Easy to Grow Vegetables to Improve Health and Save Money & more Q&A

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Alright! This is John Kohler with GrowingYourGreens.com.
Today we have another exciting episode for you sitting here in my front yard garden and
you guys are taking a look at one of my raised beds that I planted in the winter. Actually,
I had a video on that very bed on the varieties I’m planting and when they’re going in
that you can plant during the winter. And if you guys are just starting to break out
of the winter now, these are some of the guys that you can plant because they are kinda
frost tolerant. So, that being said, some of these guys are bolting quickly, some are
still growing on strong. I like the ones that are still kind of growing on strong. The ones
that are bolting quickly are the yukina savoy, the bok choy, the gai lan…some of the Asian
mustard family-ish greens that are relatively ready relatively quick. So they’re bolting
and I’m letting them go to flower for the bees and the birds and of course for me. And
maybe I’ll let them produce seeds for me too, a little bit later on.
Anyways, I’m not gonna talk about the garden today. What I am here today is to talk to
you guys about questions and answers! So I like to do the Q&A videos every once in a
while for you guys instead of my just giving tutorials in my garden or visiting other places
and making videos for your guys. I like to try to answer some questions for you guys.
So, you know, I want to apologize in advance. I get so many questions through YouTube, Facebook,
and everywhere under videos, and I just can’t possibly answer them all. There’s literally
two hundred thousand of you guys. I have two hundred thousand subscribers now, which is
completely insane. I never thought this would happen when I got started with all this—and
there’s just one of me. It’s a lot of you and one of me and I can’t answer all
the questions cause that’d be a full time job and I got a real life to live.
So if you do have a question you need to get answered, I do have a way you can do that
for just five bucks. There’s a link down below to my fiverr campaign, where for basically
five bucks—of that I get four dollars and of that I keep zero, because all that goes
back into the fiverr community to help get my videos transcribed for the hearing impaired.
Also for foreign speakers that do not understand English, they can get—once it’s transcribed—they
can get it translated into different foreign languages. So the foreign language viewers—give
me a thumbs up if you’re a foreign language viewer out there—can have access to my videos,
because I believe it is so important. Other than that, if you want your question
to appear in a video like this, you can go to growingyourgreens.com, click on the discussion
tab, put a question there, or you could click on about and click on Send me a message through
the YouTube system. And then I crawl through those questions to answer them in a video
like this. Anyways, let’s get into today’s questions.
First question is from heavymechanic2: “Hi, John. Taking your advice in consideration
to remineralize and sow with Azomite and other forms of rock dust to build soil. My research
has lead me focusing on microbes and minerals, which was very successful last summer. I’m
growing some super hot peppers in pots and some people have comments how healthy my plants
look in four inch pots. I added half a teaspoon of Azomite and oyster shell flour to a premium
organic potting mix and treated it with a complete fish kelp fertilizer. It’s hard
to believe just how fast these peppers are growing under common fluorescent lights, soon
to go out into the garden into grow bags. My question is, how do you know how much of
a mineral product to use in containers based upon soil volume? Have you ever considered
oyster shell flour from the San Francisco Bay? If this does not make it into the video,
thanks for your time and consideration. Philip Miller, Virginia, Zone 6.”
Alright, Philip, so….you know it’s true that if you give the plants the right things
and what they need, they’re gonna grow faster, they’re gonna be healthier. Just kinda like
us, right? If we eat the right foods, we’re gonna be healthier, all this kind of stuff.
As to the question as to how much mineral product to use in containers based on soil
volume, that’s a good question. So you know, my first off answer is when I make a container
mixture—one of my goals to making container mixtures and this depends on if the plant
is gonna remain in the container for a long time or it’s gonna get transplanted out
sooner rather than later—if it’s just like more of a stationary potting soil mix,
like a fruit tree that I’m planting, in the mix I’ll tend to add more rock dust
and other amendments. Knowing cause I’m probably lazy and won’t get around to adding
them later, so I want to get a good stockpile of stuff. And the things that I use, the microbes
and the minerals, you can’t burn like you can with synthetic chemical fertilizers made
in a factory. You can totally burn your plans and you lose your plants. I’ve grown in
half Azomite and half organic compost and that some sweet wheatgrass that I grew. So
I kind of just do by touch and feel, by gardener’s intuition. I just dump a whole bunch in there.
