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Top 3 Fertilizers for Growing BIG Vegetables

[music] Alright! This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com,

today we have another exciting episode for you! I’m coming at you here from my backyard

garden here in the fall time having a beautiful fall here, things are growing amazingly and

actually this video is spurred on because my plants are doing so well and my vegetables

are so big! Yeah I have a lot of big vegetables including cucumbers. But I thought I’d share

with you guys my three top fertilizers to grow big vegetables, I’ve been growing for

over ten years now, and I’ve been [inaudible ] on a learning and growing process. And I’m

just going to share my top tips with you, you know try to do it real quick style for

you guys that like my shorter videos. Any case, don’t worry, this is not what I’m

using fertilizer, this bag is still unopened. I bought two of these actually on clearance,

and actually one of them got eaten and opened into by a creature and they’re eating it,

which is kind of nasty. But anyways this Organic Choice Organic Fertilizer by Miracle Grow

is not what I use, but I wanted to point out that it says “Grows big, beautiful plants

naturally.” So this is not what I’m using, and you know most fertilizers you go buy in

the store whether it’s organic fertilizer or a synthetic, chemical-based fertilizer,

they’re concerned with three main numbers, and on this one it’s seven, one, two. That’s

the NPK ratios, or the amount of NPK in the fertilizer product. And I want you guys, if

you want to grow big vegetables, you’ve got to just stop looking at those numbers.

They’re not that important for the kind of gardening style that I teach you guys,

I teach you guys organic biologic gardening, that’s very important, right? So we don’t

use this stuff [laughter] and oh, I got it on clearance and what happened was, some animal

got into there and basically what this is derived from are two things: poultry manure

and feather meal. What kind of creature would want to open up a bag and literally eat shit.

It wasn’t me, and hopefully it wasn’t my dog either. So anyways I don’t recommend

necessarily using those things in your garden to grow big vegetables, but what I do recommend

is to add things that are not being put in by bagged fertilizers that you could buy at

your local big box store, right? So let’s go ahead and get into the top three

fertilizers, and what they are, are things that are probably missing in your garden,

because guess what, when your gardens and your soil is missing a nutrient, things don’t

grow as well as they can, right? If we’re not getting all our vitamins and minerals

and protein, we’re not going to be strong as we can, you know? We’re not going to

be as healthy as we can. So I really want you guys to focus on putting things in your

garden that wouldn’t normally be there, such as my top three things, actually. So

number one, we’ll start out with the easy one, you guys all know that compost is critical

for an organic garden, but the fertilizer you need that I’m going to mention is a

type of compost, but it’s not the same compost you could buy at the store normally. You want

to get a fungal-dominated compost. And you’re like “What? Fungal-dominated compost John,

what’s that?” So the fungal-dominated compost is say you just take some wood chips,

you set it in a pile for a couple three years, and basically over time without adding any

nitrogen, it breaks down, basically through mushrooms and through fungi break that down

into a rich, black soil, right? The problem in today’s organic gardening is that most

people add tons of bacterial-based compost, made thermally, but they don’t add the fungal-dominated

compost. This will ensure that you’re not going to grow the largest and hugest biggest

vegetables in your garden, so get some fungal-dominated compost. The brand that I like the most if

you’re not making it yourself is called California Hummus.

Alright so that’s number one, right? Number two thing that’s missing out of your garden

are other microbes besides the fungi. So there’s bacteria and there’s all kinds of different

microbes that live in your soil in just this little teaspoon of soil, or actually this

is probably about a couple of tablespoons here, there’s more microbes in this soil

than there are people on Earth, and that’s insane! So I mean we want to enliven and enrich

our soils with life, right? Chemical farmers and big ag that’s growing conventionally

are trying to kill all the bacteria, kill everything because it could be bad right?

