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  1. Pittsburgh Flip on March 7, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    You could bring so many of those inside and in the loft or living room… you have all those south windows. Might need to turn them once in a while… but the peppers can last for years that way

  2. conundrum conundrum on March 7, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    I think the water coming off the softner, for your plants, is an issue.

  3. Pinedora Farms on March 7, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    You two are doing SUCH a great job! We have a small organic farm in the mountains, sub-zero temps and lots of snow. You can’t go by what the "Days to maturity" that is listed on seed packets. Elevation plays a role, how many hours of sun you get, temps etc. We have to start our tomato and pepper seeds in January, if we want to have them ready when summer starts. You might want to look into your local chapter of NRCS (National Resource Conservation Service; division of USDA) and talk to them about applying for a grant to get a greenhouse! They have a program called EQIP… which is a cost sharing program to help farmers afford to build a greenhouse. Each state may vary. Even with a greenhouse and below freezing temps, you still need to take measures to get your greenhouse heated to extend your season. Keep it up… we started following you guys when you first moved to the property! WOW… what progress!

  4. Shawn Oreilly on March 7, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    Ya know… just food for thought when you get another weather pattern that might hit like this past September – you could just have put a plastic painters tarp/drop cloth, over the top of the entire garden and saved yourselves the early harvesting. It makes like a mini green house, they really won’t grow in that condition, but it would keep the frost from biting into your plants, and then when you get that last 2-3 weeks of summer sun, your still growing!

  5. Douglas Mungham on March 7, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    You have a harvest which better than NO result, the onions try plating them into strings and let them hang

  6. Henry Zabel on March 7, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Here in western WA. we had a similar summer . Our tomatoes produced a bunch of tomatoes , but the first ripe one was so late I knew we were in trouble . As we were waiting for the majority to ripen , many rotted on the vine . Only thing left in the garden is the last of the carrots . Love to pull a few fresh out of the ground for quick snack . Maybe next year we will have an actual summer .

  7. NWM on March 7, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Thanks for the video, have you guys considered building a green house?

  8. Janell Joy on March 7, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Put your green tomatoes, a few each in small brown paper bags, close the bags and the tomatoes will ripen in the bags. Check them regularly you will have fresh tomatoes in December.

  9. Shirley Wiggerman on March 7, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    I thought the harvest looked great.

  10. Anna Klassen on March 7, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Put your green tomatos on you rack you started the seeds on and they will get red in a few days then you can make all the sause you want. We do that all the time

  11. Susan Highfield on March 7, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    We just entered a solar minimum. It’s going to last for several years. Look it up. A hoop house or a greenhouse would be your best bet like others have suggested. You can get started way earlier with one.

  12. Perry Elyod on March 7, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Why did ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ pop in my mind?

  13. Marie H on March 7, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    What kind of coffee maker is that , i need one !

  14. Ian Steele on March 7, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Alyssa seems to really shine during any garden videos, you two should totally do a collab with another youtuber and build a large greenhouse, with built in space for aquaponics in the coming years! Imagine how much longer your growing season would be, and how much more experimenting Alyssa could do! Love you guys, been following for years!

  15. dave mclelland on March 7, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Tomatoes and peppers/mellons need a greenhouse they love heat…..other stuff works better with the extra season length that a greenhouse provides……

  16. Wade Rue on March 7, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    you need a green house , you guys should build one , or a high tunnel , it will help a lot and give you more time

  17. Moveta Stanley on March 7, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    I like your garden layout and your excitement to grow more food. You are just going to get better and better.

  18. James Borton on March 7, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    "hacka jobbery", that’s a rememberable term… (10:03)

  19. Fransie Du Toit on March 7, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Another trick to ripen your tomatoes quicker is to stop watering altogether. You are doing an amazing job and are an inspriration, thanks for sharing!

  20. Rubén led Ozar Onnehg on March 7, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    la papa siempre genera una planta o follaje y no entiendo como salieron más de 20 kg. de papa, sin una sola planta…ok, si se ve una o dos plantas pero…… mmmmmmmm no me la creo.

  21. James Haynie on March 7, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    I have a question. The water that goes in your cistern, does it go through your softener first? Is the soft water affecting your garden? Seems to me that you would soften the water after it went into your house and not put the softener salt on your garden.

  22. Ronald Loyd on March 7, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    You tried that’s what counts

  23. Penny Askay on March 7, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    I just love watching your posts – it always makes me smile. thank you so much for sharing your life with us!

