Top 3 Fertilizers for Growing BIG Vegetables

Alright! This is John Kohler with, today we have another exciting episode for
you! I’m coming at you here from my backyard garden here in the fall time having a beautiful
fall here, things are growing amazingly and actually this video is spurred on because
my plants are doing so well and my vegetables are so big! Yeah I have a lot of big vegetables
including cucumbers. But I thought I’d share with you guys my three top fertilizers to
grow big vegetables, I’ve been growing for over ten years now, and I’ve been [inaudible
] on a learning and growing process. And I’m just going to share my top tips with you,
you know try to do it real quick style for you guys that like my shorter videos. Any
case, don’t worry, this is not what I’m using fertilizer, this bag is still unopened.
I bought two of these actually on clearance, and actually one of them got eaten and opened
into by a creature and they’re eating it, which is kind of nasty. But anyways this Organic
Choice Organic Fertilizer by Miracle Grow is not what I use, but I wanted to point out
that it says “Grows big, beautiful plants naturally.” So this is not what I’m using,
and you know most fertilizers you go buy in the store whether it’s organic fertilizer
or a synthetic, chemical-based fertilizer, they’re concerned with three main numbers,
and on this one it’s seven, one, two. That’s the NPK ratios, or the amount of NPK in the
fertilizer product. And I want you guys, if you want to grow big vegetables, you’ve
got to just stop looking at those numbers. They’re not that important for the kind
of gardening style that I teach you guys, I teach you guys organic biologic gardening,
that’s very important, right? So we don’t use this stuff [laughter] and oh, I got it
on clearance and what happened was, some animal got into there and basically what this is
derived from are two things: poultry manure and feather meal. What kind of creature would
want to open up a bag and literally eat shit. It wasn’t me, and hopefully it wasn’t
my dog either. So anyways I don’t recommend necessarily using those things in your garden
to grow big vegetables, but what I do recommend is to add things that are not being put in
by bagged fertilizers that you could buy at your local big box store, right?
So let’s go ahead and get into the top three fertilizers, and what they are, are things
that are probably missing in your garden, because guess what, when your gardens and
your soil is missing a nutrient, things don’t grow as well as they can, right? If we’re
not getting all our vitamins and minerals and protein, we’re not going to be strong
as we can, you know? We’re not going to be as healthy as we can. So I really want
you guys to focus on putting things in your garden that wouldn’t normally be there,
such as my top three things, actually. So number one, we’ll start out with the easy
one, you guys all know that compost is critical for an organic garden, but the fertilizer
you need that I’m going to mention is a type of compost, but it’s not the same compost
you could buy at the store normally. You want to get a fungal-dominated compost. And you’re
like “What? Fungal-dominated compost John, what’s that?” So the fungal-dominated
compost is say you just take some wood chips, you set it in a pile for a couple three years,
and basically over time without adding any nitrogen, it breaks down, basically through
mushrooms and through fungi break that down into a rich, black soil, right? The problem
in today’s organic gardening is that most people add tons of bacterial-based compost,
made thermally, but they don’t add the fungal-dominated compost. This will ensure that you’re not
going to grow the largest and hugest biggest vegetables in your garden, so get some fungal-dominated
compost. The brand that I like the most if you’re not making it yourself is called
California Hummus. Alright so that’s number one, right? Number
two thing that’s missing out of your garden are other microbes besides the fungi. So there’s
bacteria and there’s all kinds of different microbes that live in your soil in just this
little teaspoon of soil, or actually this is probably about a couple of tablespoons
here, there’s more microbes in this soil than there are people on Earth, and that’s
insane! So I mean we want to enliven and enrich our soils with life, right? Chemical farmers
and big ag that’s growing conventionally are trying to kill all the bacteria, kill
everything because it could be bad right? Well in nature there’s always a balance
of good and evil, and even in Batman movies there’s a balance of good and evil, and
hopefully usually the good wins. But in nature also the good bacteria and the forces of good
in nature also wins, otherwise we wouldn’t still be here. And so we want to get and bring
in nature’s back into our garden, whether that means bringing in earthworms, whether
