No Lawn, Just Garden | Volunteer Gardener

Today we’re in Nashville ¶and my dear friend,
¶Maureen’s garden. ¶And this is a great
¶example of what ¶¶you can do with your lawn ¶and to turn it into
¶a fabulous garden ¶full of flowers, perennials,
¶and annuals, vegetables. ¶¶It’s totally just amazing. ¶It’s Halloween, and
¶thank you Maureen ¶for inviting us out here!
¶- [Maureen] Glad to be here. – [Jeff] You have made your lawn ¶into such a beautiful place. ¶¶- [Maureen] No lawn left. ¶(both laugh) ¶No lawn left. ¶Right. Well, tell us about this plant. This is the native passion fruit ¶¶and passion flower, it
¶¶has earlier in the season ¶¶the most gorgeous, purple- – [Jeff] The big, purple flower. – [Maureen] Yep, purple flowers. ¶And then these are the fruit,
¶which I absolutely love. ¶You can buy a more commercial
¶type of passion fruit ¶in supermarkets, but
¶I really love these. ¶I make various desserts and
¶just eat ’em outta hand. ¶And another reason I
¶grow these is because ¶they’re the only host plant ¶for the Gulf
¶frillitary butterfly. ¶¶And you can see there’s
¶¶a lotta chewing going on. ¶Here’s one of their
¶little caterpillars. ¶Funny little, kinda,
¶prickly things. ¶And it turns into a
¶beautiful orange butterfly. – [Jeff] You’ve got
tomatoes still growing. ¶Have you not had a frost yet? ¶¶- [Maureen] We’ve
¶¶not had a frost ¶and it’s Halloween. ¶¶We often do by this time, ¶¶but I doubt we’ll make it
¶¶to Thanksgiving, though. ¶(both laugh) ¶Well, that’s great, though. ¶You’re still getting
¶ripe tomatoes ¶and- ¶Yeah. You have, I see beans and okra, ¶but all this is a fall
¶stuff through here. ¶These are fall things. ¶Broccoli, cabbages, Brussels
¶sprouts, Savoy cabbage, ¶cauliflower, plus lettuces
¶and things in the backyard. ¶- [Jeff] Okay, well, we’ll
¶get back there in a minute. ¶¶- [Maureen] I like
¶¶ground covers. ¶I’ve got two different
¶kinds in here. ¶The buckwheat is
¶one I put in earlier and it is, as you said,
wonderful for the soil. ¶¶It will die at the frost, ¶¶so on the buckwheat that’s
¶¶in the front of the yard ¶I have an undergrowth already
¶of crimson clover coming up, ¶¶which will take over and
¶¶grow well into the winter. ¶- [Jeff] This is a great way
¶to be improving your soil while you’re growing some crops. ¶- [Maureen] Exactly. Sometimes I mix it in,
sometimes, like I said, ¶¶I plant it under ones that
¶¶I haven’t taken out yet. But it really helps and
it’s a beautiful plant. It’s good for the soil and
when it blooms, it is gorgeous. ¶- [Jeff] Oh, it has that
¶big, red bloom winter time. ¶- [Maureen] Yeah, I
¶love it, I love it. ¶- [Jeff] And this is
¶an interesting plant. ¶¶That’s a hyacinth
¶¶bean, isn’t it? – [Maureen] Yes,
a hyacinth bean. ¶¶It came up all on its own. ¶¶- [Jeff] It’s a volunteer! ¶- [Maureen] (laughs)
¶It’s volunteer. ¶¶I don’t eat that, ¶¶but I find it to be one of
¶¶the really pretty plants and it brings in
insects and pollinators. ¶This eventually will
¶be my herb spiral. ¶¶- [Jeff] I see,
¶¶you have rosemary. ¶- [Maureen] Uh-huh. – [Jeff] Basils. ¶¶- [Maureen] Right. ¶¶And this bed is a
¶¶Hugelkultur bed. ¶¶- [Jeff] Oh, it
¶¶has wood bearings. ¶¶- [Maureen] This
¶¶whole thing, yes. ¶- [Jeff] So, Hugelkultur is
¶the process of burying wood, covering it with soil
and growing on top of it ¶¶and then the wood
¶¶eventually rots ¶and makes this big,
¶sponge-like thing. ¶Exactly.
