John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ visits a front yard market garden in Houston, Texas that uses 100% rainwater
to irrigate vegetables that are being grown for the local community.

In this episode, John will give you a tour of a former community garden turned into a market garden that grows using 100% organic methods to grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables that are sold in the local area.

You will learn about different kinds of raised bed materials such as concrete blocks and wood and specific pros and cons of each of these raised bed building materials.

You will discover why broccoli, cauliflower and romanesco are more valuable for the flowers they are normally grown for.

You will discover how easy it is to set up a rainwater catchment system and an easy method for using the rainwater you catch in your rain barrels by using a sump pump so you do not have to rely on a low-pressure gravity flow system.

You will learn some of the best ways to add fertility to your garden without using any fertilizers, but instead using compost, worm castings, and compost tea.

Finally, John will interview Scott, the market gardener who grows all the food in this market garden that is sold to the local community.

Jump to the following parts of this episode:
0:05:10 Garden tour Starts
0:09:27 Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Romanesco leaves are totally edible
0:11:49 Concrete Block Raised Bed Garden is it toxic?
0:13:23 Cedar Raised Beds on Bricks to Prevent rot and encourage drainage
0:17:00 Walking tour of the garden
0:17:10 Fruit Trees I would Grow in Texas
0:22:10 How to Water Your Garden with Rain Water
0:29:50 How to Build Soil Organically
0:35:00 Making Compost to Build Soil
0:36:51 Growing Worms in a Plastic Tote
0:39:36 Making AACT Compost Tea
0:42:34 Interview with Scott Starts
0:42:58 Why did you start this community garden?
0:44:05 Why did you decide to the garden instead of selling the land?
0:45:38 Why did you convert the community garden into a market garden?
0:46:38 Growing Vegetables is not an agricultural profession in Texas?
0:50:40 Why is local food important?
0:52:36 Why are school gardens important?
0:55:20 How do you feed your garden without chemicals?
0:58:15 Why is rainwater is so important to use?
0:59:45 Is Compost Tea Important?
1:01:15 How often do you use compost tea?
1:02:40 Any Final Tips for my viewers?
1:05:38 Any good farmers markets in Houston?

After watching this episode, you will learn a simple way to set up rain barrels that will make it easy to maximize your rainwater harvest, how to grow healthier vegetables and fruits by using organic growing methods and much, much more.

Referenced Episodes:
Best Compost in Texas (Nature’s Way Resources)

Eco Wood – Natural Wood Treatment

Open Source Compost Tea Recipe

Other Houston Episodes

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