Best 2 Homemade Organic Fertilizers Anyone Can Make FREE


Alright! This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com,
today we have another exciting episode for you that’s going to be a new thing I’m
doing it’s called Growing your Greens in About a Minute, I don’t know if I can keep
this to a minute, but I wanted to give you guys quick and easy and dirty gardening tips
in a short amount of time. On my videos I focus on giving you all the information so
you guys can learn everything I know about gardening and I really don’t like the snippets
where you just learn a little bit, because you may miss the complete message – in every
one of my videos I try to share with you guys a message. So in any case let’s get into
growing your greens in a minute, and in today’s episode I’m going to share with you guys
how you can make and create two of my favorite products free at home. As much as I feature
a lot of different products on my show and I use many of them myself, and there’s a
reason for this, there’s also ways to do it for free or low cost that I’d like to
share with you guys today. So real quick, one of my favorite products
is right here, it’s called the Worm Gold Plus. Now this is worm castings, you’re
thinking “Oh John I could just get worm castings at my local shop,” you know? No.
These are not the same worm castings that you’re getting at your local shop. You guys
know McDonald’s hamburgers are not the same as an In N’ Out burger, right? They taste
way different. In N’ Out burger’s a lot higher quality, although if you made your
own hamburger at home it would be even better than that, right? Same thing with worm castings.
Not all of them are created equal, number one they have the kelp and the volcanic rock
in here, so rock dust and kelp meal goes in here, definitely makes it better. But the
other thing that is different about these worm castings are what they’re feeding the
worms. So you’re going to want to get yourself some red wigglers, and then you’re going
to want to feed them the appropriate diet. So you’re going to feed them shredded up
cardboard number one, number two you’re going to feed them chitin-rich foods. So whether
that means you go to your local barber shop and “Hey, can I get your guys’ hair off
the floor at the end of the day every day? I’m going to collect it for a week, take
that stuff home, and that’s rich in chitin.” You need to feed this stuff to the worms along
with the cellulose, the cardboard, so you can make some impressive worm castings that
have some of the levels as high, well probably not as high as in here because I don’t know
exactly what George is feeding his worms, but in his tests and in documented research
he has, up to 400% increase in yield by using his worm castings, and feeding worms manure
and stuff, not going to get the same quality castings as feeding them cardboard and the
chitin so you get the cellulose degraders and the chitin degraders in the worm castings
which is very important. Standard worm casting compost made with standard manure or even
yard scraps or organic matter, not going to make the same worm castings number one.
Alright, number two, onto the next subject, the Boogie Hummus. The Boogie Hummus, definitely
one of my favorite soil amendments, once again you can make at home. All this simply is,
is composted carbon source like trees, ground up trees, tree trunks, branches, and all this
kind of stuff. Now the challenge is, it can take three years to make this. All you need
to do is call a local tree service that cuts down trees and chips them up, and get the
chips delivered to your house and let them rot, and just put them in a pile, you don’t
got to do nothing to them, let them rot for three years. You can speed this up by inoculating
them with mushrooms and some fungi, and I learned about this from an episode that I
had in the past called Super-Size Your Garden by Using the Wood Chips. And basically, they’ve
done the work for me. They’ve taken the wood chips they’ve broken it down, high
quality product actually added things to it which makes it even better, including the
bio-char. But you can make it for free at home if you don’t want to buy it. So for
me personally, I don’t want to take the space to, you know use my space which is valuable
because I don’t have a lot of space. I want to use that space for growing food not for
taking wood chips and dedicating an area for three years to compost them down because I
also need a lot more wood chip compost than the space I have to fill all my raised beds
and it can take some time. So I like to purchase the Boogie Hummus, and then same again, while
I do have plenty of worms in my beds, I don’t feed them hair and cardboard in my beds, and
maybe one day I’ll have some worms, but I will not have enough worms to produce the
quantity of castings that I like, so I personally like to buy them. And you guys can buy them
too, be sure to check my other videos for where you guys can get deals on these exact
products at the special discounted GYG rate if you’re interested in buying them. But
now you know how to make them yourself if you want to.
If you guys enjoyed this short format, or shorter format video please give me a thumb’s
up. If you really dislike it give me a thumb’s down, and if you have no opinion, you like
my videos no matter what way they are, leave me a comment down below the video. Hope you
guys enjoyed this episode, once again my name is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com,
we’ll see you next time and remember, keep on growing.

100 thoughts on “Best 2 Homemade Organic Fertilizers Anyone Can Make FREE

  1. John anything you bring to us is helpful whether it is 3 or 40 minutes long, I always watch them completely and learn. Please keep bringing the education so that we can all live a healthier life by growing our own food

  2. John – at 1:50 you mean the two things needed to feed worms – shredded up cardboard and chitin rich foods.  Then you mention that chitin comes from hair.

