In this video I show how choosing the right varieties, and employing permaculture principles in your garden, can make a large garden easy to maintain. Thanks for watching, and if you enjoyed…


  1. Really nice garden! Like that you used logs and rocks to outline some of your beds. The wood chipped pathways look trouble-free, and comfortable to walk on. Soil looks dark & rich. I envy you for having seaweed available as mulch. Glad that you pointed out how cost effective it is to grow so much food from seed. Noticed you plant crops that are nutrient dense, and store easily. Ruth Stout would be proud of you. Her brother, Rex, was an author, too.
    While in the US Navy, I had the pleasure of visiting Halifax, Nova Scotia – twice!
    Lovely town, great people. Sure would like to visit again some day.

  2. I am a new subscriber. I have used straw for mulch to retain moisture and I was bombarded with squash bugs on my squash.I tried picking bugs,diatomaceous earth,organic sprays. Seems squash bugs love mulch. Finally removed the straw. Will try burying the straw and planting squash on top. I heard this works. I also have problems with aphids on kale. I am in Kentucky.

  3. I have a simple hoop row cover for my kale plants.It keeps out most of the insects. I plant a lot of kale and swiss plants close together and harvest a huge amount of small leaves. They are spotless I barely have to rinse them and the veins don't need to be cut out. They are tender and cook very quickly. (the dinosaur and red russian are my favorites)

  4. Charles Dowding lives in a wet British climate and advises against wood slides for the beds as that's a good slug breeding ground. He also mulches with finished compost for the same reason. I use wood chips in VT and new gardens have heavy slug pressure since slugs love wood. I'm not looking to start a big compost production so I just accept having slugs and wait for natural predators to eventually balance them out as the soil ecology develops. Anyways, lovely garden

  5. Hi great garden I notice you snapped off the beetroot root. leave it on so the beetroot don't bleed. After cooking them slid the skins off them and cut the root off Happy Gardening Tracy from Australia

  6. I'm sorry, when you said large I was thinking of my large garden. I had to chuckle, mine is about ten thousand.. It is not easy to take care of here in Utah where weeds sprout in the hottest, driest time of year. Mulch is a great aid, but that too is a lot of work. Our humidity is awful in summer and mulch is almost a must unless you want to water daily. I'm jealous of those w ho get rain as after may we get virtually none. You need some nutrients, your produce is small. Dare I say the f word? Fertilizer! Haha. I'm also jealous you have lobster close by!

  7. Great site…Problem with kale? Import an Australian blue tongue lizard (just kiddin). We have lots of lizard families here and they only need a few of our melons and a chomp on a few veggies.