VG Quiz 1 Vid 2 Followup PD

VG Quiz 1 Vid 2 Followup PD

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

So let’s look at “pests & disease” through a little bit different lens for just a little bit here. And with that, you know, my mentor of over 30 years, one of the first things I can remember him saying that I never forgot is that to study and, and just take a look at the native vegetation, the natural vegetation that’s growing in your area, and that’s the best indicator of what you can grow.

You know, it, I’m not saying weeds, grass, things like that. There’s the plant types in that native vegetation growing that that will help you. So, you know, and that’s kind of stuck with me for those of you that are new here. Don’t know me. My name’s Steve Sera. I’m founder of tabletop farmer. I’ve been doing this for going on eight years of regenerative vegetable gardening practices. And I’ve taken those practices from over 40 years of regenerative growing on a large farming production scale.

So I have a little short story for you. So this past winter, my accountant retired and I had to find a new one. And so I’m going through the process of looking for that.

And I find myself sitting at a kitchen table. This gal works out of her home and does accounting services and stuff. And I’m telling her, and it was. , you know, it was into this spring and I could tell her, you know, it, I could say Debbie, I can tell by your grass out in front of your house, that you have good soil here.

Cause she was interested in what I was doing and, and you know, more, I talked the more, she became interested in stuff and she looked at me and she said, yes, I, I do have good soil. You know, she said, when I was in the backyard, I’ve been here four years in the first year I got here, I was in the backyard and I was working in it.

And, you know, I could tell then that it was whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, wait a minute here. Working in the soil. That’s what we don’t want to do. That’s one of the biggest things for pest and disease eliminating, not, I shouldn’t say eliminating, I should say a solution to helping to control the.  and that’s not working in the soil, not disturbing it by any means, not meddling with it.

So, you know, that, that whole thing, you know, if we look behind me, this, this thing’s really taken off, you know, it’s, it was eight weeks yesterday. This is the July 31st morning, but a little over about, about two weeks ago, this thing got hailed pretty good. Looked pretty sad,  and it has bounced back. It’s like it came back with a vengeance.

See, it’s surviving off the soil that we’ve built in it the last couple years, you know, we had to give it a little bit of a, there’s a certain method that we had to go through the first time when we built this bed and then it was sunken it settled. So we had to do that a little bit again this spring, but this fall, when this crop goes.

We will be ready for planting again. And we will be, we won’t be disease free. We won’t be pest free. You know, we had grasshoppers, you can see some of the leaves even chewed up and some of us from hail, but we had grasshoppers really bet. We still have grasshoppers and I’m still doing natural, safe control measures for the grasshoppers.

And like this morning we go out. I don’t think there’s a grasshopper in here. So we’re, we’re ridding those pests, those pests and, and disease by natural solutions by beneficial factors that we can create around it. So with that, um, I also told you, I was gonna tell you a little story about my grandfather and, you know, he ended up in Western North Dakota, which is west of here 160 miles, 170 miles, and where I spent 40 years.

But nonetheless, you know, He was out in Wisconsin and he slid a plank underneath the rail car and rode all the way out there underneath that rail car to Western North Dakota. And that’s where he got off. What prompted him to get off? Why did he do that? Why did he do it there? You know, there was land that was free all over, but, you know, and I’m, I’m just guessing here, but he knew by studying the, the per I can just picture him laying underneath that rail car, you know, as a young lad bouncing along on a plank, And looking out at the, the lay of the land and looking out at what’s going on out there.

And when he got to where he was at was yep. That train stopped in that town. And he said, this is where I get off. This is good for the land. He went down the land office and I don’t know if they had a map or whatever. You could get 160 acres if you promise to, to, to homestead on it. And he grabbed his steak pin, whatever it was and went out and staked out his 160 acres.

That land is in our family yet to this day. And my dad used to tell stories about it when I was young and we were farming and going by it and stuff, we had other land around it and almost every time went by it, he would tell the story about him and George or him and Joe or whoever, you know, and it was, it was pretty cool.

So, you know, I lived in that era for quite some time. It was, you know, some, some, some things that are just near and dear to me, but the whole point being. You know, there’s another story that follows that I’ll tell in the next email. And it was to a neighbor about eight miles south. That that homesteaded kind of did the same thing.

