How to Grow a Vegetable Garden without Fertilizer & Soil Amendments
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How to Grow a Vegetable Garden without Fertilizer & Soil Amendments

Alright this is John Kohler from
to bring you another exciting episode for you. I’m still here in Houston and I don’t know
what area in Houston it is, but doesn’t looks like, you know, the best of neighbourhoods. But anyways, what I’m going to do today is
actually visit the house right behind me, not the one over there with the bananas in
the front, but this one behind the white fence there, the doors open, that has a red truck. This is going to be a interesting episode
actually, this episode may challenge the beliefs you guys have about gardening. It’s challenging some of the beliefs I have
about gardening as well. So, the guy here, Tino, is actually from Greece
and he’s been growing, he’s using little kid, he’s been actually on this property about
for last 4 to 5 years, when he’s been actually growing food here. He does thing little bit differently, let
me tell you this story actually. I first met Tino when I was actually at the
Farm Dirt Compost, the place, and the guy their introduced me to him and he was like
” You gotta meet this guy ” and I was like driving off and I was kind of in a rush, because
I had to like, you know get back to what I was doing, and he was like trying to tell
me all this stuff and he was like, “You’re gardening wrong! You don’t need to add all the minerals, you
don’t need to add all the fertilizers, you don’t need to draw and raise bed, It’s all
Wrong!” and I’m like, “Whoa, this guy is pretty interesting”. But you know I’m always open like, even if
somebody doesn’t agree with me, that’s fine. I know a lot of you guys may watch my videos
and may not agree with everything I believe in, and that’s fine. I’m just sharing my beliefs whether you want
to believe what I believe, that’s up to you guys right, totally up to you guys. But what I really like to do is I like to
show many different styles of gardening, so that you guys could do whatever you want to
do, right?, there’s many kinds of gardener, I’m never going to say “Ooh this kind of gardening
is the right way, this is the wrong way”, depending on your particular situation, there
are definitely better or worse ways to do it. So, actually in this situation, where we are
here in Houston, with the given soil here, with the given climate, Tino’s definitely
figured out a way, you know, to garden and grow some food, actually with minimal inputs. Ok, so that was the first time I saw Tino
and then I drove off. He didn’t give me his contact and in front
I’m like, maybe I’ll run into that guy later. As luck turns out today, I was actually at
the farmers market and he had a stand there, he was selling all kinds of plant starts,
and actually he had the cheapest price for lettuce and other leafy greens at the market. It was like $5 for a nice size, flat of lettuce
and other mixed greens that he was offering. So, we got to talking again and I’m like “Hey,
what are you doing this afternoon?”, he was like “Nothing”, and I’m like “good can I come
over and I want to see what you’re doing and make a video”. So, that’s why I’m making a video for you
guys to show you guy actually what he’s doing, because he believes in, you know, gardening
on the free and cheap, and I know that this is an episode a lot of you guys have been
wanting for a long time, gardening on the free and cheap like, “John, you don’t gotta
waste money on that rock dust, you don’t gotta bottle these worm castings, you don’t gotta
bottle these things that you garden”, you could garden the free and cheap and it’s not
that hard. So, I don’t wanna say that Tino is doing entirely
free, there’s a few things he brings in, but he actually brings in very few inputs for
the impressive growth that he has and he does a lot of things himself, and builds things
and he does a lot of techniques that I’m only gotta show you guys, maybe a few of them today,
that actually in practices that he’s done and learned overtime, by actually making mistakes,
and that’s why making mistakes is really good, because when you make a mistake, you learn
how successfully not to do something. So, hopefully next time you’ll do a bit better
and he’s actually even invented his little tools to do some of the things, you know , that
he does, that I’ll get to show you guys, that actually is quite impressive, actually that
helped me out, it’s something I’ll be able to use now and save immense amounts of time. But yeah, he’s definitely an interesting guy
and he’s from Greece and so I’m gonna call this episode, ‘The Big Fat Greek Vegetable
Garden Episode’. So let’s go right behind the doors and show
you guys what’s growing on over here. So now we’re at the gate for Tino’s place
here, and as you guys can see, he’s got a nice white painted fence all the way around
his property. This is not, maybe the nicest of areas so
actually building a fence around your property, if you’re able to do that, because I know
that in some places you are not able to do that. Probably a good idea, right?, it keeps like
stray animals and peoples from picking your stuff, but more importantly, also offers you
guys some protection, form some of the elements, from some of the strong winds, he’s blocking
the wind with having a solid fence. Of course you could grow your own fence too,
with many different plants and have trees and different things growing so tightly close
together, which will be my first choice, rather than having a fence, just sitting here. Grow a living fence, it’s actually gonna dig
their roots in the soil and create further soil fertility. In any case, let’s go beyond this fence and
actually see what he’s got growing on. Alright so now let’s do a walk in to the yard
here and as you guys could see, there is stuff growing everywhere, basically some are really
long raise beds, he has lots of foods growing in all these raise beds and each bed is just
a little bit different. But he does have some things that he does,
you know, in all of them for sure, and as you guys could see , he also has a lot of
plants starts. This is the back of his truck, he just got
back from the farmers market. These are all the vegetables starts, he sells
at the farmers market and this cooler right here, he basically just to harvest, just a
part of his bed and it was like just full last night and he sold most of it at the farmers
market, now he has this, some left over to eat for a salad for himself. But, you know, all that actually came from
this bed over here, that he just clipped out and I’m looking at it and you could tell the
clip from stuff out, but there’s still so much more food in this bed. So, he says here this bed is about 45 Feet
long and 4 Feet wide, it could feed about 5 people. So a family of 5, all the salad greens and
greens they would want. So, I know a lot of you guys may have the
space to do this. Let’s see the other beds over here, this time
of year, you know in December, he’s growing lettuce primarily and some other leafy greens,
dandelion, onions, some braska family plants and over on this side, he has all his nursery,
starts that he’s offering to people, and if he doesn’t sell them, then he ends up planting
them in his garden. So every gardener that I meet, there’s things
that we as gardeners can agree on and of course there’s things that we may not agree on, where
we have differences of opinion on, and that’s alright, we’re not gonna start World War III
because we think that we should garden differently, that’s alright. We can learn from each other, and I wanna
encourage you guys in this episode to like, pick out the bits of things in this episode,
that’s gonna enhance your garden, and maybe even challenge your gardening style and to
even adjust it, and make changes to improve what you’re doing, and you know, maybe you
believe in, what I’m gonna share with you guys today, maybe you don’t. That’s alright, I don’t really care, but I
want you guys to experiment, right, try some of the beds, how he’s grown it. See if in your exact environment it actually
grows better or maybe it’s gonna grow worse, you know, than you’re currently existing raise
beds with sides. Anyways, one of the things that we both agree
on here, Tino and me, is this guy, this roader tool, alright, he bought this, he used it
a long time ago, but he no longer uses it to tiller, unless it’s just maybe to clean