If I got a half bag left, I mix up a whole wheelbarrow full with a half bag.
Normally I put about…I use a scooper of an old carafe, from a blender—the Blendtec
that no longer—that the bearings seized up. And that’s about sixty-four ounces.
So I’ll probably—usually into one wheelbarrow full, I’ll probably scoop about three big
of those scoops of rock dust in the container, into the wheelbarrow to make a container mixture.
I’d say use as much as you got. If you have rock dust and you get it cheap—like I get
the bags, like forty-four pounds for fifteen bucks—I use I more liberally. If you got
to spend a lot of money and get it shipped in, it’s more like a dollar a pound for
you, then scale back. In general, for one square foot of raised garden bet—and a raised
garden been in itself is kind of a container, it just has an open bottom—one square foot
of top surface area, I give it about one pound of rock dust. So if you want to use that and
do the math and figure example how much this container will get, that’s cool. I get to
mix things up in large batches. But yeah, besides the rock dust, the microbes, super
critical, super important as well. I’m glad you’re growing some peppers and kicking
ass at it by following some of the suggestions I give!
Awesome, so next question is from terrywcannon: “Hi, I’ve seen one or two of your videos
and I was wondering if you could give me some advice. Currently, the only plants I have
are two juniper bonsai trees and I’ve been thinking about starting my own little garden.
I live in a two bedroom, one bathroom house with a small yard, so I’ll have to do this
small, but I was thinking of growing some kale and some spinach for starters. The reason
is that I just turned thirty and I’d like to start eating healthier, but I’d like
to save as much money as possible. So I was wondering if you have any advice for me, such
as other super healthy plants that are lower maintenance. Also, what are your thoughts
on growing tea plants? Green tea, etc. I appreciate any feedback you can give me.”
Alright, Terry, so yes. Definitely important to start eating healthier today instead of
tomorrow. Even if you don’t have a garden, don’t give yourself the excuse “I can’t
eat healthy because I’m not growing my own food!” That’s hogwash. Go out to a local
health foods store, even just grocery store, and start buying and including more fresh
fruits and vegetables in your diet, right. I grow the healthiest stuff on the planet,
but just because I’m growing it and you’re not doesn’t mean you can give yourself an
excuse not to eat healthy. Everybody has the opportunity to buy fruits and vegetables as
a grocery store, health foods store. I encourage people to buy organic when possible. Better
than that would of course be the farmer’s market. But of course, best of all is growing
your own. And it might be a good idea to start buying some of the different healthy foods
at the supermarket, like the leafy greens, now before you start growing them, so you’ll
get accustomed to the taste. So when you grow them, you’re really appreciate ten times
more the food you’re growing after eating the crap at the grocery store. Cause like…the
stuff at the store, to me, the kale tastes more bitter. It’s not as sweet, not as delicious,
and the first bit of the stuff you get, you’re just gonna be like “Wow, I can’t believe
I ate all the crap at the grocery store.” And I know a lot of you guys feel this way
as well. But anyways, to start eating healthier and
to save the most money, I would probably recommend—oh and something really easy, that’s a lot
of different criteria there—I would recommend growing your greens. That’s my channel name,
GrowingYourGreens, and I named it GrowingYourGreens for a reason because I truly believe that
in a small space, you can grow a lot of greens to meet all your requirements of your greens.
I want you guys to take leafy greens off the produce that you need to buy at the grocery
store. And I want you guys to increase the volume of leafy greens that you guys are consuming
on a daily basis. I mean, the per capita consumption of kale in the United States—before the
invention of kale chips—is about a quarter pound per person per year. I mean, that’s
a quarter pound of kale! My goal is to eat two pounds of leafy greens a day, whether
that includes kale, ashitaba, collard greens, lettuce, frieze, mache, gai lan, bok choy,
mituna—also known as the buck head—buckhorn plantain, beet greens, cannabis greens—I
mean, they’re all just greens to me and I want you guys to focus and eat your greens.