that means bringing in other kinds of mychorrizal fungi and other kinds of beneficial bacteria.
And there’s many ways to do this, you could dig some earthworms up from a farm and then
put them in your garden, you could also get some healthy soil from some healthy forest
or a friend who’s a gardener and bring that into yours to inoculate into your garden.
You could also use something like earthworm castings, that’ll bring a lot of beneficials
in. You could also have fertilizers that actually is high in the beneficial microbes that are
pre-inoculated, bring those into your garden. I have many episodes on this. You could also
make something like the compost tea, which is an easy way to just get some of the beneficials
into your garden, into your soil, and then also on the leaves of your plants, and I like
the Boogie Brew compost tea myself, I’ll also have an upcoming episode hopefully with
different microbial inoculants that I use to add more microbes into my garden, because
they’re one of the most important things that are missing, if you’re using chemicals
and pesticides and herbicides and chemical fertilizers you know, you’re diminishing
your microbes. Oh also of course if you’re using chlorinated water, that may also diminish
the microbial life in your soil because after all, the chlorine is in there to kill the
microbes so that we don’t get sick when we drink or bathe in the water.
Alright so that’s number two, the microbes super-critical, super-important, last thing
number three that you need to add into your garden are the minerals. Not just the NPK,
not just 16 to 18 minerals like some gardeners would teach you guys that the garden needs,
but I want to encourage you guys to put 70 to 90 different minerals and trace minerals
into your garden. This is super-critical, super-important, you know people usually get
the microbes, they usually miss the fungal-dominated compost, but they don’t get the minerals.
Very critical to grow the biggest crops. When the plants have a smorgasbord of nutrients
and minerals in the soil and the microbes are digesting those and making them available
for the plants, things work better. It’s like if you’ve been eating a healthy diet,
when you’re older, things work better if you know what I mean, right? So we want our
soils to be working optimally, and the products that I like to use for this are things like
the rock dust minerals, and this is the wide spectrum horticultural grade rock dust, there
are many different brand names, Excelerite, Azomite, [inaudible] rock dust, Cascade, CBD
minerals, all kinds of stuff. So get some rock dust that adds actually into your soil,
and then also get some sea minerals, so something like the Ocean Solution, ocean-grown product
that’s in a liquid, something like the [inaudible], something like the Sea 90, or even just go
to your local health food store and get a real sea salt that’s like dark and grey,
that’ll even work to add some minerals, but you’ve got to dilute it to the proper
ratios, one teaspoon to one gallon of water, and don’t feed more in my opinion than two
times a week by doing that, and you want to foiler spray the minerals on the leaves front,
back side and also get it into the soil as a drench, right? Our plants need sodium, and
we need sodium, but the problem is many people overdo the sodium. And I’ve talked to many
of my viewers actually that have killed their plants by using too much, so that’s why
I really prefer the rock dust, which literally you can’t burn for the most part. Alright,
so, oh last thing, of this episode I want to show you guys when you do these three things,
what happens. So let’s head over into the garden and see.
So now I want to show you guys what spawned this video, my nice large cucumber. Actually
just kidding, I’ve still got to walk through the garden to show you this other cucumber
I’m growing. So now I want to show you guys this vegetable that actually spurred this
episode, it’s right here let me go ahead and harvest this guy, it’s this nice large
pepper. No just kidding, let me cut this guy off here. You’re unattached. Alright let
me pull this monster out, look at this guy, oh my god! This is one giant snake. No this
is one giant Armenian cucumber. I’ve never seen one this large, look at that, it’s
huge! This is going to make some delicious vegetable juice. But yes so you can grow gigantic
large fruits and vegetables if you follow my steps, once again remember fungal-dominated
compost, number two add the biology, the microbes into your soil, and number three, add the
rock dust and the trace minerals and you too can grow super-large cucumbers, tomatoes,
peppers, and other fruits as well. Hope you guys enjoyed this short episode,
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100 thoughts on “Top 3 Fertilizers for Growing BIG Vegetables

