Alright! This John Kohler with
With another exciting episode and Aloha, I’m still here in beautiful Hawaii on the big
island and it’s another exciting episode for you and I’m really excited about this one,
you know. As you guys know when you watch me or this is the first video you guys as
watched of me, then I teach an organic, biologic, natural, gardening approach or farming approach.
If you’re growing on a bigger scale, right. It’s completely possible; I have visited so
many different farms and home gardens, as well as grow myself. There is nothing to it,
you know and grow organically and grow high quality food really good quality food without
really messing up the island. Messing up the mother earth, you know. I mean, we put these
chemicals, synthetic (you know) water soluble fertilizers that basically leads through the
earth, kill the microbial, reduce the populations and then run of into the ocean or into the
Gulf of Mexico. Create dead zone that can pollute the water table and all this kind
of stuff and this is what I do not want to see for our planet. I want to see a healthy
vibrant rich planet (you know) that would have been around like, before man got involved
and as you guys learn in just couple of my episodes ago instead of being degenerate to
the agriculture or degenerate to using synthetic chemicals and fertilizers and even better
is sustainable but that is sustaining the status coat. I want you guys all to do regenerative
agriculture and to do true regenerative agriculture. If we’ve been growing food in a non-sustainable
way and we’re using those products to re-enrich our soils, such as tree limbs and compose
and all these stuffs we really can’t get to the regenerative aspects. So in my opinion,
we really need to add in some additional nutrients and microbes into the soil to basically bring
that soil alive. So it can get back to full fertility, how it would have been before man
stepped on any of these beautiful Hawaiian Islands or even before man set foot in continental
United States. I know many of you guy can email and say “John where can I get rock
test? Where do I get this? Where do I get that?” I have a friend, Josh at the Boogie
Brew Company. You can check him out at They will ship the rock dust to you. No matter
where in the fifty United States you live in, including Hawaii. I want to always encourage
you guys to source your products locally whenever possible and more importantly from a really
cool business organization (you know) that actually helps and promotes farming to others.
That is simply where I am at today. They are going to provide you guys with all the conventional
fertilizers. If you guys still do that I want to encourage you guys to move in the other
direction. They provide you with an awesome larger selection of organic nutrients fertilizers,
whatever you want to call them. Anywhere in the islands you want to visit today makes
me want to move to the big island, just because this store is so super cool. It’s actually
called the Farm Supply Corporative Inc. While it is incorporated, this is actually a not
for profit business. This is a true corporative owned by the members. There is a board that
runs it and all these stuff and what you do is you can pay $30 a year, just 30 bucks a
year and then you are a member. Then you get lower prices and you are supporting them to
be more efficient at their business. So the more members they can get the more prices
they can drop because at the end of the year they are not doing this for a profit. They
are doing this simply to make some of these fertilizers, nutrients and accessories available
to farmers at the lowest price possible instead of having to go to some big bucks store. This
is a 100% local company owned by the people and I want to encourage you guys to always
support local whenever you can especially here on the islands. Instead of a big, large
corporation coming in that are not doing the best things in the world. So we are here,
and it’s not 366 east Kawilli Street actually that is on their sign, but that’s their old
address. They moved over two years ago and I think they’re on island time. They’re actually
at 60 Holomua, which is actually just right around the corner from 366 East Kawilli Street.
They’re still supposed to wipe that out or change the address on there. But anyways,
what I want to do know is actually just go into this warehouse and if you guys saw my
previous episodes, you know, I was living in the Santa Rosa area and I went to a place
called Leballister’s and this is like Leballister’s on steroid, man. It’s like port Leballister’s
or like hydroponic shops. It’s one of the coolest stores I have seen anywhere. I would
wish that they would actually have one of these in every large city so that people could
source good organic supplies and growing materials to grow organically wherever you guys live.
So let’s go ahead and head inside. So this is the main entrance way to the Farm Supply
Corporative and this is not just for farmers. If you guys live or sustain in residential
house in Hilo or even Kona, I would probably drive over on a market day or going downtown
to get some good food and stop by here. This is for everybody; you don’t need to be a farmer.
You don’t even need to be a member. Although I would highly encourage you guys. If you
guys stop by, join as a member because you are voting with your dollars. The most important
thing that you guys have is your money and the choices that you make and where you want
to put your money. You can choose to put your money with the big corporations or you can
choose to put money with local farmers who wants supporting; like farmers’ markets you
are not growing your own and choose to put your money towards an organization like this,
that’s making mutual funds available for farmers and not making a profit at the end of the
day. I think there should definitely be more coops such as this in the state of Hawaii
and around the world. Another benefit if you shop here instead of a local big bucks store
or another store, you are not going to pay sales tax because they are a corporative.
So you are going to save money right out the top there and support a good. So whether you
are a big farmer or you are just a backyard grower, you can come here and the cool thing
is for backyard growers they have a whole sectional of re-bagged fertilizers in smaller
portion sizes you don’t have to buy huge 50 pound bag of rock dust which I would also
recommend you guys to do. Another thing to be really concerned about is they’re not always
there, only open Monday to Friday from 8 o’clock to 4 p.m. and get there by 4 pm sharp they
don’t stay a minute later. The people have stuff to do and when you come here on the
weekends, Sundays are closed. On Saturdays they are open only from 8 to 1. Get here early.