Cause number one, they’re really easy to grow.
These I planted, it’s on a watering system. I haven’t really done anything—yeah, some
have gone to bolt the rest of them have been fine. And if you want ones that are really
easy, grow some weedy leafy greens. I have a good video on how to have a vegetable garden
without even growing anything. I’ll put a link down below with that video, with Katrina
Blair. And I just talked to her the other day, she still has her amazing book available
with the amazing seed deal that she’s not offering anywhere else. Only to my viewers
so that you guys can get some of these easy to grow, nutritious, easily dense weeds to
grow in your garden. Aside from that, you know, I don’t know
exactly where you live there, Terry, and I would recommend growing the varieties that
are gonna do well for you. So, in general, for kale, I like the dinosaur kale. It’s
one of the most resistant kales that I’ve come across for the heat or the cold. Obviously
if it’s still snowing outside, not optimal time to plant. And to save the most money
with your vegetables, you want to grow vegetables that are easy. Spinach, depending on where
you are and your climate and what time of year you plant them, may do good or they may
do poorly. And it also depends on what you guys eat. What you and your family love to
eat. Like say you guys love tomatoes, and when you go to the store, you always get a
pound of tomatoes. Well then I would encourage you to start growing your own tomatoes and
then you could eliminate that from your shopping budget because a pound of tomatoes, if you’re
getting organic ones, could cost two, three, four bucks a pound. But leafy greens are even
more expensive. I mean, it’s like six leaves for two, three dollars if you’re getting
organic ones that are not as good as the ones you could grow.
So really I want you guys to focus on the leafy greens. Another area to start if you
don’t have a lot of money, and want to save a lot of money, is the herbs. Herbs are also
very nutritionally dense powerhouses. There are studies over in Italy and whatnot where
the people that live in the mountains, that go up into the hills and harvest a lot of
herbs and have a lot of herbs in their diet are healthier because of the phytochemicals
and phytonutrients in the herbs. Also herbs are quite easy to grow, really maintenance
free for the majority of them because they have all the scents and oils that create all
the bug resistance for the herbs. So this way, you could clip some herbs, you know,
mix that into a soup, a salad, into a juice, into a blended smoothie, and get some nutritionally
dense foods in you. Those are probably my biggest tips for you,
Terry. Start growing some leafy greens, get a little small raised bed. Start with one,
and then expand to two, and start growing foods that you and your family love to eat.
And focus on the leafy greens and the herbs is where I would start off. And of course,
if it’s going into summer, plant a few tomatoes too.
Alright, next question is from Eric Turner: “Hi, John. I love your channel but one question
I have is how are you able to constantly travel to different nurseries and sites all over
the country? It must be terribly expensive. Can you share what allows you to be able to
afford constant travel? Best, Eric.” Alright, Eric, so there’s two point to being
able to travel. Number one is having some resources. So I have a job, it’s discountjuicers.com,
that’s my day job that I do every day for half the day, until I get out and get out
into the garden. And so I sell juicers, blenders, dehydrators, and other appliances that allow
you to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Because to me, that’s the answer to the
healthcare challenges of today, is just eating a healthier diet. Instead of letting your
car blow out because you didn’t change your oil, the oil’s dirty and it’s wearing
your car rapidly, and it’s low on oil, your car seizes up—change your oil and keep it
topped off regularly. And that’s what we can do for ourselves as well. So I sell the
appliances that allow people to get more fruits and vegetables in them. And if you are looking
for one of those I would ask you guys to support me. Because that job—my day job—allows
me to come here and do the gardening that I love to do in life and also allows me to
have the time and freedom to make some of these videos. So that’s part one, have a
job. Number two, because I’m my own boss, I can
take time off whenever I want. And that kind of leads me into the second part, which is
besides having some funds to be able to travel, you need to be able to travel inexpensively.
So you know—“Oh, man, John’s here, he’s there, he’s everywhere!” like, you don’t
understand. I am a super frugal dude. You see my get some really good deals on gardening
stuff, but I get really good deals on travel. Like last year, I went to Hawaii four times!