up some of the in between the raised beds, but he does not till the soil. He believes in a no till method, this is very
critical to both my style of gardening and Tino’s style of gardening, you know. When you start disturbing the soil you lose
fertility, you lose microbial life in there and these are the two things that we’re trying
to enhance with our gardening styles. Next I wanna show you guys, something else
actually, that he used to do and that he actually gave up. That’s maybe not exactly in agreeing to me,
but that’s alright because everybody has their own way of gardening. So one thing Tino doesn’t do, is he doesn’t
create Compost Tea, he just simply doesn’t believe in it. He tried it, he has a barrel here and what
not, all the hoses and he used to create a Compost Tea but he didn’t really see a difference,
you know, with it. So he just basically discontinued the practise
and you know I would say that maybe under ideal situation, when you got actually enough
soil microbes in your garden, you might not need to use the Compost Tea, you know, I believe
personally in diversity of microbes that, you know, can only be more beneficial, than
not having them. But of course things are gonna grow with or
without Compost Tea, things are gonna grow with or without, things like the rock dust. That I like to add, he doesn’t even add the
rock dust, doesn’t believe in it and believe that you guys are wasting your money on rock
dust, and that’s cool, you know, we’re gonna have a confrontation about that at the end
of this, you know, he believes that all the nutrients are in the soil, and I agree, there’s
definitely nutrients in the soil, you know, and from what it looks like, things are growing
really good. But I kind of wonder on like the, nutritional
quality of the produce that is being grown, aside from just looking good, you know, if
we did a breakdown of the nutrients in there, what would that look like. So that’s what I think would be quite interesting
to compare, lettuce at my garden, for example, compared to the lettuce at his garden, and
kind of see where nutrition falls, and if the nutrition falls better in his favour maybe
I’ll abandon what I’m doing. But I don’t know coz , you know, the thing
for me is, like one of my main values with gardening is like, I almost lost my life,
right, I’ve had major health condition and I’m totally, one of the main reasons why I’m
gardening is to grow the highest quality food, or what I believe to be a highest quality
food, and that’s what I’ve have gone out and learned how to do, and that’s what I share
with you guys, and when I’m at my garden, but when I come to somebody else’s garden,
they might not have the same ideals as me. They might not have almost lost their life
from a health condition, you know, they might not value their health as much as I do, so,
they just wanna grow food on the free or cheap, but that’s more important to them, and that’s
cool, you know, like, I’m not gonna tell you guys your values, I’m gonna tell you that,
you know, in my opinion your life is the most valuable thing you guys own in the world,
free and clear, and , you know, if you do things like smoking and maybe like, eat too
many processed foods and junk foods, you know, that’s gonna put your health in the toilet,
and I don’t choose to do that, but if you guys wanna do that, that’s up to you, I don’t
really care. Anyways, let’s show another thing, that actually
both Tino and I both agree on. So now I’m inside Tino’s house, and it’s really
just, you know, small house actually he said he converted his garage, that was his garage,
into his living space and actually, the garden area that you guys just saw, he actually tore
down a duplex that was outside. It was here like a 100 years, it was probably
about time to either refurb it or tear it down, and he tore it down because he wanted
to use the space instead of living for gardening and then just grow in a much and then actually
live in a much smaller space, so his garden is actually about 5000 sq ft and his living
space, I don’t know, probably takes up the rest of the plot, maybe, I don’t know, 3000
sq ft less, you know, just the walk ways is around the house or what not. So , you know, I wanna encourage you guys
to , you know, he lives a minimalist lifestyle, he doesn’t have much, he has a little bathroom,
a little living area with a kitchen and a bedroom and stuff, and I think, you know,
we’ve gotten too opulent in America and all these super huge houses, 2000, 4000 sq ft,
and how much do you really use, how much you really need, it’s just more space to fill
up with junk you don’t need. Anyways, one of the things he does in his
kitchen is actually, he stores all his seeds on the top shelf there. You guys can see all the containers of seeds
that he saves every year. So actually, the most of the things that he
grows is actually from seeds that he saves. Of course, yes, he buys some seeds to get
him started, but once he buys the seeds once, he grows that plant out too flourish him,
saves the seeds and then he stores them up there and then he grows them out the following
year. One of the things that actually he grows , actually
that’s quite good , is actually he’ll go and buy produce from store and then he’ll plant
it. So, he’s done this with green onions and he
found that, green onions planted from the store didn’t work so well. Instead what he found, were these guys, and
these are like the little baby onions. They’re called the pearl onions, and he likes
these little pearl onions coz he’ll just take these little pearl onions, that are like a
couple bucks per bag, and there’s a lots of these little onions here that most people
might boil and eat or however they eat them. But he just takes these guys and he grows
them out. So, now you just got, you know, I don’t know,
at least, like, several dozen plants for 2.50, and he says, these guys actually grow better
than the green onions with the roots on them. So, yeah he definitely cuts a lot of cost,
he’s not growing on the total free but he’s really doing it on a cheap. So, there’s two main ways that Tino starts
his seeds from, and these are the two ways that I use as well and would encourage you
guys to use, right? Number one, he does direct seeding. Depending on what plant it is, he may direct
seed them into his raised bed, I mean that’s what I’m gonna show you guys now. So, he has a special technique for doing that,
to, you know, preserve more soil moisture and to conserve water, you know, he uses sitting
water here, I think, you should probably, maybe, catch some water off this roof, and
what not to use that when he is able, but he uses sitting water and he only uses as
much water as he needs, he doesn’t like to use any excess water, and one of his beliefs
is that, you gotta let fend for themselves. If you water your plants too much, their gonna
be weak, their gonna be lazy, their roots are not gonna grow deep and seek out the water
they need, as well as other nutrients in the soil, they need to fully thrive, and you know,
overall actually, I do agree with that, you know, I think that’s a good idea not to over-water
plants, and many people, tend to over-water their plants which is definitely not a good
thing in my opinion, and of course, it’s not good to under-water your plants either. Anyways, as you guys could see, he’s got one
of his raised beds here, now, here’s the thing, his raised beds, he does not have any sides
on them, he does not believe in putting sides on your raised beds, because when you put
a side on the raised beds, it may, you know, increase temperature a little bit, which is
a pro, but he says the major con is, once it starts getting hot, you know, the sun will
hit the sides of your raised beds, it’ll heat up the soil, it’ll cause more moisture loss
inside the raised bed, which means you’re gonna have to water more which means when
you’re watering more, you’re gonna be leeching more nutrients out of your soil, and then
its just a, you know, cycle. So, instead of a having sides on his beds,
he just basically has a slope to raise bed, that actually he fills up with plants, so
that the plants could cover the soil and he could actually grow more food in less space
than having the sides. Another thing about Tino that he has learned
very specific techniques that he does to, you know, start things from seed, to start
things from tram plants to transplant things and I’m probably not going to be able to share
