JOHN: Alright this is John Kohler with
Today we have another exciting episode for you and this one is a very special one for
you guys out there that actually wasn’t able to be here today, because what I’m
going to do today in just a few minutes, a bunch of people are coming over. I’m actually
having a local garden tour for the first time ever. I’ve rarely ever opened up my home
for people to come and give a tour. My place is not set up to give tours. I mean I don’t
give tours. I share with you guys what I do online, but I really want to have a tour to
show local people what is possible and how you can grow food here in the Las Vegas desert,
because it really isn’t that hard if you set it up and do it properly. And besides from the people at the tour, who
got personal attention, who got to see my garden in person, I also want to film it for
you guys. All you guys across the whole world that may live in similar climates. Even if
you don’t, a lot of the techniques that I share with you guys in this video will be
applicable wherever you live. So anyways, stay tuned for upcoming episode that I’m
going to go into next. This is probably one of my best episodes, because it’s just me
off the cuff talking and sharing information and attempting to get people to grow their
own food and eat a healthier diet. And I believe by doing this, I will be changing the world
one person at a time. So anyways, without further ado, let’s go ahead and get into
my tour video today. JOHN: Alright, welcome everybody. Today I’m
going to give you a tour of my backyard garden. I do want to let you guys know that my backyard
garden, or I guess you can call it a farm, it’s my farm, and for me and for me growing
my food. And my sole intention is to grow the highest quality food so please be forewarned.
This is not designed for giving tours. It’s really tight, constricted spaces. There’s
hoses in places. I tried to pick up a little bit this morning but there’s things around
that you could trip over, so be careful where you walk and there’s bushes and trees into
the walkways, so push them aside. If you’ve got to break a branch, do it. I don’t want
you guys getting hurt or falling or anything like that. And I think in this day and age, it’s really
important to have the highest quality food because we are what we eat. And I think the
majority of Americans in this day and age are just eating poor quality food, especially
fast food and junk food and things with high fructose corn syrup and GMO foods. Those are
the lowest foods that I don’t even recommend people eat. I mean at least if you’re eating
fresh fruits and fresh vegetables, whole foods, plant-based foods, that’s some of the best
foods, but take it to the next level. You could eat more fruits and vegetables and even
organic fruits and vegetables, which I would recommend. There’s some standard out there that I don’t
necessarily agree with because there are some standard practices that might not be necessarily
good and organics tell you what you can’t do. It doesn’t tell you what you should
do, or should be doing, so I try to grow in an organic fashion so I’m abiding by organic
rules, but then I do things as you guys will learn today that organic farmers simply are
not doing. Here in Las Vegas, people may think it’s difficult to grow a garden and if you
look at my neighbors on both sides, you could see they just, this neighbor just has weeds,
and not using any water, which is great. And the other neighbor just has a rocked in yard,
which is low maintenance. And you know that’s cool, but I think we all need to eat and especially
with the drought in California, many people have heard about that, but luckily we’re
not really in that much of a drought although we have been in water conservation mode. What people in the news media neglect to say
in many cases is that the majority of California water is not being consumed for residential
uses. Does anybody know what it’s being consumed by? Agriculture. So agriculture,
to grow food and more specifically, animals. So animals take way more water to grow an
animal out, to get them, because they also excrete waste, which is wasted water. And
also wasted manure and whatnot. It’s very intensive, so I think people should eat far
less animals, they should raise less animals and raise more fruits and vegetables and that’s
what people should eat for the water crisis, instead of trying to have people conserve
water. Which is important. People should change their diet, which is a more important thing
to do, to a more plant-based diet. So then taking it from that point that our diets have
to waste a lot of water, even better than having a farm in California use the water
where they’re overhead watering and wasting water in many cases, because they can’t
do drip irrigation on a whole farm in most cases because it’s just a lot of infrastructure. It’d be far better, and once it’s grown
in California and ship it here with all the petroleum fuel products, it’s just better
to grow it here as best as you can. So I started growing back in California over 10 years ago
now, and northern California, and I had a wonderful time growing there because it’s
just so easy. Everything I seemed to plant and the compost and the resources I had there
seem to do very well. And when I moved to Vegas, at first things didn’t go so well
because I didn’t have the exact same resources. I didn’t have the same compost material,
the weather’s similar but a lot different, and I was planting things that I would plant
back in California and it wouldn’t work. And I moved here, it was like a big learning
curve, so I had to learn and I had videos on YouTube setting up my garden. It was like
an hour-long video setting up four circular beds that you’ll see, the original four,
but you’ll also see another 16 more that I filled up that side, and last year I started
this new side which is doing significantly better because I’ve learned from my mistakes
and if you guys are gardeners or haven’t gardened yet and are going to embark on this
journey, I encourage you guys to always learn from your mistakes because that’s how we
learn and grow as people. If you think oh I’m going to mess up, it’s
not cool, I’m not going to do it, I’m not even going to try, messing up is good.
You learn successfully what does not work, then you can try something a little bit different.
That’s kind of what I’ve done. I was like oh wait, I’ll use the bagged stuff from
Home Depot. Stuff grows, but not that well compared to California so let’s try to switch
up the soil mix, do something different, let’s do different irrigation systems and see how
this works. So now I’m happy to say once you go in my garden you’ll see one side
looks more vibrant and abundant in my opinion than the other side and that’s the side
where I have the new subsoil irrigation system, better soil mixture, and basically it’s
the same plants. I planted lettuce on this side, which I’ll show you later and the
lettuce placed on the other side, but with the drip system, different soil. It’s just
working better on this side, so if you haven’t set up a system yet, I would recommend emulating
this side until I find something better. I’m still tweaking. I’ve unfortunately run out
of room because it’s tight back there, but maybe I’ll get to, if my neighbor, expand,
get all caught up. Gardening does not have to be a lot of work. It’s as much time as you want to put into
it, and the more time you put into it the better of a garden you’re going to have.