“Wow, John, you must be rich!” Well, no, I’m smart. I’m smarter than rich. I found
deals to go to Hawaii for ninety dollars, round trip. So who would not take a trip to
Hawaii for ninety dollars, round trip? So I had to go four times. It’s cheaper to
fly to Hawaii than to like the next state over or something like that. So yeah, that’s
how I get around. I mean, also, I fly on my favorite airlines.
Spirit Airlines—you guys are out there, Spirit. You guys are my favorite airlines
although you guys suck too at the same time. So why do I have this love/hate with Spirit?
Number one, the seat don’t recline. Number two, you have this much leg room. Number three,
I’m not even a big guy and…you know, so that’s what sucks because it’s like basically
a bus to get you from A to B. But I love them because they’re so cheap. Like I fly to
Houston, Texas for twenty-three dollars, one way. Fly back for another twenty three dollars.
I’ve flown to like…where did I fly—Portland, for like eighty dollars round trip. I flew
out to Chicago, I think, one time for like seventy dollars or eighty dollars. And they
put—they have fare sales, and I’m a member of their fare club to get super cheap deals.
And you can only fly on certain days. You can only fly on a Tuesday, a Wednesday or
a Saturday, which are the low volume days, and that’s another tip if you guys want
to save on airfare, save money. Fly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays, because in general,
those days, the prices are just cheaper overall. And in addition, besides flying Spirit, I
also fly Allegiant Airlines, which has now expanded their route map out of Las Vegas.
And since Las Vegas is fairly centrally located, I get a lot of good deals to fly to different
places. Of course, having a girlfriend in Austin, Texas—gets me out there once in
a while and when I’m out there I’m traveling around, and when I go on a business trip,
to a conference or a trade show, I’ll research places in the area and I’ll check them out
while I just happen to be out in the area. So you know, this is how I’m able to do
it—oh, another airline too that just opened up some availability is Frontier. And Frontier’s
hub, I believe, is in Denver, Colorado, so I’m gonna be getting out to Denver soon,
making some really good videos about some stuff that that was just legalized to grow
there recently. So that’s gonna be really cool when I get to do that. So yeah, hope
that answers your question. You know, get good deals on travel, and travel around too,
and I encourage everybody out there to make some videos on cool interesting places so
that people can basically have more of a repertoire and see how people are growing stuff—with
examples, because I know all you guys are gonna glean at least one piece of knowledge
out of every video I make. Alright, so the next question is from Christopher
Checchio: “I’m interested in your role at an influential role in the gardening online
community. What do you feel sets you apart and leads to your success in gardening? What
trends do you see? How do you determine future topics for videos? Thanks for your time. Hope
to talk to you soon.” Alright, so, “What do you feel sets you
apart and leads to your success in gardening?” You know, I’ve been asked this question
before. Basically, I think it’s, number one, my passion. So I’m like really passionate
about this topic probably—I can’t say more than other gardeners—but more than
most other gardeners that I met. I’m like really involved and into my plants and growing
food, and more importantly, I’m really passionate about making a change in the world. Being
the change in the world that you want to see, as Gandhi put. And I’m—I mean, I’m driven.
I’m on a mission. I’m a man with a mission, and a man with a mission, man…you can’t
really—I mean, you can’t really stop him. So that’s what I’m working towards every
day and I think this really comes through in my videos. You know, my passion, how I’m
driven and how I’m—you know, I’m not really—I do thing my own way, but I like
to show a lot of different varieties of things in my shows, which also, I believe sets me
apart. Most people might have a garden—a video in their garden or maybe inside in the
winter time. But I travel. I go around and check out new places where I can learn the
information, but more importantly share that with all my viewers out there that are watching
me. I have access to places that you guys don’t
have access to, because eight time out of ten, I knock on somebody’s door, shoot them
an email and say “Hey, man, I’m gonna be in your area, can I come by, make a video?”
They’re like “Yeah, John, we already watch you! Come on by!” and they love me already.