with you guys all his techniques in this episode, but I’m gonna share a few of them, as much
as I am able to retain and remember which hopefully is in line with what he shared with
me. So, the start is seeds, basically he waters
the soil or the ground where he’s going to be planting. He then sprinkles the seed down all over and
then I think he maybe waters a little bit more and then he puts the plastic over at
the top, this clear, kind of plastic, and if we pull this up a little bit, you guys
probably can’t see underneath there too much, but some of the seeds underneath here are
actually starting to germinate out, you know, when he puts the clear plastic over at the
soil, it holds the moisture in, so it provides a nice place for the seeds to germinate, number
one. Number two, it keeps the pests, like birds
that might come down and eat your seeds away. Number three, it also keeps the ants and what
not away, coz he does have a ant problems here, with the seeds and the ants and all
this kind of stuff. So, it’s basically covering the soil and protecting
the soil. Now, here’s the thing, he only will do this
technique if it’s under 80 Degrees in a day time, if it’s over 80, he’s not gonna use
this. coz then you’re gonna end up burning the soil. This also keeps, you know, the soil a bit
warmer, so the seeds will have a nicer time to germinate, coz some seeds don’t like to
germinate when it’s too cold, probably challenge that a lot of you guys are having right now,
coz it’s probably still winter time. But yeah, here in Houston, really nice day
to day, we’re in the 70’s, and we’re here in December. So, yeah, that’s how he gets all this started,
and this is just one of the ways, he does it. Let me go ahead and show you guys, after he
does this, how the, all the seedlings look, in their raised bed. So, as you guys could see here’s the bed,
behind me here and this is one that he actually use the same technique that I should you,
I don’t know, maybe a month or two so ago and it looks like he’s got some amazing growth,
and he just literally threw out all the seeds. Here we have some spinach and, you know, it’s
growing really tightly and next to each other, as you guys could see also the lettuce behind
me, it’s also growing really tight and all next to each other, right? To him, there’s no such thing as planting
things too closely, but there is a problem with planting things too far apart. So I do encourage you guys, its in my opinion,
its in probably Tino’s as well, it’s better to plant things too closely than too far apart,
so that you’re curving the soil. Plus, you know, the things that is actually
planted too closely, to him, that’s a good thing coz guess what, he’ll come over and
he’ll pluck the things that are too close out of the bed, and then he’ll transplant
those into the six packs, which then is an income or revenue stream for him to make. He could also pull those up and just clip
them, cut them back and eat them and let the other ones around them, grow. So, basically he’s just growing more food
in less space, this is actually quite intelligent. The other thing about this is that, you know,
he doesn’t add on any large amounts, any kind of compost or worm castings or rock dust or
even any fertilizers, right, he just growing in the dirt that’s sitting here, right, and
in my opinion that’s good and it’s bad, I mean, we need to remember that, you know,
depending on where you live, your soil could vary widely. You could actually be lucky and live in a
place where that has fertile soil, you could also be unlucky, in maybe live in a place
that maybe doesn’t have the best of soil. Where I’m sitting right now is actually underneath,
where his house used to sit. There was a house here, he tore it out, you
know, the house was here for a hundred years, so the soil underneath the house has been
basically covered for a hundred years and then he uncovered it, it probably hasn’t been,
you know, contaminated too much with all kinds of stuff, and so it’s actually a fairly fertile
and he’s, you know, built it up over time. Because there is, the fact of the matter is,
there is organic matter in most soils and here he has a clay soil, so, you know, it
actually does and is actually quite nutritious, if it, you know, doesn’t get water logged,
and actually that’s why we’re sitting right now on these, 4 by 4’s that actually is his
walk ways, cause when it rains here, you get caked on the mud. But yeah, so yeah, it looks like, things are
growing really good in here and next I wanna show you guys another technique he uses in
his raised beds to grow, more food in less space. So, another technique he uses, besides planting
things super close and super densely, is he actually does companion style planting, and
he plants more than just one thing is a bed sometimes, you know, you guys saw where he
had just mostly lettuce and spinach, but even in that bed, you know, every, so many feet
he actually had an eggplant, little baby, that’s gonna be growing up for the next season,
after his lettuce or spinach is done, and in this bed, this is more of a cut and come
again bed. He has things like the beets, he has a fennel,
he has a cilantro, he has some parsley, he has a lettuce, all different kinds of stuff,
and as you guys could see in the video there, this is really filled in, really nicely, it’s
like totally packed with plants, and he’s proud of this fact, and actually I’m like
yeah this is quite impressive, I like how, he’s really densely seeded things, and they
basically have to out compete themselves, and they just basically grow and, you know,
what he’s gonna do, he’s gonna come in here and some of the bigger plants, he might actually
just cut out and then those are the ones that he’s gonna take to market, those are the ones
that he’s gonna eat, and then all the other ones, are basically just gonna fill in the
space that was now created, when he did cut one out. In addition, , you know, he has planted things
so closely and just basically three seeds down, that some of the seeds are coming up,
so now there’s new seedlings, that are this small, coming up in between the lettuces,
so when he cuts down some of them, the new ones that are just emerging are now gonna
get larger. So I mean, I think this is a technique that
we can all learn and benefit from, you know, specially if you’re trying to grow on the
free and cheap, you could maximize your space, maximize the diversity for the most amount
of yield. Up until now, you guys saw how basically he
seeds his beds out and grows from seeds in place, I now wanna share with you guys, another
way to do it, and you know, direct seed or planting from transplants, they both have
their pros and cons, I like to personally do a little bit of each, and as it looks like
here, so does Tino. So, now I wanted to share with you guys, just
a, maybe a few more techniques he does, actually on my way to showing you guys the other way
he starts his seeds out. These are his raised beds here, and as you
guys could see, the soil is just mounted up to the sides and he’s got things growing up
the sides so that it just doesn’t come to a edge, where he’s not planting, it kind of
slopes down mildly and he’s been planting onions and different lettuces, right down
the sides, so that, they’ll actually fill it in, so it’ll have a nice little narrow
pathway in the middle, now it probably be a good idea to maybe do something like wood
chips in between, so that you don’t get all muddy, also the which was gonna break down
over time, create more fertility. But anyways, he has all this stuff, here’s
the eggplant like I talked about planted within the lettuce, and also there’s those little
onion sets that I showed you guys earlier, little balls in between here. Over on this side, he has lots of different
varieties of lettuces, including some of my favourite lettuces, those really dark rich
lettuces that are at deeply pigmented, right. I wanna encourage you guys to eat deeply pigmented
lettuce and other foods, coz they are higher in anti-oxidants. So yeah, and this is like, some of them really,
this bed just really looks nice. He has, like so much food here, and I’m glad
that he’s probably one of the lowest priced sellers at the farmers market for your greens
and by the looks of his greens, they’re all quite healthy, and probably ones that you’d
want to buy yourself, if you’re not growing them yourself, here in Houston. he uses all organic methods. He doesn’t sprays any kind of chemicals and
