My raspberry plants that I started from seed are almost ready for me to plant them directly into the ground. I've already had to transplant them twice as the plants have grown this year and the spines on the plant stems are starting to harden into thorns. When I finally get a chance to plant them in the ground this Fall, I'll create another update video.

My Montana Jack pumpkins are finally starting to set fruit this week. All other plants are healthy with little change from last week. The one exception is the vining yellow squash which has still not set out female flowers. I'm hoping I get flowers by the end of the month or I might not get any seed this year.
I apologize for choppy editing in this video. I had a few verbal slips that I had to edit out of the original video where I use the wrong term to describe something. I add captions later to cover where I didn't catch a mistake in time, but I hope they don't distract from the rest of the video.

I am not an expert at cooking, but I thought it would be interesting if I shared a video of my attempt at cooking my homs kousa squash (Lebanese vining zucchini) I grew in my garden this year. I ended up adding too much garlic, but the dish turned out alright anyway. Next time, I'll use a measuring spoon to avoid adding too much garlic if I have to use garlic powder again.

There is not much change in the garden this week. So far, none of my vining yellow squash has fruited yet. Thankfully, there are still several other seeds I from the packet I got that I can plant during the next growing season.
In one of my three sisters beds, the bean vines have been severely damaged by bean beetles. Since I also experience similar problems with my squash plants earlier in the growing season, I'm guessing the problem is related to a nutrient deficiency in the soil since my other bean plants did not experience nearly as severe bean beetle predation as this one particular garden bed.

This week, I got the chance to hand-pollinate a squash flower for seed saving. See my previous video on hand-pollination for more information on the process.

I was also surprised to find squash vine borer damage late in the year on one of my squash plants. It seems that my region of Ohio does in fact have two generations of squash vine borers per year.

The following video should be appropriate for all ages despite involving plant sex. Nevertheless, the process of hand pollinating squash flowers can seem awkward and might cause virgin gardeners to blush when they see it. I am a novice to the process of hand-pollination and learned most of this process from the following video from Seed Savers Exchange: (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WviRwfnvkec). I just wanted to document my experience since I have already heard quite a few jokes in the gardening community about hand-pollination.

Currently (July 17, 2020), it is blackberry season, so I thought it appropriate to share a video on saving blackberry seeds. Most tutorials on saving blackberry seeds instruct you to run theblackberries through a blender. In case you are concerned that the blender may prematurely damage the seed coat of the blackberry seeds, this method uses a gentler method to extract the seeds that does not risk damaging the blackberry seeds.

Over the past week, my squash plants have grown significantly. It is only a matter of time before the plants begin flowering.
The beans I planted last week have also started sprouting. I will have to keep a close watch on the vines to make sure they don't smother the corn stalks.

I neglected my chive plants this year and allowed them to go to seed. Normally, this would cause the plant to spread all over the yard as the seeds sprout in unintended areas, so gardeners usually remove chive flowers before they go to seed. In this case, I took this as an oportunity to collect seeds in spite of having neglected the plants earlier in the year. If the original parent chive plants start declining next year, I will at least have backup seeds to replace the dying plants.

Thankfully, my squash has recovered from insect damage earlier this Summer and is now catching up in growth with my earlier planted squash. I have decided to plant my half-runner beans now since it is already getting late in the year and the beans may not mature if I wait latwr. I an not certain whether the amaranth or mustard plants featured in this video will be able to mature since they are still small seedlings and could bolt prematurely in the heat of summer if they are under stress.

(Note: Make sure your dandelion plants haven't flowered yet for the best flavor of the greens. The thumbnail is just clickbait.)
My past attempts at cooking wild dandelion greens have been failures so far. The greens usually turn out bitter and too stringy to eat. For this attempt I stripped out the tough center stems of the dandelion greens, sauteed them in olive oil, and served them with balsamic reduction and olive oil. The greens were surprisingly palatable using this method of cooking and hardly any bitterness was left in the greens.

I planted two varieties of squash plants only a few yards from each other while watering each variety identically and caring for them identically. The only difference is the type of soil they are grown in. Since one variety looks healthy while the other looks variety looks sickly, I'm assuming the bed with the sickly plants is deficient in a key nutrient since I got the seeds for these squash plants from a gardener who already had good experience for this squash landrace. As a precautionary measure, I side-dressed the squash plants with garden fertilizer this evening to give the plants an extra nutrient boost over the next few weeks. I'm hoping the plants perk up before they get detroyed by powdery mildew.