But it’s—a person just emailed some of these farms, they don’t have to time to
let them in cause….whatever. So I’m grateful to have this ability. I mean, that’s pretty
much what sets me apart. The other thing that is also—I really have a lot of energy in
my life and I need to really focus it on something. And I don’t go to bars, I don’t drink,
I don’t…chase women anymore since I got a girlfriend, so I gotta do something with
my time! So I like to spend time in my garden. And, you know, make the videos and share them
with you guys. So I put out more videos on gardening than any other gardening channel
that I’m aware of, on a consistent and regular basis. So I think those are the few points
that ten to maybe set apart and lead to my success.
The next question is “What trends do you see?” So I mean, the big trend I see, and
this is gonna be a while, but some of the upcoming trends I see is, number one, more
people will start growing their own food and eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, they
they’ve grown or even if it’s out of the grocery store. The fact of the matter is clear
that what they’re doing with all the fast food, the junk food, the processed food, is
not working, and people are keeling over every day, literally. The first sign of heart disease
is a heart attack and you do not get a second change with that, right. And the message that
I like to spread is eating the majority of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially the
ones that you’ve grown, and minimizing all the other processed crap, you’re gonna be
a lot healthier, and in my opinion, maybe even immune to some of the different diseases
in the body that are caused, in my opinion, many of them, by simply diet and what people
are eating out there. So yeah, that’s one of the trends. Another
trend I see is the legalization of cannabis. This is on the horizon, people. And I know
some of you guys don’t like me talking about cannabis, but there’s a whole other side
of cannabis that you guys don’t even know about. When you think cannabis, you think
marijuana and you think of that 1930s, outdate movie that you saw in grade school that was
black and white called Reefer Madness. And my dad saw this and he exposed me to the terrors
of marijuana and how it was made really bad when we was in school and he saw this Reefer
Madness movie and then I grew up in kind of a hippie household. My parents would shut
the door, keep us kids in at night in the bedroom and they’d be lighting up.
But see that’s only one point to the cannabis, the marijuana, right, and I don’t even focus
on that point. Like I do not smoke cannabis. I do not smoke marijuana. I do not smoke or
heat it up in any way, shape, or form. It’s because when you heat it up is when you get
the THC which is what makes you high. There are also other acids in there, such as THC-A,
or THC acids, or CBD acid, and these are the functions of the foods that are basically
just phytochemicals and phytonutrients in the food, much like any of these leafy greens.
Like broccoli has phytochemicals and phytonutrients that prevent cancer. As does the raw, unheated
cannabis leaf. And America can no longer deny this fact, that cannabis—and I’m not—if
you want to use it as a drug use and get high, that’s your guys’ business, but I just
want it legalized so that every day Americans can grow this in their front yard and consume
it. Consume the leaves, consumed the raw buds, unheated you do not get any psychoactive effects.
Juice it so that they can get the beneficial health benefits of the cannabinoids and the
other—not even researched phytochemicals and phytonutrients.
And for those of you guys that think I’m still full of BS, you know, check this out
for yourself if you guys don’t believe me. So we know that the government outlaws cannabis
because it’s a whatever class, whatever aid drug, I don’t know, whatever, it’s
the highest really bad drug—but at the same time, the American government has been research
about the beneficial properties of cannabis and actually have a patent on the autoxidizing
effects of cannabis. And the antioxidant effects of cannabis or any other leafy green and that
the fruits and vegetables that I encourage you guys to grow, these things are antiaging.
So if you want to walk in and look like you look like now in twenty years, you gotta start
eating the fruits and vegetables, including cannabis and any other leafy green. I don’t
care what it is. I don’t think we should have blocked access to any kind of natural
food that can provide us health benefits because to do anything other than that is just doing
wrong in society and promoting the disease driven culture that we’re living in today.
So that’s another trend I see. I guess another trend that I see is that people
are being more and more concerned about the food they’re eating. What’s being sprayed
on it and where it comes from, and that’s why people want to grow more of their food
at home. And I see—another trend I see is there’s gonna be diversity in agriculture.
Instead of big agri-businesses growing all the crops, there’s gonna be more mom and
pop growers that are gonna be offering the farm fresh produce to the local area. So diversified
farming instead of the farming where there’s the few thirteen to fifteen players in the
organic industry. The people need to come and take back the power and times are changing.