  1. you sound high as hell dude. sounds to me like VooDoo gardening to me.
    the question i have fot you is just how long does it take you to get a harvest you can live off of?
    a friend was dedicated to this Mel's mix and "back to Eden", their first harvest was horrendous! they got into this so they wouldn't have to but food at the store they haven't gotten a decent harvest yet three years into it.
    results not words.
    P.S. that cucumber is way too matur to eat it is going to be dry and pithy

  2. Test your rock minerals with a Geiger Counter: This blog recommends glacial rock dust rather than azomite. I am just passing the info on – Have not tested it myself.

  3. feds gonna get your ass you look high in every vid are you still making the raw pot shakes that get you high for ten hours

  4. corps are goin take over you little farmers illumanti corp is here chemials and pestiides are the way to go don't believe this guy

  5. Bait and tackle for red fishing worms. Gather fall leaves and let em breakdown in a pile or simple compost bin made of hardware cloth, used to make rabbit cages. Wrap it in black plastic trash bags and turn it. It will break down into some great compost. Compost tea brewing is a waste of time. Mix it and pour it on everything. No mystery. Giant veggies can overgrow and lack flavor. K.I.S.S. is what I've learned in three years of growing. Plus all raised beds. as the soil here is mostly clay and was once a cotton field in the Delta floodplain.

  6. Hello John. Thanks for all of your very informative videos. You are the one who actually inspired me years ago to start growing organic and also use all of the things in this video. The outcome is tremendous. I am now able to gotten small groups locally and teach them what I've learned. I really like these shorter videos, as I often don't have the time to watch the longer ones. I would love to see the longer ones broken down into three or four parts. At least in the case of the 30-40 minute videos. Anyhow, thanks again John!

  7. I've watched a few of these how to create great dirt from a guru. I guess my issues are pretty simple growing up in the country we cleared the land & planted the seeds & watered it. We never went to the store for all of these fungal, micro, organic burped fungus ball of sh-. We may have borrowed a load of the neighbors cattle cow patties, but that's about it. But, I guess if u start from a bag of soil there's a good chance your going to read u also need a few more bags, boxes, cartons, & sacks of more sh- to get a single tomato. Sorry, hope the truth didn't offend anyone.

  8. I've been buying vegetables in cans that have to salt added like beets, sweet peas etc. The beets label has 25 mg of sodium and the peas have 15 mg of sodium per serving. I would drain the juice and pour it down the sink. I just got back into growing my own so my question is can I use the juice added with water to water my garden? will that give my plants to much sodium? Oh and the labels only say beets and water

  9. I watched many of your videos and have yet to see solutions that don't cost money.  My house is over one hundred years old and in time there have been years of leaves falling undisturbed which created some of the blackest dirt I've ever seen in my life.  It's not a great place for a garden because my house shades the area most of the day however that has not stopped the supply of composted leaves which fall every year and  I have a yard full of composted LEAVES that has generated several feet of layered black rich compost (black gold).  Isn't this ENOUGH to grow healthy plants without adding expensive so called organic store bought stuff?  So far I'm just harvesting the black gold and relocating it to the south side of my house which has sun all day, I should be good right?

  10. Hi John et all,

    I've got pin chips used for dogs (bed litter?) and wondered if <i could use that in my compost.

    Thanks anyone,


  11. Here in the Pacific Northwest all the garden stores and yard supply yards sell "mushroom compost," half of them have local brands! It is the best seller at the bulk places. I was shocked that it works so well, it is as good as "Mom's old-fashioned fortified backyard compost." Also in this region you can sometimes still find large deposits of ash from the 1980 Mt St. Helens eruption which works great as rock dust.

  12. Does Fungal Compost bring the pests gnats and soil flies? How do you get rid of them? I just microwaved the clay/ ceramic planter with the dirt in for 3 minutes in 3 intervals to kill the pesty gnats, what do you think?

  13. Can I get help on how to fix soil after soil testing. Can I include the soil test result.
    how much do you charge for the advice. I've tried the Rutgers cooperative exchange. they dont answer the phone.

  14. ok then
    1/ compost from sawdust
    2/ worm casting
    3/ rock dust
    …..rock dust is my problem, haizzzzzzz

  15. John you are built like a child. Eating all them veggies I thought you would look stronger. My 10yr old nephew is as strong as you lol? Get more protein lol, I love the message you spread though besides me being a jerk 😉

  16. Hey .. thanks for all your time and effort in sharing with us all. So, you know many of us know very little about gardening and even less how to incorporate healthy food into our diets on a full time basis. So, I was wondering if you might expound on that aspect or have that as segments involving ppl in the know.