Like for me personally, I like to be in the garden half the way. I’m working half the
day and then I’m in the garden the rest of the half the day. Sometimes I’m there
more than a half a day, and there’s always things to do. The most important thing that
I want to let you guys know is that the most important thing when you’re gardening is
to set up infrastructure and set it up properly because if you don’t set it up properly,
it’s going to make more work for you in the long run and if you set it up properly,
you could almost have hands off. One point I would just visit here once a month and check
on my garden, and most things were self-sufficient and work on their own with the automatic watering
system. My yields weren’t as good as if I were here
all the time, like I am now. There’s always a way to garden. Anyways, let’s go ahead
and head back. We’re going to go to a few different spots where I’ll stop and I’ll
talk about different aspects and if you do have any questions, please hold your questions
to the end and I’ll answer for you. Let’s have everybody come in, maybe if everybody
single file against this side. Once again my place is not made for garden tours with
a dozen people here. So this is two different sides of my garden. This is the later side,
where I used concrete blocks that I have an episode on if you guys want to learn how to
make it. I had a guy come in and help me level it all out and it works very well. A couple
of places I stepped on and they fell over, but even with no mortar they’re holding
pretty good. Right there there’s a spot you can kind of see it’s popping out and
that’s because of the plants there. You have the roots that are popping them out.
Those are called akira or edible canna, which are beautiful. They’re banana-like plants. They have edible,
starchy roots that they make arrowhead root or something out of, and they can be cooked
or they can also be eaten raw. So one of the things I do is I try to grow things for the
most part, except I’m going to start growing some potatoes for fun, I like to grow things
that can be consumed in their raw and natural state without any heating or cooking because
if you do it in the raw state you get a lot more and higher food values. And so a lot
of things that you’ll see I juice. I juice, blend, and eat things whole. So here’s a
whole bed of lettuce which you guys are each going to get to take home four heads from
today, any four heads you’d like. And what I’ve been doing, since I have so much lettuce,
I’ve just been juicing this as my juice and also I’ve been making cream of lettuce
soup. So I juice one cucumber, a whole bunch of
lettuce, and have like 32 ounces of liquid, and I take some of the lettuce, the nice tender
hearts, and chop it up, put it into the soup with some seaweed and some spices and herbs
and some chunks of avocado, and it’s totally delicious. Having a garden and having over
100 heads of lettuce in one bed that you can harvest, I’ve been harvesting over there
and I still got the other side, you have the flexibility to include these healthy things
because who can afford going a whole paycheck and buy heads of lettuce for a couple bucks,
especially when they just don’t look that healthy or that fresh. They’re just the
center hearts because they cull all the outside leaves because they’ve gone bad. And one
of the other things that’s really cool is if you have your own garden, you don’t need
a refrigerator, because this is my refrigerator. I’m not eating it until I’m picking it.
I pick it, I take it inside and eat it. I don’t harvest everything and put it in my
fridge, although later if I have a lot of lettuce left over and I can’t eat it and
I want to change out the bed, I might do some of that because some of the crops that I grow,
like the lettuce, will store easily for two weeks when you put it in the fridge. And that’s
why a lot of the foods we have sold in the grocery store, the cold-tolerant crops are
the winter crops, like the lettuce, the brassica family, that I have the majority of planted,
and I’m starting to plant out my summer stuff. As you can see here a whole bed peppers,
and I’ve got a bit of fencing on it because my little dog likes to jump in here and go
poop and I don’t like for him to do that in my beds. So those are all started out and
just planted out and I’m pretty methodical with how I plant my things out. I get bamboo
stake and I cut it to size and I space it 11 inches and I space it and every 11 inches
I plant one. It’s pretty symmetrical and between every
plant is like 11 inches so we can fit the maximum amount of plants in there and I do
this for a few reasons. Number one, to maximize my space because my lot is about 5200 square
feet. A lot of it is the front yard and my house and I have just a bit in the backyard,
so I try to plant as much as I can and also, the other thing that’s very important to
me is you could notice I’m not using any kind of mulch or wood chips or hay or straw
or anything on the top of the soil and there’s pros and cons to every method in gardening
you may learn. I’m not necessarily against mulch; I just don’t personally like to use
mulch because the wood chips get mixed in with the soil and the wood chips could suck
nutrients out of your soil. What instead I like to use for mulch is fresh compost. So every year I top off my beds with compost
and that acts as a kind of mulch on top and the other thing that I do because I plant
so close, these plants will grow out and they will spread out and as you guys can see, if
you see this when it was planted out, every lettuce was planted and then a pretty big
space. Maybe like eight inches in between the lettuces, and now you can see you can’t
see the ground because the lettuces are filled out. That’s the goal with the peppers. So
instead of having mulch on the ground that the sun still hits, my goal is to not have
mulch and then have plants so tight and close together that the sun’s hitting all the
leaves and not the ground. In addition this entire side has the whole subsoil irrigation
system that I’ll show you guys in a second and an example of what it looks like. So that
means I water under the ground and optimally that system should be set about four inches
under the ground and so I don’t get a lot of evaporation loss. You can see some of the top is a little bit
wet. That’s because the water will capillate up a little, it goes up a little bit and then
falls down to the root zone, where the plants need it. So that’s been working really well
for me aside from a few small issues I have had, which I recommend checking my videos
for a complete story on that. So let’s go ahead and come in the back. And the other
thing you’ll notice is that, if you notice, I’ve pretty much focused on vegetable plants.