all this kind of stuff, and actually he’s getting some really superb results. So, another way besides direct seeding his
plants, sometimes he’ll actually start them in these little flats, you know, these are
not plastic nursery flats, these are wooden flats that is he actually he made himself
out of some 2 by 4 , and actually some, looks like, 1 by 6, fence post, like cedar fence
post potentially, and that some good wood to use, coz it’s gonna last a bit longer than
just a pine or something. But these are nice, durable and stout. So, basically he fills this little container
with a specific soil blend, that I’ll share with you guys next, and then he basically
grows his transplants. But to do that he does it in a few special
ways to ensure he gets higher germination, because, once again, he doesn’t want the water
to dry out, he wants the proper moisture level. This is very important to him, to have a proper
moisture level and also more importantly properly washed soil. So, the way that Tino starts his plants from
the seed in the little containers are, he basically makes a little mini green house
for them, and it’s really simple, it’s just this once again, the clear plastic that he
likes so much and you guys could see, we’ll go ahead and remove the plastic over here
and underneath here , you guys could see, all these little baby starts, that are growing,
that he says, that took like 4 days. These guys, are ready to have the plastic
taken off, coz they are getting so tall, and that’s another thing I wanna point out right,
Tino does certain things for certain reason. If you guys looked, when I showed you guys
these bins, side of the bins are made out of 2 by 4’s, but the ends, but then the sides
right, are actually made out of 2 by 6’s and they’re taller. This gives them about that much space, so
that when he lays the plastic on top, it’s not dragging on the top of the soil, so that
gives the plants just a little bit amount of space to grow up. Once the plants almost touch the plastic,
then that’s time for the plastic to come off, coz otherwise the plants will start to bend
and he doesn’t want that at all, and yeah, he keeps nice little humid area for the plants
to germinate, so this saves water, also creates a nice environment, you know, he’s also right
now seeding out some tomatoes, which generally like to germinate when it’s warmer out, and
by using this technique, he gets to warm up the soil, so that his tomato seeds could germinate
here in Houston, even in December. So, now I wanna share with you guys, a special
soil blend that Tino uses to start his transplants in, that I didn’t get to show you guys yet. Now, this is the only time that actually he
brings in some soil, but he also creates some, that I’ll show you guys in a minute, to start
his transplants, and he puts no coconut core, no peep moss and none of this stuff, right,
he doesn’t believe in it, right, and he’s got a pretty good system down, I mean what
he’s doing, for the transplants is amazing, he’s got some of the healthiest transplants
that I’ve actually seen. One of the things I learned is to cover your
wheel barrel, right, to cover the soil in the wheel barrel from the sun, the rain, all
this kind of stuff. That’s something I need to do, and this actually
makes a nice little work table or work surface for you all too. So anyways let’s go ahead and move this off,
and as you guys could see here, he’s got some really nice rich black soil, and one of his
secrets is, he sips this down to quarter inch, so he gets comply by some compost from a certain
place or maybe he gets a farm dirt compost sometimes. He sips it down, and then he adds some of
his super potent compost that he’s making right behind in a way that I’ve actually never
seen before, which is gonna be good for you guys to see. But yeah, the soil is nice and filtered down,
nice screened out, he has no big large chunks of stuff, that’s very important and when I
smell it, it actually has a nice mild neutral smell, looks like some really good stuff and
this is where he starts all hi transplants in. Now, I know some of you guys might be thinking,
“John, that’s a really rich mixture of he’s growing in all compost “, because they say
don’t grow in compost, you know , they say use a sterile soil medium. But, you know, one of the things that he does
actually, once he puts this in a little six pack or tray, he’ll actually wash, take the
hose and he’ll actually wash out, like, if you put coffee in a coffee maker, the water
goes through and it leeches all the nutrients out of the coffee to put in your glass and
you drink, right? He actually waters this compost down and there’s
like basically it’s really brown and dark coming off and he does this for quite a while,
depending on that the plants more mature or less mature, the plants more mature, they
can handle a little bit stronger mix, but the plants that are baby, then he wants to
kind of water a lot of the nutrients out of the plants, coz he says that might shock the
plant. So yeah, so anyways, this mixture is mostly
the stuff that he bought and brought in and the other stuff is what I’m going to show
you guys next. Now, the reason why he does this is, this
is the principal that I actually also agree with and why he treats his baby plants and
his baby vegetables so well is because this, right? The most important time to determine the health
of a plant over its life span is when it’s a baby. If it had a rough time when it was a baby,
if you’re buying it from transplants from a nursery, that the roots are wrapping around
the base and the basically the plant is root bound or if you are buying plants that aren’t
so healthy right? Those plants will not really ever turn out
to their full genetic potential, they won’t ever produce a lot of food, right?, coz they’ve
already had hard times, they’ve already been stressed out, if like, you know I have friends
and have been yelled at as a kid or maybe, you know, god forbid, beating as children
and sometimes like you know, they have some issues when they grow older, now hopefully
people can get counselling and stuff like that, but plants can’t get counselling. So, you wanna start them off and give them
the best environment, the best upbringing possible, whether you direct seed them or
whether you start up from transplants, and that’s actually one of the things he’s doing
here, you know, he strives to have the highest quality baby plants because in the end, that’s
gonna mean, he’s gonna have higher quality, better tastier, larger large plants, and that’s
actually something that’s not actually often talked about unfortunately in gardening. Anyways, let’s go ahead and take a look at
this unique way he’s making compost, that I have never even seen before or even could’ve
imagine. So, I know what you guys might be thinking,
“John, what is that guy Tino have these big ass things in his yard, alright, is he a junk
collector, well actually he has a few things kind of laying around like I do, but actually
its pretty neat and tidy around here. These guys may seem a little bit out of place
and look off, but actually they serve a very important purpose because instead of having
a tumbling composter like I did, right?, he’s repurposing something he got for free or cheap
that I think is thrown out and I believe is a waste to throw these guys out because he’s
found an excellent use of them. He used to work in, you know, refrigeration
and all this kinds of stuff. What these two things are, these are the ice
makers, these are those big industrial ice makers that you might see in on the top there,
that have all that, you know, machinery and equipment but the bottom is basically just
an insulated, you know, brain that actually keeps the temperature regulated, so it keeps
it cold inside there. Also has a nice little lid here that can be
open closed. So when he’s ready to harvest his compost,
he just opens up this lid right?, and all his compost by gravity just drops to the bottom
in here. So he has a really nice rich stuff. Now he’s not using traditional composting
like with worms, no no no, he’s not using traditionally composting, that composts with
heat actually. What he’s doing is something unique and different
and basically what he’s doing is he’s just modelling nature. He’s speeding up the process and he’s providing
a home or a habitat for the creatures that live inside his ice box compost bins, right?
