This baby is delicious in the infancy stage;it's delicious at medium-sized summer squash.
And then, as I said, as it gets to be thislarge and dense winter squash, it saves all winter, and we can cut it open, and enjoya delicious pudding like squash; again, very dense, very sweet.
Next we have Chioggia,Marina de Chioggia, from the Venice region of Italy.
Now this baby is practically mythologicalin its formation, and its artistry, and its flavor.
What do you think about this guy?It's one of my favorites.
It's one of our favorites, it really is.
We we love it somuch we almost don't want to cut it open.
After you've grown one of these, it's verydifficult to go back to traditional squashes.
Last but not least today, we have this paintedcushaw.
This is a new addition to our farm, and I'll admit that I acquired it, and startedgrowing it because of its beautiful formation and color.
However, lo and behold, it's allas good as these other three.
So this, the painted cushaw has joined the family of ourfavorite heirloom squashes.
If you want any seeds for these beautiful squashes, or othervarieties of heirlooms, you can contact us at laughingdogfarm.
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Beans are another wonderful crop that youcan save very easily.
A great crop for beginners to get started with.
You can see these scarletrunner beans are fully mature, fully formed and swollen.
Perhaps, not to the point offully dry.
But, ready and viable to be collected and shelled and saved when they are fullydry.
Here you can see three more varieties of heirloom beans that have been saved.
Thisis a King of the North, an American heirloom.
Which, we saved here at Laughing Dog Farm.
And, this is a pole bean from the Kingdom of Bhutan.
Which, was brought back by a friendof ours.
And, yet another pole bean.
The Bhutanese word is hsinchu.
And, we're extremely excitedto plant these heirloom bean seeds.
Now, the way to save bean seeds the way to collectthem is to allow the seed to grow and become fully mature.
Often times, at the top of apole or a trellis.
The ones that you can't reach, the ones that you can't harvest duringthe season, they're the perfect ones to save for seed.
Because, they're extremely welldeveloped and robust and completely, well they're probably the most viable.
Because,they're right up at the top of the plant.
So, when we're done growing pole beans andwe pull down the vines there's a beautiful seed crop just waiting for us right at thetop of the trellis.
(inspiring music) – Hello again, and welcometo Lifestyle Gardening.
I'm Kim Todd, and we're soglad you could join us again for another fun programand good gardening.
Today we're gonna takea look at raised beds, growing herbs, and we'll checkout how hops are harvested.
Starting off today's program, we'll be focusing on plantingmedia for containers.
What's great about that is you can either buy aready-made potting mix or you can make your own by following a fewsimple guidelines.
(energetic music) You know it used to be if you were going into a gardencenter to buy a potting mix for whatever you wantedto grow in the garden, in a container, in a greenhouse, on your windowsill, it was pretty easy.
You went in andyou bought a bag, and that was aboutthe end of it.
Well, as with so manyother things in the world, it's become a bitmore complicated, and that's probablya good thing.
We grow so many differentkinds of plant in containers that really havevery specific needs, and that also includes whatthey need for their root system.
In general, potting mixesreally should be well-drained.
The only exceptionto that might be, of course, the water plants.
You might have a bog garden,or something like that.
They need a differentkind of a media, but if it's cacti, if it isstarting seeds from scratch, if it is bromeliadsor house plants, you really do needto take a look at what is in that potting mix.
The interesting thingabout what has happened is you can now buy very specific one-ingredient bags ofwhatever, and mix your own.
Charcoal, as an example.
We think of that asactivated charcoal as being something you usein aquariums, in pools.
Same sort of thing.
In a terrarium, it canform a drainage layer.
It can take awaythose odors of sort of nasty, watery kinds of things.
Perlite has longbeen an ingredient in a lot of standard pottingmixes, so is vermiculite.
You can buy a bag thatis 100% peat moss, which has beeninoculated, if you will, with mycorrhizaeand worm castings, so rather than justbeing the peat moss, it has a little bit morenutritional value to it.
And of course, if youhave tried to do anything with worm castings,or purchase that, that's a pretty great additive.
You can do a mix-you-own.
If you are a cactus grower,you probably already know that cacti really want to growin the rocks, in the sand.
You can buy those thingsagain, all by themselves and mix your own mediafor your containers.
Now, if you really don'twant to go down that road, if it's a wholelot easier for you to buy a one-size-fits-all, you still have optionsin the gardening world, and that would increase a lotof mixes that are currently that combination ofthe right ingredients.
They may have fertilizers added.
They may have aslow-release fertilizer.
That means that youdon't have to add any additional fertilizationduring four to six months, and that kind of takesa little bit of that, "Did I remember tofertilize my plants?" out of the equation.
You can also buy mixes thatdo contain worm castings.
Bat guano is oneof the ingredients we see on some of those bags.
In any case, what you want todo is you want to make sure that you are lookingvery specificallyat the bags of media that contain what youare going to need to use to grow the plantsthat you want to grow in your containersin the location where they're going to be successful.
(energetic music) Your growing media isextremely important, which is true for both yourgarden soil and your containers.
As we've just seen, you caneither grab a complete mix or customize it to matchyour plant's needs.
Up next on today's programis our go-gardening feature.
This week, we're goingto tell you a great way to get started in gardening without having to tearup your back yard.
A simple raised bed is goodfor spring and fall gardens as well as throughoutthe growing season.
(piano music) You might want to go garden without having to turnup your whole back yard.
In that case, considerdoing raised beds.
They're prettyeasy to construct.
You have some 2-bys,you have some 4×4 posts and a few screws tohold them together.
You might be putting up hoops.
You might be puttingup a trellis.
What you will want to consider is if you're going intothe fall gardening season, let's choose some thingsthat are cool-season crops.
You will want to putin really good soil and make sure it's well drained, so again, that soilmedium is really essential if you're going to startgoing and garden correctly.
Then you're gonna choosethings like beets, carrots, radishes,collards, peas, that will actually withstandthose cooler night temperatures and give you thecrop that you want.
You will want to plant those by looking at the dateon the seed package and you're really lookingat days to maturity.
If you back yourselves upinto the first part of August and it's just deadly hot, and you have somethingthat is going to take a long season to mature, that may not bethe right choice.
Short-season things,such as radishes, you can start and thenhope it is not too hot but if it does get too hot,you simply harvest early and you may actuallyhave the chance to do another crop.
You will watch as alwaysfor pests and diseases, but you'll notice also thatyou can pack your vegetables in pretty tightly in a raised bed.
It's pretty intense gardening, and then go ahead and harvestas things become mature.
We have a great cropin here of kohlrabi that is almost ready.
Our radishes actually did bolt, and we also have someroly poly damage on them which is interesting.
This is collard greens,which is one of those greens that is actually makingsort of a resurgence or becoming popular inthe Great Plains states even though it has beenpopular in the South for a long time.
What you also mightwant to consider is if you want to extendthat season even further, even if you are abeginning gardener, you can use the hoops.
You'll leave the coveringoff of those hoops so that the plantcan get all the sun, all the moisture, allthe warmth they need.
Perhaps then, go aheadand pull that very first fall crop out, and putin a crop in the spring.
The nice things about the hoopsalso, and the raised beds, is that you'll find thatthe soil will actually warm up sooner in the spring so if you get thecrop from the fall out you can start evenearlier in the spring with your planting than you can if you're going into the soil that you have amendedin the ground.
It is a great alternative tobe able to begin gardening in a very small,restricted space.
See how well it worksout for you to do that before you go through theeffort, and maybe the expense, of plowing up a wholeportion of your yard.
And of course, aswith any gardening where you're growingvegetables for consumption, and flowers that need somesun, choose your site wisely.
If it's in too much shade,if it's poorly drained, if you actually don't haveaccess to a water source to be able to water it, you're going to havea bit of trouble.
Those all are going to apply whether you'regardening in the ground or you're gardeningin a raised bed.
Raised beds are agreat idea to try if you're just startingout in the gardening world or you're old to it.
Their versatility canhelp you get started earlier in the spring, and keep gardeningwell into the fall with the addition of some hoopsand some plastic covering.
A well-constructed raised bed will give you yearsof satisfaction, fun, and way toomany vegetables.
In this week's landscape lesson, we're going to talk about herbs.
Herbs are always a niceaddition to a home garden, but you can also prettyeasily grow them indoors during the winter months, and fresh herbs will alwaysmake that home cooking sizzle.
(energetic music) You know, in the winter months, there's hardly anythingthat sounds better to eat than a little piece ofyour own fresh herbs in that spaghettisauce or that soup.
So, you too can grow yourown herbs on a windowsill if you do a couple of things.
First off, make sureyou choose really good, healthy, well-grown plants, and that's pretty easy to see.
You look for good foliage,you look for not diseases, no diseases, no insect pests, nice green coloror silver color.
If it's a sage, you don'twant green sage necessarily, and you look for adecent root system.
You know, the biggerthe better typically because it's goingto adapt more easily to the conditionsin your own home which are unlikely tobe like a green house.
You want to make surewhen you buy those herbs you have them well-wrapped if you're going totake them out of their lovely, nice, moist,warm, sunny environment and transport them to the car, and for heaven's sakes,don't leave them sitting while you go grocery shopping.
You want to make sure alsothat they have enough light.
One of the things that wedo find with growing herbs in the house on a windowsill is either not enough light,or too dry, or too wet.
The too wet, of course,goes to what is the soil or the media inwhich they're growing and how often have youbeen watering them.
Most herbs, as peoplewho use them know, need to be pinched,pruned, and eaten.
That's the whole point, so you want to makesure that you do that with your herbs as well so that they will continueto push new foliage.
If you purchase them properly,you manage them correctly, you eat them right, whichis pretty easy to do, you are likely to beable to keep them through the rest of thelong winter months.
You may even be able to usethem outside in herb gardens or in containers on your patio so that you havemulti-season use of something thatis actually even still a really good house plant.
You have lots of choices.
Basil, parsley, sages,things like cilantro, so you can reallypick and choose based both on thequality of the plant.
You like its textureand its form.
Maybe you like the way it looks.
You don't really care ifyou're going to eat it, but you can alsothen pick and choose based on the onesthat you cook with.
Go ahead, take a peek, enjoy, take a piece, take a bite,and grow the herbs inside on your own windowsill.
That's the fun part about herbs.
Not only can you cookwith fresh herbs, but some can alsobe really ornamental and brighten upany home kitchen.
We've got a real treat foryou for this week's interview.
I had the pleasureto talk to Amy Seiler from the Nebraska Forest Service about some fantastic plants that grow in the westernpart of our state.
We'll see some evergreensand some other native plants that give wonderfulwinter interest and would be great selectionsfor gardeners out west.
(inspiring music) I am really excitedto be able to be talking to Amy Seiler today.
She drove all the way infrom Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
She is communityforestry specialist from that end of the state, and she is goingto be talking about some of the differencesbetween here and there in the great state of Nebraska.
Get started a little bit with the things that willgive us winter interest in the pan handleand points west, because of course, they'regonna be a little bit different than what people tryto use in central east and eastern Nebraska.
– Certainly, and asyou and I both know, winter interest is so important because our wintersare so long here.
A lot of the plantsthat we like to utilize have lots of differenttextural elements, different colors,different tones, and so probably oneof the first ones that I want to highlight is something that youwouldn't normally think that you could grow outin western Nebraska, and this is called curlleaf mountain mahogany.
What it is is abroad-leaf evergreen that will grow out west.
It's a plant that's actuallynative to southwest Colorado and down intoArizona, New Mexico.
It's a plant thathas really thin very deep green leaf.
It's not only abroad-leaf evergreen, but the unique thing is that its drought-tolerant also.
It handles reallylow relative humidity and does very, verywell with limited water.
That would be oneof the first ones.
This is a plant that youcan use as a large shrub or a small tree, and itgets about 20 feet tall and it's very uniquein the landscape.
– So Amy, that would perhapsbe a western substitute on steroids for the boxwoodthat we use here, correct? – Most certainly yes,and to be quite honest, I've never really seen thisplant have any winter burn on it whereas the boxwood that weattempt to grow out west, if we do get it to go, itwill have severe die-back and winter burn, so thisis a great alternative.
It will get a littlebit bigger for sure, and the appearance mayseem a little bit more wild and gnarly, but I thinkthat just kind of goes with the landscape out there.
– All right, the wild west.
– The wild west, yes.