    Do most ppl on a plant based diet stick with the same recipes a lot or do many eat more diversely even outside the availability of what changes with the seasons.

  17. Here is a header that many would love to see researched and see who is already utilizing it .. Urban Gardening on a show string………………………………

  18. permaculture. not out of a manufactured bag. fertilizers should be natural. I live next to hundreds of commercial nurseries. The fertilizer is chemically unsafe for human uses as it gets into the soil. Most fertilizer is designed to grow bigger, faster, brighter, etc, But, not naturally……..Keep it all natural!

  19. love the video, you articulate well and explain how the biology of the soil works. do you use seaweed often? ive found it to have alot of trace minerals. over 70 all in one bottle.

  20. All I use for my garden is a mixture of sheep manure, compost from bark, grass clippings, and leaves also banana peal tea. This has worked great for my raced garden. The things that did best with this were the tomatoes, tomatillos, jalapeño, peas, watermelon, corn, pinto beans and broccoli. My strawberries aren't doing so well in this they hardly produce strawberries.

  21. Ken Rohla talks about microbes eat at rocks and make a powder out of them then the plants can uptake the minerals. Love your info about fungus. I'm trying to grow good bacteria (microbes) with soil from farm land, water and molasses to grow these in 90 degree heat (tea) love this.

  22. "we want to enliven and enrich our soils with LIFE" …. and of course bring DEATH to it so we can have our plants. It's interesting how the emotional attachment to animals completely blinds the vegan to the fact that every cell has a brain and feels pain. Yep. Sorry vegans… you're not doing anything by not eating meat. Not to mention the fact that there's no "vegan" food that you buy at the store that didn't get there without the death of many animals in agriculture from killing them and stealing their habitat to grow your plants to the animals that were killed to provide fertilizer directly onto your "vegan" plants.

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  24. John, we bought Sea-90, because of another video you made. Do we need to add rock dust, as well? (Very new to gardening, here, and are very confused as to what to use! Also, had A LOT of difficulty finding organic soil in our area, so we had to buy Miracle-gro organic soil.. We couldn't find the Mel's that you recommended in your Lowe's video, so we're doing the best we can for what we can afford. Any other suggestions?) TY! We're in the Fort Lauderdale area, and will be making a food forest after we can age some wood chips!

  25. I love growing Armenian cukes, but OMG, I have never seen such a gigantic cucucmber before. My Armenian cukes grow up to about 18-20 inches, which is still long. I found out that the cukes get very bitter when they get too long.

  26. The Shake N Feed by Miracle Grow are the best fertilizers. mix them in the soil at the time of planting and you'll see

  27. Do you ever incorporate nourishing nettles into your soil/nutritional improvement gardening plan? They are lovely 🌱💗

  28. Too bad Miracle Grow is a Monsanto product. I just found that out too. PUKE we are paying MonSatan and Big pharma to kill us. Go figure.

  29. John I gotta say!you are one awesome dude. I been following you for quite a few videos have helped me out tremendously brother!Thank You for your time and dedication to providing us with educational videos on far you are my number #1

  30. Actually NPK is very important if you don't want to burn your crop don't listen to stoners like Shaggy here. Also, plants basically don't use vitamins and they aren't readily usable by any plants… So crap like original "Super Thrive" is totally useless as are micro nutrients which plants use VERY LITTLE of like heavy metals etc. Plants are NOT like people in the vitamin respect. Macro Nutrients or NPK ratios are VERY important. Minerals important, Ph of the soil mixture VERY important.

  31. hi John, i really enjoy your vids… the ones that pertain to me anyway(its a lot, including the compost mixer… i hate mine)…. the first vid? you were advising which juicer to use on tv… then a few months later im looking at youtube gardening vids and i go i know him, then i see you have a few different channels.. your a busy guy…. by the way, im glad you live in Vegas and not me(im on the SF peninsula) you keep it up, unless its been more than 4 hours… you rock!!!

  32. If you have a ton of organic matter from diverse sources, as well as diverse fertilizers (feathers, manures, green manures, chitin and keratin, bones and shells, etc.) including plenty of marsh or ocean products there is no relevant mineral you don’t have loads of. You don’t need a lot of these random, often hard to acquire fertilizers (if you continually apply compost), just a bit.

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