I just started some fruit trees that I got on clearance in Home Depot and the goal for
my front yard since I have HOA and I can’t plant a garden like this in the front yard,
I’m just going to plant all edible fruit trees. And the other thing I want to go over real
quick is I just cut down some trees right there and this bed used to get half shade,
so I cut those down so this would get full sun because some plants like full sun, some
like shade, but still this first bed is a bit more of a shady bed so I planted more
perennial, long-lasting plants that I literally just plant once. There’s a difference between
annuals, such as the lettuce or the peppers here that you have to plant every season and
pull up and you gotta replant. Then with the perennials you literally plant once and they
grow yearround, year after year, day after day. My favorite plant in my garden is the
ashitaba. If you look at the stem, you can see it’s kind of bleeding a yellow sap and
those are known as chalcones. Right here, the tall one. The one next
to it. So I clipped off a leaf and now it
just bleeds this yellow sap which is rich in antioxidants and it’s cancer-fighting
and all this stuff. So you can eat the stalks and you can also eat the leaf. Everybody take
a piece of the leaf and pass it around. Taste it a little. And you’ll see the stem will
start to bleed this yellow color. So this is from Japan and it’s a plant from Japan
that grows excellent in Vegas. This is the first year I’m giving them more sun. I have
grown them in pots under the overhang, getting some direct sun, but they’ve done fine,
so this is a new planting. They start out growing slowly, very slowly, and then they
once they get to this size they grow pretty fast. You could juice it. Once again, this
is not a lettuce. Think of it like a kale. It has a different
flavor. To me it tastes something like gotu kola and maybe if you eat the stalk, that
kind of tastes celeryish to me. And also if you notice the ones I’m growing in California
are a little bit sweeter than the ones here. Maybe it’s due to the climate, due to soil,
due to the watering. I don’t exactly know what. And also this is a really cool plant
because it’s biannual, so it’ll go up the second year, make seeds, drop seeds in
the bed, and in California, the seeds dropped and I collected a lot of them to offer to
people and share, but a lot of them are just in the ground and they sprouted up, so now
I have ashitaba microgreens that I didn’t have to plant. This is the kind of garden
that I want to have, with healing plants in my opinion in the world that’s actually
quite rare. So that’s the perennial bed, and these are all annual beds. I have more
perennial beds over on that side. As you can see, my green tree collards which
are the tallest ones over there. We’ll go over there and take a look but that’s like
12+ feet tall. That’s another perennial, collard or kale-type leaves 365 days a year
so I’ll never really run out of greens. I like to grow a lot of the green crops, like
the lettuce in the winter/early spring and late fall, but in the middle of the summer
you can’t really grow greens so I’ve adapted to different kinds of greens that’ll do
well in our climate here because so me of our standard greens won’t do well. And you’ll
learn about some of those guys today. So now this bed here has broccoli growing, and so
this broccoli, everybody could maybe pinch off a piece if you want, but this broccoli,
that’s a second cutting from this broccoli. I have broccoli, cabbage, and up this back
panel, it’s supposed to be some sugar snap peas that didn’t do so well, probably because
it didn’t get enough water because the Aquajet wasn’t able to hit the edge. And this bed will probably be turned over
after I do the lettuce bed and you can see the broccoli makes that little broccoli head
that we’re used to, but then if it gets a little older, like the ones over there,
they start making flowers and they start to separate. I mean it’s still edible in any
form but it’s much better when it’s a tight head, so I’ve been using that and
dipping it in guacamole. You can also juice it or do whatever with it, but once again
I’ve planted probably every 11 inches in here, fairly tightly to try and keep the sun
off the ground. That’s a lot of food. A lot of the cabbage is going to get turned
into sauerkraut so even if I don’t make the nice cabbage head, you could just take
the leaves or shred them up or what I started to do lately, I have a video coming up on
it soon, I just ferment the whole cabbage head or whole leaves. So now you could take
the whole leaves and use it as a wrapper for some other thing. And also when you don’t cut them all up,
you don’t create as much bacterial surface area so then you get a more mild ferment,
which is kind of cool. So this is the irrigation system that I’m using on this whole side.
It’s called the Aquajet subsoil irrigation system, and this is basically buried four
inches under the soil level and this one originally was in the bed behind you with one single
going down the middle, so right in this position, and it wasn’t able to spray out like two
feet on both sides approximately and the plants on the edge, the extreme edges, they didn’t
make it. So then I installed, that was the experimental bed. Every other bed actually
has two so it has maybe one at this point and one over at this point so it only has
to reach maybe a foot in either direction and then we get crossover in the middle. If
I had to do it again, I might put a little more towards the edges because there’s so
much crossover in the middle. But how this works is this comes full pressure,
unlike a drip system, if you look closely, every 12 inches there’s a small hole. I
haven’t had any problems with it clogging or plugging yet, which I’m kind of wondering
if that will happen due to hard water, but it sprays out for only a minute, so it only
has to go for a minute per cycle, and that seems to do a pretty good job watering the
bed. So at present time I think I have, because it has been a little warmer lately, I have
it on twice a day for a minute. And a minute in some cases is too long, so I need to get
a different water irrigation timer that controls by the second, because most of them only do
by the minute, so that’s been a challenge for me to find. Because then now I want to
have 45 second cycles, which may be more appropriate, and do that more often than just two times
a day, one minute each. The other thing that’s really cool about
the Aquajet system that’s unlike any other kind of traditional drip system or irrigation
system is when the system comes on, you can hear it sputtering for the first 15 seconds
and what’s happening is out of the holes it’s getting pushed the air that are in
the pipes. And so for those of you guys that know, we need air to breathe of course, and
so do the plant roots need air. There’s a technique of growing called aquaponics where
they use growing in air. Also, more important than the plant roots needing the air, the
microbes in the air also need the air to fully thrive. They need good, uncompacted soil that
has nice air space in between there, but then we pump it full of air to invigorate them
so they can grow faster because the microbes in the soil is an integral part of my gardening
system. You might think it’s just me back here gardening,
but actually it’s me and about a trillion other of my friends, all the microbes in the
soil, that are breaking down the compost that I’m putting in there, breaking down the
trace minerals, a form of rock dust, and they’re making the nutrients in the soil bioavailable
for the plants. So this is not like using Miracle Crap fertilizer that’s water-soluble
that could run off your lawn down into the sewer and it could go into the Gulf and pollute
everything. All these nutrients are here because it’s in non water-soluble format. It doesn’t
run off. The bacteria break it down and make it available for the plants. So that’s why
I like the Aquajet system here. It allows me to save water and aerates the root zone
and I’ve seen, provided it’s installed properly, works great. So this bed here is
a bed that I actually had some Napa cabbage. You can see the Napa cabbage here, nice large
leaves, and it’s actually going to flower so it makes nice flowers and it’s going
to make the seeds. I’ve harvested a bunch of it here. Some of it’s empty and I made
a video fermenting it. I need to get in and harvest the rest of it. And this stuff’s
probably going to get chopped into sections and then fermented. And then I have mixed
in lettuce, and in addition I like to plant some flowers, which you can kind of see a
few, for beauty, for insects, pollinators. Also those are all edible flowers, so those
are violas, pansies, and marigolds are commonly edible flowers. You can put them on top of
a salad, add some fruit to look nice and take pictures, and then I also planted arugula.
Arugula’s a really easy crop to grow if you haven’t grown it before. It grows really fast and it makes these cool
flowers, so I want everybody to pick an arugula flower off here and let me know what you guys
think of it, because most people have tasted arugula, but they haven’t tasted the delicate
flower. No you could plant it yeah. To me, that kind of tastes like a barbecue sauce.