Another great plant thatI brought to highlight, this is regular rabbit brush.
There's two kinds, there'sa dwarf rabbit brush, which gets about 18to 24 inches tall and what I haveright here today, this is typical rabbit brush, and that gets aboutthree to five feet tall.
It can get taller ifit has more water, but it generally is aroundthe five foot range.
The reason that thisplant is so ideal, it doesn't hold itsfoliage in the winter, but it does have theselovely lime green stems, and this very, verybeautiful seed head.
We like to utilize this plantjust to give us some texture and the thing I love about alot of these western plants, Kim, is that when they'rebacklit by the sunlight, they just stand outand look amazing.
– You know Amy,we have tried this on campus in a couple of spots just because it is soincredibly beautiful.
It's in the aster family, so you get thosegold flowers as well.
We don't have much luck.
You mention backlit,and I think off there you talked about anotherplant that you love which certainly wecan't grow, winterfat? – Winterfat, yes, andthat is another one that its seed head isabsolutely beautiful as the sun hits it, Particularly in the winterit looks really good, but the other positivething about that is it has silveryfoliage that, so, we would consider that abroad-leaf, not evergreen, but as you wouldmaybe say, ever-gray.
It has that reallyattractive silver foliage and that really can addsomething attractive to a stark landscapein the winter.
– All right, talk forjust a second about pines because I see some pinessitting in front of you.
– I brought somegreat pines that we should probablybe incorporating alittle bit more of into our landscapes, andthe first one that I have, this is bristlecone pine.
This one is very,very drought tolerant.
It has a really uniqueappearance to it.
It looks kind of likethe bristles on a brush, and that's kind of why theycall it bristlecone pine.
This one is not a largepine like a ponderosa pine.
It's more of a medium size,about 25 to 30 foot tall, but it can handle the high pHsoils that you'll encounter in central and western Nebraska.
It does not like a lot of water.
It does not like heavy soils, so it's one thatdoes much better after you hit possiblyNorth Platte and west.
The other one that I brought, this one is actuallynative to western Nebraska and this is limber pine.
This is kind ofwhat we try to use in place of white pine out west when you kind of want thatsubtle, soft pine appearance.
This does not tendto winter burn.
It has beautiful cones on it.
It does have a nicepyramidal shape to it.
It gets about 30 to 40feet tall in the landscape.
Probably not as tall in the wild just because of therugged conditions that we'll typically find it in which is right downby Kimball, Nebraska.
– Perfect, and you broughta whole lot of other things, and I think we're probablyalmost out of time, but if we are, what we'regoing to do is suggest maybe that you talk to usagain later on another segment about all the beautyof western Nebraska.
– [Amy] Perfect,thanks for your time.
– [Kim] Thanks, Amy.
– These selectionsoffer seasonal interest, and will give you thattexture and some color during those longwestern winters.
Amy will return next timeon Lifestyle Gardening to tell us about moreselections for western Nebraska.
Alrighty, let's takea few minutes now to answer our viewer emails.
We'd really loveto hear from you.
Perhaps you could also sharea picture or two with us.
Just send us anemail to byf@unl.
Our first question this weekcomes from the Hastings area.
It's a questionabout those tree bags that you see on new trees, especially the onesthat are planted in public right-of-wayor in city parks.
They're kind of a green thing.
They're usually downlower than the stake, and the viewer is wonderingwhether this is a good idea or a bad idea.
Well, the answer is yes and yes, (chuckles) depending onhow you actually manage those tree bags.
The idea, of course, isthat you can put them around a new tree,fill them with water, and then the material willallow that water to soak slowly into the root ball.
The positive aspectof that, of course, is it's a way to getwater to the new trees.
The downside is that itcan actually just put water on one side of that new rootball, but more importantly, if they are enclosingthe trunk entirely, one of the issuesthat can happen is you can get all sorts ofrots and spots in there.
You can insects flying in, so you really need to payattention and watch those bags and make sure you takethem off before they create that perfect environmentfor something to live against the trunkof that new three that you might not want.
Our second question comesfrom a viewer in Kearney.
They have the old-fashionedVanhoutte spirea.
They've noticed thata lot of those spirea have been pruned back right now, or have gone all the way tothe ground with the spirea and they're wondering ifthe timing is right on that.
Well, it's hard to kill thebig ol' Vanhoutte spirea but unfortunately, they bloomon what we call old wood, one-year-old wood, which means that ifpruning has happened now chances are you're not goingto great flowering this spring if any at all.
The ideal time to prunethose old Vanhoutte spireas is after they flowerin April or May.
Prune them back then,and at the same time if you possibly can, takesome of the dead wood out so that helps rejuvenate them.
So wait if you haven'talready done it.
If you already have, youprobably have not killed them but the chances of gettinggood flowering this spring are slim and none.
Let's see, our third question actually does come Scotts Bluff, and the is a viewer who wonders about getting better colorin their red-twigged dogwood, but it appearsfrom the photograph like a couple ofthings have happened.
First off, it's maybebeen rounded over.
The shrub has been rounded over, meaning the pruningcuts have taken place all at the same point, and you get kind ofthis witch's broom or twiggy appearance in the top.
The second thing you can notice is there is an awfullot of brownish, or dead-looking, or graytwiggage or canes in that shrub, and that could bea couple of things.
First off, pretty congested with all those newstems in there.
Could be some canker, and red-twigged dogwoodsare prone to canker.
And more importantly,especially if you want the color in the red-twigged dogwoods,you do need to make sure you keep some of that woodrenewed, so the first thing I would suggest tothis particular viewer is take out all of that deador discolored material first.
You're opening up theinterior of the plant, getting rid of some ofthat inoculum for diseases, more air circulation.
Then, take a look at whatyou've got for older canes, take out about a third of those, and that will begin torejuvenate or renew that shrub.
You can take someof the height down, but if you can, try tofeather-cut or stagger it, so you're not cutting all at the same locationin that plant.
Our fourth question for theweek is from a Norfolk viewer.
They have an old redbud ina pretty protected location, but it's a prettyancient old beast, and kind of gettingthin on the top, so not much foliage left.
It does still flower, but theynoticed just this past season a crack that seems toextend all the way from the very first branchesdown to the ground.
They haven't noticed it before.
They're wondering what inthe world might've happened, and is there anythingthey can do about it.
Well, first off, that'sprobably a redbud that is soon to be a deadbud,and that's pretty old for a redbud, but thatcrack is indicative of some pretty majorstructural issues.
It may have been somethingthat was triggered years and years ago bya poor root connection.
It could also havebeen some twisting, some wind shear, thatreally didn't open that track in the trunkuntil just recently.
Dry weather, again,addition to wind could have opened that crack up.
And you know, the likelihoodof that tree surviving, we certainly don't recommendputting a bolt through it or putting a bungeecord around it, but the likelihood ofthat tree surviving, that kind of damageis slim and none, and you'd hate to have that tree fall over and, youknow, damage the house or fall on somebody as they'rewalking up to the front walk.
For our final feature today, we're going to returnto the topic of hops.
If you've been followingBackyard Farmer and LifestyleGardening, you know UNL Agronomy and Horticultureis currently researching the viability of growinghops here in the state.
We featured breeding anda commercial hops grower, and right now, we'd liketo show you the process of harvesting our firsthops crop, which was planted just north of theBackyard Farmer Garden.
(upbeat music) We're getting closer toharvest with our hops project through the Universityof Nebraska, a little bit closerto that nice, crisp, cold adult malt beverage.
So, of course,what we have to do is figure out how to getthe hops off the vine.
Stacey, do you wantto talk a little bit about the kind of machinethat a home brewer would use in doingtheir harvesting, and whether, in fact, theyalso may have to go to a little bit of hand-pickingto get all those hops off? – So, in thecommercial industry, they're usingcone-strippers, basically, to remove the coneoff of the vine, and that's kind of a challenge, because there's nomachinery in the US, so a lot of it's beingimported from Germany.
But there are a couplecompanies that make a machine that's designedfor smaller growers that are under two acres.
However, the homegrower is probably gonna end up doing it all by hand.
– All right.
As with any piece of equipment, sometimes there are afew kinks to work out and some bugs to figure out.
What do you think aregoing to be the issues that we hope to get resolvedbefore we send this out and help our collaboratorsget their harvest managed? – So, we're looking athow to adjust the machine.
It's going to takesome practice, because we havedifferent varieties, and it has to do with theplant structure itself, so there's a few wheelsthat we have to adjust in order to nottear the plant apart but harvest as manycones as possible.
With any machine, we arefinding there's a certain amount of cones that are goingout through the litter, and our goal is to reducethat as much as possible.
So, for the research, Ithink some of the data will just be going onin hand-picking it, because when you'redoing it commercially, you can tolerate alittle bit of loss, so that's what we'retrying to optimize on, is reducing that loss.
– Once we get thosehops out of the chute and into the bin,what happens next? Do they go into cold storage, do we pack themin little baggies and carry them into the kitchen, do they go rightinto the brew vat? – So, as soon as the conesare removed from the plant, we don't have a lot oftime to handle them, because they havevery high moisture, around 80% moisture, sothey do need to go through some sort of a drying system.
It's not heating, really.
We just need toblow air through it.
We have to bringthat moisture content down as quick as possible.
A home person might usesomething like a food dehydrator to do it, or they mightjust have a screen with a fan blowingup underneath.
Commercially, that'swhat they basically are, is just large screenswith fans blowing there.
So, once the moisture contenthas been brought down, they're eithercompressed into bales, or they can be packedinto some packages and vacuum-sealed, and thenthey can be refrigerated to hold them until they'reready for distribution.
– Stacey, in the greenand growing world, a lot of pathogens cantransfer on equipment.
Is that something that we'regoing to be worried about with a harvester,especially if home brewers go into more of aco-op situation? – Yeah, that's areally good question.
That's a concern, becausewe need to make sure that we can keep our fieldsclean and virus-free, and what we're finding isthat the cutting of the vine at the base is wherethere's a vulnerability for these virusesto be transferred, so there does haveto be a clean program figured out, or somesort of protocol by the grower itself, so that'ssomething we need to look at.
– Thanks, Stacey.
You know, this is the year that all of our collaboratorsgot to play.
Next year, we'll becoming back with exactly which ones of these vines hadthe greatest productivity.
We've got a couple more yearson our hops research project.
We've already learned so muchgoing through this process, and I'm sure we'll show you more during the upcoming BackyardFarmer season this spring.
And that's ourprogram for this week.
Next time, we'll be featuring mail-order plantsand taking cuttings.
Don't forget to checkus out on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter,so good afternoon, good gardening,thanks for watching, and we'll see you all nexttime on Lifestyle Gardening.
So, we're going to talk to you about HeirloomSeeds and seed–saving, why they're so special, and how to get started with saving seeds.
We're going to cover some of the basics about saving seed for the self-pollinating varietieslike beans and tomatoes, and then we'll get into some of the trickier varieties to save,like the squashes and the corn and so forth.
And finally, we'll talk to you about sourcesfor seed, and how you too can get involved in the beautiful Heritage Seed Movement.
There'splenty for you to know about, and there's plenty to learn.
Many people are intimidatedand won't get started because they think they have to be an expert.
But really, if you wantto save seed, there's not that much to it, and all that's required is a love of growingthings, and a love of good food.
Heirloom seeds are everywhere.
Want to start with thesimple ones? Well, we'll get there – we'll be telling you about the simple ones shortly.
HELLO FRIENDS, GOOD TO SEE ALL OF YOU HERE,THIS IS WHERE I MAKE MY GREEN CORNER IN MY BACKYARD IN THE WINTERS.
TAKE A DEEP BREATH, NOW IF YOU FEEL SUPERCHILL IN YOUR THROAT WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE HAD.
ABSOLUTELY, IT WOULD BE PEPPERMINT.
PEPPERMINT IS A PERENNIAL PLANT THAT GROWSTO BE ABOUT 1 FEET TALL, WITH SMOOTH STEMS.
IT HAS WIDE-SPREADING, FLESHY, AND BEAR FIBROUSROOTS.
THE LEAVES CAN BE 4–9 CM LONG AND 1.
THEY ARE DARK GREEN WITH REDDISH VEINS.
NOTE THE PURPLE WHITE FLOWERS.
SEE IT FLOWERING HERE IN MID TO LATE SUMMERS.