and let me go ahead and show you guys, what some of them looks like, alright. So , each of these ice makers bottoms anyways,
are at different stages, you know, the one on the other side is the stuff he’s harvesting
from, this is the stuff, it’s kind of like letting digest and compost or more prominently
break down over time. Like this one, coz it still has a little window
here, that you could actually just, go in and you could actually see all the materials
that he’s been stacking up. So, basically it’s open at the top, he basically
puts in, you know, old okra twigs you know, food scraps, you know, yard wastes and things
and basically just funnels down and you know, on the top there’s not a lot of living material. It’s kind of like a lot of dry, but this is
the insulation level and as he packs more stuff on the top, all the stuff kind of works
down at its own pace and breaks down, you know, here you could see some of the stuffs
that’s not really broken down, but in here, there’s like a little area, that we could
actually just dig into, and you could see this stuff, it’s getting broken down and let
me go ahead and open the door to show you guys what’s breaking this organic material
down. Alright, so this is the ice maker that still
in process, not yet ready to be harvested, we’ll open this guy up for you guys and look
at that, I don’t know if you guys could see that on a HD camera, but just in this ice
bin thing here, I see all these little creatures and actually when I opened the door, they
all like went into little like caves inside all this compost, you know, what these little
creatures are, I see like rollie pollies, I see cockroaches and who knows what other
kind of bugs are living in here. He didn’t add these bugs I here, they just
showed up, right? You provide food for the bugs, they’re gonna
show up and they’re gonna chow it down, right?, you have a big table of tropical fruit, I’m
gonna show up and I’m gonna eat it all, and that’s what the bugs are doing. He’s providing a nice home for them, they
show up and they basically eat all the organic material and then they poop it out, which
is creating a really rich, nutrition for his plants, you know, the bugs and things will
basically breakdown the organic batter and when they poop out, they poop it out actually
some of the richest biology, you know. So, they can be pooping out fungus or fungi,
bacteria, fungi and different chitinease degraders, cellulose degraders and all these things. Its kind of like, you know, they have worm
castings, which we know is so good, they also have meal worm castings, which is so good,
and they also have other excrements from bugs, that, you know, in the forest, on the forest
floor you just see all these bugs scurrying around and eating all the different organic
matter, well hey he’s just doing that in a more contained space so this is actually,
instead of a worm bin, it’s actually just a bug bin, using just the local bugs to breakdown
his nutrients. This is something that’s not really even talked
about right?, and I think this is a really good way to do it. I mean there are black soldier flies all these
different bugs, but you know, in my garden I have a lot of the little pill bugs or whatever
and there just breaking down the leaf material and organic matter actually in my beds, so
actually I don’t even have to have a bin, and you know some of those bugs also if they’re
in your garden, maybe not be a good thing, they also chomp on your young plants. If you don’t have a lot of organic matter,
so this maybe a better option. So, you know, I like that he’s doing this
to create a really rich mix, so he uses some of this stuff with some of the box stuff to
start off his transplant. So, I’m really glad I came to visit Tino today,
coz one of the areas that actually I haven’t been maybe the most successful as a gardener
is starting transplants. So he has a system down, totally to get really
good transplants. These are some of the healthiest transplants
I’ve seen of all the places I’ve visited, like, he plants them really dense and then
actually he plucks them out as he needs them. So, right here we have basically the, some
celery that he planted, and as you guys could see in this half right here it’s pretty thinned
out, coz he’s plucking all the large ones, and its the large ones that actually, he takes
out of here. He could either, A, you know, put them into
little six packs, like he’s just done with these guys, and then sell them and then if
he don’t sell them, he can plant it in his garden, and other, or, he could actually just
take these out and just pop them in his garden. So, he’s gonna be actually starting, he’s
doing some beets right now, he’s gonna pop out the beets and then put them in his garden
to grow the beets, because he found that you know, if he just direct seed the beets, they
don’t come up so well. But if you put them in here first, then they
work a lot better. SO, you know, you’re only gonna learn this
by maybe reading things online, or trying yourself, and see what works or not right? I always encourage you guys to try to, like,
make your gardening life, like, easier and work less, right? So, if you direct seed things, hey, that’s
always the best, coz that’s gonna be the least amount of effort, if you gotta transplant
and do all these kinds of stuffs, its little bit more effort, but if it allows you to grow
more food, it’s definitely worth it. So, yeah, so what he did here was, he was
just coming over and he was just popping out some of these guys and he waters these guys,
and he just will pop out the little roots there, like that and take this little transplant
and then he’ll actually put it into a six pack or maybe even a 72 pack and make those
available to people. Now the next thing I wanna share is actually,
once he pops these guys out, I wanna show you guys his technique, that he uses, where
he can actually transplant up to 2 thousand plants in one day just by himself, which to
me is amazing coz like I transplant stuff all the time, and I’m really slow, you know,
coz I don’t have his technique down, so I’m gonna basically take his technique that he
uses for transplants and run with it, coz it’s actually quite intelligent and actually
quite smart and he’s actually even invented his own tool to do it. So, let’s take a look at that next. So, now I’m gonna show you guys the first
step to transplanting. Basically what he did was he took a, his a
6 pack here, he’s actually using nice size six packs, you know. I encourage you guys always, when you’re purchasing
6 packs, if you’re gonna be using them, is to try to buy the ones that actually have,
that hold the most soil. Some of them are like long and skinny, and
in my opinion, those aren’t that good, we wanna have lots of soil in there. So, as he filled up this with the soil mixture
from the wheel barrel that I showed you guys earlier, and then he washes it down, it’s
very important step right? You could do it with like little hose, he
just does it with a hose just like spray this down gently and basically he lets the water
soak all the way through. So, now number 1, you’re gonna have really
nice rich soil, that’s fully watered, but you’re not just gonna, like, plant in it,
where there’s still water on top. You’re gonna wanna give it some time to let
the water drain out, and if you guys look at the coming out, I could see the water,
even though the ground’s like dirt. I could see the water that’s coming out that
looks like that coffee. We’re leeching some of the nutrients out,
or the tea out of the compost on to the ground, and he’ll do this several times to bring it
down to the level where he feels comfortable, and then plant his plants in that, right?,
and as I said, you know, if the plants are younger, then he’s gonna rinse it more, and
if the plants are a bit bigger, then he doesn’t rinse it as much. But this is a critical step to plant in a
100 percent straight, you know screen compost, which is you know, goes against the many gardeners
style, which they ,”Oh you gotta use a sterile medium, coz if you use compost it could cause
problems”, but all his stuff’s looking great. So, he’s doing a lot of things that maybe
go against convention gardening wisdom, and I would encourage you guys to try it, see
what happens. So, now I’m gonna share with you guys Tino’s
revolutionary planting technique that even enlightened me actually. As you guys could see, we’ve actually already
rinsed the soil out and it’s a drained fairly well. Most of it has drained pretty well, except
of these two cells, and so, that’s very important, right? One of the most important thing he stresses
is you wanna have well draining soil. If the soil is not draining and it stays wet,
right?, you’re gonna rot out your plant’s roots, you know, and he has a high probability