Just when I plant my popcorn for the year, the rabbits come and devour it in one night. I actually had a fence up to protect the plants during the first day of filming this video, but I had wrongly assumed that rabbits don't eat corn seedlings. Murphy's law says that whatever can go wrong will go wrong. In gardening and farming, this law very often applies since pest damage and destructive storms can happen at any time. Thankfully, it is still early enough in the year that I can replant the corn again and hope it matures by September.

The seeds for the black raspberries were collected back in June 22, 2019. Before planting the seeds in seed starter mix, the seeds were scarified with sandpaper to soften the outer coating of the seeds and were soaked in warm water for 24 hours before planting them into seed starter mix. I left the seeds outdoors in the pot of damp seed starter mix starting from January to expose them to cold weather in order to stratify. I performed the same procedure on some blackberry seeds collected in 2018, but they did not sprout. Is seems that the seeds of Rubus sp. might have a shelf life of only one year before germinating them using this method.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak this year and the storm damage from last year, my gardening has been severely delayed this year. I'll need to start a fundraiser at this rate in order to be able to pay for the garden expansion this year. I was planning 24 4ft x 4ft garden beds so I'll need 16 more garden beds than I currently have plus 72 cubic feet (~3 cubic yards) of bulk compost for the new garden beds. That's not including the extra 16 seven foot tall galvanized steel garden trellises I would need for squash, beans, and tomatoes. I haven't done the logistics yet, so I dont know how much it will cost.
Update 4/14/2020. The calculated total cost will be about $2,500. I'll set up a fundraiser if needed.

Sinapis arvensis is a wild relative of yellow mustard. Although this species is edible, it is not as tasty as other wild mustards. The stems and young leaves are covered in rough spines and the tougher leaf stems should probably be removed before cooking. Always make sure you're 100% certain of the identity of the plant before eating wild edibles to avoid potential risk of poisoning.

After a tornado ripped through my neighborhood during Memorial Day weekend, there was a massive outbreak of Japanese Beetles. They went straight to my basil plants and turned their leaves into Swiss Cheese. Without any basswood trees for the beetles to feed on after the tornado uprooted most of the trees, the hungry beetles devoured my garden plants.

Back in September 2018, I harvested some wild redroot amaranth from Belleview Park in Steubenville, OH. This species has tasty greens that can be cooked like spinnach, but the hard, black seeds can also be popped like popcorn. Since this was my first attempt, the process took much longer than it could have. In the growing season of 2019, I grew this same plant again in my garden along with some more thoroughly domesticated species of amaranth. The grain yields for wild redroot amaranth are small in comparison to more domesticated species. I only got 2.3 ounces of seed from 28 redroot amaranth plants while I got 5.3 ounces of seed from my Burgundy amaranth (A. hypochondriacus) during the same year from only 16 plants.

I am very disappointed in the tomatoes I grew from seed gathered from the volunteer Steubenville tomatoes back in 2018. The plants were sickly, and none of the plants yielded more than five tomatoes. Many of the tomatoes had bland flavor compared to the parent fruit.

I found this pumpkin plant growing wild on an abandoned gulf course in Steubenville, Ohio on August 28, 2018. The plant was very healthy and showed no signs of disease. Unfortunately, the plant got plowed over on September 7 before the pumpkins fully ripened. I salvaged what seeds I could from the pumpkins and let them dry for a week. Nevertheless, the seeds were shriveled and did not look viable after drying. In spite of this, I found another volunteer pumpkin growing in the yard of an abandoned house in Beavercreek, Ohio in October, 2019. This second pumpkin plant had fruits that were small like pie pumpkins but watery tasting like zucchini and jack-o-lanterns

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I originally found this volunteer tomato plant on September 16, 2018 growing next to a compost pile outside the landscape maintenance building at Franciscan University. By the time the tomatoes were ripe enough to easily come off the vine, they were still pale red in color and had firm flesh. Hopefully they still taste good. I’ll post an update to the description if I get a chance to taste the tomatoes.

Update Oct. 7, 2018: I finally got a chance to taste the tomato while scooping out the seeds. In spite of having flesh firmer than most beefsteak tomatoes I’ve grown and pale red skin, the flesh was still juicy and flavorful. I am definitely planning on growing some seeds from this fruit next year and canning some to make tomato sauce.


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I created this channel in response to the increasing censorship on YouTube. The name for this channel is a Proto-Celtic form of my real name, Ryan Miller. Currently, I'm dedicating this channel primarily to gardening. 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.