PEPPERMINT LIKE OTHER MINTS SPREAD VERY FASTAND REQUIRE LOTS OF SUN AND WATER.
SUMMER IS THE LEAK SEASON FOR PEPPERMINT.
PEPPERMINT IS A HYBRID MINT, A CROSS BETWEENWATERMINT AND SPEARMINT.
INDIGENOUS TO EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST,THE PLANT IS NOW WIDELY SPREAD AND CULTIVATED IN MANY REGIONS OF THE WORLD.
IF PLACED, IT CAN GROW ALMOST ANYWHERE.
FOR THE HOME GARDENER, IT IS OFTEN GROWN INCONTAINERS TO RESTRICT RAPID SPREADING.
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Alright this is john kohler with growingyourgreens.
Com today we have another exciting episode for you guys can see I'm in a Microgreens farm right here right now and where I'm in the world.
I'm here in Baltimore, Maryland at City hydro This is city hydro vertical farm because they're growing things vertically up the wall We're literally sitting now in a 10-foot by 15-foot room.
This is not huge and this farmer here literally makes $100,000 a year That's you know, gross Income not revenue here a year And if you guys wanna learn how he does that and how he grows microgreens here check the link down below actually I was in this very without this very farming one year ago just about at this time in that video now has over 650,000 views it's one of my best watched videos by the number one video on microgreens and when you guys watch it You'll know why it's the number one video because we go through the gamut.
I mean this guy Larry has got it all worked out.
He's basically come up with a system to grow microgreens so that anybody could do it It's like Mel Bartholomew guys know Mel Bartholomew.
He's like, you know, the guy that is credited to making Square Foot Gardening He came up with a method for gardening for people at home.
So it's really easy so I mean that's what Larry did he basically systematized things uses certain different pads and certain techniques so that you guys Have success when grow my cream.
So once again check the link down below to watch that video we did here I mean I call it an award-winning video, but I didn't get no worse for it.
But anyways, uh-huh, right? It has lots of views We're not going to talk about like how to grow microgreens in this video.
That's the last video below We will talk about today are the 10 biggest mistakes You guys can make when you're growing microgreens, you know, Larry's been doing this a long time.
I've been to many different microgreens Farms and growers and I've seen the problems.
I've talked to people growing my greens I've heard about the problems and I don't want you guys having any of the problems and I don't want you guys to make any of the mistakes to have to throw out your seeds throughout your batches when you think they're bad when they're not You know some we're gonna literally get Larry that expert to show you guys the ten, you know Mistakes that most likely happen to you So if you make sure you don't do these things you can be success from mic routines and I want everybody out there watching this No matter what time of year It is no matter where you live in the world literally apartment in New York City or you know in Hawaii nuts condo in Honolulu you guys can grow microgreens because you don't need a lot of space and these are the most Nutritious foods on the entire planet and what you get a system established to grow the microgreens You literally have one tray a day you could be harvesting on a Continuing regular basis and you want to bring different kinds of my Korean so you get different Nutrients in you and your family so you can basically do anti-aging to yourself.
These are the most anti-aging foods on the planet They're also going to help you lose the weight because they're also about least amount of calories and they also have the most disease Prevention properties like oh my god.
Let's not talk about them broccoli microgreens.
I mean they've done amazing research on those So let's get it in this episode The first thing when I ask you Larry is Larry How has it been since I made that video for you last year.
I got your farm like what's happened? Oh, it's been amazing The amount of people that we've trained the amount of people that have come in does this city hydro just to learn how to grow We've probably done a hundred and twenty-five people plus so far this year with our free training then come in for two days They learn how to grow the the response to your video has been phenomenal It is in the amount of people now that are growing pure microgreens using just water is a skyrocketing.
It's just unreal Yeah my career.
So the easiest thing bro You're like I want to put out a garden outside right gardening outside takes a lot of time Hey, you got a to get a tomato? You got to plant the seeds you got to make it make the plant grow up Then you got to make sure the flowers turn into a fruit maybe 70 days you're harvesting tomatoes Maybe if you're lucky if the bugs didn't get or the birds, they need them and the microgreens it's it's indoors You control everything literally it's just water some seeds and in literally two weeks about two weeks You're having some food to eat.
So once again my greens you everybody should be growing microgreens.
Alright, Larry So what is the number one biggest mistake that people make when growing microgreens, right? so the number one biggest mistake I find is people get mold in their microgreens and mold is normally caused from over watering and Too much water in the tray or they're spraying the top of the microgreens with water when they're in the vegetative state So here we have a rule of thumb in germination the only water from the bottom when in vegetative Sorry when in germination your water from the top water from the top when we spring you get a glass seeds there exactly and when it's in Under the lights or in vegetative state your water from the bottom Both of those two things will help you curtail the amount of mold that you get in your tres.
We don't use any fans Don't use fans.
We don't use any fans on our microgreens A lot of people say oh you got to blow fans on the microgreens help try them out and stuff like that We found that putting the fans on it actually blew the mold spores into the other trays Because we grow so close together and we're such a confined area.
So we actually figured it out It's fixed the watering, which is your issue once you fix the watering You don't need any fans.
You don't have any mold well So what about like, I guess we're gonna talk about this in a minute But what if there's like more humidity in the air in certain locations then will you get more mold? Because even though you're not necessarily Watering the plants or getting your own moist, right? So we keep our grow room between 35 and 50 percent humidity The lower the humidity the better because there's less humid in the air mold love's humidity Right if there's more humid if it's more humid in your grow room Then your microgreens are going to get nice and damp on the top and the mold.
That's what they're attacking They're going after the dampness in that and we keep the growing between 68 and 72 degrees right prime prime growing temperature prime growing for humidity cool, and so what so how did this mold up here on the top like white buzz and the top of the microgrid actually dip Here in the root zone or how does that work? Right most of the mold that happens happens on the top of microgreens So you'll see like it looks like a fish Spiderweb on the top of the mic Green's that's the mold most of the mold that happened that people call mold and in the bottom or root hairs and and the root hairs People actually confuse root hairs a lot of times with mold They don't have any mold issues But they have root hair issues and we're going to talk about the root heresy in a little bit.
Alright, cool so yeah, number one is mold and get your watering down right when you're when you're Germinating them water from the top because the seeds need the water They they don't have the root hairs to pull up with the water yet And when they're already in vegetative, they sent the roots down then they'll suck water from the Thompson, but don't spray them directly You're just asking for it It's like don't water your garden in the middle of the day You know top water just feed them at the root zone or the plants literally need the water.
Alright, Larry So what is uh, the big mistake number two that people make biggest mistake number two is root rot A lot of people get root rot and root rot happens when there's too many seeds or seeded too densely So we see it on these pads here if you see too dense, and you got big clumps of seeds like this you know, you should have a nice and Smooth out and so the seeds should be out like this nut in a clumped area like this what happens when they're in a clumped Area like this is the seeds on the top Will start to germinate in the season the bottom will start to rot And so it'll cause a root rot in this area and you actually pick up the microgreens like this and they're all Rotting and everything on the pad because they're just too dense.
You want a seed like this? our recommended amount of seeds is a little more dense at most microgreen growers seed we recommend a hundred of Milliliters per four pads, right if you're just starting out in your newbie, and you want to learn about it Probably drop it down to about 75 milliliters per floor pads and then work your way back up to a hundred milliliters Four four four pads and make sure that you're pushing the pet the seeds out So it's not to cause root rot or what they call dampening down dampening off dampening off.
Sure So basically what you want is you want single-file only please right you want one seed in the area Maybe it's kind of touching its neighbor, but they're not like stacked up on top of each other That's definitely a no-no So it would be true to say Larry that on The you know root rot issue would be better to under seed Versus over seed which can then help your issues, even though you might not have a nice lunch tray of my creams no snow So Mike repeats, but at least you're not gonna have a root rot, right? And so it's so we tell a lot of a lot of our clients that come her to learn how to how to grow that Are having issues with over seeding cut it down to 75 milliliters put less seeds on but you still got a really nice pad of microgreens with with even 75% amount of seeds on it versus 200 hundred milliliters of seeds still a nice pad of microgreens cool Cool.
So yeah, that's that mistake number two.
Don't make that mistake Make sure you see properly not too many right and it's better to do under and over So Larry, what's that third mistake that people make third mistake Ruud Harris using root hairs with Mold I'm trying out and I'm gonna tell you when I first started I was throwing out tray after tray after tray I was looking at the trays and they all had this white fuzzy stuff down by the roots It looks like mold it's white and I was like, oh my gosh I got mold and I'm sowing tray after tray out and my wife comes in and she says what are you doing? Larry and I said all these trays have mold in it She said Larry that can't be so you've got to be doing I said no I said seed guy He's selling me moldy seeds Like so I called up the the guy over at Mountain Valley seeds or truly seeds about it and said Larry get a magnifying glass Take a look at those things and hit them with a little bit of water and they'll jump back because it's living Those are root hairs.
They look exactly like mold if you would you like to see some.
Yeah, let's see some get some out So this is basically a whole tray that just got seated and is now growing if you guys look closely You'll see these are all here.
So I'll show the camera while you talk about it.
So those are root hairs So actually what it is is the roots sending out little feelers to get more nutrients in it.
They're not mold It looks like mold because it's white It's actually root hairs.
They'll dissipate some of them get pretty dense and But they don't cause any other issues or not.
They're not bad for you.
You can eat them.
They're part of the plant they're fine Cool, so how can somebody determine if its root hairs or not? So if they got like a micro maker magnifying glass to look and then what you you pour so you Pour some water on on and they move or what happened to me to make sure If you're concerned that you have mold and you have these root hairs the root hairs are in the entire tray it's not just a little section of the tray the entire tray has root hairs in it all your pads all your Substrate that you're growing on even your soil will have a little bit of root hairs in it Not just a little spot.
If it's mold, it's normally in just a little spot on one or two pads It's not towards the entire tray.
The entire tray is covered with some kind of white fuzzy stuff Nine times out of ten his root hairs.
I see so then when that once the microgreens get taller, right Can you still see root hairs or at that point if there's some white fuzzy stuff at the top, is that mold? Yeah, so as the microgreens get taller the root hair stay down towards the bottom.
They don't migrate up the plant They're only at the very bottom They're normally about a quarter inch to a half inch deep at the very bottom of the plant and it covers the entire plant If it's mold and it creeps up, it'll be up near the top near the leafy part Not too much towards the bottom now if it turns grey That's root rot.
And now you're getting root rot from some other pits eating too dense or whatever but if it's just staying at the very bottom It looks like cotton at the very bottom little cotton balls and you hit it with some water and it jumps back Those are root hairs I see now is what mold always be white or does mold coming different colors on the microphone so mold comes in white and it comes in black or Grayish color, so it's gray or black then that's bad for sure for sure and if it's white creepy root hairs if it's into the bottom if it's up near the top Like on the stem or on the leaves that's definitely mold, right? So if it looks like a spiderweb on the very top that's definitely mold, right? I've never seen green mold in microgreens I've only seen white and black cool so if you have microgreens are starting to mold like I would take them and Put in my garden outside to see if they'll just grow because it doesn't matter once the Sun hits it it'll kill and all this Stuff now the other question I have for you Larry is like if somebody's not selling the Mike Greene's you notice for sale and they just wanna like somehow still utilize the Mike greens Like if we eat the mold of that bad for us mean what cheese is mold right that blue stuff? Can you just take them like greens and and cook them up? And that's gonna kill the mold then we're fine if we eat them.
I mean, what's your take on that? So, I personally I would just if I had mold and in a certain area here I would just pick that moldy spot off and throw it out and then I would take some hydrogen peroxide and Spray it around the microgreens and spray it on the lid maybe as well as they're still in termination and kill it and That way they with this rest of the nice elated area You would totally kill removed get rid of and then you would let the rest of the flat continued out to first row, right? And some if your if it's root hairs It normally happens in germination most mold issues happen in vegetative state under the lights every blue moon though You get some mouldy seats from the grower or from the seed guy that then as soon as in two or three days after your growing you'll start to see a spiderweb coming out of the before the roots start to come out you actually see a spiderweb starting to come out of the seed that's moldy seeds from their Seed cellar and you need to contact your seed seller and tell me I found mold in my trays I found mold in my seeds What do you think and he knows I mean it because you're not the only one reporting it probably yeah so he'll know and in an RC guy is really great about fixing that issue for for people that have issues with moldy seeds and it does happen It does happen.
