John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ goes on a field trip to Finca Tres Robles in Houston Texas to share with you how they are using free wood chips to create compost that they feed to vegetables, fruit, and herbs to grow food for the local area.
In this episode, you will learn how you can use free wood chips to grow more food.
You will discover other organic fertilizers that are used at this farm to grow amazing fruits and vegetables. You will discover some ways you can use your vegetables that are going to flower (bolting) sooner than expected.
You will learn some ways you can create more food or create additional income streams from crops that may go unused in your garden or farm.
You will learn how broccoli and cauliflower plants produce more than the commonly eaten flower, how to label plants using a Julian calendar, and much more.
You will discover how to shade-dry moringa with no expensive equipment so you can preserve your harvest.
You will get a full walking tour of the farm to see how they are growing food inside the inner loop in Houston, Texas
Finally, John will share his tips about making the farm more profibabble and productive.
Jump to the following parts of this episode:
04:06 Tour of Farm Starts
07:52 Composting in Place
09:09 Organic Fertilizers used to Grow High-Quality Food
12:50 Farm Tour Continues
13:23 What to do when your vegetable bolt (go to flower)
18:10 Farm tour Continues
18:38 Wood Chip Pile & Benefits of Wood Chips
20:10 Eat Your Brocolli and Cauliflower Leaves (Don’t Wait for the Flower)
25:30 Tour of the Hoophouse where plant starts are grown
26:51 Plant Tags Decoded
29:34 Solarize Ground / Kill Weeds
29:56 Shade House used for drying moringa
31:25 Farm tour continues
32:42 Irrigation System Setup
33:50 Reuse of a 5-gallon bucket for irrigation control box
34:54 Growing Bananas in Houston
36:09 Wood Chip Compost
37:46 Sifted out Compost and Uses of Such compost
40:32 How they use compost tumblers
40:59 Don’t Buy this composter because it will rust (Mantis Composter)
42:00 Bokashi Composting (fermentation)
43:15 Raised Bed Examples
44:57 Irrigation with Homemade ollas and conserving moisture with mulch
46:50 Final Comments and My Suggestions
After watching this episode, you will learn how you can use wood chips to grow vegetables as well as some of the best crops to grow in Houston, Texas during the fall/winter season.
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How to make a compost Sieve for $10
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