Well in nature there’s always a balance of good and evil, and even in Batman movies

there’s a balance of good and evil, and hopefully usually the good wins. But in nature

also the good bacteria and the forces of good in nature also wins, otherwise we wouldn’t

still be here. And so we want to get and bring in nature’s back into our garden, whether

that means bringing in earthworms, whether that means bringing in other kinds of mychorrizal

fungi and other kinds of beneficial bacteria. And there’s many ways to do this, you could

dig some earthworms up from a farm and then put them in your garden, you could also get

some healthy soil from some healthy forest or a friend who’s a gardener and bring that

into yours to inoculate into your garden. You could also use something like earthworm

castings, that’ll bring a lot of beneficials in. You could also have fertilizers that actually

is high in the beneficial microbes that are pre-inoculated, bring those into your garden.

I have many episodes on this. You could also make something like the compost tea, which

is an easy way to just get some of the beneficials into your garden, into your soil, and then

also on the leaves of your plants, and I like the Boogie Brew compost tea myself, I’ll

also have an upcoming episode hopefully with different microbial inoculants that I use

to add more microbes into my garden, because they’re one of the most important things

that are missing, if you’re using chemicals and pesticides and herbicides and chemical

fertilizers you know, you’re diminishing your microbes. Oh also of course if you’re

using chlorinated water, that may also diminish the microbial life in your soil because after

all, the chlorine is in there to kill the microbes so that we don’t get sick when

we drink or bathe in the water. Alright so that’s number two, the microbes

super-critical, super-important, last thing number three that you need to add into your

garden are the minerals. Not just the NPK, not just 16 to 18 minerals like some gardeners

would teach you guys that the garden needs, but I want to encourage you guys to put 70

to 90 different minerals and trace minerals into your garden. This is super-critical,

super-important, you know people usually get the microbes, they usually miss the fungal-dominated

compost, but they don’t get the minerals. Very critical to grow the biggest crops. When

the plants have a smorgasbord of nutrients and minerals in the soil and the microbes

are digesting those and making them available for the plants, things work better. It’s

like if you’ve been eating a healthy diet, when you’re older, things work better if

you know what I mean, right? So we want our soils to be working optimally, and the products

that I like to use for this are things like the rock dust minerals, and this is the wide

spectrum horticultural grade rock dust, there are many different brand names, Excelerite,

Azomite, [inaudible] rock dust, Cascade, CBD minerals, all kinds of stuff. So get some

rock dust that adds actually into your soil, and then also get some sea minerals, so something

like the Ocean Solution, ocean-grown product that’s in a liquid, something like the [inaudible],

something like the Sea 90, or even just go to your local health food store and get a

real sea salt that’s like dark and grey, that’ll even work to add some minerals,

but you’ve got to dilute it to the proper ratios, one teaspoon to one gallon of water,

and don’t feed more in my opinion than two times a week by doing that, and you want to

foiler spray the minerals on the leaves front, back side and also get it into the soil as

a drench, right? Our plants need sodium, and we need sodium, but the problem is many people

overdo the sodium. And I’ve talked to many of my viewers actually that have killed their

plants by using too much, so that’s why I really prefer the rock dust, which literally

you can’t burn for the most part. Alright, so, oh last thing, of this episode I want

to show you guys when you do these three things, what happens. So let’s head over into the

garden and see. So now I want to show you guys what spawned

this video, my nice large cucumber. Actually just kidding, I’ve still got to walk through

the garden to show you this other cucumber I’m growing. So now I want to show you guys

this vegetable that actually spurred this episode, it’s right here let me go ahead

and harvest this guy, it’s this nice large pepper. No just kidding, let me cut this guy

off here. You’re unattached. Alright let me pull this monster out, look at this guy,

oh my god! This is one giant snake. No this is one giant Armenian cucumber. I’ve never

seen one this large, look at that, it’s huge! This is going to make some delicious

vegetable juice. But yes so you can grow gigantic large fruits and vegetables if you follow

my steps, once again remember fungal-dominated compost, number two add the biology, the microbes

into your soil, and number three, add the rock dust and the trace minerals and you too

can grow super-large cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and other fruits as well.

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garden too. Once again this is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com, we’ll see you

next time and until then remember, keep on growing.