to success, not to say he doesn’t lose a couple plants sometimes, coz you know whatever happens. But he does things to ensure his success of
his baby plants. So, the first step is, once you have rinsed
it all out, you’re gonna have these little transplants here that you basically just pluck
up. So the first step is to just put them in a
wash, right?, you’re gonna dunk them in the water, we dunk them in some water, and we
bring them out, check it out, the roots are now all together, where as before, you know,
the roots were kind of like, really bushy. So that’s very important, number 1. Number 2, he has a special screwdriver, so
this is not just any screwdriver, he took a standard screw driver here and took a special
file, I think he used maybe a chainsaw file and he basically just put a notch in the tip
of the screwdriver, and this is very important not to put a point in, but it’s a kind of
rounded notch, so you know, there’s no sharp edges on the screw driver, that is gonna cut
the roots of the plants you’re transplanting, then all he does is, he takes a little plant
here and he goes down, maybe a little bit above half way right?, coz basically, his
whole goal is to get this roots, in the little cell as quickly and efficiently as possible,
and so he basically, he’ll put this down, sometimes he’ll like formulate a figure 8,
you know, to get it, if the roots really long, then he’ll take the little screw driver, and
the little tip there and then he’ll put them in the roots so all kind of like line it up
like this, kind of like right about maybe there, and then basically he pushes down in
one fall swoop and then basically, he’s now planted the plant. The other thing at the same time that, he’s
going down, he’ll kind of like leave a little bit of hole, you know, as he comes down. What that Little hole’s gonna do, that’s gonna
ensure the water directs down and also it’s gonna funnel the water down so that it drains
faster. This is another critical component, if you’re
growing in straight compost, coz I’ve seen sometimes the compost will not drain, and
then you’re gonna get water logged, and that’s why many people use or grow, peat moss because
it basically, give a larger method of air, larger , you know, probability of air or like
a cushion basically. Where’s in this case you gotta be more precise,
and so you know, with this, like literally hundreds of plants starts over there it looks
like he’s pretty much precise every time. So yeah, this is something, that’s gonna save
me a lot of time, coz normally I would’ve just took these guys and try to plant these
with all the roots hanging out, but just by simply dunking them into water, and having
a little screwdriver thing, then you’re gonna go ahead and go down, let me go ahead and
give you guys a close up on this, its kind of cool. We’re gonna go ahead and put this down, and
he basically sometimes like, loops this around a little bit, and see if we could, sometimes
he just loops this around a little bit, makes a little ‘u’ out of it or a circle, then he
just shoves this all down just like that and this took me a couple times to figure out
how to do it, but now, you know, I think he’d probably approve of my technique. But yeah, he just does whole little six packs
like this and actually here’s one that he did, so you guys could see, what it looks
like. So next what I wanna show you guys is actually
after he pots those up, kind of like this, he’s potted them all up. These are kind of sitting out and depending
on how large they are, he’ll either put them in a shade, like if they’re just transplanted
out or sometimes he’ll put them in area with the sun and he’ll rotate this depending on
his specific desires for the plant. If the plants getting too big, he wants the
growth to slow down. he’ll put it in shade, if he wants them to
grow faster and get topped off, looking nice for market, he may put them in the sun. That’s very important. The other things is sometimes, instead of
doing the six packs, he’ll also do, you know, large flats of 72. So look at this, this is like a really nice
flat of lettuce here, and he’ll even take sometimes the ones maybe not performing, underperforming,
it’s too small, he’ll put it in a longer one so that, you know, there all consistent size. So you’re gonna get some of the best plant
starts. You know I popped up some of these roots and
some of these guys, maybe like, we’ll do it on these guys here, see, look at this, this
is one of the starts he did and look at that, if you guys notice, there’s no roots up near
the top because he sucked this down in the ground, you know when he’s transplanting,
all the roots are at the bottom and these roots are not wrapping around each other yet. He’ll also even come in and root prune in
these guys sometimes, if the roots are getting too much, so that they actually don’t get
roop bound so that when you guys take his plant starts home, you’re gonna get some amazing
results, like he’s getting in his garden here, and , you know, his price is actually quite
affordable, some of the best prices I’ve seen in Houston, like if you’re getting like just
a standard 6 pack, it’s like 2.50 for a healthy 6 pack, that’s very important. If you guys, wanna buy, you know, whole flat,
basically he’ll give you a whole flat of 6 packs for, I think around, 12 bucks and if
you’re buying a 72, you got the hook-up deal, 20 bucks, right, and if you buy , like 5 flats
of 72 plants like this, he’ll even go down further, so I encourage you guys, if you guys
are not starting you plant starts yourself, you live here in Houston area, definitely
call him up, and he’ll hook you up with some of the healthiest plant starts in the lowest
prices that I’ve seen. I mean if I lived here, I’d definitely be
getting some of the 72 packs you know, it’s definitely easy way to go, because you’re
gonna have a higher level of success when you guys start out with healthy plants, like
he’s making here. I think the last part of this episode, I’d
like to actually sit down with Tino, he is from Greece, originally, so he has a thick
accent, so maybe hard for you guys to listen to him, so I’ll try to do the best I can,
to maybe, help him explain what he’s trying to say and I hope as soon as I’m able to also
getting subtitles on this for you guys. John – So, now I’m here with Tino, the gardener
extraordinaire that has created this paradise here in Houston with all his amazing plants,
that actually he doesn’t add any fertilizers to, and all his amazing transplants, that
you guys saw just a few of them, I mean it’s just impressive the amount of healthy transplants
he has going. I only have a limited amount of time left
here today, before I actually have to take off, but I want to ask him a few questions
about his garden and why he chooses to grow all this food here, for him and his family. So a teen of the first question is, Why are
you growing all this food here, especially where your duplex used to be on your property. Tino – Because I like to, I like to grow and
I can’t eat all these, just some of myself, some I’ll give it away to someone and I like
to grow, I like garden, that’s all I do. There’s not a man, there’s no you know, I
like to do, I like what I’m doing. John – Yeah, so I mean he just basically loves
gardening and I mean I love gardening, I mean it’s good to get out in nature and have a
hobby, that’s a productive hobby and actually his hobby is quite productive, produces hundreds
of plant starts or even thousands of plant starts for his garden and also you guys in
the local area. So, another thing I wanna talk to you guys
about, Tino, is that something I didn’t get to mention in the video, that was important
to me, that I didn’t get to talk about is you know, another aspect of your gardening
on the free or cheap, beside bringing not many inputs in is how you communicate with
the plants. This is something I do myself and I know,
you also do. So, you wanna talk little bit about talking
and more importantly listening to your plants, and how important it is for your gardening
style? Tino – The, the plants they, you can, you
can watch them and they tell you story like they tell you, like , like if you play on
cassette, they tell you like a, how can I explain that, that’s I’m hard to explain that,
you have to explain that. John – Can you explain it in Greek? Your language, your native language. Tino – No no no, I cannot, no no no. They tell you what they need, what they, just
look at them, you see , how they are growing, you see how they, it’s it’s very, they tell
you a story, the whole story, how they growing, like how, what they need, how they can be
better, how they can, it’s very, it’s very simple but it’s very complicated, you know,
it could be very complicated for some, lot of people, then simple for some others, and
I don’t know how to explain that. John – Yeah, so I stumped him, he’s having
a hard time explaining, but I’ll try to give you my best, so, basically he’s saying, every
