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Renee's How-To Videos


Starting From Seed:

 

How To Grow Watermelon Radish
We show you how to plant, tend, harvest and enjoy beautiful, tasty watermelon radishes.



 

Planting Vegetables In Containers
Planting vegetables in containers has never been more productive. Trial Garden Manager Lindsay explains how to get the best yield out of container vegetables with easy to follow techniques.

Starting Tomatoes From Seed
Trial Garden Manager Lindsay shows how to start tomato seeds early indoors. Covers store bought and recycled containers, soil mix, and planting technique.

 

Potting Up Tomato SeedlingsMoving Baby Tomato Seedlings To Larger Pots
Trial Garden Manager Lindsay demonstrates when and how to "pot up" or replant tiny tomato seedlings into larger individual containers so they can grow successfully until ready to plant into the garden.

 

Planting Tomato Seedlings Into The Garden
Trial Garden Manager Lindsay shows how to plant tomato seedlings in the ground after starting them indoors.

 

How To Divide Spearmint PlantsHow To Divide Spearmint Plants
Trial Garden Manager Lindsay demonstrates how to care for container grown spearmint so that it can last for years to come.

 

How To Start Wheatgrass From Seed
Growing nutritious wheatgrass is easy and rewarding. Learn how to supplement your diet by growing it from seed. Then, join us for part two of this video that talks about how to juice it. (See Growing and Cooking section for part two) 


Harvesting Celeriac (a.k.a. Celery Root)
Celeriac is a European staple that's gaining popularity in U.S. Trial Garden Manager Lindsay guides viewers on when to harvest this delicious root vegetable.


How And Why To Thin Carrots
Trial Garden Manager Lindsay shares her secrets for abundant carrot harvests by explaining how and why to thin twice.


Grow "Cut And Come Again" Mesclun Lettuce In A Container
How to sow seeds for Mesclun Lettuce using the fast and easy "Cut And Come Again" method for maximum yields in containers for patio gardeners.


Grow Baby Leaf Mesclun Lettuce

Trial garden manager Lindsay shows you the "Cut And Come Again" method for lettuce and salad greens, how to tend seedlings, harvest to get a second crop, and then enjoy your salads year-round.


Easy Growing From Seed
Sowing seeds, tending your seedlings and enjoying the harvest.


How To Sow And Grow A Cover Crop

Using a cover crop to enrich and protect your soil over the winter produces improved soil health and better crops next spring. Trial garden manager Lindsay shows you how to sow and grow a cover crop in raised beds.


Using and Incorporating a Cover Crop: Method #1 - Turning Into The Bed


Using and Incorporating a Cover Crop: Method #2 - Compost and Incorporate Later


Using and Incorporating a Cover Crop: Method #3 - Weed Whack And Chop

 

 

Harvesting and Saving Seeds

Reliably save and store seeds. 

 

How To Harvest And Prepare Homegrown Loofah Sponges
Renee's Garden trial garden manager Lindsay demonstrates how to harvest and prepare home grown loofah sponges to use yourself or give as gifts.


Growing Herbs And Flowers:

How To Grow Beekeeper's Flower Mix
Trial garden manager Lindsay goes step by step through the process of sowing and growing our beekeeper's flower seed mix to attract, feed, and nurture bees and pollinators all summer long.

Romantic Cosmos
Renee introduces the many beautiful colors and forms of easy to grow cosmos, attracting butterflies and providing summer long bouquets.


Flowers For Cutting

Renee and P. Allen Smith demo the many wonderful heirloom and cottage garden flowers for bouquets including Cosmos, Bishop's Lace, Salpiglossis, Nigella, Larkspur, and glowing Morning Glories.


Growing Fabulous Fragrant Sweet Peas

Renee shows you how to reliably grow armfuls of heavenly scented sweet peas from seed. Includes detailed planting tips for getting great germination, growing and training your twining vines, and how to get the best long blooming bouquets of blossoms.


Growing Great Scented Sweet Peas II

Renee discusses all the beautiful colors and forms of wonderfully fragrant heirloom sweet peas.


How To Start And Grow Sweet Peas

Renee explains how to grow sweet peas from seed, successfully and in abundance in your home garden.


Color Drenched Zinnias

Renee introduces the many colors and forms of zinnias you can grow from seed in your garden, attracting butterflies and providing summer long bouquets.


Growing And Cutting Your Endless Bouquet Garden

Renee's Garden trial garden manager Lindsay demonstrates how to prepare the bed, sow, thin, harvest and arrange your Endless Bouquet Flowers Scatter Can Garden.


How To Grow Sunflowers: Thin Seedlings For Success
Trial Garden Manager Lindsay demonstrates proper thinning and transplanting technique for sunflower seedlings.