It’s just really interesting and most people haven’t gotten to try that. So you get to
look forward to this when your plant’s not making many leaves anymore and in California
I’ve been experimenting. There’s this variety called wasabi arugula, so it’s as
hot as wasabi sauce, but it’s an arugula and it’s so trippy, so I was able to get
that in California. I don’t have any seeds now because the plants here didn’t go to
seed but the ones in California. So these are the seed pods on the arugula
forming. You get to see them right there, so if I let these grow longer, these seed
pods will dry out. They’ll look like little beans and that’ll have the seeds so you
can collect and save your seeds after every season. Some of the plants in my garden I
let go to seed if I have the space. Sometimes the space is more valuable than trying to
collect the seeds. I’m going to have a stock of seeds I already have from previous years
or I could just get new seeds. So the next thing I’m going to talk about that’s super
important especially for the desert or wherever you live is the soil that you’re growing
in. Because if I tried to grow in the soil here like John, why don’t you grow in the
soil here man? I don’t wish that on anybody. I mean it could probably work and people do
that and you can enrich it and all that stuff, but that’s another reason I built the raised
beds, so I could control the soil because simply the quality of the food that you’re
eating is based on the soil that you’re growing in. If you have crappy soil, just
the existing soil, which actually has a lot of minerals but not a whole lot of organic
matter, it’s going to be an issue. So you need to have balanced soil. So I found the
best source of compost here in bulk at this time in Las Vegas is a placed called Vera
Grow in north Las Vegas, and I’m using the Tomato Lady Mix. I got two years of Tomato Lady Mix, and I
mixed it in with about one yard of my amendments, and I’m not going to go into all of those
in this video, but I do have an episode where I go into that specifically and show you guys
how I did that. Then I got it delivered and put it all back into these beds and that’s
pretty much what I’m growing in. But the two main things, no matter where you get your
soil, you want to add these two things in your soil no matter where you live. This is
called the Azamite, and it’s known as a kind of rock dust. I have other kinds of rock
dust. There’s another one back here known as the Spanish River carbonite. This is Volcanic Mineral Plus. That’s from
Canada so it’s not available in our location here, but there’s also other ones like Elemite
and Cascade Minerals, which I have bags of. The Azamite is available at the feed store
in town fro like $16 a bag which is cheaper than anywhere else I’ve been to, so we’ve
been really lucky here. The feed store is IFC Farm Store. And this is the granulated
one, so that’s easy because it doesn’t have any dust, if you want to use that for
micronized, to mix things. It’s more bioavailable for the plants, but I still recommend using
the trace minerals to it. The trace minerals add very important minerals that standard
agriculture leaves out. This has like 90 different minerals. It’s like if you go to a buffet
in Las Vegas, we have a whole selection of things you can choose from to eat, instead
of if you go to In and Out Burger, they have hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and French fries.
Or maybe shakes. I think that’s it, so you only have five
things. The bacteria in my plants, everything, is like going to a buffet in Vegas and they
get to pick and choose what they want. You can’t burn with these trace minerals, so
I just want to let them figure it out instead of me trying to play God and giving them only
three nutrients that you would be giving them if you used a standard boxed fertilizer out
of the store for the most part. Now the other thing besides the trace minerals that’s
super important to me is the Worm Gold Plus worm castings. So worm castings are very critical
and very important for my style of farming. And I want to let you guys know that as much
as I like worm castings, not all worm castings are created equal. Trace minerals are pretty
easy because it’s a mined product, but worm castings are literally worm poop and the worm
poop or the worm castings is only as good as what the worm is being fed. We’re only
as healthy as what we’re eating. If we’re eating a plant-strong diet, we’re going
to be healthy and our shit ain’t going to stink that much. Well anyways with the worms, it’s very unfortunate
that most worm castings are derived from manure, so it’s an excellent way to basically get
rid of manure fast. The worms eat the manure, poop out castings, and now you buy castings
that are generated from cattle manure and other manure crops. And the cattle may be
being fed GMO corn, GMO soy, antibiotics and who knows what else that the worms are now
digesting and putting into the worm poop. So the Worm Gold Plus, they’re fed a plant-based
diet with grains and high chitin and cardboard and whatnot so they make a really good casting.
In addition they also add some kelp and some rock dust in here, which is really good, but
the main thing about the Worm Gold Plus, I had an interview with the guy who invented
it or figured out how to make the best worm casting, and basically in the Worm Gold Plus
it has special things called chitin degraders and cellulose degraders. And cellulose is what’s in wood fiber. It’s
in any kind of fiber, and this is when we make compost, it’s all fiber-based so the
degraders in here basically munch on all that and turn it into nutrients for your plants.
This is so important. I do use a compost tea called Boogie Brew Compost Tea that uses a
lot of the Worm Gold Plus to multiply the different bacteria and biologics in the worm
castings. And that’s another part. Besides the minerals, we need the biologics. The biologics
are what’s in the soil, my free workforce that’s turning the nutrients into soil and
making them available for the plants. And that’s the whole cycle that I’m trying
to emulate here in my backyard. Another thing you’re going to notice is
this wall, because this is like my fence line, all the way down I have this trellis material
and I’m growing some zucchini squash here that are almost starting to flower pretty
soon. And I got a whole bunch of cucumber plants. My favorite cucumber for the desert
is Armenian cucumber, just the standard Armenian and also the striped Armenian, which I prefer
a bit more than the standard Armenian. And those guys can take the heat and still produce
very well even in the middle of summer. I also have lemon cucumbers, which is one of
my personal favorites, although for me personally it hasn’t grown too well, but that would
be my second pick for a commonly available cucumber in the desert. Star Nursery currently
has both these varieties and although I’m not a big fan of them because I like other
nurseries in California better, they’re my favorite nursery in the valley at this
point. I wish there was something better because
they still gotta get their act together. Alright, so this is a new greenhouse that I just got
at Lowe’s. It’s normally $200, for clearance it was like $75. And so I think it’s imperative
to have a greenhouse and as you can see this is actually underneath the shade structure
and on concrete slab. So mainly this is used in the wintertime so I can keep more sensitive
plants alive. I did get these other greenhouses here at Big Lots on clearance at the end of
the season for like $17.50 marked down from $70 or something crazy, which I think is a
ripoff for that thing, but it’s held up decent enough for me and allows me to grow
things that I normally couldn’t grow. I don’t even keep this greenhouse. You can
see I have pineapples in there, some ashitaba, and some other sensitive crops. My maringa, I don’t think made it, and I
also have baby tree collards. Let’s see, I moved a lot of my gynarakokums, Okinawan
spinach in there from my garden to keep it alive because it doesn’t like to get too
cold. That’s what I’m going to be doing in here. You can see I have some starter plants
out of the full sun, just kind of growing. I pulled up some of my sugarcane that I grew
year round that stayed alive in my beds, but it takes a long growing season. When I harvested
it last year it wasn’t sweet at all because it didn’t mature. So if you want to grow
something like sugarcane, you can grow sorghum, which would do well here in our climate, and
that’s a shorter season for a cane-type grass you can harvest and juice and boil it
down to whatever. Sorghum syrup or you can just drink the juice
for a little sweetener. But yeah, greenhouses to me are important in the summer. I don’t
use them too much because it gets far too hot but at least in the shade, it’s a little
bit cooler, and I like this one because I can open up those sides. My goal, on that
side I have another one of these. I’m going to assemble one on that side and so does anybody
here need a greenhouse that looks like this one? Here it is. And you can have it for free.