So those are some of the trends I see. “How do you determine topics for future
videos?” That’s a good question. So, if I sat here and like “Oh, I’m gonna make
a video of this or this or this…” right. It just really would work for me because I’m
not that kind of—I mean, I don’t plan super ahead. Maybe if I planned to go see
my girlfriend in a month, I’d do that, but—to me, future videos are basically dependent
on what I’m doing that day. I mean, literally, my videos are “A Day in the Life” of what
I’m doing. If I’m visiting a farm, then guess what, that’s the topic of the video.
And the topic is gonna be what I learned that I think is really good that I want to share
with you guys. If I’m making my garden, gardening, then I’m making a video about
reenriching the beds or whatever. I don’t really choose a lot of topics. I mean, of
course, some topics are—people write me in and say “John, what do you think about
this or that?” and then I might make a video on that or if they send in questions I might
make a video on that too, like this one. but in general, I’m just kind of living my life
and when things come up—I get a company wanting to send me some products to review
and I agree with the products and like them to some extent, I’ll make a review. So that’s
how some of the topics come up. Obviously a lot of the topics I focus on are topics
I strongly agree with. of course, not all of them I strongly agree with, but at least
I want to make some of this information and knowledge available to you guys that are excited
and get turned on with hydroponics or get turned on with permaculture. I incorporate
many of these different principles into my own gardening style, but I’m not doing a
strictly permaculture garden, I’m not doing aquaponics. But mark my words, I will in the
future. Alright, let’s see, that’s about—that
was all your questions—I hope that helped you out a little bit. Next question is from
B Riordon: “I was wondering if you could use LED Christmas lights as a grow light.”
You guys can do anything you want! Now, whether that’s gonna work very well is a different
topic. LED Christmas lights—well LED lights are very energy efficient which I actually
appreciate a lot. And unless you get a high wattage LED light, it’s not gonna throw
out enough light to do…much of anything. It might help your plants grow…I don’t
know, millimeters a day. But it’s not gonna get the growth you guys want. I do use some
standard non-LED large bulb, circa 1970s Christmas lights to keep my plants warm in the winter,
which I has an episode about, but I wouldn’t necessarily use those are grow lights either.
For a grow light, you want to get an LED bulb that has the highest amount of wattage as
possible. That’s gonna throw out the most light, but even then—if you want you refine
it, you can get special bulbs that are like red and blue that are better color spectrum
for the plants. So yeah, in general I don’t recommend Christmas lights, LED lights as
grow lights. You’re not gonna get very far. Alright, Carey B: “John, I came mixing up
a coir based soil. I use hot tap water to hydrate my coir. I mix the Azomite in the
water before the coir has completely taken in all up. When it was soaked up, the Azomite
was very nicely mixed with the coir and I didn’t have to deal with the dust. Do you
think I’m damaging anything in the Azomite by putting it in the hot water? Thanks in
advance.” Alright, Carey, so I wouldn’t really worry
about it. Azomite, pretty much as it comes, is just a mined mineral product, and there
should really be much of any bacterial stuff in there. And I wouldn’t really worry about
that. I would worry more about brew some compost tea, inoculating your Azomite coir mixture
with some compost tea, and also of course amending it—some compost other things with
it. Cause that alone, just those two things are a phenomenal base, but yeah definitely
get some Worm Gold Plus worm castings in there too, to have the ultimate trio. That’s actually
what I’m mixing up today, myself! Alright, so we’re down to the last question
here. It’s from Abba K: “Hi, John. Number one, let me know why we need to rotate the
compost? Number two, how many days do we have to keep the kitchen roast in the compost bin
to become compost? Number three, do we have to spin all these days? Number four, can we
use gypsum powder instead of rock sand? Regards, Mohammed Ali, Saudi Arabia.”
Alright, Mohammed, let me go ahead and address your questions. “Why do we need to rotate
the compost?” So if you have a compost tumbler or if you have a pile, you should flip your
compost and basically you want to do this to aerate it. Besides the carbon and the nitrogen,
the greens and the browns, you need to actually get some air in there as well as the right
moisture level. These are very critical components to making proper compost.
