This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.
Com,I have another exciting episode for you today.
As you can see, today I’m on yet anotherfield trip and we’re visiting another viewer’s house that was inspired by me so I’m feelingreally cool that this is happening today, and as you can see behind me we’re in NorthLas Vegas and you can see me this is what the desert looks like, people littering theirplastic bags that are ending up in the scrub brush over there and there’s just not muchgrowing on.
But if we turn over to just across the street here, the residential area, andthere’s some amazing gardens growing on.
And I want to encourage everybody whetheryou live in Las Vegas in the desert where, look, nothing would normally grow, and peoplethink you can’t grow food in the desert, you’re going to have a rock landscapinglike many people do here.
You can do it, and we’re going to show you today what has beendone by a 23 year-old who just found my videos a few years ago and got really inspired togrow everything he’s growing in his back yard, and it’s totally amazing.
So let’shead to the back yard and check it out.
This is your standard back yard in Las Vegas.
As you can see it’s just rocks, and it’s barren, there’s nothing growing.
Now yourback yard could look like this or like a back yard over the way they have a Miss Kitty Playjump house I don’t know if they’re out there having a birthday party or what today,but there’s probably not a lot of food growing over there.
But I want to let you guys knowthat you can do it, because this is an awesome example, this is probably one of the nicestback yards that I’ve seen here in Vegas.
And now the amazing thing is simply this:this is a rental house.
This is not even owned or anything by the gardener that’s doingthis, it’s a rental.
So he built all these raised beds out of just inexpensive constructiongrade lumber, not even treating the wood.
They may not be here forever, but that’sall right because they are growing now and that’s what is really important.
So let’sgo inside I’m going to show you this amazing backyard garden here in Las Vegas.
So check it out, this back yard is not barren like the one next door but it’s just fullof greenery.
This is really well laid out, designed well, just really simple easy constructionusing two by sixes and some two by eights tied together, nailed and screwed, and there’sI don’t even know how many raised beds are in here, there’s at least two dozen raisedbeds and each one has different things planted, so what we’re going to get to do today isactually walk around and show you some of the construction, show you guys what is growingand actually more importantly show you guys some of the varieties that are growing.
There’sa lot of different varieties of things, and unique and uncommon things, many of whichwere learned from my show, but there’s even a few things I haven’t heard of and haven’tseen growing before, so I’m actually super impressed with his garden, and I’m superexcited to share with you guys, so let’s check it out.
The next thing I want to talk about is the design and layout, I mean this is really anice design, it’s just laid out well, he has maybe about 18 inches between these raisedbeds, in the center he has little L-shaped beds around and a nice raised bed in the middlewith all those basil around the edges he has marigolds and pepper plants in each of thesebeds, so let’s head over to the basil and show you the basil he’s growing.
This is definitely one bed of basil, and he probably likes making pesto a lot.
And thething about this I really like is that this really shows the genetic diversity that he’sgrowing here.
I mean simply in this one raised bed he has fourteen basil plants and eightdifferent varieties, all though I would like it if he had fourteen different varieties,but eight varieties is definitely really good nonetheless, that’s a lot of different varietiesto hunt down and plant.
And by doing this he can literally see which variety is goingto grow best here in North Las Vegas.
So he has all different varieties of basils, andI want to encourage you guys to grow a variety of things, because one variety may grow betteror worse than another in your area.
So next let’s take a look at some of theraised beds in this back yard and as you can see they’re just built out of standard lumberhere, this one’s probably about two feet by two feet, and even if you have a smallerraised bed like this, you can grow lots of food, they’ve got some marigolds growingin here, some onion chives, but more importantly, he’s using the vertical space to his advantage.
And how he’s doing that is simply right here attached onto his raised bed are sometwo by fours going all the way up, and some one by twos going across that you can see,and he’s basically tying up and growing his cucumbers vertically.
Now he has threedifferent varieties of cucumbers in here, Armenian, White Lightning, and a lemon cucumber,and each one’s growing at a different rate so that’s kind of good to know, I’m surealso he’ll learn this year which variety grows the best in this particular climateand situation and maybe next year he’ll continue to grow the ones that did reallywell, and not the ones that didn’t do so well, and that’s something really that Iwant to encourage you guys to do.
What he’s doing here is growing many different varietiesof crops, just kind of see what works and what doesn’t, and he’s learning as hegrows and that’s one of the big things that I admire about him, and I want to encourageyou guys to do that as well.
And this one’s a very special treat righthere, check out.
This is my grandbaby, well I don’t have any grandbaby kids or evenbabies, but I’ve got a grandbaby tree collards.