Can’t say he rode over on a rail, on a plank, on a rail car. Don’t know how he got there, but it’s the same scenario. So with that “pests & disease”, yeah, it’s, it’s a big issue, you know, after a hail. That’s when you’re gonna get disease to come in like crazy, because you’ve opened up that plant tissue and that disease can set in there.

You know, there’s disease all over in the natural vegetation, there’s disease everywhere. I I’ve got some, no dig potatoes that aren’t doing very well, and it didn’t Dawn on me till yesterday, what was going on with them. And it was like you dummy, you know, you knew. But there’s a carrier, there’s a host and I didn’t eliminate the host that was out there.

And, you know, it’s, it’s kind of late now because they’ve infected the potatoes, but it was a learning process that I went through. That’s pretty cool. And, you know, we, we just, we deal with, with grass in this type of gardening scenario, but there’s a way of controlling. It. I’ll be the first to admit I got behind kinda let things go a little bit and boom.

Came up and bit me, because everything’s always wanting to grow. That’s the nature of it. You know, if you have, like I said, a crack in the sidewalk where you can see stuff growing that they haven’t sprayed out if you’re in the city, but if you, if you leave whatever, however, you’re set up, you know, if you’re in a house or, or if you’re in an apartment or whatever, when you go out, you can study the natural things that are growing around.

You go out, take a, Well, and look at the natural things around you that are growing the native stuff. So before this gets too long, I’m gonna end it look for the next email. I’m gonna give you another tip about “pests & disease” that I think will help. So I will look forward to talking to you again soon.

Thanks for watching.

VG Quiz 1 Vid 2 Followup PS

VG Quiz 1 Vid 2 Followup PS

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes

So, let’s take a look at “planting simplified” through a little bit different lens. You know, one of the first things that I remember my mentor saying is that you can study an area, take a look at what’s growing as far as native vegetation, natural vegetation take note to, to what’s grown around there. And that’s your first indicator about what you can raise out there.

And, you know, today there’s, there’s lots of charts. You tip a bag of seed over and there’s there’s charts on the back side of it and whatever for different growing zones. Nope. It won’t work for this one, but it’ll work here and that’s all well, and good. That’s part of the traditional gardening practices.

Quite frankly, I haven’t paid a lot of attention to ’em because I developed a skill of study.  what’s growing in the area. You know, whenever I drive today, whenever I go somewhere, I’m always looking around what’s what’s growing, you know, um, always just kind of moving a little bit of the, the Duff layer, the armor layer out of the way and studying what’s underneath what’s going on underneath it, cuz it it’s always interesting to me.

So, if this is your first time here and you don’t know me, my name’s Steve Szudera. I’m founder of tabletop farmer. I’ve been doing this for going on eight years now. Taking my 40 plus years of regenerative growing practices on a large scale. And I’m breaking ’em down, putting ’em into vegetable gardening to help you to grow the best nutrient dense vegetables.

So the last time that I talked or, or the last email I told you, I was gonna give you a tip in the next one. And the biggest tip I can give. Is just to, well, first I have a little story I’m gonna tell you. And I lost my accountant or retired. So I had to go looking for a new one. And in that process, I’m sitting around the kitchen table with this lady.

That’s been an accountant for a long time. She works out of her home and we were talking and I, I told her, I said, Debbie, I can kind of tell what’s going on out front and that you’ve got good soil. Can tell that by your grass. And she kinda looks at me and I said, there’s a little bit going on over that one corner and whatever, cuz I get, I can see it.

You know, I’ve done this for 40 years. So I, I have a pretty good idea of what’s going on beneath the surface of the soil. And she said, you know, she said, when I moved here like four years ago, she said, and I was in the back, working in my soil. I could tell that it. Very good soil. Oh, whoa, whoa, whoa, wait a minute.

She said working in the soil, you know, that’s, that’s the number one tip to “planting simplified”. The number one tip is no more working in the soil. No more backbreaking, no more having a compost and bins. Although, you know, it’s, you can do it, but you don’t have to. We can compost. Within the garden, you know, there’s, there’s watering things and there’s a whole host of things that we can do, but most of all set things up so that planting is simplified going into the next year.