  24. clayseale on March 7, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Fried green tomatoes tonight!

  25. Thomas Bland on March 7, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    When I was young, one of the best treats was onion tops that we dipped in vinegar. Those and carrot sticks. It didn’t matter if it was white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Each kid had their own juice glass of vinegar because there was lots of repeat dipping.

  26. Michael Douglas on March 7, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Fried green tomatoes anyone?

  27. Lesley Harris on March 7, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Hi, you did great to have any harvest this year, new babys take a lot of time and energy, so I think you have done brilliantly.

  28. James Haynie on March 7, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    You can cover your plants with sheets or blankets to extend your season. I have a smaller garden than you but I had 19 tomato plants in one area of mine and a bumper crop. Eating as many as possible and supplying 3 other families, I still canned 100 Quarts of tomatoes as juice, stewed tomatoes, and tomatoe sauce and 30 pints paste and another 30 pints of red salsa. Only did 10 pints of green salsa and composted the rest of the green tomatoes and the plants. It will be ready for 2021.when pruning tomatoes to put growth into the tomatoes already there cut off all new blossoms and any tomatoes that won’t grow enough before end of season.
    You are doing great though.

  29. Ron Battiston on March 7, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Wow another fantastic video. The video, music, content are all excellent and fun to watch and every time I watch a video by Alyssa and Jesse I learn something! Thanks!!

  30. George Bryan on March 7, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    and you are one of those people that will not eat a fry green tomatoes

  31. Marketto8777 on March 7, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    build a simple greenhouse and use normal well water for the garden, buy an ibc fill it and use it gravity fed. why even bother filtering it.

  32. Giuseppe Dell'Orto on March 7, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    you should not let the basil go to seed unless you want to plant the seeds next year. When the plant goes to seed it stops growing.

  33. SilverCat on March 7, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Nice .. finally a break from Jessi technological explanations..

  34. crsmit on March 7, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    10:58 didnt realise they were sweet potato’s

  35. One Crazy Dog Mum on March 7, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    How did the garden fair in the storm was it as bad as predicted ?

  36. Jedidiah on March 7, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Another great video…..

  37. Robert Orr on March 7, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    What variety of red potato?

  38. Essem Sween on March 7, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    You need a better automatic watering system you need a wider tape style pipe that waters a wider swathe across the top of your beds.

  39. Imablank on March 7, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    I left a few carrots one year and the following year I had a ton that grew all on their own.

  40. Robert Orr on March 7, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    I always just harvest the green tomatoes and let them ripen indoors. Then just clear out the foliage a put it in the compost.

  41. Marjon van Vliet de Koff on March 7, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Hey alyssa put your bolted lettuce upside down in a plastic bag let dry and just shake the bag and the seeds fall right out

    And mint freezes really wel
    Just some friendly advice

  42. Renee Griffith on March 7, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    For next year you need to prune the tomato plants through the season, the non producing vines were taking all the nutrients and sun and leaving the producing vines nothing to grow on. And they need more space between them so they are not like a jungle. Its just a learning time and you will get it down.

  43. Bakers Acres Farmette on March 7, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    That was satisfying! It’s always better to plant and learn failure then give up 😊 not that your garden was a failure in any way! I want to plant potatoes now!!

  44. Edward McKinnon on March 7, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    Learn how to "pinch out" the shoots on your tomatoes – more of the plant energy is therefore going to the fruit and there are less leaves to shade the fruit so they ripen quicker

  45. Phil Casey on March 7, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Why you’re posting a video from September idk, but it was enjoyable.

  46. Nancy Hannah on March 7, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Sungolds and Chocolate Sprinkles ( think of mini Blk. KRim, it was an impulse buy at Home Depot). I did find someone carries the seed.

  47. Xplore on March 7, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Meanwhile we’re in the middle of a record breaking drought and have had days over 108f and it’s not even summer yet 🙁 not even the weeds are surviving.

  48. Oh Asis on March 7, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Fried green tomatoes – delicious!!

  49. Gjon Mayerhofer on March 7, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Awesome by the way keep carrots in, they are a 2 year crop. Dig them midyear next year before they go into seed. I only put 4 inches of black for carrots. I got 4 inch by 2 1/2 inch carrots. They need deep. You are doing great.

  50. Joe Bailey on March 7, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    i use windows with plenty of sunshine south facing works best

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