This tree collard originated from my gardenfrom a cutting, I gave it to my friend Jason, Jason took cuttings from his plant and nowit’s growing here, and now this gardener’s actually making cuttings and my great-great-grandbabiesare going to end up hopefully maybe even in your yard.
So once again tree collards, itliterally grows as a tree, and this is actually a really nice specimen.
He’s taken the timeto stake it properly, and he’s taken the time to cut back all the bad leaves, and hehas one nice trunk coming up, which is a good inch in diameter, and this is the way in myopinion a tree collard should be grown.
Once again it’s pretty tall he’s going to topit off and hopefully encourage it to bush out to produce more food, and he doesn’twant it getting too tall for his neighbors, and that’s a thing you know, you can controlhow much a plant grows especially in the case of tree collards where it’s putting on theleaves that may not necessarily affect too much of the yield by topping it, actuallyit’ll probably increase the yield.
But once again on things like cucumbers, you mightnot want to top it off, because that probably will affect the yield.
Next let’s take a look at this raised bed here, and this is his herb raised bed.
Andhe did this really smart, I like how he did this.
He built a one foot by about eight footraised bed and then he actually put in dividers in here.
So he made little growing compartmentsfor each herb.
Especially some herbs may want to get aggressive and take over, such as Iknow this guy will.
The oregano likes to take over, and if you’re growing the mint, there’ssome [inaudible] mint, and different things, they’re not going to go out of their littlearea because they’re enclosed in, so this is like a container garden within a raisedbed.
So he has 14 different varieties of herbs growing in here, so he has literally an herbgarden right in his back yard that looks really lush and is growing really well.
One of myfavorite herbs are the stevia, the stevia’s an excellent plant to grow in Las Vegas, alsoI’m pretty impressed that the lemon verbena is actually growing nice and well also.
Imean we could walk around this whole back yard and explain every different tree andplant.
Besides having vegetables he has a lot of fruit trees so, some of my favoritesincluding the loquat tree and the pineapple guava, he also has real guavas and apple trees,he’s even growing a goji berry, here’s a nice big bush of rosemary that’s got itsown bed, now that’s probably for a really good reason.
He’s got Egyptian walking onions,so these are really cool is what these are.
They sprout on the top, and what will happenis when they get older, they’ll actually dump over and then these will hit the groundand they’ll actually sprout new plants and kind of just walk, all though there’s notreally a whole lot of room to walk in this bed once they do turn over, you can probablytake those, pop them off and actually grow new plants and give them to another gardenerso that these plants can be propagated and given to other people so that more peoplecan grow their own food.
Next let’s talk about some more herbs, andthis is his mint bed, he did this really smart, he containerized each one, although it lookskind of like a raised bed, and he did it in like a stair step fashion so he has a lowerone and an upper one, and I really like that design criteria of his garden to make it lookreally nice.
And containing your mints is definitely an important thing to do, becausethey will spread out.
So he literally has six varieties of mint, and actually I cansmell the chocolate mint above all else.
Mmm smells really nice and the mints are growingreally well.
If you are not currently growing any food at home, you want to start growingsome mint.
Mint will grow literally as a weed, and it’s one of the easiest things to grow.
And once you’ve got your foot in the door at least growing one thing, then you can moveon to the more advanced levels like he’s doing here.
So let’s take a look at someof the advanced things he’s growing.
Some of the things he’s growing here arethe guavas.
And guavas, you know you probably should grow those somewhere like SouthernCalifornia where it doesn’t freeze, it might get to cold in the winter time, so he’splanned ahead and built a trellis up the back so he can drape over something and I’d alsorecommend maybe putting some Christmas tree lights to keep a little bit warmer.
Besidesthe guava growing in here I have something else that I talked about in my show but I’venever grown myself because it just takes an incredibly long season, so I don’t knowhow well it’s going to do, if it’s going to fruit, or produce fruit, but it’s coolthat he’s growing it nonetheless, this is actually called the casa banana, and thisis a melon type fruit that I’ve eaten before in Puerto Rico, and I love the look of theseleaves, I mean these leaves look literally ornamental, and so these vines could actuallyget really long so he’s growing them against the brick wall, but this guy’s growing upand hopefully it will vine out a long ways and maybe even produce some fruit for him.
In this raised bed once again he’s using some two by fours stacked up on top of eachother to build a raised bed, it’s probably a one foot by about eight foot again, andthen he used some more two by fours and some one by two to make a very simple trellis,I mean this is just construction grade lumber that he did not treat, so will this last forever?Absolutely not, but is this allowing him to grow today with a minimal investment and minimalcost in resources? Absolutely, and that I believe is what’s really important, andespecially because this is a rental that he could literally pick up and move all thisstuff at a moment’s notice if they decide to move.