So the other thing that I told you about is I was gonna tell you a little short story or tell you, hopefully it stays short about my grandpa and it it’s a real interesting story. My mom. Tell it every once in a while. And she told about how he slid a plank underneath a rail car in Wisconsin and rode out to Western North Dakota in Wisconsin, from Wisconsin.

Why did he leave Wisconsin? Well, you know, they’d wore out the soil. They couldn’t grow over there anymore. And there was abundant lands going west. Everybody heard about it, how fertile this oil was. So, you know, they, they went, he was a young lad at that time. I’m guessing. And didn’t have anything holding him back and.

Took off and slid that plank underneath the rail car. I can just imagine, you know, and I’ve thought about this quite a bit, laying underneath that rail car. What, what prompted him to get off where he got off? Because he got off, you know, around us is Rocky and Hills and everything. Did he know that there weren’t any maps or anything at that time?

He, I, my idea is that he was studying the landscape laying underneath that rail car. And when he saw the landscape, he. Boom. He got off. He went to the land office and at that time they were given 160 acres to settle. There could be part of the incentive, but yet I think he saw because if he’d kept going actually Northwest of there, there’s better land yet up in central, Northern central Montana.

It’s it’s the Lewis town valley. It used to be pretty good. They’ve they’ve worked it to death now, but at, at that point being is that you. He didn’t have a chart on the back of a seed bag to study. He did it with what he knew with the knowledge he had. He studied. He, he knew how to study the, the growing cycle of vegetation and look across and tell what was going on in the soil and by the study and the vegetation he went.

Yep. That’s that’s good ground. That’s good. You can tell and as farmers, you know, it, it, it actually comes pretty natural to us. Now you’re saying, but I live in the city, you know, how am I gonna do that? I, you know, even if you live in a high rise apartment with concrete, all around you, there’s something growing out there.

When you leave that building, there’s something, there might be a seed in the crack of the sidewalk or something, you know, learn to look for that stuff and study that. And that’ll. That’ll serve you with a wealth of knowledge on how you can grow plants, even indoors. So with that, I hope this is helpful.

And I look forward to talking to you in the next email. I’m gonna give you some more tips in the next one about “planting simplified” on what we can do in order to make that process simpler for you. So I look forward to talking to you soon.

VG Quiz 1 Vid 2 Followup WG

VG Quiz 1 Vid 2 Followup WG

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes

So, let’s look at “weeds gone” a little bit through a different lens. You know, a mentor long time mentor of mine. One of the first things I can remember him talking about is how to look around you and take notice to the natural, the native vegetation that’s growing around you. And it will tell you a lot what’s going on in the area, what you can grow, what will grow what’s best.

Today we the zone thing, one to eight, you know, and be Frank, I haven’t paid a lot attention to that. Not that there’s anything wrong with it. I think it’s a good guide on the back of the seed bags, but the point being is that I kind of go by what Dr. Dwayne Beck taught me and that’s studying what grows what’s in the area I am wanting to set up in.

And it’s, it’s served me well through the years now weeds gone. Um, yeah, we can have weeds. Are they gone in this project this year? No. And that just goes to show that we can’t skip, there there’s a step in there that we, cannot skip. So my name is Steve Szudera, if you haven’t been introduced to me before and this is the first time viewing me.

I’m the founder of tabletop top farmer. Uh, you know, we we’ve been doing this about eight years now, go going on eight years. So, um, we’ve been at it a little while, come from 40 years of production, regenerative growing systems. This short little story goes back to last winter. I lost my accountant. Uh, retired, didn’t lose them, but he retired.

But anyway, nonetheless, so had to find a new one. So, I am talking to this lady and stuff in the end of that process, and we were sitting at her kitchen table, and she was interested in what I was doing and stuff. And I said, you know, Debbie, I said, I can kind of tell out front by looking at your lawn that you have pretty darn good soil here.

And she looked and she said, yes, I do. She said, I’ve been here, it was four years ago. I moved here and when I was working in my back yard in the soil trying to control my weeds and stuff. Whoa, wait a minute here. Working in the soil to control weeds. Number one thing with weeds gone, we don’t work in the soil. Working the soil exposes weed seed, which is always everywhere.