No assembly instructions included, but I have a video on it. I took that down and I put
it in a box and then I was like what am I going to do with that? So yeah, greenhouse
is super important. Now we’re going to walk through here. It’s a little bit tight, so
be careful. So this is a standard round circular 48 inch raised bed that I got for $10. They’ve
held up fairly well. You can see one back there that kind of broke
when a buddy was over here helping me. They leaned on it too hard so they do get brittle
and you can see some of them got leaned on and broke and I kind of painted up and stuff.
But overall for ten bucks I really can’t complain, because they’ve allowed me to
grow food. You can see on this side instead of subsoil irrigation, which I prefer, the
top drip system in a circular fashion to try to get all the areas watered in these beds.
Every different raised bed, I try to have something a little different growing. In addition,
in the middle of the raised bed, to maximize my use of space, I put a little pot to grow
something else. So this one is dandelions and down I have some dandelions and celery
growing. Every bed’s a little different. This one’s
an area I’m currently working on. That one, that one, this one, and that one. Hopefully,
my goal was to have it done by today, but maybe tomorrow, I’m going to harvest all
this stuff because two nights ago I harvested all the lettuce in here, that’s why it looks
pretty dismal. And this one had lettuce and flowering or ornamental kale and cabbage.
Cut all that down. This had broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, cut it all down, and I like to
clean out the bed first and then I’ll pull the roots, or pull the plants out and end
up composting them. And top my beds off with new soil mixture
including compost that I made, I’m currently using Dr. Earth’s bagged fertilizer, bagged
soil, which is some of the best soil you can get in a bag, and that’s at Plant World,
now also known as Moon Valley, because they took it over on Charleston. And then top it
off, and I’m going to replant cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers in these four beds. This
is the bed that did really well and I like it a lot. I got spinach down below. Spinach
lasts a little bit longer than say lettuce, which goes out sooner, and up these trellis
panels I have the sugar snap peas growing. And sugar snap pears are like my springtime
fruit because they are so sweet, especially when they’re grown in good soil. And then
we have this plant in the middle that’s kind of getting crowded out, and I’ve been
plucking leaves off because I don’t want it to grow too much because it’s crowding
out the other things. It’s the Japanese burdock or gobo. So that does amazing. That’s
a better specimen. It’s been shading out my broccoli and my rutabagas that I’ve grown
out over there. It’s grown really well. I planted it like last year this time, and
it grew all summer and basically shaded out the whole bed, which is not a good thing,
but it’s pretty ornamental so I was thinking of trying to do it in my front yard. It grows
well, it’s stayed alive during the winter. I lost all the top growth but the roots stayed
alive and as soon as it warmed up it came right back. Gobo, or Japanese burdock. And
that makes a long thing like a carrot but it’s a really long carrot that’s really
thin. That was an experiment and an experiment gone awry. It takes too much space. It would’ve
been far better to put it in a planter thing off to the side, which actually might be a
good idea to dig it up, but I should’ve done that before it started regrowing for
the new season. But yeah, this side I just have bagged soil from Home Depot for the most
part, and this is more a meld mix, where I did one third peat moss, one third vermiculite,
and one third compost. I probably went a little shy on the vermiculite and the peat moss and
did more compost then added the rock dust. I wasn’t actually able to add the Worm Gold
worm castings, so because of the inferior quality soil or whatever, this area’s actually
a bit drier because it’s a run from my drip system, things don’t grow quite as well.
I like the wildness of this side compared to the more cleanness of that side because
there’s all kinds of things growing. These are the tree collards, the green tree collards.
I have green tree collards and purple tree collards, and the green ones are more resilient
here. I have lost several purple tree collards over the years. I think I only have like two
or three plants left, so I’ve been propagating them but the green ones work far better. The ones that you literally just walked in
underneath it’s like 12 feet tall and the main thing for those is you gotta stake them
really well because they get tall and you can see the girth on the trunk there. It’s
huge and it makes edible kale. If you look closely, this side has a few more bugs than
the other side. I have to spray that with Dr. Bronner’s soap and Neem oil. That was
on the list for this morning but I didn’t get to do that to control my pests. So my
goal is to not have to spray anything because I don’t like to spray anything, even organic
crude controls like Neem oil and Dr. Bronner’s soap, which is pretty harmless in my opinion.
Yeah you mix them together. So I do two tablespoons of the Dr. Bronner to two tablespoons of the
Neem oil and I tried to get the Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap which is the one for the laundry
because it’s more sudsy. You could of course just use the regular one
to one gallon of water and then I put that in a sprayer and spray my plants down with
it. And that takes care of all the bugs for the most part, and even some kinds of powdery
mildews. It just suffocates them out. But my goal is to not have to spray anything.
On the other side it has far less problems with the pests and I believe that’s because
of the higher quality soil. The healthier your soil, the healthier plants, and the more
resistant they’ll be to any kind of stressor, whether that’s the weather, whether that’s
not getting enough water, or whether that’s disease and pests. So I’m glad that has
less and it’s really telling to me that if you do have good soil you’ll have less
pests. This is some of the lettuce planted on this side that was planted around the same
time over on that side, once again, just a full bed of lettuce with very little space. The green lettuce grows a lot faster than
the red lettuce is one thing I’ve learned and the green lettuce makes more abundance
than the red. Some of these, I have onions, so this is just standard onions. I had onions
that I grew last year. They had the bulbs and the bulbs started sprouting up. If anybody
would like sprouting onion bulbs to plant in the garden, I have plenty I’ll be giving
away because I need to get rid of them, and this is what happens when you plant them.
So this was planted early and then I planted that whole section later and I think this
gets a little bit better sun than that one. So of course on here, all the different onions
coming up, any different kinds of leaves, these are all edibles, like onion greens.