Yeah, I mean the thing is get proper seed but we're gonna talk about that mistake in a minute So alright, Larry So what is mistake number four and that Mike your greens growers make? The biggest one did biggest issue that I have in the grow room is fruit flies I have a lot of fruit flies off and on Because I have a lot of guests and a lot of people come in and another grow room They might have been at Whole Foods before they came here They might have been at their farm and one of those little critters got on him at the grocery store at the farm They came in here and they thought they died and went to heaven I mean, there's so much greener in there and so much sweet just sweetness happening is fruit flies I don't have any other issues with gnats or aphids or any other big big produce when I call big produce issues I have fruit flies and we have a really good way to get rid of the fruit flies wheel a shot back that we actually vacuum out the trays with as we get the fruit flies and we also set up a fish tank aerator thing with some Redd's Apple ale so you put a Redd's Apple ale in here with some dish soap and two cups of water With this fish tank type area.
Tur Bubbler and hook it up to a fish tank pull this down and what it actually does It creates a Tower of foam from the Redd's Apple ale Read sample label is the stuff they sold as a liquor store.
It's Apple ale that smells like rotting apples I think that you probably some apple cider vinegar you could add some cider vinegar as well The only problem with the apple cider vinegar is I it might cut the bubbles down that you get some powder See, it's right a bubble Yeah So the bubbles the Redd's Apple ale really makes a nice almost like an ice cream cone effect and those fruit flies fly right in it and They get stuck and they can't leave.
We actually have a video on how to make this.
Yeah I'll put a link down below to uh, Larry's YouTube channel.
So you check out all those videos there So and then what would so fungus douse? It's not an issue for your growth because you're not using like a coconut core or a soil Medium you're using it pads that actually we'll learn about in a little bit cuz choosing the right Medium to grow your things a but what would people do about that? So so a lot of people they grow in soil and instead of sanitizing the soil after every time they use it They just keep reusing the soil over and over again Well, you should be sanitizing because if you have if you have a gnat and he lays his eggs, or she lays her eggs Sorry she lays her eggs in the soil and you don't sanitize that soil by heating it up and Killing the the larvae in the in the eggs in that soil the next plan you give out they come again So you're fighting a losing battle you need to keep on top of it Athens I don't have any if it's I've heard of people have an Athens in the room I think they might be growing other larger plants and they're in the grow room.
That's attracting the Athens Yeah, I mean have clean and sterile conditions, you know basically otherwise and Follow Larry system that he's devised to minimize any problem that you guys are gonna have in the first place.
All right there So what's the next biggest mistake that Birds make? Under watering and over watering.
And what does that bring? Also that goes back to the mold and a root rot over watering under watering.
So we have this system of watering It's it's a basically we use this nice wand.
I called the arrow scribe pink job girl Shrive Yes, and I was like God you could get any paint any car for 99 dollars or something exactly So it's like painting or a car so it's back and forth back and forth Right like this for 30 seconds 30 seconds 30 seconds giving a full coverage up and down up and down and It's the only when their keys are germinating and they're only it made the roots into that pads exactly.
This is only in germination You're watering from the top and we use these lids also So you would also spray the lids for another 10 seconds making sure you create a nice moisture barrier inside the tray now when you're watering from the bottom and In the trays on the rack make see what you do is you pour those you're poor you take the tray And we turn it around here a little bit and you tilt it and you see some water building up in the bottom down here The water builds up in the bottom if you can bring the water up to your first knuckle, right? That's plenty of water in the bottom of the tray.
You don't need to add any more water But if you needed to add more water Basically how I do is this pour a cup of water in here? Swish it around a little bit So this is on the side of the tray where it just goes right down to the bottom of the tray You're not actually watering it on to it, right? Exactly.
And that's why we left this opening a border Yeah, me and the trim rollers don't actually do that because you want to maximize their space, right? So we actually opened our pads that only fit There's eight pads per tray and they you but them all the way up against the one and they leave about an inch Gap in the bottom here that's to be able to check the watering There's a rhyme to our reason a reason to our rhyming or whatever deal So somebody wasn't using your system like Halladay control so that they would so they would control watering Basically the same way you're still with when you're watering in soil and everything like that You want to make sure that you don't mist from the top? When it's in vegetative state that that's the biggest issue that most people have is they thinking these a little foliage spray on the top? Full of spray on the top of a micro green when it's so dense what happens is a water gets down between the stems and the stems are together and The water will get down in here and start to cause the stem to rot because it's creating heat in there Never never do a folded spring full of spray on your big plants is great They love it, right your tomato plants and although this stuff microgreens.
Now you want a water from the bottom They're taking all that nutrients up from the water in the bottom of the tray And I guess the amount of water is depending on how much is already in there So you don't want to put too much not too little right? So it's actually just something you're gonna have to learn Yeah It's just a rule of thumb and I and I use a finger method that you stick your finger in here and when it comes up to the first knuckle when You tilt it at about a 45 degree angle and it comes up to the first knuckle here.
That's plenty of water So your finger is a dipstick now that you're basically study on sand make sure that you're right at the right little point Exactly just like on a car and a dipstick make sure you have enough oil in it.
All right, cool Well, you're making things really easy for people if they follow your exact system What's a six mistake that many growers may make when growing microgreens Larry so they think the room should be nice and hot They think it should be like a greenhouse high humidity in nice and hot well, not for microgreens because again They're really dense And so you don't want the high humidity because you don't want any morning dew Filming on the top of the microgreens in the morning and stuff like that You want the temperature between 68 and 72 degrees that also keeps the bugs out Because the bugs don't propagate the bugs start to propagate when the temperature gets above like 75 degrees 80 degrees in there They'd like it nice and warm they like that sauna effect going on and you keep the humidity down 35 to 50 percent is what we recommend the humidity to be in the grow room also keeps the smell of the grow room down and bein square in our house Zana my wife if she if she smelled microgreens downstairs in our house and everything as guests we're coming in and people be like What's that smell in your house now? There's no smell you keep that humidity down.
There's no smell The other thing is you got to empty the humidifier.
So we empty about two To two five-gallon buckets a day worth of water out of this room Wow, yeah We dumped a lot of water.
We dumped a lot of water out of the air So you think two does ten gallons of water a day that we're dumping Wow So do you rent if you get fired 24 hours a day here we run the humidifier 20 we run the humidifier dehumidifier 24/7 we run the air the standalone air conditioning air 24/7 in the summertime and in the late fall early Fall and we have a duckling.
We have a ductless air conditioning unit up on the top that we run year-round I see there's no heat on in this room So in the wintertime the temperature in this room might drop to 30 to 40 degrees but it's okay for the microgreens because the microgreens are creating enough heat and the lights are creating enough eat and The power boxes are creating enough heat that they won't they won't freeze So, I guess you may not need to do humidifier depends on where you live right If you live in Las Vegas or Phoenix where it's really dry, that's like the perfect conditions.
Don't add a Humidifier to make it more humid.
You're good there But if you're in Hawaii somewhere, you're like Baltimore East Coast, you know, it has to be more humid than it It'd be a really good idea.
Right right, and I can tell you some of our best growers are in the more arid areas, likewise like Las Vegas Arizona, New Mexico Those areas were so nice and arid it just seems like the microgreens really grow break down in those areas.
Awesome All right.
So what's the seventh biggest mistake that growers make when growing microgreens? Using the wrong substrate wrong substrate or soil or soil that already.
It's a technical.
Jargon, right? So so soil the issue was growing with soil is soil can't be taken into the kitchen So if you're selling to a chef you have to cut the microgreens and bring it to them You can't sell it to them living So you can't take soil into the kitchen coco coir a lot of a lot of Health Department people Look at coconut coir and they think it's soil.
So therefore that also can't be brought into the grow room And the other thing is is what are you going to do with the coconut coir in the in the soil after you get done? Using it each time.
I've got a big compost pile at back I don't know because you're gonna have to be cutting it to sell it to the restaurants Also, there's hemp.
So this is another substrate but the problem with this is too flimsy You'll put your microgreens on this you put it in the tray you wet it down Pretty soon you go to pick it up and you can't pick it up.
It falls all apart and Some of this is certified organic and some of its not it's kind of hard to get hemp certified organic in the States Especially if it's growing here because of the legalities of it It's a nice product, but it's just too flimsy for us Right if you were if if you put it in the Train You'll put your seeds on a little bit of water You have to use a spatula to pick it up and put it into a container.
Whatever The other thing is is there's flex.
This is bio straight.
I don't know what's in this I Mean I had a guy give me some stuff to grow and he called it Cambodian swamp grass and it looked like this and I can tell you I put it in the tray and the microgreens Oh my gosh, they were huge and I called open I asked him I said, you know what's in that Cambodian swell grass you've got I said what kind of fertilizers you're putting in that to make or grow like that? Oh nothing I'm not adding anything and I'm like, alright, you got to be adding something to that we grew up here We only use water.
We don't want any fertilizers.
We don't want any secondary Chemicals or anything coming into our microgreens, so we're not using that The other thing you got to be careful is the coconut fiber that you bind So this is what we grow on we grow on coconut fiber where microgreen growers Right, we grow microgreens.
We designed micro green.
We designed a substrate to grow microgreens.
We don't make shoes We don't make bricks.
We don't make anything out of coconut coir we make growing pads If you smell that All right.
Yeah kind of smells like a rubber tire.
Yeah Way way too much Latex, and I'm not sure You know, I don't know the manufacturer of this stuff.
I'm not sure what's in the latex, right? There's there's what was that a seam? It might not be beaten for those you guys are a vegan that are worried about that It's like a protein they use it as like a glue right so they add that to soften out the latex They might be using synthetic latex.
I don't know All right I do know what's in our pad and I do know it's a hundred percent natural tree gum, which is very concerning to me You don't know what's being uptake into your roots.
You don't know what your you're eating Hence why we use food-safe plastics and everything else right? It's all the way down to the substrate.
Yeah so the growing medium you're using whether that's a coconut core or Soil potting soil or you want to use some kind of like soil as substrate basically? Which is an acre and it's going to hold the seeds on you know, Larry only recommends using the right one that he's researched He's developed.
He's worked with manufacturers to get the right, you know, consistency the right to you know, gums that hold together That's like non-toxic all vegan doesn't have any casing in there And if you're getting you know ones just randomly on Amazon because it's five cents cheaper, right? It's um, you know, it's not the right one.
It may not work.
You may hold too much moisture And it also may not break down.
Also, you know smell yours.
Oh wow Yeah, yours hasn't more much more mild, like like since like this one's a lot stronger So what can happen is somebody's using like say coconut coir, right? So so coconut corners are good I'll use a lot.
I see those people are using that right so coconut coir is good I mean, I'm not knocking the coconut core, but it you can't grow hydroponically with it You can't grow you have to grow in ten twenty trays or even grow in these trays that we have But there's no there's it's not a hydroponic operation it's a traditional growing method where you're putting the seeds down inside the coconut coir right or the soil and And we decided that we wanted to grow Hydroponically and that we wanted to control the amount of nutrients going into the plants where we just feed it water and that's it Don't know what's in a coconut corner that you're buying don't know what's in the soil that you're buying the potting mix that you're buying I know what's in this and I know what's in the water that I'm giving to the plants.
So therefore we're going 100% pure Yeah It's just basically taking out some of the issues because I mean I've ran across people that have been buying coconut coir from one source They're using it successfully their period of time and then all of a sudden they're even though they order from the same place Their grow fails because the the product is inconsistent.
There's inconsistencies Coconut coir could not be washed properly can have too many salts So basically what Larry's noticed once again create a system, so it's just getting to work straight every single time.
You're gonna be successful So yeah, I mean I would definitely encourage you guys to use but what Larry knows works and what he's designed To work instead of one that might look like the same thing, but it's totally not Alright, so Larry, what's the next mistake that many growers can make seeds seeds? Oh that's you by buying the wrong seeds buying not certified seed men right so You got to make sure that when you buy seeds that they have this nice label on it that talks about the germination rates When the seeds were harvested all that stuff lot number number active tractable exactly because if somebody gets sick for your microgreens and the health department shows up at your farm and they want to know where you bought those seeds from I Bought them from Johns City hydro right now, that doesn't work They want to see a tag like this and you could be held liable.
