Record Breaking Heatwave Helping a Vegetable Garden to Survive How to Grow Papaya Watermelon Harvest

Record Breaking Heatwave Helping a Vegetable Garden to Survive How to Grow Papaya Watermelon Harvest

Quick walk in the garden doing Hot Weather maintenance, papaya plants growing fruit, watermelon harvest, container gardening, bringing in wildlife into the garden, heatwave watering the garden. Packing Hummingbird feeders with ice to try to keep the feeders cool, as the air is almost 120 degrees, even the the shade.

Growing Vegetable Gardens in the ground and in Totes, CHAIRS and Containers, Flower Pots and in the Ground, and of course, as I COMPOST in PLACE, (always tips and ideas as We go through). Things are changing, new gardens are coming, that ANYONE can do and grow tomatoes and squash, basil, radishes, lettuce and more are growing…Birds are breeding and eating our pest insects. Squash and zucchini are producing food, setting up in the ground and in all kinds of contains, papayas are growing so big, and we get to eat them all week now, Peppers are growing, tomatoes going great, lettuce we eat daily and so much more. Solar fountains all over, bring in nature and birds. And showing the bathtub with a solar fountain now which the birds love is getting BIGGER.

This is TULLE that Great Fabric SO CHEAP and last all year outside here, here is an aff. link to check out, many colors, I usually get one of the greens, but any color will work great:

This is an aff. link where to check out and get a solar fountain kit, the same that we use here:

Here is an aff. link of the exact soldering iron I use for my plastic pots and other crafts:

Here is an aff. link of the exact soldering iron I use, this is for a set of 2 :

ALMOST ALL the BIRDS in our Garden Link to my Video:

Here are the 18 gallon totes used in my gardens as raised beds, I have been buying them from Walmart Grocery with my groceries so I do not have to leave the house, Ebay too has them cheap with free shipping, so here is an aff. link so you can check them out:

#raisedbed #gardening #vegetablegarden


  1. Josie Bridges on August 18, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Robbie & Gary, I am looking forward to what you will come up with again. Earlier I paused the video and went out in the 106 degree yard to analyze and found a space near the chayote vine that could use a container of food scraps to help it along. Space is too small for a bin so I might sink a pot beside it then do more analyzing, lol.

  2. JULI TAIT on August 18, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Hi Robbie! Just love love love your vids! My sister gave me 10 heirloom tomato plants. She found some seeds that were about 10 years old. The majority grew real tall n spindly and I’m assuming the fruit some knd of paste 🍅. I had placed them in regular pots around my deck. Which is what I have done for several years. Well, after seeing your info about totes, I had a black tote and took a couple armpit cuttings off of one of the plants. OMG!!! It was an experiment bcuz it was late in this Michigan season, but these plants have grown soooo huge and bushy it’s unbelievable. I now cannot wait until next year bcuz I’m changing out the pots for totes! If they’re available that is, bcuz I went to Walmart 2 weeks ago n they are sold out and won’t be getting anymore in this year. Did find the last 2 at a dollar store though. I’ll keep searching! Hey, put on yer bathing suit and water yourself down with the plants! I don’t have air either and don’t want it so that’s what I do to stay cool!

  3. Yee Vita on August 18, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    try putting some ice or water in front of your fan to cool down the air it is blowing around.

  4. Jackie Boxer on August 18, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    No a/c ???

  5. apres61260 on August 18, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Hiii Robbie:

    This has nothing to do with the garden….. Hummingbirds of course. Someone said to use 1/4 sugar to 3/4 cup water…. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

  6. Connie Clark on August 18, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    You are the best! It’s like listening to a dear friend talk. I have been wanting to grow more of what we eat for a long time . i got a baby purple tree collard from etsy and am ordering the walking onions. All so, we have a couple hummingbirds eating at our house this year. Thank you!

  7. LilyHoneybee on August 18, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    New subscriber I enjoyed your video you give me hope that when I plant this year the voles wont eat my vegetables and I to have to battle the heat from killing my plants because I live in Southern California

  8. rcarver on August 18, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    I didn’t know there would be a test. I should have prepared. I hope you grade on a curve.

  9. carolee h on August 18, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    What are the red things at 19:31, 19:34?

  10. Irish Rose on August 18, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    So happy to hear you are all doing well. Take care

  11. Sherry StacyRN on August 18, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    I love your channel. I can listen to you all day, and guess what….some days I do. So full of knowledge and optimism.