And also because I planted them as the whole bulb, I don’t know if I’m going to get
new bulbs underneath. I kind of suspect that I will, but some people will say you’re
not. Another cool thing that people haven’t tried are the onion flowers. You guys are
lucky. Here’s some that’s opening. So pick off onion flowers that are there to eat
and it’s much like the arugula flowers. If you don’t grow a garden you’re rarely
ever going to find arugula flowers, even at farmers’ markets, which we don’t have
too many farmers’ markets here in the valley. They don’t even sell those, and they’re
such a delicate. So if you’re a gourmet froufrou chef, you can just top your soup
with some onion flowers. I like to incorporate it into the body of the soup and have a little
flavor explosion that’s onion but it’s a little bit sweet at the same time. And also
allows me to eat more flowers, and flowers are an excellent thing to eat because a few
reasons. Number one, the pigments. The pigments are very important, to eat our foods in color,
to eat the rainbow. So I try to grow, besides green lettuce, still trying to grow red lettuce
and red chard and other colorful things, but the flowers come in many different pigments
and the other thing about the flowers that are really cool is if you look at those flowers
that you just ate, there’s a little bit of the pollen, the white pollen. So pollen
is very good for us. Many people buy bee pollen, but why let the
bees collect it and form it together with their bee spit or whatever when you could
just collect the flowers and eat it to get the pollen, because it’s really rich in
protein. Another cool, we could try it on the way out, is sage, my purple sage is flowering
so you get to try some sage flowers, which you know sage is a pretty strong herb, but
when you eat the flowers it’s much more light and delicate flavor. Let’s see, what
else do I have. So one of the crops you must grow if you live in Las Vegas is this one
right here. It’s dinosaur kale, Tuscan kale, black kale, lacinato kale, however you want
to call it. And this is probably my number one leafy green annual crop that grows really
well here. Literally I plant this once, this one right
here was actually planted last year this time. It grew all year and now it’s going to flower
and seed. So all these plants here, I’ll have dinosaur kale for the next year now just
from this one bed whereas if I plant this lettuce, same amount of space, in about 90
days I have lettuce and then I have to pull it out and start all over again. So if you
just plant a couple beds of dinosaur kale, you’re guaranteed to have that. Another
one that’s flowering behind you, that was planted over a year ago also, is the Swiss
chard and I let some chard go to seed once and it dropped the seed and they came up as
weeds in my garden, so chard’s another one that’s super important. Another one I would encourage you to grow
are the tree collards, this is the green one and then I have a purple one. And these ones
you plant once and they grow year round without having to replant it every year like the dinosaur
kale or like the chard, so that makes the most sense to me. That being said, these guys
if you eat them now, they’re pretty decent. We can send some around here, maybe send a
couple leaves around. They kind of taste decent. This is more known as animal fodder, which
means it’s not desirable for people because it’s pretty strong-tasting but the purple
ones are sweeter but right now it actually tastes decent to me but if we eat these in
the summertime when we’re having 110 degree days and it’s really going to taste really,
really strong and not super desirable. I let these guys milk out and get through the summer
and keep them alive and look forward to the fall, winter, and spring when I mainly eat
these guys. And then this is an example of an annual bed
on this side, because it’s the lettuce that I’m going to be harvesting really soon and
then this is an example of a perennial bed that I haven’t really taken a lot of care
of. My soil level has been compacted down and I like everything to be fully topped off
because my opinion is that the more soil you have, the bigger of a home you have for your
plants. Because I’m not topped off, I’m missing a lot of soil and nutrients and bacteria
that could be in here to grow these plants and nourish them better. I probably have neglected
this bed for at least a year now without topping it off because it’s kind of a lot of things
growing in there and to get in there and top it off is a little tough. I still need to do that, but I have some mint
growing in these pods, kind of segregates them so the roots won’t come out. Kind of
worked but it kind of didn’t because the mint still spread out everywhere. I have some
stuff called Chinese chives, also known as ha, which is growing alright, but I would
like to have w hole bed of them because they’re a really mild chive that tastes almost like
a leafy green instead of a hard garlic or chive or onion chive. These guys right here
are the goji berries, so they do amazing, just in a spot where it’s probably getting
enough water. I’ll probably get a few berries, even in this shady spot. Some mint, and I’ve
also been coming back in this bed, recurring is the perilla, or the shiso, which is another
really good herb to grow. Perilla, shiso, stevia, and basil are the
top herbs to grow in the summertime. They do amazing in our climate. They love it dry
and hot and I’ve grown like, this bed actually had basil last year and it was probably up
to here by the time it flowered. And it had like 12 different kinds. I try not to waste
a lot of space so you can see on this side I have my irrigation from my drip. I have
four-valve timer there so if I just have one line to water this whole area, by the time
the water pressure got to the end of the line, it wouldn’t get watered too much, so then
I split it up into four different segments so that each one comes on at different times
so each one gets more pressure to emit the water out of the drippers. Also what I mentioned on the other side with
the Aquajet, I have four valves, so you can’t put all that on one valve because the pressure
drop is too much and you won’t get good water pressure. Another thing I want to recommend
is a water filter. So I’m using the Boogie Blue water filter. We all drink filtered water,
because we know that we don’t want to get contaminants in what we’re drinking. Many
people in Vegas unfortunately buy filtered water. I filter my own water that I drink,
but we should also be filtering our water for our plants. The main thing that’s bad,
not necessarily for the plants but more importantly for the microbes in the soil, is the chlorine
that they’re adding. And so I want to remove the chlorine because the chlorine is put in
the water to disinfect the water so that we don’t get cholera outbreak or whatever those
diseases are. But it’s not good for the bacteria because
it will reduce their populations. It won’t wipe them completely out so if you’ve been
watering with unfiltered water it’s not the end of the world but to take things up
to the next level, to be a little bit better, to have more microbial growth in my opinion,
it’s best to have a water filter. That’s what I’ve been trying to do, to take all
the gardening practices and try to take it up the notch, always try to improve a little
bit because if you improve a little bit here, the overall result will be a lot in the end.