plant will tell a story and you need to listen to the plant and I know, you know, I would
call Tino here a plant whisperer like they have dog whisperers and all these things. He knows plants and you could listen to the
plants and hear, maybe not hear what they are saying, but you could kind of feel their
vibe, I mean, we are all interconnected on this planet, and we sometimes forget that,
and you need to open up, to be able to listen more, you know. I mean that’s one of the things that I learned
is to become a better speaker, you need to become a better listener. So I encourage all you guys to listen to your
garden, you know, he’ll sit out on his chair just looking over his garden and listening
to his plants and seeing them and feeling what they need and then he’ll take appropriate
action to do that, and I know a lot of you guys are new, you guys may think I’m crazy
and Tino’s crazy for talking to the plants and not talking to the plants and listening
to the plants and all this stuff. But, you know what, one day its gonna click,
you’re gonna be in your garden and you’re plants are gonna tell you, “John I need water”,
“John, hey put some of this on me” or “put some of that on me” or “hey, I need more sun,
I need less sun”, and whatever, they’re gonna tell you some stuff, and then all you need,
all your job is to do as a gardener is to react and give them what they really need,
not what you think they need, and I think this causes a lot of challenges in gardening,
“Oh, I, my plants need water”, you flood the heck out of them man, they lose their life
coz, you’re flooding them out, right? I mean let’s talk about that Tino, you, you
water very minimally here, right?, you only water, when necessary, you let the plants
fend for themselves, and why, why do you do this? Tino – Because, I have to water the plants
when I start them, when I start I have to water the plants because, I can’t, like some
to start, something, then after, after they’re watered, when they grow out, start growing,
I let them go to find their own moisture, I try to harder the soil the most I can. So, keep the moisture on the soil and they’re
good to go, that’s all you need, you don’t need nothing else, that’s all you need. By hardening the soil, with a plants, with
a , then you’ve got everything. That’s all you need. That’s all. John – Yeah, so he has no irrigation system
here and nothing like that, and I mean this time here in December, everything looks amazing. Tino – Just giving them basics, you know what
I mean, give them the basics. It’s like a raise a plants like raise a kid. That’s the way I see it. You see, if you wanted the plants to succeed,
just let them go the hard way , you know what I mean, they’re gonna find their own way,
they’re gonna go deeper, they’re gonna find moisture, they’ll find what they need. So by giving the plants anything they need
, so , they become lazy, so they depend on you, for work, for food, for disease, for
everything. You have to fight all this, so let the plants
to find what they need, by themselves. Don’t give them what they need. They’re gonna find it, give them the basics,
that’s the basic thing, moisture, that’s all you need, and the rest is, they can do, they
can do better by their own. John – Yeah,, I mean I , definitely agree
like, right? My parents they didn’t give me allowance I
was the like kid that got all his money, I had to like go out and find a job and make
money and I think that’s why I turned out pretty good, you know. We all know them spoiled kids right?, they’re
just messed up in their lives, coz they’ve just been given everything, and likewise your
plants are similar right? So, cut that water off your plants sometimes,
you know, don’t over water them, you know. I encourage you guys to check your soil moisture
levels, make sure they have the proper amount of water, but don’t give them too much. Make them fend for themselves and find their
own water. Of course this also depends on your particular
environment you live in and also your soil, so I wouldn’t wanna say that anybody in Las
Vegas should in the middle of a summer, let your plants fend for summer, coz that’s gonna
be a bit more challenging than it is here in Houston. So, the other thing, you know, that actually
we maybe don’t see eye to eye on, coz we have maybe different goals and values, which is
alright, is, adding fertilizers, nutrition and worm castings, and even compost, like
you add very little with any compost. I think you added some to this, but all your
bed pretty much you don’t add any compost. So, you wanna speak to all these things that
people put in their gardens and why you feel, is not needed. Tino – You don’t need it because you, you,
need the worms, where they belong, in the ground. Their compost, their composting the ground,
they make castings in the ground , they harden the soil, they have the things, they do more,
you see, by buying the chemical product, that. By keeping the germs in the ground, and take
them out of the bins, take it from the bins, they do much better. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. John – I would agree with that, he says, take
your worms out of your bins and put them in the ground, provided you have, you know, the
right temperatures year round, where they could actually live in the ground, like here
there’s no problem, other places may be more challenging. Put them in the ground so that worms can eat
and digest and poop where you need them and they can irrigate the soil instead of having
them, locked up in a bin. I mean. I’m definitely for that now, actually in my,
I don’t have a worm bin, all my worms are in the bin. I like to add some supplementary worm castings
for my beds for additional fertility but I would agree the best is actually having the
worms in the bin. Tino – The another thing is, you got the castings,
you see the, the plants, every plant, the worms they make a tunnel under the soil. John – Worms make tunnels. Tino – All the tunnels they find castings,
the plants will find the whole plants, the plans that hold the follow the tunnel, so
the they’ll now have to penetrate the hard soil. So they build it very strong root system,
by building very strong root system, you’re building a beautiful plant. Sheltered beautiful plant. That holds. You have to have a feet, strong feet to run
a marathon, you know, you can’t do it without strong feet. You can’t have a healthy plant without healthy
roots. The worms they play very, they do very, that’s
very important for the worms to be on the ground where your plants are and live, always
live like a some kind, like leaves, you know that leaves that you, when you cut your plants,
just cut them don’t pull them out leave the rest of the roots to die so, you feed the
worms, they can’t. Sometimes that’s this ground right here, sometimes
I got, if I have a worm like this big, Lyme worms, I’m talking about Lyme worms, they
by not tilling the soil, they, you see they building like, like a tunnel system, and by
tilling the soil you can never till. John – Because the worms yeah, that’ll destroy
the soils, yeah. Irrigate the nutrients. Tino – That’s very important for the plants,
for the plants, to have a open tunnel underneath John – Yeah, it also causes irrigations too. Tino – They find food in the tunnel, they
find oxygen, they find, they can built a very strong wall system. That’s what you need, that’s the basic, that’s
the most important thing for any plant. John – I mean I totally agree with Tino on
this fact, the worms belong best in your beds. That’s the best place for them and they do
a lot of things in the beds as nature would want them to, so your plants could thrive. Tino – By Buying like a bag worm compost,
and throw them on your plants, throw them on your beds is not gonna do nothing. It’s do something, but it’s missing the whole
point, the whole point is missing. John – I agree with the worm castings on the
top of the beds, mixed in , it’s gonna help. Now some worm castings are better than others,
coz some worm castings may have worm casting eggs, so now you’re actually putting the eggs
and the worm castings in the beds, so now the worms could hatch at the same time. Anyways let’s we pretty much agree on the
whole worm situation. Let’s talk about something maybe that we don’t
maybe see eye to eye on, the rock dust. So, what do you think about the rock dust,
Tino. Tino – What’s rock dust? John – Rock dust, the ground up rocks. Tino – You, we’re made of rocks, this planet
itself is made by that, by big rocks. So, you don’t have to pay from , you don’t
have to go to the, for sand and big rocks, you know. You got that underneath in your soil, you
got everything you need. It’s all accessible to your plants because
the way you, the way you garden, the way you, you, cultivate your plants, that’s not accessible,
