Dayton Victory Gardener

Since a killing frost was forecasted for the week of Christmas, I rushed in and harvested what was left of the lettuce before the frost killed the remaining plants. I did not make the same harvest with the mustard plants since I was expecting that they would be able to withstand the cold better than lettuce. Nevertheless, the mustard plants were all mostly killed back by the frost as well. I was most surprised by the top kill of the seven top turnip greens since this plant species (Brassica rapa) is a biennial that is naturalized throughout eastern North America.

Given that most of the plants remaining in my garden have finally died back, there will be no more weekly garden updates on this channel until March 2021. In the meantime, I will try to include a few videos on seed saving and food preparation, but they will not be always on a weekly basis.

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The week of December 18, I pulled up most of the remaining carrots and stored them in my fridge. I covered the seed carrots left in the ground with a thick layer of soil to protect them until spring. There is not much else to show in this video since I was in the process of finishing putting my garden to bed until the coming Spring. There should be at least one or two more garden updates, but videos on this channel should slow down until March of next year.

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Since December 23 was my birthday, I attempted to bake a cake using the honey locust powder I ground earlier in the year. Unfortunately, the resulting cake was astringent and tasted like a bittersharp cider apple while still being intensely sweet. I'm hoping I can figure out what was wrong with the pods I was using since this plant is supposed to be edible when prepared properly. If I make anything with honey locust in the future I will post again in a future video.

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Towards the end of this video, I introduce experimental crops from the Eastern Agricultural Complex that I planted to overwinter. Although I have had experience growing the lamb's quarters shown (Chenopodium berlandieri), most of the plant species are completely new crops for me. I will find out how well they sprout by the middle of Spring 2021.

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When I buy carrots at the supermarket, they are usually uniform, straight, and orange. When I grow carrots at home, they very often are twisted, uneven, and forked. The forking and twisting varies depending on which variety of carrot I grow, but it seems to be most common in the few deep purple varieties of carrots I've grown. Such gnarly carrots rarely make it to supermarkets in North America intact. They are usually cut into baby carrot fingers, made into juice, used as animal feed, or discarded altogether.

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Although the first snowfall of the season had fallen on November 30, it didn't seem to have gotten cold enough to kill the cold weather crops yet. My lettuce, mustard, arugula, and carrots are all still alive. Only the radishes showed any signs of frost damage. By the time I got the chance to check on the garden this week, the plants were still covered in a layer of half-melted snow.

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As the growing season winds down, I will begin finishing putting my garden to bed for the year. I took the time to begin preparing a new garden bed for next year and I plan to use whatever warm spells remain over Winter to finish burrying leaves until the soil becomes to waterlogged to work anymore.

Since I'm unable to store carrot roots in my garage over Winter, I ended up marking a few of the largest carrot roots for seed saving next year. I will cover these remaining roots with a heavy layer of mulch to protect the roots from freezing until Spring.

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Depending on how the weather changes into December, I may go on hiatus for garden updates until March. I might have a few seed saving videos during that time, but video output should slow down during that time.
Meanwhile, I'm glad the weather has stayed just mild enough for my green vegetables to stay alive entering into early Winter. Last year, there was an E. coli outbreak for romaine lettuce around this exact same time of year so it helps that I have a clean supply of vegetables in case of another outbreak this year.

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Timothy grass is not native to North America, but it has been extensively planted as a forage grass for livestock because of its pleasant flavor. Because the plant has a sweet flavor according to Green Deane (http://www.eattheweeds.com/can-we-eat-grass/), it might be possible to juice the plant like wheatgrass to make a pleasant tasting green drink. I have not tried this yet, but if I ever happen to find large quantities of fresh timothy grass, it will attempt to make a drink from it. The thumbnail for the video is from Wikimedia Commons (https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Illustration_Phleum_pratense0.jpg#mw-jump-to-license).

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Not much has changed from the previous garde update. I have been continuing to monitor animal damage in one of my cover crop beds. I plant on putting up yet another fence around this bed in the hope that the fence keeps out any remaining rabbits.

What I really considered important in this update was my update on my leaf compost bins. Shredded leaves are one of the most readily available source of compost material in suburban areas and they add extra organic matter to the soil once they are done decomposing.

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Huauzontle (Chenopodium berlandieri nuttaliae) is a close relative of quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) and common lamb's quarters (Chenopodium alba). Before the arrival of maize in eastern North America, this species was one of the main grain crops in the eastern agricultural complex. It was domesticated independently both in eastern North America and Mexico from wild pitseed goosefoot (Chenopodium berlandieri). Although the eastern North American domesticated forms eventually went extinct, the Mexican domesticated forms continue to be cultivated in modern times for their greens and young flower buds. Although less commonly done, the seeds can also be steamed and eaten like quinoa. Based on my attempts to sift the seeds, they appear to be almost as large as quinoa seeds. Since one plant yielded 3.5 ounces of seeds, this plant has the potential to yield at least half as much grain by weigh as maize.

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Earlier in the year, I posted a video demonstrating the results of cold stratifying blackberry seeds outdoors over Winter. Although I showed the resulting seedlings, I didn't show the preparation I used to get the seeds to sprout. The following video is intended to fill that gap in my original video for those who have never scarified blackberry or raspberry seeds before.