  12. Kaycee Bird on August 18, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Thank you, thank you for your videos. My garden was so pathetic last year I didn’t even try this year. However, I’m collecting containers and tulle and stuff to try again, this time in containers.

  13. HipNosis the godling on August 18, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Don’t get rid of all the algae! Keep composting it! It’s great stuff. Algae is a nitrogen fixer.

  14. Jackie Long on August 18, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Thanks for inspiring me! I love all you do and how you teach us. Have a blessed day.❤️🙏❤️

  15. Patricia Nunez on August 18, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    I can’t believe you don’t have at least a sm window AC.
    We still have 80’s and 90’s here in southern Indiana.
    Going to try to extend the tote gardens past first frost with plastic covers.
    As always I love your videos. My totes on chairs and tower totes are all doing great except rolly pollys ate all my cilantro.
    Love you, Ms Pat from southern Indiana.

  16. Tazzie Gee on August 18, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Hi Robbie and Gary , that is so hot ! How wonderful your garden is and the survival rate so great. Do you worry about the syrup for the birds might ferment or be too hot for them? Just curious though they probably drink it rapidly on hot days. Enjoyed your video and garden as always.

  17. Cherie Coronato on August 18, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    Thank you for keeping them all alive stay safe and healthy

  18. Jackie Boxer on August 18, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Are the fires near you?????

  19. Spicey Ky on August 18, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Yezzzzz. It was 115 in MoVal today. My poor peppers and beans. I went outside ever hour on the hour moving my umbrellas around trying to shade them. It all worked out!

  20. VASILIKI on August 18, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    im suprised you dont grow grapes

  21. Nola Borrego on August 18, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    I love the papyas .

  22. Susan Dorry on August 18, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Hey Robbie, I’ve started setting up for my totes garden, I’m using cinder bocks because I get them for free from the farm across the road and our deck that we had redone, I’m really happy to be getting started, I just have to wait until spring since our season ends soon for most veggies, we are in Va., but what I can start I’m going to try, you have been such a help, thank you. I wanted to know what kind of fan your using, we lived in NY for 20yrs and before ac we use a widow extractor fan, we placed it in the kitchen because it was in the center of the house and if we left the windows cracked we could get a breeze across our bed as we sleep and we lived in NY so we couldn’t leave a window open, wanted one here but our home now is not suited for that type of fan. Your chair garden has really worked out and looks great.

  23. Angela Palmer on August 18, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing 👍 👋

  24. KCMG Farm on August 18, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Love the Roselle, just made my first batch of jam last night. Love it 🌻

  25. Joanne Sherwood on August 18, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Your ‘Chair Garden’ is so joyful. It makes me smile, and it makes me aspire! 🥰❤💚❤

  26. North to Hope on August 18, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Our garden is suffering from the heatwave too. We are in NW Arizona. We aren’t getting as hot as some places but still… 105 to 111 and only have a swamp cooler inside. We have 1 window A/C but it barely takes the edge off and doubles our electric bill… So we just grin and bear it till fall….. The worst of it will be over soon. I water 2x a day. The water bill has been 3x what it is during the spring and fall. Your garden looks so plush! I’m jealous!! Lol

  27. Victoria Johnson on August 18, 2021 at 10:26 pm


  28. Bobbie Sue Sanders on August 18, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Please move your camera very gentle as it is making me dizzy. I love all your videos.

  29. sainegve on August 18, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    In San Francisco bay it is 6.00 p.m and we have 100 F in shade, air is sooo hot and dry, crazy!

  30. Ken Smithler on August 18, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Robbie, I’ve been watching you for a few months now and hearing about your walking onions. I live near Palm Springs in the desert. Would love to try the walking onions, but on the sites I checked they can range up to six dollars a bulb. Any idea where they may be cheaper, I only need maybe 10 for my totes? Thanks.

  31. Linda Dunagan on August 18, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Robbie, so glad you and Gary are ok during your heatwave. Still in the low 90’s here in West TN, but with high humidity, it’s hard to be outside very long after about 8 am. Today, I found a dead hummingbird in a fountain I made out of a large wide bowl and an inverted clay pot. It does shoot water up about 5 inches. I’m wondering if I should remove it, I don’t know what happened, but don’t want to kill my little hummers. Thanks for all you do and please stay safe.

