1. How do I know when my sweet potatoes are ready? I'm in your zone and planted about the same time you did.

  2. Hey, Travis! There is a mushroom farm in Zellwood, FL that's about 45 minutes away from here – They sell mushroom compost for $10.00 per front-end loader scoop. When I first started my garden, I would hire a man with a heavy-duty truck each Fall and till the whole thing into my garden. Three years ago, I got some hens and a Mantis ComposTumbler, a totally contained unit, and make my own compost. That composter is a workhorse! It holds 18 bushels of material for composting, and it's actually possible to have finished compost in about a month (They say 14 days, but I'm not that good at it). Between the chicken litter and the yard trimmings (I don't use pesticides on my lawn anymore for about 7 years now), it makes some awesome compost! I've been using that for my soil amendments, and it's worked out well. So far, my Fall garden is progressing nicely. I may have jumped the gun, but it's been in the high 80's/low 90's here, so I planted my beets and collards. I already have bush beans, pole beans, squash and cucumbers up in the garden. Everything is planted on drip tape this year, and I'm so glad I did it that way. I'd never be able to keep the garden watered with just overhead watering! The sun has been fierce – It just seems like it's hotter. I water for about 30 minutes mid-morning and I've been turning on the system and cooling off the plants in the afternoon. If I just water in the morning for an hour, when the sun hits directly, the plants wilt! By watering again in the afternoon, it seems to put less stress on the young plants.

  3. hey Travis your fingers are going to grow an inch now lol. I wish we had some chicken house in north florida they all shut down nice video

  4. You are fortunate that you have that compost available. I make my own vermicompost. It's a great way to discard kitchen waste and I get beautiful black enriched soil. We don't treat our lawn with chemicals so I use lawn clippings as a base then add other non diseased garden plants. I highly recommend others do it. I'm using discarded washing machine tubs and various other discarded containers. It's really easy and great for my garden.☺🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋

  5. I’m probably as dry as you and I was in the same boat. I had transplants that just needed to go into the ground. I supplemented with hand watering the first week/week and half. By then the transplant roots we're able to reach the drip line. Good luck, because it’s dry as snuff out there…

  6. That was a great video. That chicken manure is great high nitrogen stuff, you are blessed to have access to that! For me fall is a time when I clean up the garden for winter, no more planting (except garlic). In my small garden I can easily make enough compost to cover all the beds, I cover them right at the end of the season and till in the compost in the spring before I plant.


  7. We have chickens and put manure on garden and return get plenty of weed seeds to. Do you guys have this problem or does the plastic take care of it?

  8. It is still hot and dry here in Tn. Friday temps are suppose to fall and by this time next week high about 70 and a low of 45. Sounds good, but Still not a good chance of rain in the forecast.

  9. Travis even though it's dry around there sure you have it looking good!
    I'm glad you have a sure and safe source of compost As for the rest of us I was wondering how long we should pyle and compost manure and at what temperature to kill off any pathogens that may be present in the manure ?
    What would be a good way to test the compost. To make sure it's clean ?

  10. How do you check for the presence of persistent herbicides, pathogens and other contaminants in your compost ? What methods do you use to test out sorced compost?

  11. Dad gets coffee grounds from a shop in town every week. Sometimes near 100 pounds worth. Neighbor across the street has a couple horses but it's way too hot to bother still. Likewise have a number of chickens but waiting for cooler weather. Last fall piled up a bunch of leaves from around the property in the garden and chopped them up with the push mower. Hoping to get leaves from friends and family this year. Been trying to get some cotton gin trash to fill some raised beds. That stuff is amazing, barring some weed seed and unfortunately residual pesticides but hey it will vastly improve sandy soil. Best Irish potatoes I ever grew was in a mound of gin trash.

  12. I'd say you're about ready to go! Man, that stake bed dump is the ticket! Got my order Monday, so shallots and elephant garlic are on standby until later in October. I'm not planting another thing until we get some rain! I never even started my usual brassicas because of the weather. Reckon I'll just sow some collards and turnips and make do! It sure does my heart good to see those tarps in action! That's the M&M plot you're working on now….millet and manure! Enjoyed seeing the prep work!

  13. Do you have any problem with heavy metals in your poultry manure? Zinc,copper etc … her in se nc it can be a problem.

  14. I remember putting chicken manure on our garden as a kid and it produced so much that we couldn’t give enough away after canning, the chicken manure is the way to go but there isn’t any more chicken houses locally here in Bradford county fl anymore since Tyson pulled contracts about 10 years ago😢.

  15. i did a side by side grow of your corn and tractor supply corn,wow wasnt even comparable,got 12 in long ears of corn from yours and tractor supply not a single cob,really,what i amend my soil with is gypsum,triple phosphrus,baysalt and potash,all 6 to 8in deep under plants,first stand in it and your gear rocked,i lost first 2 sets to corn worms and ear wigs,the last stand with your corn put food on the table,i be getting back for more soon thanks for the vids,if you decide to try the way i amend,do it and give 6 months for full potential,with the potash and phosphrus plus gypsum ,i pretty sure im right at 65% saturation exchange for calcium to magnesium ,trick to keeping it from leaching off in rain ,dont know if i remember what it even smells like,is to till in deep and corn will blast of and green up when it gets there,a good green up,thick strong stalks

  16. Travis don't feel alone, I got one of them pitiful looking rain gauges too. Its only had 1.5" of rain the last three months in my part of Texas, God willing we'll get some soon so we can get some vegetables in the garden.

  17. Travis your dad looks like your older brother. You are the spitting image of him.

    I recieved my order promptly and the shipping charge was very reasonable.

    I need a instrument that lightly tills the top soil, not a tiller but something along the lines of your wheel hoe, but with tines. Travis you are pretty smart, design something along those lines and I bet you can sell them like hot cakes. I want mostly undisturbed soil except to loosen it up and keep it from compacting.

  18. Good stuff there Trav, chicken manure is definitely the way to go, Hey, could you do a video on planting those blackberry bushes you were talking about the other day. I'm going to start a new area of nothing but blackberries and wanted a few tips. Thanks.

  19. When the key was turned in the ignition I heard a small tune that made me think you were heading out ice-cream truck.

  20. That intro would of been super funny if ya loosened a battery cable first. "And we go to get some manure" CLICK 😂

  21. I get free Starbucks coffee, nitrogen. I should unload my car this morning. We have had trickles of rain up north in PA but no down pours:-( There are many brown things in the yard to cut down. They are nice and dry so they will make a nice cutting. I compost a lot in place.

  22. Great videos brother!
    I appreciate all the great advice.
    I got my first fall garden started after subscribing to your channel.
    I just realized I’m only an hour away from you. I’m in Albany.
    Keep up the great work!
    Peace and blessings

  23. Hi Travis I like the full coverage that you gave your plot . what is the math your useing to figure out how many cubic yards that you need per 1000 square foot at 4 in deep ?

  24. Now you have me wanting to check and see what I can get a hold of….plenty of commercial chicken farms around here. Always great videos!

  25. If it don't rain there will be no fall garden.. It's rough over here in Stilson GA.. I think we need to come together as a community and pray for some rain…

  26. This doesnt look that well broken down enough. Usually I let it sit a year and water it. You did explain that it has heated up. Have you ever watered it down to see if it will heat up again?

  27. Just be careful that you dont get the GMO stuff with the peanuts that are sprayed with Glyphosate aka Roundup. If it has that then you arent getting better produce than you would be getting at the grocery store. My sister sprayed Roundup on her garden to kill weeds. I told her to call Monsanto and ask how long before her garden could grow veggies again and they said a minimum of 2 years. Just a thought. Great video.

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