Today I’m here on a Saturday and I have the whole store by myself to show you guys around
and they’re really friendly here. They do anything they can to help you out so you guys
can get the supplies you need. I am going to go ahead and give you guys a little quick
tour of the store today but more importantly I’m going to show you guys my favorite nutrients
and favorite products that they sell here, that you may want to pick up if you live in
the area to increase the quality of the food you’re growing. A lot of the things that I talked about on
my show people are not talking about that. This is not taught by the master gardeners.
Unfortunately this is not even taught at universities. This is the next level. This is extracurricular
stuff and I have learned it by visiting places that are growing foods and other high quality
foods that taste better, that yields more, that has less pest and disease problems and
it’s amazing but this stuff is not thought so I’m really glad this place is here to offer
you guys a product that I recommend. So you guys can start growing more biologic, organic,
nutrient dense way. So, let’s go ahead and head in and show you guys some of these cool
prices we have here. So, I say again and I meet fans in some of the funniest places.
One time I was actually at the airport standing in line to go to the TSA line, I met a guy
that watches my video, just now there’s a random guy shopping here and he was like “John
I watch your videos, man and he got so inspired by watching my videos online,” and that
is what I try to do whether you guys have been growing for a long time or are new to
growing or never grow anything in your life but is interested in it. I think it is really
important to get educated. This is why I put out all these videos for you guys. To educate
you guys. If you live anywhere on this island or the big island, US side, Kona side, Puna,
Hāmākua, Havi, you definitely want to come to this place. This is the number one resourceful
organic gardening on the island. If you are near, you definitely want to pick up one of
these free gardening guides. These are put out by Down To Earth all natural fertilizers
in it. It talks about organic gardening, organic growing, and biologic gardening. Down To Earth
is basically in line with methods that I teach. They make some fine products. I have used
a lot of their products myself and I am glad to say that here at this place they sell a
full selection of the Down To Earth products and if there is something that they don’t
have here from Down To Earth, that you want they would probably bring it in for you. That’s
definitely really cool. It’s already known that they sell the Down To Earth stuffs. I
know this place is definitely on the right track and sell some cool stuff. So I am excited
to show you guys some of the different products that are selling inside and some of the ones
that I would recommend the most. So now, I am in this Farm Supply Coops and this is their
box section. You guys saw where they have their repacked products but this is where
you can buy things in bulk. I want to encourage you, even if you are a
home gardener, it is always less expensive to buy things in bulk, especially some of
the things that I recommend to you. They won’t harm your plan so you can put a whole bag
on one plant. As long as you don’t bury the plant, it’s still going to be alive
and thrive. I don’t necessarily recommend that and I do recommend using the application
rates on the bags of the products you buy and in most cases for organic inputs, they
have plenty of conventional inputs. And I want to encourage you, when you come here,
to source things and purchase things that are OMRI certified or for use in organic agriculture
not the things that’s synthetic. To me, it looks as if this place has mostly organics
with smaller sections of the synthetics for those people that, if they haven’t fully
moved over to the organic way. Once again, I want to encourage you to grow
organically. Once you get your soil built up and in the right method, growing through
organic method is going to be far easier, far less expensive and in a much more joy
for you to grow. You will get higher yields once you have it dialed in and that’s the
whole key. To get it dialed in because you just flip over to organic. Things are going
to change because you are changing the whole soil microbial and I want to give you some
tips on how to go from synthetic to organic or if you are going from starting off with
just nothing to just going into organic. I want to show you, in this episode some of
the products that you definitely will want to go with to enhance your growth potential
of all your different fruits, plants, vegetables and herbs that you’re growing. I mean, there
are so many different resources here. I could be here all day sharing things with you but
actually my girlfriend is waiting at the house for me so I got to get back, because I think
maybe we were supposed to go to the beach today. I can’t be hanging out here too long,
so let’s go ahead and get started. Alright so, for my organic biologic gardening
approaches, basically three lynchpins that needs to happen, so that all and these components
need to be in place or you’re not going to the most organic productive growth. You
can try to use one or the other and you’re going to have definitely more success than
not using them, but when you combine all three that’s truly when you’re going to get,
hit the higher plateaus and get higher yields and better tasting foods and what it simple
is, is number one you need organic matter. We need organic matter in the soil. That’s
like compose. Whether you got a standard fungal dominated compose made with low heat with
woodchips or whether you have thermophilic compose made with things and bacterial base
at higher heat. And you guys can make this stuff yourself. They sell some really good
Down To Earth compose in a bag for those of you guys that are home gardeners that can’t
make big compose piles and stuff. Its good stuffs in bags, shipped in from the mainland
but I always want to encourage you guys, once again to go local. So, try to source a good
local produced compose. I haven’t really research that yet. It’s on my list one of these days
but get some good compose. Fungal dominated as well as thermophilic standard compose and
you might have to create the fungal compose yourself which happens really quick here in
the island with all the rain. That’s one. Number two is: you need the microbes, the
microbes are huge. This is often left out of many, even organic approaches after gardening.
