High Performance Garden Series

Welcome to the High Performance Garden series! Watch (and learn!) as Lynn Gillespie—an organic farmer for over 25 years and owner of The Living Farm in Paonia, CO—plans, plants, tends, and harvests a high-performance garden.

On this page, you can watch every episode in the 2019 series:

Introduction: Why This Crazy Lady Does This

Hint: The grocery store is completely optional for Lynn!

Plus, the 6 reasons why she grows food.

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Episode 1: Planting the 2019 Garden

Watch Lynn prepare, plant, and water her new high-performance garden!

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Episode 2: Starting the Warm Weather Plants

In this episode, Lynn puts her warm-weather plants in the ground, including cucumber, yellow squash, butternut squash, and tomatoes.

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Episode 3: Seed Germination, Planting Squash, and Watering

In this episode, Lynn discusses the importance of doing a seed germination test and gives a demonstration. We also plant more summer squash, check on the new growth, and complete with a simple yet essential watering lesson.

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Episode 4: Extending the Growing Season

In this week’s episode, Lynn goes over the different kinds of frost blankets used to extend the growing season by preventing cold damage.

Take your garden to the next level and sign up for the Abundance Garden Course, the official instruction manual for the High-Performance Garden Show.

Click on this link to start your garden adventure.

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Episode 5: Thinning and Transplanting

In this episode, Lynn begins to thin and transplant the swiss chard, beets, and lettuce. She goes over the rule of equal top and equal bottom, an essential detail to successful transplanting.

You can access The Living Farm’s “What Can I Plant Today?” lists—divided by month from March through October—online here: https://thelivingfarm.org/high-performance-garden-show

Episode 6: Transplanting Squash and Cucumbers

In this episode, Lynn transplants the warm weather plants, including squash and cucumbers. She also harvests lettuce, garlic shoots, radishes, kale, and spinach.

You can access The Living Farm’s “What Can I Plant Today?” lists—divided by month from March through October—online here: https://thelivingfarm.org/high-performance-garden-show

Episode 7: Transplanting Butternut Squash and Tomatoes

In this episode, Lynn teaches us best practices when transplanting butternut squash and tomatoes.

Episode 8: Big Radish and Kale Harvest

In week 8, we harvest the biggest production of radish and kale so far. The peas are growing fast, thanks to the healthy soil and consistent watering, so we change the trellis to keep them contained.

Episode 9: Micro and Macro Nutrients

In this episode, we discuss the importance of feeding the garden to maintain health and high production. We feed the light feeders and harvest joi choi, broccoli, turnips, swiss chard, lettuce, kale, and spinach. We also find leaf miner eggs and a larvae. We discuss how to treat your garden to prevent the spread of this pest.

Episode 10: Mulching Time!

In this week’s episode, Lynn discusses the benefits of mulching, demonstrates how to do it, and explores different mulching mediums. She closely observes the garden, taking into consideration the 6 environmental factors, and harvests what is ripe.

Episode 11: Growing Cabbage to Full Genetic Potential

In this episode, Lynn brings in a plentiful harvest, including the first cabbage head. She also discovers cutworm bite marks on two of the crops and thins the carrot patch.

Episode 12: “First Beet Harvest”

In this episode, Lynn fertilizes the heavy feeders, discusses the preventative qualities of adding calcium to the garden, and harvests her first batch of beets.

Episode 13: “We Are Going Vertical!”

In this episode, Lynn harvests the beets and trellises the cucumber and tomato plants.

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Episode 14: “Planting Green Beans”

In this episode, Lynn clears the cabbage and beet patch and plants green beans.

Episode 15: “Planting Potatoes”

In this episode, Lynn clears the pea patch to make room for potatoes and more turnips. She also discovers an unhealthy broccoli plant.

Episode 16: “Planting Basil”

In this episode, Lynn fertilizes the heavy feeders, clears the spinach, and plants basil.

Episode 17: “First Tomato Harvest!”

In this episode, Lynn explores the garden and discovers rot in one of the squash plants due to cold nights. She also harvests her first tomatoes and discusses what to look for in cucumbers for optimum harvest ripeness.

Episode 18: “Dill Harvest”

In this episode, Lynn harvests the very tall dill plants and talks about how to manage a bug-free garden—both by using organic pest control formulas and by carefully inspecting the garden and removing eggs and pests.