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The weather has continued to cool down this season. I have my first harvest of carrots for the year in this video and they are much longer and narrow than I expected. This may be due to the harder clay soil in which the carrots were growing compared to previous years when I grew carrots.

At the time I monitored my amaranth and huauzontle plants in this video, the seeds were still firmly secured to the plant. Even after the frost on November 2, the seeds were still firmly secured to the plant. Although the seed heads had never shattered yet, I ended up harvesting the huauzontle and amaranth anyway on November 3. I will show this in a future video.

When I checked on one of my three sisters beds with cover crops planted, I noticed severe animal damage that could not possibly be squirrel damage. I am unfamiliar with what animals tear up soil in the manner shown in the video, but I'm suspicious that it might either be skunk damage or raccoon damage.

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The decreased day lengths have made it difficult for me to maintain my garden daily and harvest the greens. Nevertheless, I have still been able to harvest some of the greens as my plants mature.

I did not show my huauzontle plant in this video. It does not seem to have begun shattering even now. Maybe a harder frost is needed to get the plant to drop its seeds.

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(This is my third time trying to upload this video. I wonder what was going on.)

Because my vetch hadn't sprouted yet earlier in the week, I wanted to wait until Saturday to make my weekly garden update. Other than the cover crop sprouting, the only major change from last week is that I have finally harvested my lamb's quarters (Chenopodium album) for seed saving.

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From my strawberry popcorn, I got only 1.16 lbs of grain from 18 plants. This is barely 1/4 of the yield by weight for larger popcorn varieties. Next year, I'm growing glass gem popcorn instead.

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Due to a frost that was forecasted later that evening, I spent most of the day pulling up my remaining warm weather crops and preparing the area for milkweed planting.
My cover crops have continued to mature, but some of the vetch plants showed signs of rabbit damage, so I erected a fence around the plants later that weekend.

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Wild lamb's quarters (Chenopodium album) can be used much like quinoa and spinach. The plant continues to produce edible greens long after spinach has gone to seed in the heat of Summer. The seeds can also be sprouted for microgreens or strained and steamed like quinoa. In this video, I show my usual process of cleaning lamb's quarter seeds and my calculations for my harvest yield.
Note: I apologize for the delay since my last video. My garden update from last week didn't seem to upload properly.

Although I forgot to make a video of when I harvested the squash, I finally harvested my seed squash on September 26, 2020. Thankfully the fruit had already been on the vine for five weeks so there was little risk that the seeds would not be viable when I cut opened the squash on October 2nd. The squash only had 60 viable seeds in it and it had two squash vine borer grubs in the rind. I'm hoping I can get a chance to grow out the fruit from this squash next year along with some F1 seeds I cross-pollinated in 2019.

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I have completely pulled up all remaining corn stalks and squash vines and planted a cover crop of Siberian Kale and Vetch. Whatever bean plants that are left over from Summer will likely be pulled up by the end of next month.

Meanwhile, my Fall spinach and mustard have begun to sprout and should mature in time for the weather to begin cooling down. This may be my first year in a long time where I'm successfully able to grow Fall spinach.

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Do not rely on viral Blossom gardening hacks for advice on saving Summer squash seeds. Among other errors in these videos, they seem to perpetuate the myth that the seeds in a supermarket zuchini will be viable and can be used to plant zuccini. This notion is false and the zuccini fruit must be well past the usual stage of harvest in order for the seeds to be viable. In order to guarantee seed viability, the zucchini or Summer squash should be pick six to eight weeks after being pollinated and allowed to cure inside for two weeks.

Since pumpkins and acorn squash are the same species as zucchini and other common Summer squash (Cucurbita pepo), this method of saving seeds can also be applied to Winter squash. The main difference is that the seeds in Winter Squash are usually already viable by the time the squash is harvested.

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As the weather begins cooling down, the corn has passed maturity, most of my squash vines have died, and I have almost finished harvesting my dry beans. So far, my yield of dry beans has been quite poor compared to previous years, but this may just be an artifact of me using poorer garden soil than in previous years.
By the begining of next week, I should begin planting my cover crop of vetch and Siberian kale for Winter to hold the soil in place and improve fertility.

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I really should have posted this update over the weekend, but I must have forgotten. Although I was able to pollinate a second squash fruit, the weather appears to be cooling down so much that the second fruit isn't developing. At least I still have the other seed fruit for next year.

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This is more of a chemistry experiment than a food preparation video. Although I posted this video mainly for a school assignment in a biology class, after looking at the procedure further, this pH indicator may be useful enough to test the pH of pickling brine or alkaline solutions required for the nixtamalization process in making hominy. I plan on making a follow up video in the future where I use this cabbage indicator to test the pH of a calcium hydroxide solution when I make hominy from dried corn.

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As of last weekend, I finished harvesting my popcorn. Expect a video update on curing popcorn in the next month.
I apologize for not covering the second three sisters garden bed. I seemed to have forgotten. I still plan to post an update on the vining yellow squash in the second garden bed later this week.
As the weather continues to cool down this month, I will begin to plant spinach and collards for Fall greens.

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I created this channel in response to the increasing censorship on YouTube. As of December 15, 2020, I have changed the name of my channel to Dayton Victory Gardener. I'm hoping I get more subscribers with the new channel name. Once I get enough content on my channel, I might split it up into multiple channels. Don't expect very many updates on this channel though unless I post otherwise. Gardening tends to be nonexistent from late December through February where I live.

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