Who knows, right? Yeah I mean if you're going on for yourself just for personal consumption, right? They may have mold or contamination issues They they may not grow properly You just you just don't know.
So I always want to encourage you guys to be safe rather than sorry I mean some seeds could be have Ecoline.
I know some seed sellers when they're selling sprouting seeds They test those and they go out for microbial tests before they are sold for growing sprouts The other thing is treated seeds so you don't know if you're buying from Some eBay channel or or Amazon where the guy is not a USDA certified seed man You could be buying treated seeds now treated seeds aren't so bad if I'm a farmer and I'm planting a seed Here in a seed here in a seed here Treated seeds it's going to dissipate the fungicides and everything else that are in there soon I'm gonna do a big plant didn't ever you know It's not a big problem because you're not cutting small any a lot of them, right? But if I'm doing this and I'm putting thousands of seeds on this pad and these trees are seated I mean, sorry, these seeds are treated You're gonna get a lot of chemicals down inside the water that's going to get up taked into the roots The other thing is is all treated seeds are marked and they say poisonous not for human consumption That's because you're not supposed to be eating them Now, you know I've had people contact me about flower seeds and the guy who was selling dirt cheap and I was like wow That's amazing.
That's an amazing price.
How are you getting that price? And he told me you know, I go down to the Walmart and I buy the birdseed and I said you do what he said I go down to the Walmart and I buy the birdseed I Repackage it and I sell it.
He said that's how come I can sell it first so cheap and I said Do you know those seeds are treated those seeds are not for human consumption? If you look right on the bag of your bird seat it says enough for human consumption There's a reason for it, you know Even some seed companies that I've contacted they asked me because I'm buying so many seeds They said are you're not eating those seeds are you even though they're not treated they're still concerned about? People eating large quantities of raw seeds.
So the seed companies where you're buying from you need to make sure that they're certified Mountain-valley Johnny's mums all those guys are certified seed providers Some of them aren't just buyer beware Yeah So make sure you get the proper seats for growing microgreens and if they're labeled a sauce now just some random seed seller on Amazon Or Ebay what you guys like? Oh, I'm saving so much money like Yeah, you just don't know you could have issues contamination treated Do yourselves a favor get the right seeds? All right, leery, so what's mistake number nine that people make when grow my Theory's growing in non food safe plastics? Why does that make a difference? Leaching leach leaching.
Hi, it's Steve.
This is that black tray.
This is that famous player.
Everybody uses those Oh and the whole battery the industry man, everybody does in fact I can tell you so we're working on some new plastic so the plastic lady came to talk to us and she was telling us about these trays and how bad they are and Especially if they're made in third-world countries Where there's no regulations of what they're putting in the plastic What they're putting in for fillers in the trays.
These are plastic trays they fall apart PVC has been proven to leach the lead into water systems, so Fertilize if you're using fertilizers corrosive, right? So it eats into the plastic piece in a plastic it draws all the chemicals out you need either into your water system that you have that you're feeding your plants or to the soil itself if you're using fertilizers, even if you're not using fertilizers letting water sit in a tray That's non-food safe.
Plastic will still leach things out.
So this is non food safe at all I have no idea what this is made of I know it's blast but I know what's in it.
It's just really bad This is another tray now This looks better man.
It's like nice and hard cloudy.
It's got this flexible junk right, but it's AVS plastic Okay, so it's non food safe.
It's not certified food safe.
Even though some people out there say hey my trays our food safe I ask Oh your trays our food safe.
Are they certified? FDA food safe if If they're not certified food safe, I won't use them we don't use any non certified food safe plastics in this room and off for our bus tubs to our Water buckets or anything got to be certified food safe And so what what problem will that cause do the grower grow my greens? I mean my trees no fighting here right go find in here.
You're not going to get sick tomorrow if you eat them It's a residual effect, right? You keep eating stuff that's grown in non food safe plastics It's a matter of time before you develop either cancer or something else from the non from the lead I mean children take children It takes a grain of salt The size of a grain of salt of lead when they're in development when their brains in the development stage to have issues Right, they don't have issues that day.
They're not drinking some water with let in it and getting sick that day It's years later down the road Toxic buildup.
I would look at glipizide glyphosate, yeah All right.
Yeah, so use the right trees guys Any if you're using these guys now, hey, you know upgrade yourself your lives, you know to the nicer trades I mean they cost more money, right? These guys are cheap you got if you can get these at growth stores and all this kind of stuff super cheap those guys don't Set you back But those guys I mean literally the ones that I saw last year when I was here they're still in circulation is still working They lost like years and years.
They're all out last these guys buy like a hundred times easily They actually have a lifetime guarantee one Wow lifetime guarantee.
So you use it forever Until your until your life ends You'll be growing in these boots eight remove trays.
All right now there so I think we're dad's on the last Mistake that people make when they're growing microgreens and I think this is a pretty big one, right? Yeah Yeah, so like everybody when I first started growing microgreens, I thought I had to grow every kind of micro green I grew 80-some plus different kinds of microgreens.
I thought it was fantastic Caused me a lot of issues Because some seeds are much harder to grow some seeds are much easier to grow I was trying things with chefs chefs to call me up and say, you know, I really didn't much care for that red ton That's something yeah red tone is actually a mahogany tree of the Tibet Oh, I got some see facts out there, you know one day I like to eat those.
I wanna see what tastes nice 225 dollars a pound for the seeds it tastes like Fried onions Wow, that entry is amazing flavor But at 225 dollars a pound for the seeds the return on investment for that tray Isn't there growing amorous? Amaranth is a really nice looking micro green.
It's really difficult to grow it Everybody has issues growing amaura though that are growing in soil coconut coir on our pads and hamp There are also always kinds of issues with with cameras.
Why grow it I can tell you our chefs don't much care for amaranth It's just doesn't look good on a plate.
It tastes great has a nice spinach flavor to it, but it's too difficult to grow sunflowers This year was a really bad year for sunflower seeds lots of mold in the sunflower seeds people were getting a lots of moldy trays of Sunflowers because the previous year was so wet this year's even wetter to me I mean, I don't know we've been getting rain every freaking day here.
So Lots of mold in it, so it's a difficult plan to grow I can tell you if all I had to do was grow three kinds of microgreens I would grow three types of microgreens.
I would grow leek peas and ranch Those are the easiest ones the easiest ones to grow and the best return on investment radishes are cheap peas are dirt cheap right leeks a little bit more expensive but seed wise you know People amethyst is an expensive seed Basil's an expensive seed if you lose a tray a mereth or a tray of basil You lost a lot of money if you lose a tray of Peas You don't lose so much money So the mistake is don't grow the wrong Kinds of microgreens choose the ones that are the easiest to grow especially if you're a beginner, you know If you've been growing my greens for five years like Larry you want to experiment some some harder ones to grow? I mean he has the skills now to do that if he wants to But I want you guys to start off and follow up what he says I mean he's been doing this running this business now for five years successfully so the the leeks the radishes and the piezo and what kind of Peas because I know there's different kinds of you know radishes and they're all pretty much gonna grow fast Just like in my garden random, but what kind of piece specifically because I know some peas may do better than others, right? Sure So we grow we grow one kind of piece.
We used to grow a bunch of different kinds of peas we found that the green sprouting peas or the afina peas were the best ones to grow because they grow to a certain height and they kind of start to slow down like Australian field peas or dumb peas or or Those other piece they just keep growing pretty soon.
You've got a tree Coming out of the tray with with the Fila peas that are sprouting peas they don't get bigger than seven to ten inches and they get a lot of nice tentacles on them and People the chefs love all those little tentacles coming out because it looks great on the plate Plus they have a really sweet pea flavor to them Radishes we grow we grow Rambo red or sorry Rambo radish with China rose mixed So we use a mixture of seeds there because we get a nice purple and green texture in the tray oh and the leeks what kind of needs to grow so leeks we grow American flag leek and we leave the little Black seeds on the top.
It kind of gives it an oniony bagel flavor to it And it's a really nice looking black and with a black little nib on the top with a nice green base Yeah, it actually makes me hungry one's gonna eat some more leaks right now actually Wow, so Larry's there.
He has it He's share with you guys a 10 biggest mistakes when growing microgreens, so now you guys can avoid doing those mistakes you guys be successful and growing my cream So literally before we go to have any other final tips or comments or words of wisdom You want to share my viewers today about growing microgreens? Now have fun it.
It's amazing and don't give up So a lot of people start doing their trays and maybe the first two or three trays don't turn out right Keep going keep at it if it was easy Everybody would be doing it, right III keep up to it I just keep after it and go after and go after I can tell you the amount of people that have come here for training And its successful amount of people that we have is amazing because they kept at it.
They didn't give up Yeah, I mean, that's what I want to encourage you guys to do, right? There's always a way you will figure it out, you know, don't give up I like to say, you know, if you did it unsuccessful you're made a mistake That's a success because you wouldn't successfully how not to do something Right, and if you want to play around and watch videos to grow my community, that's great I encourage you guys to do that start an experiment today start trying to grow things See what happens if you can't afford the expensive food safe ones Okay, you know try to get some kind of trays and whatever you guys can to start growing microgreens, it's bad It's better than nothing when you get some money then you know Then get the upgrade but here's the thing right if you guys are really serious about growing microgreens Right.
You want to learn from an expert, right? Learning on YouTube is great.
But you know Larry has an amazing deal then for $1,000 You literally get a gross set up just like this you see behind him, right? You'll get the setup But also he's gonna give you two days of free training here That's only if you buy the kit, you can't get the free training without the kit there and You're gonna come here at the Baltimore in this very room that I'm sitting at and you're gonna go for two full days of learning how to grow the microgreens so that you're not gonna make any mistakes and you will be successful at growing microgreens and in my mind my personal opinion is that It's probably the best thousand dollars if you want to grow some food that you've ever gonna spend because you're going to be set up With with the rack with a proven success Strategy that toy works.
Plus you're gonna get two days of training Like hands-on with other people that are learning with you at the same time so that you could go home and literally feed your fan for life with the training and the supplies that Larry will be providing you.
So yeah, check the link down below how to grow macaroons and make $100,000 a year that I did here with Larry that pretty much explains the whole setup He's changed a few things since I was here last but that's pretty much it for this episode right microgreens I will say are probably one of the most nutritious foods on the planet I believe everybody should be growing them.
And when I come to your house to visit just be me some microphones.
I'll be quite happy So anyways, if you guys enjoyed this episode here With Larry learning about microwaves.
Hey, please be sure to give me a thumbs up you lots of thumbs ups I'll come back next time I'm here in Baltimore doing another video with a Larry so you guys could learn from his wisdom and get inspired to Grow and be successful at growing more microgreens also Be sure to click that subscribe button right down below so you don't miss out on any of my new and upcoming episodes Upcoming every three to four days You never know for sure or what you'd be learning and make sure if you're already subscriber or a new subscriber Click the little bell.
It's very important So you get notified YouTube will actually send you a notification that hey Jon post a new video today so you can watch it before anybody else and Learn as I'm learning literally in all my travels and in my backyard growing food for myself Also, be sure to check my past episodes Oh my god my episodes my past episodes are a wealth of knowledge over 400 episodes at this time teach you guys all Aspects and how you guys to grow your own food home, whether that's Mike Greene's or full size crops or fruit trees I got videos on all those topics.
So yeah, be sure to check those out And also be sure to share this video with somebody else something that has been trying to grow microgreens Unsuccessfully once they hear Larry's tips.
That'll definitely set them on the trajectory To being more successful so well with that, my name is john kohler with growingyourgreens.
Com We'll see you next time and until then remember keep on growing – take a moment out of this episode today to remind you guys that we're still doing Growingyourgreens t-shirt fundraiser, so if you want to support me my work you could definitely buy Growingyourgreens t-shirts that directly supports me to allow me to continue to make my educational videos plus you definitely get a really cool organic cotton Growingyourgreens t-shirt.
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welcome to organic garden today i`m going to show how to decorate money plant take a pot take a strong wire to tie it as a round now tie the wire as a circle and now keep the wire in the pot put some stones and it want to be weight put some soil garden soil60% compost10% sand20% cocopeat10% take a well grown money plant and plant it now round the money plant on the wire spray water thanks for watching.
>> GOOD MORNING.
WELCOME TO THE SUNDAY GARDENER.