“Number two, how many days do you have to keep the compost waste in the bin to become
compost?” Well, that all depends on how much you’re spinning it, how much aeration
you’re getting and the ratio of the food scraps or kitchen waste—the greens to the
browns, such as the carbon. The leaves or the woodchips or sawdust, something like that.
You know, I’ve had compost done in my compost tumblers in as little as a month. And in piles,
I’ve seen it sometimes take a year. If you have an active pile and it’s nice and warm
and you’re turning it and you’re doing everything right, it should take less time
rather than more. I’ve seen plenty of people’s houses where I go over to their house, they
have a post pile—they just keep dumping on kitchen scraps, but they’re not adding
on a carbon source such as leaves or woodchips or sawdust. Or I like to use the pine pellet
bedding for horses in my composters. They heat up real nice. And I’ve seen it take
a long time. It’s just not really working as well. Compost happens, so if you’re not
doing it right it’s just gonna take longer and that’s not a big deal in my opinion.
And actually there’s benefits to a compost that’s slower than to a compost that’s
faster. There’s all these pros and cons. “Do we have to spin all these days?” Yes.
If you have a compost tumbler I do recommend spinning once a day. Spin is around once,
if you can do that. I mean, you go on vacation, you forget, it’s not gonna be a big deal,
but try to spin it every day is what I like to do. Because that, I find, keeps the compost
nice and hot. I find when I stop spinning it, it cools down and that means compost is
not happening as quickly. “Can we use gypsum powder instead of rock
sand?” I think you might be meaning rock dust. Rock sand, I’m not exactly sure what
that is, but sand is not the same as rock dust, neither is gypsum powder, neither is
ironite or anything like that. The rock dust’s purpose is to get a nice broad spectrum of
the trace minerals and incorporate that into your soils. So, try to go to a rock and stone
quarry that crushes up rocks and makes underlayment for pavements and all this stuff and get the
smallest particle size of a mixed rock. The basalt rock is general good, or a volcanic
rock generally makes a better rock dust. But even if you have riverbed rocks that are crushed
up, in general that’s gonna be better than not getting it. And unfortunate, if you go
to more nurseries around the world, they’re not gonna know what rock dust is—with few
exceptions. Some places in the United States, some places in Australia, some places in the
UK, they’re more up on rock dust, but most places have no clue, so you’re gonna have
to go to a rock and stone quarry to just get the non-horticulture grade rock dust, which
I definitely advocate. I think it’s definitely better than not adding it at all. I do have
a video where I actually go to a rock and stone quarry and talk about this topic in
more detail. Hope you’re growing good in Saudi Arabia,
man. You can grow there, just because it’s hot. I grow in the desert also, and you just
gotta do the right practices so you can grow a successful garden—wherever you live. And
I want to let you guys know, especially those of you guys that live in warm, hot, sticky,
humid, non-humid, arid climates or wherever, you can always grow inside. And I always encourage
you guys, wherever you live in the world to grow some sprouts and microgreens inside year-round
because that’s a no fail crop, and you can feed you and your family higher quality foods
than money can buy. And also the microgreens, they’re four to forty times more nutritious
than tall standard vegetables like I have behind me. That being said, I love my whole
vegetables. And it’s gonna be an upcoming video to grow some microgreens.
Anyways, I gotta get going. I gotta put some compost in some best over there and plant
out some onions and plant out some other stuff and maybe even make another video for you
guys today. But I’m signing out of this video. If you like this video, please give
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3 Responses

  1. Charito

    April 1, 2015 4:15 am

    Congrats John! Over 200k

    My tomatoes' leaves are so thick. They look so healthy, thick and dark green with thick stalks, they grow really fast. There are flowers and tomatoes too. I think because of my compost I've made, and worm bin I've had for a year. How many of the lower leaves do I remove? Heard that it's good to remove leaves to increase fruit yield? Please advise? Thank you!

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  2. Baz Daniels

    August 14, 2019 1:09 am

    Dino kale also is basically a perennial if you hack off the flower stalks. I have Dino kale going into its fourth year!

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