    KERATIN (CARE-a-tin) comes from hair.  Chitin (KY-tin) is … " a long-chain polymer of a N-acetylglucosamine, a derivative of glucose, and is found in many places throughout the natural world. It is the main component of the cell walls of fungi, the exoskeletons of arthropods such as crustaceans (e.g., crabs, lobsters and shrimps) and insects, the radulae of molluscs, and the beaks and internal shells of cephalopods, including squid and octopuses."  From Wikipedia.

    So, which one is the one YOU meant?

  3. Hi John. Thanks again for another great message. Is that the only fertilizer you use? On top of compost tea. How often do you use the tea. And do you use your own compost for the tea?

  4. Those warm casting are no joke. Growing organic is the only way to go. Thanks John….Keep on spreading the word 🙂

  5. I love all your videos. I'm sure it's not easy for you to just do 5 or so mins but you did a great job, stayed on point and got er done! It was a perfect fit into my busy schedule.

  6. John I think you should do a combination of both. I love the shorter format SOMETIMES but honestly the longer is more educational because you go all in. So give us a combination of both please and thank you. Great info as usual. Thanks  Janice

  7. I don't know how comfortable I would be using strange people's hair. Lice, hair gel, hairspray, boogers….all kinds of crap on that sort of thing. I'd rather use my dog's hair. I wonder if sweeping up loose chicken feathers from the coop would work as well.

  8. I often have to put the longer videos a side because of lack of time…

    Short videos from John Kohler?
    I will watch them every time!!!

  9. I always enjoy your videos no matter what and I have been a subscriber for at least two years. I enjoy your energy and enthusiasm and you help to motivate me when things begin to drag. Thank you John and please let us know when you will be in South/Central Florida again.

  10. If you want to feed the worms in your beds put an irrigation pvc pipe (has holes) vertically into the soil.. Then stuff compost and waste down into the pipe. They go in and eat, go back out and poop. Fun times

  11. Right on John! No matter the length, your stuff is filled with pertinent and well explained info.
    This short single topic video is great because you get right down to the details and explain concisely your choices and reasons, which is exactly why we all enjoy following your channel. Your long format videos are equally great quality and brimming with helpful insights. So I can't say I prefer one more
    If I took the laptop into my greenhouse I would have your channel and Praxxus55712's channel on constant rotation and I would never leave! I'd garden my life away.
    Thanks John!

  12. I had no idea worms liked to eat hair. You learn something new every day. And I think these short clips are definitely a good addition to your library.

  13. Your videos have inspired me so much!  My garden in my front yard is full of veggies that I pick for every meal.  Little by little my soil is improving so I get a better crop.  Videos like this one really help.  Thanks so much!

  14. John, even thought I grow my own worms, you're right, it takes a long time to get plenty of worm casting so I supplement with Worm Gold Plus and spread it out in several garden boxes. I also buy worms and put them in the boxes and feed them there. That way I know they will stay and fertilize the beds. Keep up with the great videos, short, long or in between.

  15. Addicted to your videos Long or Short doesn't matter. I am curious if you make your living off youtube videos, or if you have another job? Or maybe you're independently wealthy and just like giving information….. peace 🙂

  16. Do a combo fofboth types of video! This condensed format is great but i do also like the depth you go into in the longer episodes.  As with others, i find the longer vides can be too long in one sitting. Keep up the good work!

  17. Keep doing you long vids, John. Edit them down to "short" segment vids if YOU review them and feel like you're rambling, or perhaps to just touch on the subject to refer back to the original vid but…. PLEASE DON'T SELL OUT FOR CLICKS OR VIEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Humans don't make the protein chitin we make collagen and some keratin but , insects make chitin. You could get chitin from insect shells but not from mammals.

  19. These shorter format vids are great for a quick reference or refresher. But the in-depth, longer videos are more informative and better for learning the fundamentals, principles. So a mixture of both is good.

  20. I like 10 minutes or really long ones. I usually just listen to the longer ones while doing a computer project though. I would say most people would like 10 minute ones. So you should probably do more of them while still doing special long ones.

  21. have you thought about doing blog talk radio for when you interview guests? That's a good format for having long conversations.

  22. short is better, hard to get 15+ min at 1 time, rather have several shorter, but all is good, thanks for what you do.

  23. I appreciate both your long and short videos.  The only thing I would improve on is THAT ANNOYING MUSIC!  Music is nice but the sound you have chosen is hideous.

  24. I like the shorter-versions for sure! John, We as in the small community of stockton , ca that is involved in permaculture appreciate what you do and share. keep it up, you are inspiring to us

  25. I think because you speak your truth, its very powerful … there's not a lot of hype, and so you can convey a lot in a brief time.  Most of us tend not to focus but meander when time is not restricted, and this way was very potent.  I like both and you are such a natural at this that I can only benefit.  After all, YOU are the one with all the luscious, huge growth, not me, so I listen and learn and thank you very much.