And then they germinate. Now we want to do the same thing as mother nature that happens in the native vegetation that we want to get back to the natural side of thing. So, if we look at it, if we look at that native vegetation or that natural vegetation, that’s out there, is there any weeds in it? No, it’s mostly made up of grasses and select broadleaf plants and in an average natural environment, if we take a snapshot of the native Prairie.

Which we see in like old Western movies, um, wagon trained movies, things like that. That’s the native Prairie of what used to be. There’s not a lot of it out there anymore. It’s disappearing fast. The point being in that natural environment, there isn’t any weeds growing out there. You know, if, if the, the basic occasionally, you know, we’ll see a few, if there’s a bare ground, then, then we’ll see weeds.

You know if there’s a, a native Prairie and suddenly, we got bare soil. We might see weeds there. And there’s a reason for that. So last email, I almost, so that, that’s the one thing I told you that I would give you the, the, the main tip in weeds gone is when we mettle with the soil, that’s when we get the flush of new weeds.

The next thing that I told you is, I’d tell you a little story about my grandfather and how he got out here. You know, he, he came out from Wisconsin. My mother’s told me this story long, long ago, and he slid a plank underneath a rail car in Wisconsin and he rode out. And when he got out to Western North Dakota, that’s where he got off.

Now, why did he get off, you know, is that where the train stopped? No, you know, there’s a lot of reason I’ve thought about that over and over.  in my mind. I can imagine him laying underneath that rail car, staring out at the countryside, and watching the lay of the land, watching the, the Prairie and when he saw and, and where he got off, it’s kind of a valley and it’s beautiful and they call it golden valley.

That’s the name of the county? I, I can imagine when he, when he got off, you know, he, he knew this was a place where there’s fertile ground. See, he came from a place where they wore the ground out and they had to move because it got to where their production just kept going down, down, down. They couldn’t couldn’t raise food and back then they raised food to survive.

And. They, they couldn’t do it anymore. So, it was time to move. It was time to move west. Like a lot of others did in that, in that whole movement. So, then he went to the land office and got his stake or his pin or whatever it was that time, If you went out there, you got 160 acres and he went and put his stake on that quarter land 160 acres.

Now that chunk of ground is still in our family today to this day. My dad, when we were farming, He used to tell me stories about when he was a kid and, and on the, on that 160 acres doing what they did back then, they did, it was all tillage in, in the next email. I’m going to tell you something about a story to the south of there.

How things changed. Just remember I told you Wisconsin, why they moved. I want to tell you a story about how it’s changed out there and. A very short period. But with that, I hope you get value out of this. I look forward to talking to you, be on the outlook for the next email, and I’ll have more about weeds gone for you.

So, until then, thanks for watching.

VG Quiz 1 Vid 2 Followup SL

VG Quiz 1 Vid 2 Followup SL

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

So, let’s take a moment and look at “soil life” through a little bit of a different lens. You know, my mentor of over 30 years, one of the first things that I learned from him is to study the natural vegetation around you, study the natural or what they call native vegetation. Most of the time it’s referred to as the native, which we don’t see a lot of anymore.

We see it in the old westerns with the wagon trains and stuff. That’s native Prairie where they’re filming that. But what we do see today is climate zones, and there’s a lot of that in traditional gardening, they talk about different climate zones. If you tip over a bag of seed, they’ll show you what zone it’s for.

And that’s an easy reference now, not discounting that, but once you learn how to study the native, the natural vegetation that grows where you want to raise vegetables, where you want to do vegetable gardening, that’s when you’ll start to gain knowledge and wisdom about how to grow soil. Okay. So you say grow soil.

Steve, how do you grow soil? Well, first I’m going to tell you a little story and then I made a promise to you on the last email. For those of you. Are new here or haven’t seen me, my name’s Steve Szudera. I’m the founder of tabletop farmer. And I do have a little story for you. So, you know, I, I moved here and the accountant that I had for both my business and personal, they retired.