SPRING IS HERE, THE SUN IS OUT, AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL OUTSIDE.
THE WEATHER HAS BEEN KIND OF STRANGE THIS SEASON SO FAR, BUT IT IS TIME TO GET GROWING.
WE ARE HALFWAY THROUGH APRIL AT THIS STAGE OF THE GAME.
WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO ENJOY THE GARDEN AND ITS BENEFITS.
>> ONE BENEFIT ARE HERBS.
THEY ARE A GREAT WAY TO FLAVOR FOOD AND GET AWAY FROM SALT.
>> THIS IS WHAT I ALWAYS THOUGHT WAS FOR STRAWBERRY.
>> IT IS, BUT IT IS ALSO GREAT FOR SUCCULENTS AND HERBS.
WHAT ARE THESE IS MARGARINE, AND THE OTHER IS OREGANO.
JOHN, YOU CAN START THERE WITH THE PARSLEY.
I WILL GET SOME SAGE IN HERE.
ROSEMARY KIND OF GETS ITS OWN POTS.
YOU CAN FEED THEM FROM THE INSIDE OUT OR OUTSIDE IN DEPENDING ON HOW YOU WANT TO DO IT.
I LIKE TO MAKE SURE THE ROOTS ARE DOWN BELOW THE PLANT ON THESE.
>> DID DO IT INSIDE OUT, YOU KIND HAVE TO PULL IT THROUGH WITHOUT DESTROYING.
YOU JUST HAVE TO BE GENTLE.
>> YOU ARE GOOD.
THAT IS NICE.
HERBS JUST NEED SOME REGULAR WATERING AND WE ARE GOOD TO GO.
>> ONCE YOU GET ALL OF THEM DONE, ON THE SIDE — ONCE YOU GET ALL OF THEM DONE ON THE SIDE, YOU CAN STICK ONE IN THE TOP.
>> YOU CAN INCLUDE SOME OF YOUR BIGGER PLANTS LIKE ROSEMARY OR BASIL.
BE A LITTLE CAREFUL.
SOME OF YOUR HERBS ARE PERENNIALS AND SOME ARE NOT.
SOME OF THEM COULD GET LOST IN A FROST.
>> SOMETHING WE COULD STILL SEE THIS YEAR.
SO, NOT A BAD IDEA TO INCLUDE SOME OF THOSE COLD CROPS, BUT WE CAN GENERALLY GET GOING.
>> THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO KEEP HARVESTING.
WE GET A LOT OF ESSENTIAL OILS FROM OUT HERE.
YOU CAN PUT IN SOME LAVENDER IF YOU WANT SOME NICE FRAGRANCE.
THE SKY IS THE LIMIT.
THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF VARIETIES OF HERBS.
>> ON THIS PARTICULAR JOB HERE, IF YOU HAVE A PLACE YOU PUT IT, YET TO MAKE SURE TO ROTATE IT SO THEY CAN ALL GET EQUAL SHOT AT SOME SUNSHINE.
>> IF YOU LOOK AT A BIGGER STRAWBERRY JAR, WHAT SOME PEOPLE DO IS PUT AP VP — PIECE.
GOOD EVENING TO ALL THE GREEN GUYS !EVER NOTICED SMALL SHRUBS TO SMALL TREES WITH EXTREMELY PRETTY AND NAUGHTILY TANGY ROUNDBALL LIKE CITRUS FRUITS.
YES, I AM REFERRING TO TANGERINE.
THE TANGERINE TREE IS A VARIETY OF MANDARINTHAT PRODUCES SMALL, THIN-SKINNED FRUIT SIMILAR TO AN ORANGE.
GROWING A TANGERINE IS VERY SIMILAR TO GROWINGAN ORANGE.
TANGERINES ARE EVERGREEN AND GROW ABOUT 10TO 15 FEET TALL, ALTHOUGH OLD TREES CAN REACH 25 FEET.
THE TREES NEED FULL SUN AND WELL-DRAININGSOIL.
LOOK HOW WE HAVE GROWN A TANGERINE PLANT HEREIN THE GROUND AND ONE IN A MEDIUM SIZED PLANTER.
TANGERINE IS PROPAGATED THROUGH SEEDS BUTNOW A DAYS IT IS ALSO PROPAGATED BY GRAFTING.
THE TASTE OF TANGERINE IS CONSIDERED LESSSOUR, AS WELL AS SWEETER AND STRONGER, THAN THAT OF AN ORANGE.
THE PEEL IS VERY THIN AND LITTLE BITTER WHICHMAKES THEM USUALLY EASIER TO PEEL AND TO SPLIT INTO SEGMENTS.
PEAK TANGERINE SEASON LASTS FROM AUTUMN TOSPRING I.
E FROM OCTOBER TO MARCH IN NORTHERN INDIA.
TANGERINES ARE MOST COMMONLY PEELED AND EATENOUT OF HAND.
THE FRESH FRUIT IS ALSO USED IN SALADS, DESSERTSAND MAIN DISHES.
HONESTLY, WE DON’T EVEN THROW THE PEELSAWAY SINCE THEY MAKE YUMMY RINDS AND FLAVOUR IN SHAKES ETC.
WE ALSO USE THE NARANGI IN MANY CHUTNEYS ANDTHE SQUEEZED OUT PULP AND THE PEELS IN DISH WASHERS.
TANGERINE HAS A STRONG FRAGRANCE WHICH MYPAPA PLACES IN HIS CAR FOR PERFUMING IT.
IN TANGERINES THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTOF VITAMIN C ABOUT 30% OF OUR DAILY REQUIREMENT.
A TANGERINE IS ALSO CALLED A NARANGI IN INDIAPLEASE DO CHECK OUT SOME GREAT RECIPES AT MENCANMAKEHOMES.
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GO GREEN EVERYONE !.
WHETHER YOU WANT TO PLANT YOUR FIRST TOMATO OR YOU'RE BEEN HARVESTING HERBS FOR YEARS, GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD CAN BE EASY AND EDUCATIONAL.
SOME TIPS ON PLANNING, PLANTING AND GROWING VEGGIES.
THE PLANNING IS THE FIRST PART.
THAT'S THE PHASE WE'RE IN NOW WITH THE COOLER WEATHER.
IT'S A GREAT TIME TO MAYBE TAKE OUT NOTES FROM LAST YEAR.
IF IT'S YOUR FIRST GARDEN START LOOKING INTO THE THINGS THAT YOU MIGHT WANT TO GROW AND WHEN YOU'RE DOING THAT SUNLIGHT IS GOING TO BE YOUR DETERMINING FACTOR.
LOTS OF VEGGIES.
MOST VEGGIES REQUIRE SIX OR EIGHT HOURS OF SUN.
IS THAT TAKING A GOOD SURVEY OF YOUR YARD? YEP.
OFTEN TIME THE IF IT'S IN YOUR LAWN OR GARDEN, A PLACE THAT PARTICULARLY DRIES OUT THAT'S PROBABLY A PLACE THAT'S GETTING FULL SUN.
IF YOU DON'T HAVE A GARDEN THERE, THERE ARE GOOD OPTIONS.
ALTERNATIVE GARDENING METHODS.
DIFFERENT THINGS YOU CAN DO TO GET PLANTS IN THE SUNLIGHT.
THE PLANTING IS THE FIRST STEP.
WHEN IT COMES TIME TO PLANT, YOU BROUGHT THINGS THAT MIGHT BE GOOD FOR PEOPLE TO THINK ABOUT.
I BROUGHT SOME SORT OF REGULAR FAVORITES AND ALSO SOME COOL CROP VEGGIES THAT IF YOU'RE ITCHING TO GET OUTSIDE YOU COULD DO NOW.
IS IT GREENS MOSTLY? IT'S A LOT OF GREENS.
I BROUGHT SOME OF THEM IN FRONT.
LETTUCE IS PROBABLY ONE THE MOST POPULAR.
THERE'S DIFFERENT TYPES OF LETTUCE YOU CAN GET.
MY KIDS LOVE TO GO OUT TO THE GARDEN AND GET WILL LETTUCE.
AND THAT COMES UP REALLY QUICKLY.
30 DAYS ABOUT.
EVEN STARTING THIS SMALL? YEAH.
KALE, CARROTS, OTHER ROOT VEGETABLES.
WHAT AM I FORGETTING? SWISS CHARD.
OTHER THINGS LIKE THAT.
IF YOU DO HAVE LOTS OF SUNLIGHT.
TOMATOES AND PEPPERS ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITES.
WE HAVE LOTS OF GREAT VARIETIES.
ALL OF OUR VEGETABLES AND HERBS ARE LOCALLY GROWN.
I SEE A COUPLE DIFFERENT KINDS OF TOMATOES.
THEY LOOK LIKE DIFFERENT PLANT.
THERE'S DIFFERENT VARIETIES SUITED FOR DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS.
THIS HANGING BASKET IS MORE OF A TRAILING TOMATO AND DOESN'T NEED MUCH GROUND TO GROW IN.
THERE'S ALSO SMALLER PATIO VARIETIES.
THESE ARE SMALLER, KIND OF CHERRY, GRAPE TOMATOES.
YOU HAVE TO WAIT A LITTLE BIT.
YOU WANT TO WAIT.
YOU CAN RESEARCH IT, MAYBE COME SHOP.
MAY? OUR AVERAGE LAST FROST IS BETWEEN MAY 10th AND MAY 15th.
WE DO HAVE THAT POTENTIAL FOR FROST OVERNIGHT TOO AS WELL.
SO KYLIE LIVES IN THE CITY.
HERB GARDENS, URBAN HERB GARDENS ARE HUGE RIGHT NOW.
ANOTHER THING YOU COULD ADD TO THAT HERB GARDEN WOULD BE MINT.
THIS IS REALLY POPULAR FOR US.
THIS IS MOJITO MINT.
EXCELLENT FOR THE SUMMER TIME DRINKS.
YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THAT.
THERE'S GREAT STRAWBERRY JARS OR HERB JARS IF YOU JUST HAVE A SMALL SPACE.
YOU CAN FIT LOTS OF DIFFERENT TYPES OR VARIETIES.
I'LL JUST BRING THAT BACK WITH ME.
THIS IS NOT THE LAST TIME I'M GOING TO SEE ADAM TODAY.
ADAM WILL BE A PART OF THE ART IN BLOOM FASHION SHOW.
CALLED FLOWERS AFTER HOURS AT THE MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS TONIGHT.
ART IN BLOOM GOES FOR FOUR DAYS.
BACHMAN'S HELPS DESIGN THESE BEAUTIFUL FLOWER DISPLAYS INSPIRED BY THE ART IN THE MUSEUM.
TONIGHT KAREN AND I ARE GOING TO EMCEE THIS.
YOU ARE ONE OF THE FASHION MODELS.
WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? YOU'LL HAVE TO COME TO ATTEND.
IS THIS GARDENING ATTIRE? YEAH, THIS IS GARDENING HIGH FASHION.
YOU'LL BE DECORATED WITH FLOWERS AND PLANTS.
I HAVEN'T SEEN IT YET.
I'VE HEARD THERE'S A HEAD DRESS.
DO THE SHOW TWICE.
