that has come from the grass clippings that I
put on to cover the potatoes, so I need to hoe that and I need to make notes
that I need to hoe it to keep on top of it and to get some mulch on it. The ducks have come to see what I’m doing! And I also make reminders myself for
any structural changes I want to make in the garden. Like I did when I removed the
front half of this construction last week. I might want to remove the back half
and reorientate where the turkeys are going to be to further over that way.
It’s a thought. The other thing I can do while I’m out
here is just remind myself of how many rows of onions and shallots I put in
here and I can see it’s one, two, three, four, five I’m seeing are six. I can see
six, because I know that I want onions and I want inter plant those with beans this year. So
I’ve left a wide enough pathway here to have a row of beans and I’ve basically
left enough space between the rest of it to have my boot each side of the onions. A walk-around on a day (the turkeys make a noise) A walk around on a day like today also gives me a chance
to see what has survived the winter so far and what’s looking good and what
needs some TLC. Hello! Do you need some TLC? Hello you, come and say hello. Hello Monty, there’s
a good chap. So these beds have done okay, the roses have done well – there’s
loads of stinging nettles and things in here which I haven’t noticed before now.
You alright? There you go boy, there you go. And it just gives me a chance to, kind
of, have a proper look. In the early spring it’s all hands on deck, it’s all sowing and planting and getting stuff into the ground really quickly. Half an hour of observing
now, and then again in a couple of weeks time, will refresh my mind properly of
how the garden is, what has come through the winter and what hasn’t. And I’ve just
noticed some rhubarb, which I didn’t think was going to make it through the
winter has, so that’s great news! (noises from the turkeys) Even the turkeys think so! It gives me a chance to remind myself what is where in the flower beds. And it almost gives me a
chance to fall back in love with the growing space that we have after a few
weeks of being shut inside and not being able to access this because it’s just
been so wet and cold. And then it also gives me a chance to remind myself if
there are any gaps in any of the beds or any trees that need replacing or adding
to And while I’m out here, one of the things I get so much pleasure from is
having a look for signs of spring and for new growth and a reminder that it is
the start of another growing year. (music) And so wherever you are in the world and
whatever you’ve got planned for this week, I hope it’s good one. And I also
hope you’ll join me again next time!

39 thoughts on “How To Plan A Better Garden | Get to know your garden | Intentional Observation (2020)

  1. I went to take stock at my allotment today but of course it started raining as soon as I got there. I'm glad the sun shone for you.

  2. Great ideas! We are going big on are garden this year (trying not to get overwhelmed) and want to make it as functional as possible!

  3. You got me thinking about planning my garden. I see March as the start of my gardening year as we head into autumn. January & February are much too hot for planting anything much

  4. If you enjoyed this video, you may like to see some of our homestead tours from 2019. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLa6906pLM92k3GVNlGa2a6jLrmVnmM0gg

  5. Please could you tell me how you managed to cure your depression you spoke of in earlier videos. it was quite a while back now and you seem to be no longer afflicted by it. I would be so very grateful, thanks.

  6. Thanks so much for sharing Liz. After the rain we had here this afternoon, it was great to seeing you enjoying your garden on a good day in the winter. We really have to make the most of it here in Wales. I enjoyed seeing the new life and buds on the trees as well as listening to the birdsong. Of course Monti and the birds contributed greatly as they put in star appearances. Some really beautiful photography and music especially at the end of the vlog. I have been in hibernation today. Looking forward to your next video
    xxxx Margaret

  7. I always have good intentions to plan but it always goes haywire lol, looks cold over there. We actually had rain the other day and it's expected to rain today yay!!. Thanks Liz, hope you are feeling better.โค

  8. Cheers, nice to see the flowers blooming! I noticed daisies in the lawn today – racing around battening hatches before the worst arrived! Although I seem to have horizontal daffs (not quite in flower) from the winds this afternoon. On the plus side it looks like the gusts aren't going to be as strong as they said the other day! Phew! Can't wait for more sun. One day isn't enough! xxx

  9. Can we have an update on your perennial spinach and leeks. I can't see anything on mine, but the perennial leeks are doing great this second year, I wonder if I can use any yet… what do you think?

  10. Hi Liz . Great to plan where things are going to go. Your purple sprouting broccoli is doing well. Great idea to use your phone to make notes. Take care. Nick

  11. Hello, great video. When does your spring, summer, fall and winter start. I thought we here in the US were much the same as yours. The video makes it look like spring could start at anytime. Thanks for sharing. Becky from Kansas City

  12. Hi Liz that's a great idea to use your phone for taking notes , i shall use that method as you said " its better than scribbling down ideas then not understanding them properly when you go back to them". lots still growing in your garden, the broccoli looks good i wish you luck with the new growing year, this will be my second year on an allotment and i cant wait to get going.

  13. Hi new sub here…lovely video. I'm heading to my plot to do exactly as u have done here. Cant wait after weeks of being stuck indoors. Thanks for the tip of using my phone to dictate. So glad to have found your channel ๐Ÿ‘. Thank u

  14. It's been fantastic watching your journey and your vege garden grow as you've added on beds over time. Always a joy to watch xx

  15. So I took your advice and went out in the garden today. I did a big circle around, and this is the note I took, โ€œBlank Slate, Dream Big!โ€ ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
    ๐Ÿฅฌ๐ŸŒฝ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅฆ

  16. I enjoyed seeing your signs of spring. We are having an unusual cold snap here in N.W. Washington State, it is 14 here right now ( -10C) and should stay this way for a few more days before temperatures are back to normal, (45F 7C). My lilac bush has tiny leaf buds, hope they survive.

  17. Always great to get out in the air and take stock of what needs doing Liz, I'm going to check my PSB now and see if anything is growing there. Great video. the care Bethan ๐Ÿ˜Š

  18. Here in Hungary the ground is frozen and so is everything else: we have to wait a month or so, but I'm planning the permaculture orchard and the raised beads as well ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. Thank you Liz, that was lovely. And the music was perfect. Iโ€™m planting in new beds this year and giving some of the old soul a rest xx

  20. Great video as usual Liz. I've a quick question. Let's assume I managed to get myself half an acre of land with the aim of being as self sufficient as possible. How long do you think it would take for my plot to supply me with enough food stuffs?

  21. I love filming video and talking through my garden thoughts, much like your dictation process! Great video – thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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