And so, I had to find a new one and that was quite a process, but we were sitting at her kitchen table. She works out of her home, and we were sitting at her kitchen table, and she was asking about what I do here. Really interested in what I do and stuff, and so then I start telling her about how to study this native vegetation for whatever you want to grow, how beneficial it is and how you know to read what’s going on beneath the surface.

It’s a learning curve, but you got to start somewhere. So, we’re talking, and I said, Debbie, I can tell by your grass out front that you have very good soil here. I said over in that one little corner maybe this is going on that a bit different but as a rule, you have very good soil that your lawn is in. And she looked at me and she said, yes, I do have very good soil.

I noticed that or recognized that it was four years ago. I’ve been here four years. And when I first got here, I was working the soil, and I realized how nice it was. Whoa, wait a minute here. Whoa, wait. She said working in the soil. Remember I promised you in the last email that I was going to give you one key tip about building, maintaining “soil life”, working it, we don’t mettle with it.

We don’t touch it. So, let’s go back to that natural native vegetation synopsis or picture. That doesn’t work. The soil let it be, let nature take over and do its magic. And that’s what we want to discover here. This is about “soil life”; some questions asked hers are about that my soil runs out of nutrients before the crop is finished.

Well, this is, this is going on eight weeks, eight, eight weeks yesterday, today, filming this is the 31st of July of 2022. This is our, uh, regenerative project in our, in our river sand project, but nonetheless eight weeks and you know, and it got hailed here hard here. A couple weeks ago. It looked sick, but it’s got the nutrients to survive and thrive to come back.

Okay. Let’s go back to the plants. We talked about the soil running out nutrients, the plants feed off the soil, but then what feeds the soil? The plants feed the soil. That’s what happens and it’s a complete cycle and that’s a cycle that happens no matter where you’re at. If you’re in native vegetation, wherever you’re at in the country, that cycle with growing plants, growing roots in the soil just keeps replenishing the soil.

So that’s what we need. So last email, I promised you another little story and it was about my grandfather. Now, when he came. When he came to this country, he slid a plank underneath a rail car and rode out from Wisconsin out to Western North Dakota. And that’s where he got off. Why did he get off there?

I’ve oftentimes wondered that, and you know, I don’t have the correct answer, but I have an idea. And where he left in Wisconsin, they wore the soil out. Three weeks ago, or so I was over central Minnesota towards the Western side. I could see the difference from being there 20 some years ago, how the soil has been depleted, how it’s wearing out for them.

I see the same exact thing happening I can tell; can tell it by their growing vegetation in the cash crops. You know, I don’t know what the soil, what the growing zone is but I can see it in the vegetation as to what’s going on. So, I know what’s going on with the soil, you know, and it’s taken me some time to get there, I could just imagine grandpa looking for the best growing vegetation. That’s a long trip to ride underneath that rail car.

And I don’t know how many times the train stopped or whatever, it doesn’t matter, but I can just imagine him riding along underneath there more than likely laying on his side, looking out at the country. And when he saw fertile soil, he knew he knew what to look for. And when he saw growing vegetation that looked attractive, that’s where he got off.

And he went into town, got his stake or pin whatever they had from the land office he went out and got his 160 acres and those 160 acres is within our family yet to this day. And I can still remember the stories from dad. We would travel by it often when I was small coming in from the fields after a day’s farming and him telling stories about this and that and the grasshoppers and everything they fought through those years, they went through some really tough times, but it’s a, it’s an interesting concept now in the next email.

So, I gave you one tip today and that’s, you know, we must stop like Debbie she’s working in the soil. We must stop meddling. We got, we got to quit meddling with it so that it can do its magic so that it can work. And, and that’s where the secret sauce is at. That’s the number one tip that I can give you today is quit meddling.

Stop meddling with the soil of any disturbance whatsoever. And as we go on here, we’ll learn how we can do certain things that you think tillage helps take care of. So, with that, thanks for watching, you know, in the next email. We’re going to talk about the, the next key thing that you can do. And with grandpa’s story, I have another part to that story that has a very key message that occurred just to the south of grandpa’s place.

See, there’s a lot of history with homesteaders out west where I come from. There’s a lot of homesteading that went on out there. A lot of people homesteaded out there, lots of stories out there, you know, and as people are unfortunately dying and stuff they’re getting forgotten about. And, and I’m trying. Get them down on paper or whatever.