¶That soaks in water. ¶- [Maureen] It really helps ¶¶with not having
¶¶to water too much ¶and it’s been very nutritious. ¶¶This is only the second
¶¶year of this Hugelkultur. Last year we grew sweet
potatoes out here, which was an incredible blanket
along with crimson clover. ¶Yeah. And we got 220 some
pounds of sweet potatoes ¶in this front yard. ¶Oh my goodness gracious! This
¶is a productive front lawn! ¶It is a very
¶productive front yard ¶and my first experiment with
¶Hugelkultur definitely worked. ¶¶Goodness gracious, that’s
¶¶that wine berry, isn’t it? Yeah, right, that’s kind
of a mix of raspberry- ¶¶- [Jeff] And some peppers. ¶Peppers, tomatoes coming in, ¶and there’s always a passion
¶fruit or two in there as well. ¶(both laugh) ¶- [Jeff] Oh, I
¶know you love them. ¶- [Maureen] (laughs)
¶Right, I do. ¶- [Jeff] Well, this
¶looks like datura, ¶which is a common
¶weed up where I live ¶but this is the, what, the
¶angel of death or something? ¶What is this? ¶- [Maureen] I, it
¶might be called that ¶and I had no intention
¶of planting it here. ¶You didn’t? ¶No, I thought I was
¶planting eggplant. ¶¶Eggplant! Well, the leaves do look
a little like eggplant. ¶They do, but I think it was
¶misnamed seed, I don’t know. ¶But I would never put
¶it this close, either, ¶because it’s a very
¶aggressive plant, takes over the sidewalk. ¶The sidewalk, yeah. I keep pruning it back. ¶¶Oh, that’s some
¶¶of that portulaca. Portulaca, yeah. ¶¶Yeah, that’s an
¶¶old-fashioned plant there. ¶¶I know, I love it. ¶¶My mom’s favorite. Oh yeah. ¶Yeah, that’s a beauty. ¶¶And you have herbs planted
¶¶all the way to the curb! ¶Yes and I have a little sign that says for people
to take what they want. ¶- [Jeff] Oh, that’s so nice. – [Maureen] Because this
is a sharing garden. ¶I have all kinds of things. ¶¶Mints and oregano. ¶- [Jeff] Mints, I see mints. – [Maureen] Mm-hmm.
Oregano, garlic chives. – [Jeff] Garlic chives,
right here, yep. ¶¶- [Maureen] Yep,
¶¶they’re beautiful. ¶Course my cowpeas take over. ¶¶- [Jeff] Oh, your cowpeas. ¶- [Maureen] They come
¶in everywhere, right. ¶- [Jeff] Well, they’re good
¶for the soil wherever they go. ¶- [Maureen] They are. ¶Thyme. ¶- [Jeff] Thyme, thyme there. ¶- [Maureen] Yep,
¶more garlic chives. ¶- [Jeff] What’s that,
¶fennel of some kind? ¶- [Maureen] Yes, fennel, yes,
¶this is the bronze fennel. – [Jeff] Why, this
looks like a volunteer’s ¶sun gold tomato, boy,
¶I love these things. ¶¶- [Maureen] It is,
¶¶they’re wonderful. ¶¶- [Jeff] Aren’t they good. ¶¶Where’s the soil? ¶- [Maureen] (laughs)
¶There is none. ¶This actually came up
¶out of the concrete. ¶¶- [Jeff] Oh, my
¶¶goodness gracious. ¶- [Maureen] And I have no
¶idea how it is surviving, but. ¶¶- [Jeff] That is amazing. – [Maureen] Yeah, it is. And we, you know, I just
didn’t have the heart to take it out. (laughs) – [Jeff] Well, you’re using
every available space. (laughs) – [Maureen] Yes, I am. (laughs) ¶¶Concrete included. ¶- [Jeff] Well, tell us about
¶these pockets of strawberries. ¶¶- [Maureen] They
¶¶are strawberries. ¶I just put those in
¶about three weeks ago ¶¶and the pockets, as you
¶¶call them, are my version ¶of something called
¶”wooly pockets.” ¶I made them from large grow
¶pots, I guess they are. ¶You can buy made out
¶of, I think, felt. ¶Yeah, and those strawberries
¶will then grow along down. They will, yes. I’ll probably be
cutting off the runners ¶and put ’em elsewhere. But hopefully we’ll, next
spring, have some strawberries. ¶Yes, and these look
¶like rain barrels. ¶¶Rain barrels, yes, we
¶¶have several in the yard. ¶We use, I would
¶say, 90% rainwater. Oh, that’s good. ¶Because we collect quite a bit ¶and it really helps with that. ¶And it seems the