So anyways, aside from that — oh yeah, QUESTION: How often do you have to change
it? JOHN: About once a year. And it depends on
how often you use it. I have one for my hose, one for my drip system. The other thing I
really want to talk about is down this alley, which looks like a mess pretty much, but down
this alley is something that I believe everybody should be doing in Las Vegas or wherever you
live. And if you’re going to notice I have about 11 composters and a whole bunch of compost
and other source materials that are going to go into my compost eventually. And most
of it’s finished compost in different stages. I sift it out to get the fine stuff and I
throw out the bigger particles in the bins. So I’ve been experimenting with different
bins. I built a new bin yesterday I actually got from Costco that I like a lot, so if you’re
looking for the low end budget composter, Costco has one now for about $150, which is
really good. It’s a Lifetime tumbling composter, which I will have a video on soon. You can’t really see it because it’s at
the far end, but it’s two 50-gallon barrels, so it gives you 100 gallons total composting
space and it’s pretty solid. It’s my second best favorite composter. My first best are
my metal composters, the Joraform composter from Sweden. They have insulation in there
to keep them warmer. But the composters are very important to my compost. All my food
scraps, my garden clippings go into the composter. My garden clippings, the things from the beds
that you saw were emptied down go into my composters there and you have to mix the carbon
with the nitrogens, the greens and the browns. So in general I put one five-gallon bucket
of food scraps and I put in the bottom of the bucket this much of pine pellets, which
is used for horse bedding, available at the feed store in town, and that adds my carbon.
And the nitrogen is all the food scraps. And I turn that like once a day and it breaks
down over time. So in the Joraforms that are insulated, I can get a batch of compost in
about I want to say six weeks from start to finish, which is pretty quick and so one of
the things I have tried is tried to have a compost pile, like many people around the
country may have, which work in many places like California. I did do that and it worked
fine, but here because of the arid climate, it’s so dry. You have to end up using your
hose water to keep your pile at the right moisture level. So that’s why I like the
enclosed tumblers because it keeps the moisture level in there right so that you don’t have
to add excess water. And so that’s important to me. I experimented
with all different kinds. You could often tumblers, composting tumblers, inexpensive
on Craigslist if I don’t get it first. That’s how I got most of these guys because people
will see the one at Costco, oh yeah composting’s a good idea. They’ll buy it and then they’ll
use it very little, like oh we never use that thing, it’s easier to throw it out, and
then they’ll sell it on Craigslist the next season. So the good ones they have now at
Costco, look for them soon on Craigslist next year. The other thing I noticed Costco does
is Costco will sell the composter because it’s spring season, and if you wait a couple
months, or maybe a couple more months, by the time they’re clearing out their gardening
stuff because it’s getting into later, they’re going to mark it down and drop it like 50
bucks, so pay attention and see. Some Costcos will sell them faster than others,
and so my original Lifetime composters, I got them when it was on sale, like $50 off
at Costco, which is the first, second, fourth, fifth one down. So they’re all in different
stages of compost and all I can say is that the metal Joraform composters break things
down faster and I cycle them faster. The Lifetimes work next good and some of the other ones
just take way more time. I mean some composters is better than nothing but I just want to
try to keep with the best to keep the process flowing and keep things moving in and out
because I got a lot of produce waste always and clippings from my garden. They get that
stuff out and put it in the soil instead of sitting in the composter not composting and
taking forever. The other thing I’ve done that’s really cool is this thing right there. I put a little planter, because this tends
to drip sometimes. It’s actually dripping now. And so I don’t want to waste the water
so I have a bed here with, I think it’s like gotukola, but it really likes a wet climate
and not too much sun so I just put it in there, it drips, and it stays alive, so I always
have this to eat when I want it. It’s like gotukola, but it’s not. I forget the exact
name. I was told it was gotukola, but it’s not. I don’t know what it is. It’s some
kind of Asian green. That’s a rare one. Don’t know what I’m growing, but it’s
edible, I do know that. So those are all the main areas I want to cover, the composting,
the different soil, the different raised beds. You guys can see an example of how it works.
If I was to do it again, I would surely do what I did on the other side, it’s a bit
cleaner, and I’d kind of fit more, but I like this side more. The space of it’s more
wasted, because it has more walkway space, but I like that each bed is differentiated.
I don’t know, I guess at this point I’ll take any questions that you guys may have. QUESTION: What is your water bill? JOHN: My water bill last month was like $35.
In the summer it may go up to like $50, but it’s insane that water is so cheap in Nevada.
This is why people might want to move to Nevada, because California’s way more expensive
and it shouldn’t be that cheap. And even using these water-saving methods, and I have
water-conserving fixtures and showerheads and everything, it’s everywhere in my house,
it’s really cheap. It doesn’t take as much water as you think to grow a garden,
and I may in some cases be overwatering. If you look over here it’s a little bit wet,
so I need to get a control on here to dial that down a little bit. And some of the ones
in the back aren’t getting enough water or try to increase that. So it’s a constant
fight with my drip irrigation system to get it right because the pressure balancing and
all this stuff, whereas the other side is a lot easier with the subsoil irrigation. QUESTION: Do you recommend the Aquajet subsoil
irrigation system, because I saw in one of your videos you do not recommend it. JOHN: So yeah, the title of the video was
“Why I do not recommend the Aquajet irrigation system,” and that went into some specific
defects they had with the Aquajet that I can’t necessarily recommend it, but that’s what
I use, and tell people to put in, provided they take heed and do the steps that I outline
in the video so that they have a successful experience. And mainly because I want the
manufacturer to correct the defect before I fully recommend it to the public, although
I can’t say here in Vegas, if I were installing another garden, that’s what I would use,
not this. QUESTION: John, you said you cut the bamboo
stake. So what’s the measurement between the plants you’re using? Is that why you
have the stake? JOHN: Right, so I have bamboo stakes that
I stake plants up with, and then I take these small non-usable bamboo sticks, I don’t
know if I have any around, but they’re really thin, and I cut them to like 11 inches or
12 inches, whatever I determine my plant spacing to be, so that I can easily space out quickly.
I could use a ruler and measure out 11 inches on a ruler, but if I just have a stake, I
just plant the stem, do the stake, to the next one and plant another one there. And
actually I do the bamboo stakes, I stake exactly where the plants go, dig those up, and put
a hole right there. So I’m pretty methodical on how I plant things so I can get full coverage
because I’ve seen a lot of gardeners, and there’s nothing wrong with this, it’s
just haphazardly plant this here, plant that there. And I mean that’s cool if you don’t want
to be in production and stuff, but I really try to go for production and maximum yields.
So it’s called square foot gardening method, and Mel Bartholomew wrote a book, and that’d
be a good book to introduce you to the concepts of that. Basically it’s a whole concept,
a whole book of how to garden and make a system out of gardening. I actually use a lot of
concepts from that book in my garden, although I’ve adapted and do my own things as well.