So, I can remember and pass it on because they’re cool stories, but nonetheless, you’re not here for that. Stay tuned. Be on the lookout for our, our, my next email coming. And we’re going to talk about another thing that you can do. It’s very, very key in this whole process to grow.

Accordingly, to the vegetation that’s around you are growing a, an abundant vegetable garden, the most abundant vegetable garden of your dreams. So, thanks for watching.

VG Quiz 1 Vid 2 Followup PD

VG Quiz 1 Vid 1 Followup PD

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

You know, I can’t think of anything that could be, that’s more devastating to a garden than pests and diseases. You know, you put all your hard work into a vegetable garden, selecting the right plants, selecting the right soil, going through all the work and all the motions, get everything planted, feeling proud of what you got.

Then some morning you come out and it’s devastating overnight, a bug. Moved in and ate half of what you got grown, or you can see a disease that’s starting and by noon it’s taken off and you’re not sure what to do with it. My name’s Steve Szudera and welcome. I’m the founder tabletop farmer. And if you haven’t met me before, I have over 40 years of regenerative growing systems on a large production scale, here’s just a couple photos of some of my humble beginnings.

You can see I’m. Um, I started at a really, really young age but nonetheless, so what’s your first response. When that devastation happens, you get online, you look at books, you, you look at things online, you go to Facebook groups, you, you Google things. You try to find a solution to stop the problem. And it usually ends up going to a garden center to purchase a powder or purchase a spray or purchase something to end the problem.

How about if I could show you how we can take preventive measures in advance, how we can set up a system to not to control pests and disease, but to help be deter it, to help it so that it’s kind of like, think of it like this, you have a car and you need to change oil in that car. You need to rotate the tires.

You need to do some preventive maintenance on that car. Otherwise, what happens? It’s going to leave you walking someday when you need it. The worst vegetable gardening is no different. We need to have preventive maintenance plans in place so that we can help. We’re never going to totally eliminate pests and disease, but we can bring them down to where they are manageable into that state. And we can get what we call a jump on it. So, with that, you know, I I’m in the next email, I’m going to share some things that you can get started on right away that that will, will make sense to where you can implement. And they, they may not be things with pests and disease that will help right now, but it’s going to help this.

This is all about building a system about building a system of sustainability so that we do not have to go, that we can leave our garden for go on vacation or whatever it is. You know, I I’ve left some of my test projects, which I should introduce you to the river sand project. This is my latest test project here, and it’s been quite a challenge. You know, we have, we have grasshoppers coming on like crazy because we had such a dry year, last year. And so now, you know, the old mother grasshopper was able to find a good place to lay eggs and she did a very good job of it. And, you know, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’ve already done some preventive measures. Natural preventive measures, not anything with chemicals or sprays or, or powders or anything like that. I’ve done some natural remedies right now to eliminate the population are not so, so that they’ll move let’s, let’s just put it that way so that they will hopefully leave this alone.

You know, yesterday they were. It that’s been two days now that we did that. And yesterday they were still in here this morning. They’re gone basically. So, I don’t know, we’ll cross their fingers, but we’ll see what happens. Um, maybe they moved to the neighbor’s garden but nonetheless, in the next email, I’m going to share some things with you.

So be on the lookout. Be on the lookout that I’m, going to, I, I want to help you to be able to vegetable garden and be able to raise the most abundant garden that you’ve ever dreamed of. See our mission here at tabletop farmer is not only to help you garden, but to help you live the healthiest lifestyle and be able to do it with the proper nutrient dense food.

And so, we must be able to grow that, or we must know what we’re doing so we know what we’re looking for. So, we do know if we’re going to go out and buy it, like from a farmer’s market. We know somebody that is practicing the right principles so that they can grow the food that helps us survive. So, we don’t need all the other stuff in our body.

So, with that, before I get too carried away here, thanks for watching, be on the lookout for that next email. And I look so forward to working with you and. I forgot to thank you for going through the quiz and landing in the plants, in the, the pests and disease bucket. So, with that, I look forward to talking to you again soon.