¶plants like it better. ¶I think the plants do. ¶I don’t know why
¶that is exactly, but- ¶Well, that’s just
¶the way it was made. ¶¶They, yes, that’s right,
¶¶they seem to thrive on it. ¶¶All right. ¶¶Well, let’s go on
¶¶into the garden. ¶Okay. ¶Okay, well here we’re walking
¶through a muscadine arbor ¶and we’re coming across some
¶delicious looking raspberries. ¶You love raspberries
¶here, don’t you? ¶I do, grandkids love ’em too. ¶This is the first place they
¶go when they come to the yard. ¶(laughs) I like that! These are a heritage raspberry. ¶They will produce
¶right up until frost. ¶¶- [Jeff] Yeah, definitely. ¶¶- [Maureen] I have
¶¶tried other kinds, ¶but I find the heritage seems
¶to be the one that works- ¶¶- [Jeff] That’s the one
¶¶we grow at our place, too. ¶We like ’em. – [Maureen] Is it? Yeah,
I like it a lot, so. ¶- [Jeff] And you
¶just make trellises ¶out of just about
¶anything, don’t ya? ¶I do. (laughs) ¶This is old elderberry stakes. I read that they
are territorial. The cabbage moth is territorial. ¶And so they suggested
¶making little decoys ¶and putting them up so that
¶they will flutter around. ¶¶I don’t think it’s
¶¶100% (laughs). But I think it might’ve
helped a little bit. – [Jeff] Certainly not. ¶¶And it looks like you’re
¶¶starting some more plants. ¶¶- [Maureen] That’s right. ¶¶- [Jeff] Oh my
¶¶goodness gracious. ¶- [Maureen] We have
¶so many sweet potatoes ¶that once the sweet
¶potatoes come out, ¶¶I needed plants to get in, ¶so, a lot of
¶different things here. ¶Broccolis, pak choy,
¶lettuce, Swiss chard. ¶- [Jeff] Maureen,
¶where are you gonna ¶¶put your little seedlings? They will be going in
this little loop house. ¶That, once the sweet potato’s
¶out, there will be room. ¶There’s also another hoop
¶house further back in the yard that they’ll go. Okay, so you’ll cover
this with plastic, then. ¶Yes. And have some
¶greens growing along. ¶That’s right.
¶All right. That’s my hope. ¶¶And here we have something
¶¶flowering, what’s this? ¶- [Maureen] Carrot. – [Jeff] That’s a
little carrot, isn’t it? ¶- [Maureen] (laughs) I
¶love the look of them ¶and their beautiful
¶umbel will help ¶bring in beneficial insects ¶and I just let a few
¶of them go to seed ¶¶that my grandkids haven’t
¶¶already pulled out. ¶(both laugh) ¶- [Jeff] Well, in
¶this sweet potato bed, ¶¶you have some other plants ¶but I recognize these,
¶those aren’t weeds. – [Maureen] Nope, those
are daikon radish. ¶¶- [Jeff] Daikon radishes. ¶- [Maureen] Daikon radish,
¶there’s also some buckwheat. ¶¶I sowed the two
¶¶of those together ¶underneath the sweet potato ¶before it was quite
¶as vigorous as this. – [Jeff] Mm-hmm. ¶- [Maureen] But they
¶got a good start ¶and once the sweet potato is
¶out, probably this weekend, they’ll have room to really go. – [Jeff] And you already
have something planted. ¶- [Maureen] That’s
¶right, that’s right. ¶- [Jeff] That’s really cool. Like most of Tennessee,
Maureen’s backyard
is on a slope. ¶It looks like you’re
¶dealing with terraces. ¶- [Maureen] In a sense, we are and part of that happened
because the ground was so rocky. ¶We had to do something
¶to get dirt in. We have composted a lot,
but we did bring in dirt ¶¶after we used the rocks
¶¶to make these raised beds. ¶- [Jeff] Wow. – [Maureen] And yes, we
did kinda terrace it. ¶It helped deal with the slope. ¶- [Jeff] Yep, it looks great. ¶- [Maureen] Thank you. ¶¶- [Jeff] In addition to
¶¶your herb curb out front, ¶I see you have some
¶cilantro, fennel, ¶and few things right in here. ¶- [Maureen] Right, oregano. ¶Different things that I really
¶like well into the fall. ¶I planted a few other lettuces ¶and it’s just
¶starting to come up. ¶- [Jeff] Oh, I can see
¶it’s just coming out. ¶Yeah, yeah.