COME AND SEE US.
hi guys welcome back to the farm inThailand with Leigh and toon today something again a little bit differenttry and keep you on your toes you lot something that I'm personally quiteexcited about took a little while to to do but stay tuned guys because I think alot of you will enjoy and benefit of get some benefit of what we're set up beforeyou so some of our recent vlogs on YouTube have been going down extremelywell we can tell not just by the views so much but really by the comments thatyou guys are leaving so things like the giant bamboo that we are growing theirrigation on the last the last video and growing papayas that sort of thinga lot of you have taken quite a big interest and some of you already doingthat sort of thing some of you are looking into it and possibly going to doit in the future yourselves but what what has always concerned me is Isuppose that old famous phrase of jack of all trades master of nonequite often applies to me and toon because we're totally new to the rural life inThailand and farming and trying to be self-sufficient I know we've done a lotand we've had quite a lot of success in in our eyes but there's no getting awayfrom it we have made quite a few cockups and what I don't want is for people toinvest a lot of time and money and doing things that are similar and then youhave an epic fail because some things we don't fail on until two or three downtwo or three months down the line and I don't want you guys to fall into thattrap I know we could hold on to the videos and wait for success or failureand then post but that will take far too much planning and looking into thefuture I'm not that I'm not that i we're doingthat sort of thing so mainly because I'm not that well organized so what I cameup with was a bit of an idea I'm not sure if it's cutting edge but but let'sroll it out there and see what you think what's been happening guys is it's beenwell-documented over the months on this channel that I'm not a big fan of ThaiTV in the evenings I once had my dinner and a shower and what cuddling up on thesofa I'm really not into watching these Thai little that will tie miniseries soour internet is a little bit quicker these days we went over to true movemobile and it's enabled me to have a butcher's on YouTube a little bit moreso previously all I was doing was just uploading videos and editing them andthat was it as far as YouTube when now I can actually have a have a nosy aroundon there so there were some things that I was interested in there wasn't havingto look around and then one came up in a suggested video it was about how best touse your your chickens on you on your vegetable plot and trying to integratethem a little bit with you growing crops a little bit on irrigation and somethingcalled soil building I found it very interesting it was often the same guysame channel guys called Steve very watchable guy he has got the sameTexican hat as me I think he had it before me but tun bought it for me andshe hadn't seen any of his videos so we haven't copied his style he also has thebest eyebrows on YouTube now guys I can hear the size or oh god it's anothershout out it's not well it's a little bit different and here's why when I wasreconstructing our channel a while back and fiddled in with all the playI saw a little toggle saying collab set up basically where you can use it howyou like but the way I've I've you this is channels that you think are arehelpful and interesting to you personally youth and you think that theyour viewers may well get some benefit by by having a look on their you caninvite these channels to collaborate with you now I'm not on about thesethings well Oh Steve's the best channel in the worldoh no Lee you're the best channel in the world now you're a bit over both greatit's not like licking horrible I hate that what this is all the do is get theopportunity by a URL link for them to share their videos on to your channelnow we get no views from it guys so some of you are probably thinking Lee whatyou're doing you a guy that you're quite right it's quite a popular channelyou're going to send us over there and you're going to lose our our viewsyou're clicking off you're getting people to click off your channel the waymy mind works which I know is not very common amongstother people is going back to what I said right to start the video soon and Iaren't experts in any of the fields that or topics that we cover guys we're we'reon a journey so to speak it's our first year you all know that and we'retripping up lots of lots of times upon the on the way so some of you guys thatare watching are very experienced you've got some good ideas some of you had juststarted out as well let's try and get you on the right track so what I did asent Steve an email he already knew that we were watching some of these videosand I just offered him up the opportunity would you like to post themor link some of your videos on to our channel and he said yes fucking hellI just built me three in one Jesus look leading over in ads so we're all rightso yes Steve agreed to it it kindly gave me the links to about five or six videoswhich are in the playlists and hopefully he can get a bit of additional trafficbut more importantly in my opinion it keeps you guys happy what what I'mtrying to do is make us a one-stop shop for for the majority of use to thechannel I know a lot of you love just like us fooling around throwingourselves in the water falling over all those sorts of thingsand having epic fails and and then minor victories but some of you I think wouldreally benefit from some expert opinions and how to do things that have beenproven successful it's another reason why we started that rule or lifestyleand Facebook group there's a lot of guys been in Thailand and beingself-sufficient and living out in the sticks and they've got some brilliantexperiences and they're willing to share with this newbies so it's up to you Irecommend it take advantage of it you'll probably save some time and money andsome heartache if we'd watched or found this channel a little bit earlier wewould have done a fair few things differently so the link I'll put pop poponto the the video now there'll also be a link in the description and then therewill be the playlist on the channel so if you've never been to the channel pagethere's quite a bit of info there what we do is we get quite a bit quite a fewrepetitive questions whit's a fine no problem there but a lot of the answersmay may be found on the about page so all you do you just click on our profileicon where as me in terms mugshot there that will take you to the channel pageand then just scroll along the top where it says about and then it will give youa bit more info there but to find Steve's go onto the same page thechannel page and then go along to playlists and you're looking forward totitle nature's always right and in a bracket of the collaboration playlistwith Steve I hope you enjoy it guys what I have said to Steven was our last theguys from from our channel that do go and have a look if they like it and theythink it's for them and if it was a good idea if you could just leave them abrief comment just to let them know that you've come over from here and then wecan both both sort of gauge if it's the sort of thing that was a good idea is agood idea something that we may roll out to a select few okay the other thing isI'm not an offer open to everyone but if you think your channel may be ofinterest to a good old portion of our viewers then send us an email don't sendus a link in the comment section to your to your website or your YouTube channelbecause you'll probably end up in the junk just send us an email or a bit of adescription in the comments and then when I get time and I will look at it ifI agree with you and think it's you know benefit to the majority of our viewersthen I'll get in touch and we'll see if we can set something up similar for youokay it's it's something I'm quite passionate about I always have beenit's a bloody struggle on YouTube so if we can help fellow youtubers out and Ithink it won't have an adverse effect on our channel then I'm alright I don'tmind invest in a little bit of time so things along if I can alright that's itI think it's time to get back gangs out with me this morning been eaten or thenewer Quayle shit that I've put around the skinny beans n't you go terrible dogright soon's off just helping her friend who's motorbikes packed up and she wasneeded to nip into town to get supplies for a sometime shop so she's there doinga good Samaritan bit we certainly don't mind because she'sselling produce from us and buying produce so actually cook up and serve upso she's a very very good friend to us when we used to have the car when thatbroke down in the middle of nowhere she came out on a bike and rescued us so weowed her an SOS response so to speak alright as always thank you for watchingtime to go feed the dogs set out for now gang Tamil I blitzie useless in here.
It's so cool to see something newsprouting up in the Hill Country.
Thanks so much for sharing your greatoperations with us, looking forward to eating some of those mushrooms.
Right now, however, we're gonna be talking about herbs and we are joined by Ann McCormackwho's back the urban urban cowgirl and cowgirl it's great to have you back onthe program.
We had lots of fun last time you're on the show.
We're gonna betalking about a very special herb for Austin and Central Texas, cilantro.
Cilantro, oh very very much beloved in Texas but it's one of the herbs thatpeople will have problems in in years where we have very high heat becausethey don't understand that in the real high temperature cilantro simply willnot survive.
And I often get questions from poor gardeners who justfeel that they have just failed miserably because their cilantro died.
Bythe time we get to in late June early July and I am so happy to be able to sayto them it's not you it's just the plant.
And once they understand that it's acool weather herb and here in Texas what that means is we have to grow it and twoseasons one is the very beginning of the year like as early as February so it'll grow during the cooler months and then by like I said byMemorial Day it starts to head towards seeds of course the seeds arecoriander seeds which are edible also.
Right, and when it bolts it'sactually quite attractive.
It is but it just makes people who want to have cilantro leaves.
So, what you do is Labor Day comes around plant it again.
Asthe temperatures again start to slowly cool you will have a second productionof the leaves that people want and they can enjoy that pretty much until thefirst frost which sometimes is very late in December.
So we encouragepeople to grow cilantro as just a two season herb and they won't haveanxieties over why their tacos are lacking cilantrobecause it is definitely a plant that's a staple in Tex-Mex food.
It's wonderful now for those people who are heating the advice and will want toplant some in the fall.
Are there any special precautions when the weather does turn cold? Not particularly because it really does tolerate coolertemperatures it's like basil when we really get to the point where we have ahard frost it will die it is an annual sure and that's normal but you will beable to have production for if you if you plant in September you know OctoberNovember and well into December and you can have plenty of tacos and enchiladaswith your own fresh cilantro on them.
And just real basic cultivation on cilantroI'm assuming full Sun? Yes and they do pretty well with some moisture.
Theydo like to have regular moisture and of course with the cooler temperatures youwon't have to water them as much they can grow in the ground as well as in apot but they really do need to be outside.
They're really not an indoorwindowsill herb.
A lot of people try that.
Most herbs that we use for cooking are nativeto the Mediterranean area, as is cilantro.
And so you just really need that sun.
Okay, so problem solved.
I would hope so.
Now another thing that you wanted to do this isn't about manger herbs.
Yes and I was completelyunfamiliar with this term I know what a manger is oh but there are a lot of oldtraditions symbolism associated with herbs and flowers and trees but aroundChristmas time there are certain herbs that are considered particularlysignificant associated with the Christmas story Joseph and Mary going to Bethlehem and the baby Jesus being born and laid in the manger and ofcourse this is a very rural image of course to us and it certainly was I mean, he was the child out in the barn.
And so there were traditions that were slowly built up that talked aboutcertain herbs that would have been used by Mary and you care for the infantchild and had association with Christmas and they were then used as decoration asalso as symbolism in the home and in the parish church because remember,for centuries the majority of people did not read did not have accessto a Bible and so symbolism was the way that the Catholic Churchreminded people of what they had learned verbally during the Sunday Sermons sothat's why I was just in glass windows and and traditional things such as majorherbs.
Well speaking of major herbs there are alot of our all-time favorites are on the list here you know but there's someunusual ones that people will go gosh I've never heard of that.
Bedstraw is one and this is, you could imagine it being useful in themanger setting.
What kind of herb is this? The full name is Our Lady's Bed Straw.
The tradition was that it was used to create a bed for the baby Jesus.
It is sort of,it is has something of a sweet hay like fragrance and I believe it it's one ofthe herbs that would also be used like pennyroyal which is another one that's amanger herb to help deter fleas and other biting insects you wouldn't wantto have your infant child someplace where it was going to be bitten by fleas.
Makes sense to me.
This was an example of a tradition that came up.
Thyme, sweet garden thyme has and still is actually used some of theessential oils from times as having antiseptic properties right and thatalso to provide a clean environment for the baby Jesus and that was one thatwas also considered a manger herb and lavender as well lavender of course forthe the wonderful scent and the the blue color because blue was a symbolic colorclosely associated with Mary the mother of Jesus which is wellrosemary is also on the list that has a tradition a traditional story thatactually goes beyond Bethlehem.
Not long after Jesus was born to MaryJoseph and the baby fled into Egypt because Herod was looking to kill theinfant child and the tradition says that as they were on their way to Egypt theystopped at some point and for whatever reason and Mary took her cloak which was a bright blue and placed it over a rosemary bush supposedly to air outand the tradition says that before that the flowers were white but after thatthat rosemary would have light blue flowers which not all, but themajority of them still do to this day.
So this was something where ifpeople who grew rosemary and would see the blue flowers would be reminded ofthe Bible story related to Egypt there's so many charming ways that mythologygets blended in with plants.
And again more offavorites.
Lavender is another one that is associated with a manger again because of the scent.
One that we really don't grow very muchthese days is rue.
It was commonly described as the herb of grace becauseit was considered a cleansing and purifying herb.
Rue was one of I thinkthere's one of two I can't think of the other one one of two herbs that I thinkwould be used to sanctify a person or a place where it would be dipped in holywater and shaken around so it was the herb of grace.
It was dispensing grace to those around and so that has an obviousassociation with the Christ child coming into the world and providing grace tothe work grace and salvation to the world.
Well there's so many cool storiesand we're gonna have to visit with you some more about theother herbs but just real briefly though for a lot of the plants we just talkedabout autumn is a great time to plant them, correct? Yes, autumn isthe perfect time to plant just about any.
Not just your herbs becausethe cooler temperatures mean that the plant is going to be less stressedbecause any time you dig up a plant to disturb its roots it, it's a stressfulsituation it's stressful for us when we change houses it's bad for the plants too.
But it is actually a perfect time to do it because then it also means thatthe plant has the winter for the roots to develop in preparation for spring.
Well, on that note we're gonna have to wrap up this interview but wehope that you'll come back and visit with us some more about some of theseamazing stories that you know so well.
Thanks for being hereand oh and anyone who's interested in the Twelve Herbs of Christmas I have itin a poem form on my website just google, find my website and look up the wordChristmas and you'll find it.
Okay very good.
Thanks and coming up next isStephanie.
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♪ [music] ♪ – [Beverly] Hi, welcome.
I'm BeverlyWelch with The Arbor Gate in Tomball, Texas, here today with AnnWheeler of Log House Herbs.
– [Anne] Hi, Beverly.
– Hello, Anne.
Thanks forjoining us this morning.
So fall on the Gulf coast.
We lookforward to this season every year.
It can be quite short or quite long, butwe never know when it's coming.
One of our favorite things to dois grow in containers.
– They're so easy to maintain.