In general I try to refer to their plant spacing guidelines because it works fairly well and
sometimes I make things a little bit closer than what he recommends just due to my size
of my raised bed constraints and I want to fit one extra row of stuff in and maximize
my plants and we live in the desert and the sun’s beating down on stuff and I want things
to grow pretty tight. QUESTION: Do you, because on this side is
above the soil, do you have problems with the freezing by that time? In the wintertime
you don’t use the drip irrigation? JOHN: So this winter, I didn’t have any
issues. Last winter the water didn’t freeze in the irrigation system. One of the things
that I thought about was hooking this up to a mixture of hot and cold water to keep it
warmer, to keep it going. Another thing I really want to do is have pipes in my beds
circulating my warm water from my water heater to keep them warm, but I don’t know if I’ll
ever get to do that. But I can say that, not this year, the previous year, it was so cold
that because I was watering and it was watering, for the most part, the soil froze because
it did have a high water content. And then when that happens, it’s not good for the
plants. So I lost a lot of plants that year and I haven’t had a full cold year with
that side yet, but I think that side’s going to fare a little better because the water
in that side is lower in the ground than being higher up and it’s not going to want to
freeze as quickly. QUESTION: When your bed’s over there, do you lay something underneath
the ground, on top of the ground, before you put the soil in? JOHN: Good question. So the question is do
I add something on the top of my ground before I put the soil in? So that side, I had all
cleared out of weeds and it looks like dirt, what you’re standing on right now, so I
didn’t add anything on. If I had something like grass there, I would do something called
cardboard sheet mulching. So I would get some cardboard, some clean cardboard, take off
all the tape, and lay it down on the ground like a couple of layers high and pile the
soil on top of that. If I did have moles or bulls or any other gophers, I would lay down
some fabric hardware cloth first before filling it up, but I didn’t lay anything down there.
The only thing I did lay was I was chip chopping some of the trees up and I laid down logs
and pieces of trees to try to fill some mass, then I had some nasty compost from a place
called A1 Organic. I think they’re out of business now, which I don’t recommend, and
I had to layer that on the bottom to get rid of it because it stank and it was nasty. So
it’s on the bottom inch or two that will at some point end up breaking down but for
the most part it’s hidden underneath there and a cheap filler and organic waste. I don’t
recommend getting topsoil or fill soil because you don’t know what kind of contamination
or the quality of that soil. I recommend just getting the bulk soil and filling it up with
the good stuff as much as you can. Yes. QUESTION: Where did you get all that soil
you have in the back? JOHN: So the bagged soil is known as the Dr.
Earth soil, and they have that available at the Plant World Nursery, which is now Moon
Valley. So that’s the best by far bagged soil that you could find anywhere, not that
I necessarily recommend bagged soil because I always want to encourage people to get bulk
soil whenever they can, but I got a bunch of bulk soil and I wanted to do a trial of
the bulk soil from the ViraGrow in North Vegas and this stuff. So that is commencing this
year when I’m planting similar crops in different soils to see what kind of differences
I’ll get. JOHN: Am I growing mulberries? So mulberries,
they are technically supposed to be legal because of the pollen or something. Only the
boy plants, so I’m not really growing mulberries. Mostly what I focus on is I actually have
all vegetables, except for apricots and I might have a few random jackfruit trees if
they survived in my greenhouse, but otherwise I’ve been really focusing on greens because
if you have a lot of acreage and space with a front yard in an HOH like I do, I would
plant trees out there because I can’t plant vegetables but I think by far it would be
far better for people to plant vegetables than fruits because fruits in best case, they
might produce two times a year for you. And worst case, it’s going to produce once a
year for you. It’s going to take a large amount of space and make a nice canopy and
shade things out, which could also benefit, whereas the vegetables, you could grow vegetables
in other smaller fruit crops, tomatoes and peppers and eggplants, and have those every
day. So if I have more acreage, and I will have a farm one day, and I’m going to have
fruit trees in the front yard, I don’t want to waste and shade things out too much. I
mean in the back, where I have total shade between this overhang and the fence, there
were a few junk trees that I didn’t manage and I’m going to cut those down and plant
fruit trees in their place because that’s a good space that I could use for growing.
I couldn’t grow vegetables, but I could grow fruit trees in here. I do have mulberries
in California growing. JOHN: Alright, so here’s the end of the
episode, and everybody that came over for the tour today is getting to take home four
heads of lettuce from my garden. Alright, so the video kind of cut off because the battery
ran out because I kind of talk long and the tour’s only supposed to be an hour long;
I think it lasted a couple hours, but I’m confident that many people got a lot of good
information out of the tour live and in person. Hopefully you guys also benefited from the
tour also. I also answered other questions that people had so you guys didn’t get to
hear that, and of course at the end of the tour, besides getting all the information,
they got to take home some of the best-grown lettuce here in Las Vegas out of my garden.
Everybody that came got to harvest four heads out of my lettuce beds that they could take
home some of the freshest and best greens. Hopefully after tasting the greens it’ll
motivate them to start to grow their own high quality greens. I want to encourage all the
gardeners out there watching this to take your gardening skills to the next level. If
you haven’t used the rock dust, if you haven’t used the Worm Gold Plus worm castings, if
you haven’t used the compost tea, I would encourage you guys to try it this season to
see what kind of difference it can make. It’s my belief that if everybody in the culture
and in the world just improved what they were doing a little bit, I really value people
like Elon Musk that’s basically taking space travel to the next level, taking electric
cars to the next level, boosting the technology of the world to make it that better. And this is simply what I try to do with gardens,
is to get them to the next level so that they can have higher quality foods, so that they
can have more bug- and disease-resistant plants, have higher quality food, and have food that
can even tolerate the stresses of the crazy climactic conditions we’re having these
days. If you like this video please give me a thumbs up and I also want to let you guys
know that I do not regularly have any tours. I do have some on rare occasion for the local
area when I feel like it, but once again my garden’s set up for me to eat out of. It’s
my personal farm and not a place for the public or for any kind of tours, so I want to encourage
you guys to like this video if you liked it. And I will film future tour videos and put
them up for you so you guys can watch free of charge. Also be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel
to be updated of future tours and other videos when I travel around and share all the information
I’ve learned by traveling around and actually by getting my hands dirty in gardening every
day. Finally, be sure to check out my past episodes. I have over 1,000 episodes now.
I do give annual summer and winter garden tours so you can actually see what I’m growing
in my garden with just me, not with a big crowd and me giving a whole spiel or anything
like that. Be sure to pass this video along to your friends and family who you may also
think it may assist them to get them motivated to start growing their own food, to grow higher
quality food so you can help me fulfill my mission of changing the planet one person
at a time and being the change I want to see in life as Mahatma Gandhi once said. So once
again my name’s John Kohler with We’ll see you next time and until then,
remember, keep on growing.

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