Best Liquid Fertilizer To Grow Huge Plants in Your Garden
Alright! This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens . Today I have another exiting episode for you. Once again, on another field trip, we’re here in West Palm beach, Florida. We’re at Hippocrates health institute. And what we’re going to check out today is their organic farming operation as well as their little green house where they produce some of the food that this health institute feeds the guests here. Now, if you’re called the long time viewers will know I was here maybe a six months ago. I like to come to south Florida for the winter when it gets freezing in other parts of the world. Now I know many of you guys are still under frost and so you might want to visit south Florida and come.
To Hippocrates for a nice vacation and cleansing and detox for vacation. But the reason why I’m here today is to share you guys not their garden because I did that once again 6 months ago, but I want to share with you guys today is one of the reasons why their garden here in south Florida is so successful. I know many of you guys viewing right now might actually live in south Florida or other places and your garden just doesn’t grow like some of the ones you’ve seen on my tutorials. And that’s because they do certain things in their gardens like the best practices to get the best growing results. So we’re going to today, share with you guys one of the ways that you could get the best growing.
Results in your garden no matter where you live. So the first thing we’re going to do is we’re going to go ahead and take a look at this amazing garden. All right, so what we’re looking at now is the Hippocrates farm here. They basically have a lot of different rows growing a lot of different crops here. Looks like they got some amazing 2 feet tall plus collard greens. They got sweet potatoes over there. They got some dinosaur kale here. And just all kinds of cool stuff. There’s broccoli and cauliflower are over in the distance. This farm has been really productive. All the crops look nice and green, and there’s actually very few pest problems that I have actually noticed.
I mean yeah, there’s a few holes and stuff, and that’s just going to happen when you’re growing organically, but you know the bugs aren’t eating everything alive. There’s a lot of bugs here in south Florida as well as maybe where you live, and it’s really important to build your soil so that your plants could weather the storm. Think about it, you’re only as healthy as the foods you eat. If you’re eating foods that are junk foods, fast foods, processed foods, where they process all the nutrition out of it, you’re not going to be as healthy as somebody who eats a nice, whole food diet rich in fresh fruits and fresh vegetables, especially ones that you’re growing at home in the best.
Soil. So they really worked to build the soil up here, because check it out. I mean this soil down here, look at that. I mean, that sand, their growing all this stuff pretty much in some enriched sand without a lot of compost. I mean, this bed here looks like it’s mostly sand. How can they do this? What makes this possible? Well let me tell you. It’s one of the most important plant nutrients that you could have. Let me go ahead over and show you guys what that is. So now we’re taking a look at actually how this whole garden is watered right out of these faucets here. The garden is watered and they water out of the hose but one of the special things their doing here is their.
Actually injecting a fertilizer, but it’s not a fertilizer that you would think of, into the whole watering system so that the whole garden gets watered with this special fertilizer that’s been giving them amazing results. Now this fertilizer is not really anything special. Most farmers and most gardeners don’t actually add this fertilizer. What it is is simply minerals. And you might be thinking, John, I put NPK in my garden. It’s on every bag and there’s those numbers, 101010, 151515. In a lot of cases actually, they’re not naturally derived minerals, they’re made from petro chemicals and stuff, and I don’t recommend you guys use that kind of stuff. What we’re talking about.
Here is not only just macro minerals but they’re micro minerals and they’re trace minerals. I mean, minerals are essential for life. What makes up water? What makes up the sun? Many minerals. I mean, we’re made up of minerals. The soil is made up of minerals. And people think, oh yeah, I’ve been gardening in my place for so long, it doesn’t have minerals and everything’s growing fine. Well, in my opinion, always try to do the best thing possible to give my plants everything they need and to ensure they get everything that they need much like I want to eat a varied diet. I don’t want to just see bananas and potatoes day in and day out, because you’re probably going to miss some of the nutrients.
Growing Grapes in Texas Jim Kamas Central Texas Gardener
I love Tait Moring’s sense of gardening style. Thanks so much for opening your gates for us. Right now we’re going to talk about growing grapes. One of the hottest topics here in Texas because of all the wineries. We have Jim Kamas with us. It’s great to have you back on the program. Welcome. Thanks, Tom, I appreciate it. Welcome back to Central Texas Gardener. You’ve just published a great new book Growing Grapes in Texas.
Congratulations on that! Thanks a lot. It took a couple years to get done, but I’m I’m pretty happy with it. Well you know, like I said, it’s a hot topic. A lot of people are very interested in growing grapes in their backyard. Maybe one of those famous table grapes, like Concord or something like that. Well Concord is pretty tough to grow here. Concord likes acid soils which we don’t have. And it’s much more adapted a cooler climates. If you wanted to grow Fredonia or some of the other lebrusca types, they’ll work, but.
Concord is a pretty tough one to grow here. Ok, well your book is filled with tips about varieties and things like that. Let’s focus on that home grower. You know , I know for example I go out to hill country every now and again to go to Fredericksburg, places around there. And I see wineries springing up like mushrooms now. And it kinda makes me wanna grow grapes here in town. What does a home gardner need to know to get started? Well if you’re a homeowner and you want to grow enough vines to produce a little bit of wine.
My advice is plant what you like. If you’re planting a commercial vineyards we’re going to have a very different discussion. But if you like Merlot, plant Merlot. If you like Syrah, plant Syrah. For smallscale, you have no big economic investment, so plant what you like and go with that. Yeah okay, that makes sense. In terms of the space needs, the sun,.
All those kinds of things, grapes are rather particular and disease prone. Yes. So let’s give people an idea of what the basics are that they would need to have any kind of success. Sure. Commercially our rows are spaced nine to ten feet apart, but in the backyard if you are maintaining the row centers with a lawnmower or something, you can place the rows as close as six feet apart. And you can also go as tight as five to six feet between vines. You can put a lot of vines in a relatively small space.
So small space is OK. When we talk about the rows, we are talking about providing structures on which the the vines can grow and support themselves. Yes, a lot of times in California you’ll see these free standing vines that are called head pruned vines. They don’t do very well here because we need to keep our vines up off the ground because it rains here during the summer and they are very disease prone as you mentioned.
So we put them up on a trellis to try and intercept sunlight and dry the canopy a little quicker. You mentioned some that absolutely have to have full sun. They need full sun. And again that’s the limitation of row spacing. Six feet is about as tight you can put rows together and still get full sunlight penetration on the vine Well we have everything from heavy clay soils which hold moisture for a long time. To those limestone soils which hardly hold moisture at all. So what do grapes really prefer? Well grapes are pretty tolerant of.