  32. Kathy Follmer on August 18, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Robbie, I live in Northern CA and I had so many hummingbirds! But we had to evacuate due to the fires and when we came back 4 days later, my hummers were gone. I have like 2 that still come around. I wonder if they migrated off? Anyway, thank God for the totes because all of my plants survived. Love you!

  33. robyn mize on August 18, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Oh my goodness … Robbie… this HEAT. 111 here two days in a row (San Diego) I have my squashes, green beans and cucumbers… on racks with casters. I was able to ROLL them under my 2 patio umbrellas to give them some respite from the heat and sun. My green beans lost 1/4 of their leaves. Some of the squash leaves turned to potato chips. So far so good. Peppers and tomatoes are hanging hard, no need to shade them. If anyone cant move their plants… in this heat… throw some shade over them…. t-shirt on tomato stakes… .. sticks… an umbrella with bungee cords… what ever you have. Stay cool people and water morning and night (dawn and dusk.) Also…. i have about 6 watering cans…. i use them in the morning. Then they are empty for the evening. When i start watering at night … and the water is hot out of the hose… i refill the watering cans. By the time they are refilled… i have cool water coming out of the hose, to water the plants in the evening. This way… there is no waste of our precious (expensive) California water. 😉 This is working great for me.

  34. V Canadian on August 18, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Hope things cool down for you soon. 🥵

  35. Ranie on August 18, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    I love your garden

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  37. MarielasSister on August 18, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Love your idea about inviting birds in. Great idea for a video! I love your videos! Thank you for sharing your life with your viewers!

  38. Irma Hayes on August 18, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    I have birds 😁 but the cats always show up 🙄 what do I do?

  39. Ladytreco 1 on August 18, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    I went to the 99cents only store and found $2 two yard pieces of fabric to use as shade cloth. Worked great for .99 per yard investment.

    My walking onions bulbs arrived, excited, thanks for the inspiration. Do you know the variety of celery you have planted? Thanks again.

  40. Fiona Fairechild on August 18, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    In Northern California and it’s 109! Usually we cool off from our usual 100 to 60 at night but not last night- only down to 73.

  41. Denise Pappas on August 18, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    Informative and inspiring as always. Plumbers are rare as hens teeth south coast NSW, now I now to tempt them with the promise of a jacuzzi 😂
    Stay safe lovely lady

  42. Pixy Fairy on August 18, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    Do you have a video how to grow watermelon for a small garden?, thank you.

  43. Joy Shaner on August 18, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Hi Robbie. Do you live in the desert?

  44. Reed Piersons on August 18, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    I’d love to see some harvest videos. Love to see some big zucchini and tomatoes, etc. Just a thought.

  45. A Layne on August 18, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Robbie you are a hoot, and I love it. We were going to pick up a broken hot tub to make a raised bed garden. The problem with that was the tub was the largest one made. If I find a smaller one, I will have a great raised bed. We live on a coral island, the entire chain of islands are made of dead coral, that died off hundreds, if not thousands of years ago. I say all of that to tell why we don’t plant in the ground, some do but have to heavily amend the white chunks of coral. I have added compost to parts that are not solid rock. I have to grow everything in pots, now I will plant in totes, maybe the iguanas will leave them alone if I cover them with toile. Thanks so much for the gardening info.

  46. retrobebop61 on August 18, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    You don’t have air conditioning? Much love to you❤️

  47. S L on August 18, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    The formula for Hummingbird food is 4 to 1. I worked at a nature preserve and on hot, hot days, we used a 5 to 1 formula. That gives the birds a little more water. You have enough water around for them, that you don’t need to do that. Sorry, I just had to chime in.
    Thanks to you, Robbie, I am now growing veggie in totes on my small patio. However, I am only growing male squash blossoms! The female blossoms turn yellow and fall off before they come close to blooming.

  48. Karen Bowers on August 18, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    I’m up in Northern California and we are dealing with the heavy smoke and high temps. It’s so bad I run out to water my garden and run back inside. I love the updates and views of your garden anytime.

  49. Sesi Miller on August 18, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    i swear, i thought that was an apple core floating in the hummingbird feeder.. lol.. i need to put on my "readers" before i watch videos on my phone…

  50. cassandraq cassandraq on August 18, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Omg! Stay safe! Our heatwaves finally ended…cukes trying to bloom again.

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