Nonetheless in this raised bed he’sgrowing a lot of unique melons.
And you can see here, these kind of look like cucumberor something a little bit, but they’re not.
What these guys are are Korean melons.
Soyou can see here’s a Korean melon flower, and a little fruit starting to form, and ifyou go down here, this what it looks like right here, these are Korean melons, I lovethese guys a lot, I had some actually when I was visiting Korea, and they also grow themin California, and I’ve n ever had a truly ripe one, so one of these days I want to eata truly ripe one.
They kind of taste a little bit sweet and like a cucumber, but insidethey’re mostly hollow and air space, and there’s a lot of seeds so there’s nota lot of fruit.
But one day hopefully I’ll be growing my own, and I get to taste them.
Next we’re going to talk about these two raised beds here, there’s a bank of fourof these guys with eggplant pepper, eggplant pepper, and in this bed he has some eggplantsplanted and he basically in this two and a half foot by six foot raised bed, he plantedbasically two rows on each side, and with 10 inch to 11 inch space although normal squarefoot gardening spacing is 12 inch on eggplants, and then he also popped in one on the diagonalin the middle to get like a third row.
So he’s really packing the plants in, and tome this looks like it’s doing really well, maybe a little bit tight, but you know what,hey it all works, that’s all good.
And the plants are flowering, looks like they’redoing well, eggplants are probably my number one favorite fruit to grow in Vegas just becauseit’s going to do really well, it can totally tolerate the hot heat of Vegas.
And one ofthe other things that he’s doing that’s really cool is he’s experimenting as hegrows, and I want to encourage you guys to experiment.
So on this side he used Job’sOrganic fertilizer, and on this side he used the Epsoma Plant Tone fertilizer, and basedon his results, he would say the Epsoma Plant Tone Organic fertilizer is doing better thanthe Job’s.
And besides just testing the fertilizer, he’s also testing the [inaudible]too! So like this row has the Great White [inadubile], and this row has the Micos, andguess which one did better? It’s undeterminable, because they both look about the same.
SoI would be interested to see if he did one row Great White, one row Micos and one rowwith nothing, and then we could truly see the difference.
In this raised bed he’sgrowing peppers and he’s pushing the limits of square foot gardening and I think that’sall good, especially here in Vegas I’ve noticed some of the peppers actually don’tget quite as bushy, they actually grow taller, so in some instances this actually looks likeand actually is working for him because things aren’t getting too bushy, all though itis still pretty early in the season and it’s going to be interesting to see how all thisplays out later on.
But on the rows he’s basically spacing them on the 12 inches andin between the plants they’re pretty tight and only six inches apart.
But nonetheless,everything looks like they’re growing really well, they’ve got actually lots of fruitson them, and these plants look nice and lush.
Now we’re looking at yet another raisedbed, and he has some melons growing along the bottom, and this is actually a two layerraised bed, he’s got the bottom layer here with some melons and some eggplants aroundthe bottom, and then he has a top layer here with a fruit tree and some rosemary growingunderneath it.
Now this fruit tree is a pomegranate, and that’s probably my number one favoritetree to grow in Vegas, pomegranates will do really well, and pomegranates are really highantioxidant fruits.
I mean, the other thing that’s really amazing about this space thatI really want to comment on is that he’s really packing it to the max.
Not only thevegetable plants we saw some examples of growing the eggplants really close, and the peppersreally close, he also has 30 fruit-bearing trees, vines and shrubs here in this backyardand I mean, this back yard is not really big, this is probably one of the newer houses thathave two stories, so it’s a lot of square footage, but the yard is really small.
Andwhile some of the fruit trees aren’t in the optimal sized container, they’re goingto be definitely growing and producing fruit while he’s living in this rental, and thenfinally when he moves out he can take those plants and plant them in the ground, and that’sone thing that I want you guys to be inspired by is how much this young man is growing inthis backyard, and if he can do it, so can you because he is a brand-new gardener he’snever done any of this before, and he’s done so much in so little time with the helpof some of my videos, and maybe next time we’ll even get to interview him on here,and that’d be really cool too.
So hopefully you guys enjoyed and were inspiredby this episode, and you know what? In the end you guys can do it too, you guys needto just get off your duff and start growing today.
Once again my name is John Kohler withgrowingyourgreens.
Com, we’ll see you next time and keep on growing.