and then you have to bring all this stuff, plus it’s money, the business a lot of things
is involved, so you just put all this on the side and the sow seeds on the ground, and
see what happens, and then you’ll learn from there. Your next, next thing’s gonna be, you’re gonna
move up better and better all the times, and then you’re gonna end up, with something like
a, you don’t have to do nothing, you don’t have to bring nothing from the outside, all
that you have is something, plants and best of any kinds of vegetables, I think you have
pretty much everything. I have no problem because I have everything,
without bringing, without bringing nothing. So, it’s good for, I mean, it’s good for nature,
it’s good for the everybody. It’s good for your health, its good for you,
it’s good for your money, it’s good for your pocket, its good for everything. Plus you got the top quality vegetables, by
doing this, you got much more, that’s the point, that was the mission. By doing more you got less, that’s the way
it works for the vegetables. It doesn’t work, maybe that doesn’t work in
other things, but the garden, that’s the way it works. By doing less you got more. John – So yeah I mean, definitely this is
Tino’s opinion about this topic and maybe many of you guys too. I get a lot of flag by all the stuff I buy
to put in my garden, right? But once again, just like Tino, this is his
hobby, he, he puts a lot of time and love into his garden. I put you know some time and you know, some
money and products into my garden which I believe are gonna help me, even if its psychological
that my food is healthier, that I’m eating it, I’m eating healthier food in my mind,
it’s still helping me, right?, if I’m wasting money unnecessasarily, you know, based on
the research I’ve done, in my trials and experiments I’ve done I believe, some of the things I
add actually are helpful to my garden to create higher quality food and not to say that he’s
not growing amazing food here, because he has absolutely is, the thing to remember that
there’s many ways to garden, some soils are more nutritious]us than others and you can’t
just say, “Oh the guy Tino, I just grow with anything if you guys could live next door
to Tino, then grow just like he does, guess what, you’re gonna have the same remarkable
success that he does coz you’re gonna be in the same soil, the same climate, the same
environment, right? But unfortunately, I know a lot of you guys
live in Australia, the UK, maybe you live in Georgia, maybe you live in Maine, you know,
things vary a lot. Then you have to like, maybe kind of learn
how to do things little bit differently, and that’s alright you know. I’m here to just share with you guys, what
different people are doing. So, Tino, let’s talk about something’s that
would probably both agree with, chemical fertilizers. What do you think about, chemical fertilizers. Tino – It’s the, you had to see that, you
had to see that, you see young kids with lot of problems, health problems you see, you
see lot of, you never see, it’s going, it’s going like ,something like a disease. You got disease , you got problems everywhere,
so we have to go back, I think you know better than nobody else, you know about this better. But top quality healthy food, consuming top
quality healthy food, you got, normally you got your and I think, you know better than
anybody else about this and it’s, you contaminated your life, you contaminated your food, yourself. It’s you have to live the plant, the plant
is smart enough, the seed, the single seed is smart enough if it falls to the ground,
and there are amount of moistures, he knows exactly what to do, and right temperature
and moisture, he knows exactly what to do, he doesn’t need nobody to tell. You don’t need to go all this classes and
all this crap and then you listen all this crap, and I mean, start by yourself, if you
have a soil and you , luckily a piece of soil and little piece of space in your house, in
your farm, if you have a soil, you need to measure things, you need to measure things,
make sure you have the sunlight and drainage. It doesn’t matter what kind of soil you have,
of course it doesn’t have to be contaminated, it doesn’t matter m=what kind of soil you
have, you can grow pretty much everything. You need a drainage, two important things,
a drainage and sun light. John – And the right moisture
Tino – The moisture’s gonna, you’re gonna have to, you have to do that. The plants have to do that. So, you can grow anything, it’s nothing. It’s unlimited, you can grow anywhere you
could do anything. John – Yeah, I mean gardening really is that
simple, I don’t know maybe hasn’t started yet, maybe Tino, in the way he does it for
the free and cheap, he just throws his seeds out right?, I mean look at everything behind
us. Look at everything he just gets all this,
just a lot of time, just throws the seeds out, covers them like I showed you guys in
this episode, and he has all, he has so much foods here, actually he has more food growing
in his garden than I do in my garden. So you know, but anyways Tino, I got to get
going here, coz I’m actually running late for, yeah dinner. But if, some people in the Houston area, they
don’t want to start their own seeds like I showed you guys how to do it today, and you
wanted to get some , Tino’s healthy transplants, how can somebody get a hold of you and even
buy their own greens and things, that they are looking for, lettuce, coz you have so
much extra, that you offer at a, actually affordable prices whether it’s the, you know
the vegetables or the plants to people. Tino – They should come to the, I’m going
to the market, the close to the.. John – So, there’s Urban Harvest Farmer’s
Market on Richmond on Saturday Mornings. Tino – Saturday Morning and Sunday I go to
the, east end market. John – On Sunday, he goes to East End Market. Tino – And we sell like a, lettuce, we sell,
lettuce and we sell, transplants. John – So if somebody wanted to come here
to buy from you, would you do that? So, they can call you up? Tino – Yeah they can call me up, 281 8080
623. John – Alright, if you didn’t get that, hit
the replay button to listen to him again. So yeah, I definitely, I got to get running
here, I’m running late today, my girlfriends gonna be mad, I’m always late when I’m making
videos. But I hope to comeback, visit Tino again,
coz I only showed you guys like a fraction of what he does here, he actually wanted to
make me a salad coz he has a whole new way of preparing food as well as growing it, there’s
so much I could learn from this guy even though I know a lot, you know, you could always learn
more and I wanna encourage you guys to keep an empty tea cup, half empty tea cup, so that
you could always learn more. I’m sure you guys learned a few things in
this episode, post your comments in question down below, next time I comeback for Tino,
I’ll be sure to ask him some of them, also I wanna encourage you guys to use some of
the things. What’s your favourite thing in this episode
you guys saw. I learned so many things just how by couple
hours I’ve been here today this is so amazing, I’m glad I was able to come out. So, Thanks Tino for let me come out today
man, and yeah if you guys enjoyed this episode, I’m gonna comeback to Tino’s, give ,me a thumbs
up, if I get a thousand thumbs up, man for sure next time, Imma come back and check him
out, I wanna be sure to check him out in summer time, when he’s got a summer garden I didn’t
even get to see some of his pictures that he wanted to show me, what his summer garden
looks like, which is probably raging, if its any indication what his winter garden is looking
like, I’ll also be sure to click that subscribe button, right down below, so you don’t miss
out on any, any of my new and upcoming episodes, that are coming out every three to four days. You never know, where I’m gonna show up or
what you’ll be learning and be sure to check my past episodes, my past episodes are a wealth
of knowledge , over 1200 videos now, since you guys all ask like on how you guys could
grow your own food at home and be sure to check my episodes, 4 other episodes, that
I’ve filmed in the Houston area, that is gonna help you guys out, if you guys live in this
area. So anyways, with that, my name is John Kohler,
with we’ll see you next time, until then, remember, Keep On Growing.


  • Ken Brown

    Growing Your Greens : I purposely "just listened" to this video first !!!! Now , I'm watching it , AMAZING !!!! I'm helping out in a community garden, and , I'M going to put Tino's practices in action !!!! This is the most inspirational video on gardening I've seen to date !!!!

  • S White

    I do feel like we overthink gardening. It’s nature, we are not in control. It’s been happening well before we got here and it will be going on well after we leave.

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