They'respace-saving, maintenance-free, just a lot of reasons why containersare a great way to go.
And herbs, of course, are one of our favorite plants.
So Ann, what should we start with this time of year in choosing our container,and what are we going to plant? – Well, those are all good questions andsplendid observations about growing herbs at this time of the year.
Beverly and Idecided a long time ago to call October 1st "New Year's Day" for herbs because,this time of the year, the worst of the heat is over, and it's a great time tostart these things.
They will grow and produce herbs for you throughout what wecall winter, which is really an extended sort of autumn for most folk.
– A lesser summer.
– A lesser summer.
But if we start nowand we choose the right containers and we combine things in an advantageous way,we'll be very, very fortunate to have herbs for a longer period, and we'll beable to maintain those herbs in the same size pot we started them inbecause during the cooler months, they'll grow moreslowly, and herbs are famous for their really bad mannered roots.
Theyare voracious growers, and that's because they're actually weeds.
– But that's why we love them.
– But that's why we love them.
They'rekind of like us.
So here's a thought.
If you choose a pot no smaller thanthis, you can go upwards from that.
You can plant herbs in a pot the size ofthat giant one down there if you want to, and that way, you can manage to grow andprosper with something that starts out in a huge pot like this pineapple sage does.
And it'll bloom, and it'll produce usable leaves throughout the year.
– Wonderful fragrance, though.
The bright,vibrant red salvia type tubular blooms are big attractors for thehummingbirds and butterflies.
– Hummingbirds, butterflies, bees willcome to this plant.
The only limitation here is that the size of the plantprojects the size of the pot that would be needed for it.
It would be notuseful to plant this in this pot.
– This fits for this product.
– It would look pretty from day one,but it wouldn't be long-lasting at all, so we wouldn't want to do that.
Whatwe like to do this time of the year.
and it's an advantage for us this time ofthe year.
Let's take one of our cool season herbs.
We have cilantro, lovage,the parslies, the sages, the dills, and fennels.
All of those things.
Nearlyeverything except basil can be planted this time of year to goodeffect, right, and do well.
So you could takeone of these.
– May I help you? – Yep.
And then we have an Italianparsley that would be very pretty with that and a lovely little.
– calibrachoa million bells, and mostpetunias here on the Gulf coast.
Our winters are so mild, that will bloomall season, really until May of next year.
– And it'll be such a beautiful spotof color and a useful herb, and the whole thing is fragrant.
And, you know, many peoplecomplain about having trouble and issues growing cilantro and parsley, dill,and fennel because they wait until spring to plant them.
And, you know, fallis the time to garden on the Gulf coast.
– It really is.
They won't bolt and go toseed as fast as they would planted in March or April when they first come out inthe nurseries.
That's when everyone's excited about planting and we want to,but that is a shorter growing season for this plant.
So that's one thought.
Now, what I would do.
Let's say these were my choices, and I would dothis, and I would do it right now today, and they would be planted in Arbor GateSoil fertilized with Arbor Gate Blend, and these would be my fallbackthings if I had any problems I wanted to solve, and I'll say a word about whyin just a minute.
But when spring comes.
Let's say mid to late May.
Thispot might look better if this were taken completely out of it and give thespace to these to continue to grow, bloom, and produce the seeds they'regoing to produce.
So any questions, ma'am? – Not so far.
Not so far.
– It makes a lot of sense, doesn't it? Ifyou're growing things in the cooler season, their roots justwon't expand as quickly.
They're still going to grow.
They're still going to produce.
– Plenty of cilantro and parsley tolast you all season long.
– And you'll be very gladthat you have them nearby.
– So what were some of theother things that you chose? – Well, this is curled parsley forprettiness, and this is Italian parsley for flavor, and then I chosea dill.
This is a bouquet dill, and it's noted for being a littlebit shorter in height, but very bushy and dense.
Lots of dill for you there.
– And, you know, the fragrance on theseplants.
I love the fragrance.
But in the springtime, what you'll findwith your dill and fennel is they're larval food forthe swallowtails.
Never forget thatif you have herbs out there, you're going to have butterflies, bees,some even hummingbirds.
I wanted to point outthat lavenders, also.
It's very beneficial to plantlavenders in the cooler seasons.
Our summers are just really hard onthem.
So if you plant them in a nice pot this size and put them somewhere where,in the worst of the summer heat, you can give them some shade in theafternoon.
One of the great benefits of having them in a pot.
You canmove them around and give them a little shelterfrom that terrible sun.
– You know, and given the volume of rainthat we're apt to get from time to time, it's a great way to grow lavender here.
It's keeping it up out of the ground where it's got good drainageand good air flow.
– My thought with regard to growing herbsin containers.
Either you can have a decorative objective or you canhave a gardening objective.
Now, this and another plant in thispot would be the decorative approach that you might take right now.
Maybe this beautiful Lobularia.
– That gorgeous little plant.
It'll drapeover the edge, and it'll be beautiful throughout the.
– Actually, almost year-round.
It's across between alyssum and Lobelia, so it's a very sturdy alyssum-lookingplant with that wonderful fragrance.
– And it's so delicate and a great foilfor these lavenders who are very sturdy-looking plants.
So towardsthe end of the cooler months, I might be inclined to take that one out,and I might even be inclined to divide these two and let one of theselavenders dominate the pot.
– So you don't always haveto have a great big pot to have a beautifully full plant in it.
Andas Beverly and I have talked about many times, when worse comes to worse,you can cut many of these things off.
I have one here just for that purpose.
This is Mexican mint marigold.
This is a plant that will be blooming inthe fall, and it's most gorgeous.
It'll be really nice most of the winter.
It'll go dormant, it'll come back, and it'll grow, grow, grow.
If it getstoo big and ratty-looking, you can cut it right down,and it'll refill the pot.
Almost before your eyes.
– And, you know, this is our tarragonsubstitute on the Gulf coast.
Tarragon itself is so hard to grow,but this guy is a champ.
– It's a champ, and it's a beautifulplant for a container.
It truly is.
Also, another beauty in a containeris this [inaudible] sage.
I find that this is one of the mostforgiving sages of all, and it can easily be kept in-bounds, and little bad-lookingbits can be easily clipped off wherever there's a branch.
And that brings me tosomething else, which is true of all herbs whether they're in the pot or theground.
They really do need to be groomed and made and used.
Using is thebest way to groom them, isn't it? – Yes.
– But you don't need to see a stragglyherb.
You just keep it shaped up the way you want it year-round.
– And so all I need for thisproject then is pick my pot.
We didn't talk about this, but the BetterThan Rocks gives us really excellent drainage, doesn't let the soil blockthe hole, kind of filters the water, if you will.
You can wash theseout and reuse them.
– And then the good draining soil, ArborGate Soil Complete, gives you an organic, well-draining soil.
– Filled with amendments,micorrhizals, spores, and so forth.
– I plant everything with a goodly handfulof Arbor Gate Blend mixed into the soil.
Throughout the growing season, I alsosprinkle it on top, and I take a fork and just rake it in a little bit.
When I seethings that look not as healthy as I'd like for them to, I use fish emulsionand/or Hasta Gro.
This is more of a.
– Just a little boost.
You know, whenyou feed with a liquid fertilizer, it's a faster-acting.
– It's available to the plant throughthe roots right straight away.
– And this can be used asa foliar feed as well.
– Yes, it can.
And this has even beenrecommended to me to solve problems where you know there's some sort ofnutrition problem, but you don't know exactly what it is.
Fish emulsion is just,like, the greatest vitamin in the world.
– And really, the only control, other thanthat, for fungal or insect pests is Neem, which is going to be more organic.
Here onthe Gulf coast, we have to be a little mindful of temperatures.
This can be alittle temperature-sensitive in the heat of the summer, but for the fall andwinter, as we're discussing, this can be used anytime.
– And in the greenhouse, we found thissolved the problems of powdery mildew, which sometimes will, you know.
– We get a little humid.
– A little humid, and it gets on theunderside of the leaves of the sages sometimes, but this is a verygood way to take care of that.
– So a minimal amount of products,but a great selection of plants, and an endless selection of containers.
– Well, thank you, Anne.
– It was my pleasure.
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Narrator: In this episodeof Growing Sense, Do It Yourself: Milena and Rosmarie explore how plants offer a generous gift for thenext growing season.
MILENA: Today we're gonna talk to you about seed saving.
ROSMARIE: Oh, that's reallygood topic, hey? Yes.
Yeah, super beneficialif we know how to save seeds and some of thequestions that I get a lot is when do we know the plantis ready to be collected? I'm just gonna mockthis up with this plant that I broughtin here today.
So this is a Mallow plant.
It looks kind of like a Hollyhock.
It's about three feet tall,it has purple and white flowers and the seed heads arelovely little pockets of seeds.
And, so oneof the big tips I have is that when you break the stem, it should snap.
Yeah, so it's snappingrather than bending, it's breakingreally easily.
That's great, so then the other tip is that, or the thing to look out for is that the flower is where the seeds come out of after the flower has died back.
So we get theselittle packages.
They're usually pretty green and fleshy through the late part of the summer and then they turn intodehydrated, beige, brown, kind of crunchy feeling.
You see howthey feel.
You can see that they are a bit fragile.
Let me just pull outone of the seed packets.
There it is onthe tip of my finger.
All right,put it on my finger.
Put it on your finger, yup, andyou can feel it through your.
So if you try to pressyour thumb nail into it, you probably can't get yourthumb nail to crack it open.
And that's also another tipis to use your thumb nail or your finger nail to press into the seed itself and see if you can break it open with your thumbnail.
If you can'tthen it's ready to go.
Right, and the good trickwith doing this as well is to do it over paper platebecause then you can actually, if you haveenough sight you can probably tell alittle bit of the contrast.
And if not, if something fallsand you can use your fingertips to try and find it in your paper platePerfect.
Storage is in a paper bagor a glass jar, correct? That's right,yeah.
And then in the spring,you're ready to plant.
That's our tipsfor seed saving.
Okay, so this is echinacea? Yes, it's.
I had not seen it before it's Interesting.
So this plant is three years old Kind of stand over there so we get an idea of how high that is.
I actually had not realized what echinacea looks like either when I first planted it.
The cone the center of the flower is actually really pokey and hard, so I kind of struggled with "How are you supposed to harvest it" for things like tea.
But when I read into it, it looked like mainly it's the flower petals and the stems that are dried for tea.
But the most medicinal part of it is actually the root.
So normally you want to leave it for at least a year and then you could actually dig up part of the root system for the medicinal uses.
What kind of medicinal uses do you know of? So echinacea is a good stimulant to the immune system.
So if you can feel that you are starting to get sick, you can drink echinacea, echinacea tea, or you can chew on the root or something like that and it will actually help boost your immune system to send out those "fighter cells" in a sense, to take care of the sickness.
So you can actually have a cold that is less severe because it's attacking it sooner.
One thing to note– that property, you really should only be using it at the beginning of your sickness because once you are fully sick, sending out the message that you're under attack and you need more reinforcements in your immune system actually has a bad effect if you're already sick and your system is already flooded with that response.
So how did you start growing echinacea?I I bought a package of seeds and.
So you started them from seeds? Yep.
Did you start them inside or outside? I started them inside.
I actually started quite a few seeds.
So this, I planted several different plants over here but I'm not sure.
you can kind of tell this is one plant versus this over here is a different plant.
There's actually a stem from a previous year.
It's a perennial, so it will keep coming back.
Have you had any difficulty planting it in … and keeping it alive in Washington? No, it's actually done pretty well.
It's here next to the house, but I also have one in the flower garden that I put in last year and then I have one in the very backyard.
(That's not near the house?) That's not near the house.
And it seems to be doing fine too.
Strangely enough, the one that I planted this year in a different location, it's closer to the raspberries, something kept eating the leaves and that's really strange because none of the other echinacea plants have seemed to be impacted by a bug eating it.
So it was kind of strange that that location was tasty enough that all of the leaves disappeared.
So have you dried the leaves? I have.
You can actually see when I read that it was the flower petals and the leaves that were dried for tea and the middle of the plant wasn't really used, I decided why cut off the whole plant to harvest? So you can actually see here I have already removed the petals to dry and then I clipped some of the younger leaves to dry as well even with no petals the bumblebees have still come over and enjoyed eating off of this pod.
So it leaves it for the bees and it takes what I need, the petals when they're young.
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