¶Yeah, yeah. ¶Hopefully it’ll make it
¶before it gets hit too hard ¶with the really cold weather. ¶Yes. It can take some frost. ¶¶And then here is a
¶¶beautiful, unusual plant. ¶¶Look at this, my
¶¶goodness gracious, ¶¶that is a Tennessee lemon. ¶¶- [Maureen] Yes, it’s also
¶¶known as “flying dragon,” ¶which is a very colorful name. The fruit, it was really loaded. ¶Most of them have
¶dropped off by now. ¶You open these up and they
¶smell wonderful, first of all. ¶Isn’t that amazing? ¶¶Oh, yeah. ¶It is! ¶They use it, they,
¶the chefs talk so much about being such a
great aroma and flavor. ¶I bet you didn’t know we could
¶grow citrus in Tennessee. ¶- [Maureen] (laughs) Look at
¶that, lots of seeds in that. – [Jeff] Yeah, but still that’s
fresh citrus in Tennessee. ¶- [Maureen] Yep, yep. ¶I’ve made things
¶like a key lime pie, ¶not with key limes,
¶obviously, with this. ¶- [Jeff] With these? ¶¶- [Maureen] Yeah. – [Jeff] Oh, I bet
that makes a great pie. ¶We’ve been at the curb and
¶we’ve been through your garden and now we’re at the back alley ¶and what in the world
¶do you have here? ¶Well, I kept running
¶out of room. (laughs) So I asked my husband to
build me a bed back here ¶and we call it the sky bed. ¶- [Jeff] The sky bed. ¶A lot of it is out of
¶recycled wood that we found ¶¶and then we lined
¶¶it with the metal ¶and it’s worked out to be
¶really, very productive bed. ¶¶- [Jeff] And these
¶¶sweet potatoes, ¶they’re all growing up there and coming all the way
down here, aren’t they? ¶¶- [Maureen] That’s right,
¶¶they’re very enthusiastic. ¶(both laugh) ¶- [Jeff] Yeah. ¶- [Maureen] There’s
¶other things up there. – [Jeff] What else do you have? – [Maureen] There’s some
Swiss chard, buckwheat, ¶few tomatoes. ¶There’s actually even
¶still some regular potatoes ¶on this end. ¶- [Jeff] Oh, really? ¶- [Maureen] (laughs)
¶I’ll get ’em ¶when I get the sweet potatoes. ¶- [Jeff] And so you just climb
¶up there and work up there. – [Maureen] What’s that? ¶- [Jeff] You climb up there
¶and you work up there. ¶¶- [Maureen] Oh, yeah,
¶¶yeah, with the grandkids. ¶They love especially getting
¶sweet potatoes up there. – [Jeff] They love that. Well, I can see you get
a lot more sun up there ¶than you would if it
¶was on the ground. ¶¶- [Maureen] That’s right. ¶- [Jeff] Yeah. ¶Well, I hear you get
¶together with your neighbors ¶and that you have influenced
¶quite a bit of gardening ¶in your neighborhood. ¶¶Well, I like to think so. ¶¶They’ve influenced
¶¶me just as much. Our goal is to have 2018 new
square footage, of new gardens, ¶¶this year. ¶And we’re really close
¶to meeting that goal ¶¶and we have programs, like
¶¶you said, once a month focusing on all sorts of
different aspects of gardening. ¶We have learned a
¶lot from you, Jeff. You’ve been a wonderful support
and source of knowledge. ¶¶Thank you. ¶¶- [Jeff] Well, thank you
¶¶for having this great lawn ¶turned into this great garden. ¶- [Maureen] Thank you. ¶- [Jeff] So it’s been
¶really wonderful to be here. ¶(upbeat music)

8 thoughts on “No Lawn, Just Garden | Volunteer Gardener

  1. This garden is gorgeous! Lovely owner/gardener, and so happy to see no-lawn magnificence here. Mine is still an ongoing reduction of lawn grass around our house, which I never watered or used chemicals on, but it looks so unappealing. I perennial and vegetable garden in borderline zones 5-6, and it's lovely seeing the efforts of these talented people in TN.

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