  26. You can't learn much about gardening in 5 minutes. I feel sorry for people with attention spans that don't last much beyond that. Those of us who have been following you for years prefer longer videos.

  27. Loved the shorter version John. I wish I had more time to watch the lengthy ones but simply put, to the point and quick is much more appealing. Although I've watched a ton of your videos, I somehow never make it through to the end because of all the deadwieght banter. Quicker is better! I admire your tenacity to produce the videos and the results are usually prolific so thank you! 

  28. Great videos as always.Lets face it worm castings of any kind is good stuff.Never saw the Gold Plus around here,will have to look harder or get them over the net.

  29. a john do you put both bags in all of your raised gardens( 2 complete bags of both )  what in the mix rate.dig all your vids your peppers look great i can't even get mine to start growing then they all die

    ty tony 

  30. I really like the 'snippet tips' length.  You just gave excellent info in less than 6 minutes.  Good for everyone.  Thanks

  31. Great video John. John says coffee is bad for you, but many studies say its actually good for you.

  32. I think the shorter vids are more likely to be followed.  I love the in depth information but feel you sometimes get a bit repetitive in some of the longer ones.  Thank you for sharing all this great information!!

  33. I like your videos long or short! I watch the long ones at nite when I go to bed on my phone and the short ones when I'm on the crapper. Lol

  34. In addition to doing combinations it would be nice if you could find a way to categorize or label your videos so we could get to what we are looking for faster, something like having a folder for bulbs, compost, leafy greens, watering systems, etc. Those of us with busy lives need the snippets but there are times when I enjoy sitting still and watching the longer videos.
             Thanks for all you do.

  35. I always wonder about collecting hair from barber and hairdresser, but with all the chemical shampoo and product people use in their hair, wouldn't that be a source of bad contaminants?

  36. a 5 minute video…thats nice..all infos in one short video………edit: ok…after the 5 minutes…its just a video of john trying to sell some stuff

  37. The short or long is no issue, it's the repetition of info already drummed. One thing I like is that you normally indicate what you're going to talk about. eg Reason number 1..2…but short and straight to the point is helpful cos time flies. Thanks a lot John you an angel on earth

  38. I really want to get into making my own soils / fertz . thanks for your vids . I will be watching. learning more ..thanks

  39. can i use humus that we eat because i work at a restaurant i can get alot of stuff does the worms have to the be 1s you mentioned what if i dig up my own worms

  40. The longer videos are nice because I grab a notebook and take notes- I am learning that gardening and organic growing is about patience. I wonder if all the people who are in a hurry are also that way around their plants and how that affects their garden. On shorter video I watch them but most likely not going to pull out the note book and then the information just gets lost in the day. I love your videos and look forward to all that you share with us for free.Thank you, I now have 5 raised beds and am learning so much.

  41. I am starting to think that the simple and best solution is to just make your compost each year and buy a bag of lime and a soaker hose. Keep your egg shells and coffee grounds and mulch each year with leaves or grass clippings. I like cheap, natural and easy.

  42. I like your videos no matter what size you make them. However, with many your long format videos, I would like to see 2 or 3 20-min segments b/c it gives m a break for times when I have to pause in the middle.

  43. john i enjoy the passion you have for this …l you have inspired me to start my own journey down this road …the length and format dont matter,.. the uplifting message and heart you have come through in all your videos

  44. I like the video much better. So much more information but I realize not all people do. Great info anyway thanks so much John.

  45. To keep certain trace elements in the soil & to start out on a new property & likely with a vegan, I will need to use a chemical fertilizer & not the blood & bone stuff.

    I have been asking myself questions about how pedantic does a person need to be when being veganic .

    I mean, are pesticides which kill slugs, snails & aphids a no no ?

    Is there a veganic way to repel pests ?

    For example, there's meant to be a veganic gardener who is against using kelp fertilizer as he claims the collection of kelp from the oceans kills sea creatures.

    Yet he claims that using old fish heads from sushi shop is o.k. because they don't profit from him using that as garden fertilizer.

  46. Does anyone know if dryer lint is high in chitin? I always toss it in the compost, but I'd much rather feed it to my wormies if it provides the same benefit.

  47. Yeap , but my question is what's wrong with the liquids after you meet with water bring the ppm From 5000 down. Some 800 for hydroponic garden it the liquid. Turn picked – sting bad smell in 3 day and kill. All the plant ? ( my question. Is how you keep the natural. Home make liquid. Fertilizer for use hydropnic garden. Or sit on the round means out side in 3 day or a month with out go bad smell ?

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