Episode 19: “Cabbage Looper—Worm and Adult”

This episode is full of lessons! In it, Lynn does much-needed repair work in the lettuce patch, talks about flying cabbage loopers, finds yellowing pumpkin leaves, and discusses how to tell when an onion is ready for harvest.

Episode 20: “Lowering the Trellised Tomato Plants”

In this episode, Lynn is right on schedule to fertilize the heavy feeders! She shows us how to effectively lower the trellised tomato plants and shares an insider secret to clear spider mites.

Episode 21: “Broccoli Continues to Amaze”

The demonstration garden is reaching its peak of production! Lynn harvested 20.93 pounds from the garden this week, including summer squash, zucchini, kale, more broccoli, tomatoes, and one of the biggest and heaviest cucumbers Lynn has seen in a long time!

Episode 22: “First Green Bean Harvest”

This week, Lynn harvests the first round of green beans, and shows how to tell when they are ready to harvest.

Episode 23: “The Value of a Weed-Free Garden”

The High-Performance Garden is weed-free. In fact, this characteristic is one of the primary highlights of this style of gardening. In this week’s episode, Lynn talks about 3 essential things to do to keep your garden healthy and weed-free!

Episode 24: “Sowing Kale for the Winter”

This week, Lynn feeds the heavy and light feeders. It is so important to feed the garden toward the end of the season to give the maturing fruits an extra boost. Lynn also transplants more lettuce and sows more kale for the winter. “I am feeling really good about all the food I have preserved, and I am well on my way to eating every day out of this garden for the whole year,” Lynn says.

Episode 25: “A Treasure in the Garden!”

The garden is full of treasures this week and the harvest is at its peak. Learn some simple things to do to get the garden ready for a garden sitter … and what to do to get your family to eat more vegetables!

Episode 26: “Introducing ‘Adventures in High-Performance Gardening'”

This week, Lynn is off camping with her family, so we hope you’ll use this opportunity to catch the latest episodes of the “Adventures in High-Performance Gardening” video series—a collaborative effort between Lynn and The Grow Network’s thought leader, Marjory Wildcraft. In this series, Lynn and Marjory plan, plant, grow, harvest, and troubleshoot Marjory’s backyard garden. Click here to view the entire series.

Episode 27: “Clearing the Green Bean Patch”

This week, Lynn clears the green bean patch to make room for more kale, which she hopes will carry her through the winter. And, of course, she harvests some more!

Episode 28: “Last Feeding Session of the Season”

Signs of fall are beginning to show, and it is time to ready the frost blankets and covers. Do you know which plant is the first one to show signs that the temperatures are decreasing? This week, Lynn fertilizes the heavy feeders one last time to ensure a final boost for the end-of-season harvest. She also shows you another way to preserve basil—yum!

Episode 29: “Fall Harvesting and Watering”

This week, Lynn explores how the garden is changing as the season transitions from summer to fall. The squash blossoms are aborting, the firecracker lettuce plants are seeding beautifully, and she shares an insider’s tip to prevent powdery mildew from growing.

Episode 30: “Fall Aphids Curling the Kale Leaves”

The fall aphids have moved in, but they won’t last long with Lynn’s pest-clearing strategy. This week, Lynn continues to harvest as she closely inspects the garden for powdery mildew, pests, and vibrant vegetables to eat.

Episode 31: “Harvesting the Firecracker Lettuce Seeds”

On this week’s show, Lynn explores the garden as usual, harvests what has not been compromised by the lowering temperatures, and collects the seeds from the firecraker lettuce plants.

Lynn has harvested 500 pounds of produce from this garden thus far, with 2 more weeks left!

Episode 32: “Frost in the Garden!”

This week, Lynn explores the effects a few low-temperature nights had on the garden. Some vegetables made it, while others clearly completed their growing cycle. And, as expected, the queen of the garden—the broccoli plant—made it through and is still producing.

You can access The Living Farm’s “What Can I Plant Today?” lists—divided by month from March through October—online here: https://thelivingfarm.org/high-performance-garden-show

Take your garden to the next level and sign up for the Abundance Garden Course, the official instruction manual for the High-Performance Garden Show.

Click on this link to start your garden adventure.

Use the coupon code TGN19 to get $50.00 Off!

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