 


How To Grow Giant Sunflowers How To Grow Giant Sunflowers
Trial garden manager Lindsay demonstrates her expert techniques for successfully growing gorgeous giant sunflowers in your garden.

 



How To Harvest And Dry Lavender
Our company Trial Garden Manager Lindsay demonstrates how to harvest and dry your own aromatic lavender from homegrown plants to use for crafting projects.

 


Pruning Lavender For Shape And Beauty
Trial garden manager Lindsay shows you how to keep lavender plants in shape, so they are reinvigorated, pushing new growth, and stay balanced and beautiful.

 


Preparing And Making Lavender Sachets
Lindsay shows you how to clean and prepare your lavender and make lovely, fragrant sachets for gifts as well as home use.

 


Organic Gardening: Prepping Garden Beds
Easy step by step prepping instructions for flower garden beds, shown by Trial Garden Manager Lindsay. 


Cutting Zinnias For Bouquets
Make beautiful zinnia bouquets and regrow more flowers by following tips from Trial Garden Manager Lindsay.


Growing And Cooking:

How To Harvest And Dry Paprika Peppers
Enhance your dishes with homegrown paprika peppers. Trial Garden Manager Lindsay shares tips on how to harvest and process homegrown paprika, and get the tastiest results.

Renee’s Sweet Pepper Bliss Recipe
Pepper and onion harvest has never been more delicious. Watch Lindsay prepare Renee's favorite sweet pepper and onion dish.

How To Juice Homegrown Wheatgrass
Juicing nutritious wheatgrass is as easy as using a blender. After having grown a batch at the trial garden, Lindsay harvests and juices it in just a few minutes. Boost your daily nutrition by growing and juicing wheatgrass at home.

Harvesting Your Herbal Tea Hibiscus
Trial Garden Manager Lindsay talks about our variety of herbal hibiscus, then shows how to harvest and dry it for tea.


Delicious Edamame: How To Harvest And Prepare
Learn how to harvest your fresh Edamame beans from the garden and prepare them in the kitchen for totally scrumptious and very healthy snacks and meals. They are easy to prepare, easy to grow, healthy and highly nutritious.

 

How To Harvest And Prepare Padron Tapas Peppers
Lindsay shows how to harvest and prepare Spanish Padron tapas peppers for maximum deliciousness!

  

Cooking With Fresh Basil
Renee shows different kinds of basil you can grow and enjoy from seed, then moves to the kitchen to demo using fresh basil to make Pesto Basil Salad Dressing and Basil Leaf Vinegar.


Selecting Edible Flowers & Making Blossom Sandwiches

Renee shows you many different edible flowers to grow from seed and how to use them in everyday cooking. Moving to the kitchen, she makes colorful Blossom Tea Sandwiches.


Growing And Cooking Fennel
Renee explains the difference between the vegetable bulbing fennel and the butterfly herb, bronze fennel. In the kitchen, she demonstrates making Fennel Salad with Oranges and Cashews.

 

How To Sow Baby Kale For Endless Salads
Trial Garden manager Lindsay demonstrates how to prepare the garden bed and sow baby kale so you can enjoy multiple harvests by the cut and come again method.

 

How To Harvest Baby Kale For Endless Salads
Renee's Garden trial garden manager Lindsay demonstrates the cut and come again method for maximizing harvests of tender and tasty baby kale.


How And Why To Thin Your Seedlings

Garden manager Lindsay shows the right way to thin seedlings in the garden. Gardeners struggle with this critical gardening task; this video shows you how & why to do it.


Visit Renee's Trial Garden with P. Allen Smith

Renee and P. Allen Smith discuss why they garden and visit Renee's trial garden to show a variety of salads and demonstrate how to grow baby leaf mesclun mix from seed.

 

Harvesting, Winnowing And Storing Dried Beans

Trial Garden Manager Lindsay shows you how to to harvest, winnow and then properly store your Renee's Garden 'Mama's Cannellini' dry beans for months of delicious meals.

 

Harvesting And Drying Onions

Trial Garden Manager Lindsay demonstrates when and how to harvest your bulbing onion crop and how to properly dry the onions and store them for long-term use.


When And How To Harvest Winter Squash

Renee's Garden trial garden manager Lindsay demonstrates when to harvest winter squash, how to store them, and use them in the kitchen for months of meals.


When To Harvest Your Sweet Corn

Trial Garden Manager Lindsay demonstrates exactly how to tell when your home-grown, sweet corn is ready to harvest and enjoy. 


Cutting Basil For Lasting Harvests

Trial Garden Manager Lindsay shares her surefire technique for extending your basil growing and harvesting season.


Protecting Veggie Beds from Birds, Bunnies, Squirrels (& other varmints)
We show you how to protect your raised beds from seedling eating birds, squirrels, bunnies and other marauding varmints.

 

 

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