It is true that compose have microbes and we need to encourage additional microbes because
they are really your workforce. I mean really think (you know) big bucks stores have hundreds
of workers working in their store that get the store stocked and all that stuffs and
think of it as five people trying to run a huge warehouse big bucks store. It’s not
going to happen right? In standard soils, especially if you have been growing in commercial
fashion, you have very little biologics or workers in the soil and that’s why we want
to add in some of these workers into the soil. Known as the soil microbiology beneficial
fungi, bacteria, nematodes, arthropods like earth worms. These are all workers and they’re
working for you. And guess what? You got to pay them, right. You just got to pick them
up, buy them or you can make them yourself. I like to do the more bring-it-in approach.
You can make your own IMOs and we will actually talk about that next. You can make these things
but I like to buy more of a proven product that has guaranteed results and guaranteed
levels. This is especially important if you are on a commercial operation; guaranteed
levels of the beneficial organisms for your garden and farm. One of my favorite products
here that you guys saw in the previous episode is the EM1. So these are effective microorganisms,
microbial inoculants and these were put on the beneficial microbes unto your plants and
into your soil. So, they could basically breakdown the organic matter and the minerals that make
it more available for the plants and the plants can uptake them. So, I do recommend using
this as a spray-in, mixing it with your soil mixes. Spray it on your plants and also spraying
it into the soil. You can also use this for insect control. So, this is the EM1. You can
look up an EM5 recipe and actually use this as the base for a spray for your plants to
resist bugs, pest and decease. One of the cool things that I found out while
I was at the EM place over on Oahu is that actually they’re just spraying EM on garbage
to get rid of all the flies that fly around. That’s pretty amazing that it has these cure
abilities. Another thing that I have learnt in that episode is that if you are worried
about Fukushima and all these things, there was some studies that they have there that
the gatherers tell me that this stuff will negate radioactive isotopes or something like
that. So I mean, microbes are powerful they’ve been around since the dawn of time and those
are the real catalyst. Microbes are what help us digest our food that we eat. We need natural
probiotics. This is what we wipe out when we’re using synthetic in-conventional fertilizers.
That’s what we really need to get back and more than just what is maybe in your soil,
more than what you can culture but what’s in the product, in my opinion. And they got
a couple different ones. They got the EM one; they got this one; companion microbe, microbe
inoculants. I want to encourage you guys to get one of each and spray them all up at different
times and let the microbes kind of figure out what they’re doing because depending
on your climate, your environment, some are going to thrive and some are not going to
thrive but the strongest are going to survive that’s how nature works. And if you can introduce
the widest diversity, let them figure out that’s all you have to do. I don’t think it
take a scientist to figure this out. So let’s go ahead and show you guys a few more way
you can introduce the microbes into your gardening with some of the products here.
So another way you could introduce the beneficial micro-organisms into your garden or into your
farm is by using these IMOs. Now, this is a bagged IMO product. Of course, you can look
at pre-natural farming. Take classes here on big island and learn how to make your own
IMOs at your place but if you are lazy and just want to buy a bagged product, they definitely
have them here. These are just called the IMO invisionist microorganisms topsoil revitalizer
and this could be added in to add, once again, those very important microorganisms into your
gardening style. Let’s go ahead and take a look at two more products that will ramp-up
your microorganisms in your garden. So another product that’s really rich in microbial
activity for me is actually the earthworm castings. Now my favorite earthworm castings
are called Worm Gold Plus earthworm casting and I hope they really get to sell those here
because they really are the next level in earthworm castings. They have the Down To
Earth earthworm castings which are good. These guys are actually from Canada, so they make
it all the way over to Hawaii. Any earthworm casting is definitely better than not using
earthworm castings. The earthworm castings are rich in the microbiology, right. And if
you want to not put as much into your soil, you are basically going to want to brew them
into a compose tea. So you can just take the earthworm castings and just aerate it with
some cane sugar and some powdered minerals and some humates and some other stuffs. Really
increase the diversity and increase the microorganism count and then spray that and forever feed
it to your plants and forever feed it to the soil. I will actually put a link down before
this one to my buddy Josh at the Boogie Brew Company that makes world class tea called
Boogie Brew Compose Tea, which I will also recommend to you guys. They should have here,
actually. It’s already premade but if you guys want to do it yourself, Josh gives his
complete recipe in the video link down below. That’s one of the ways I really want to introduce
a lot of organisms, really fast and at all stages of plant growth including when I have
little baby seedlings. It really helps them get off to a good start. Actually, the last
product will actually also help get your seedlings and your plants off to good start. It’s actually
some fungi inoculate. So, another product I’m big on is, right here,
it’s actually known as the microryza and this is actually a special blend from Down To Earth
for Hawaii. Things are different her in the tropics and different bacteria and fungi may
grow here that will not survive in the standard temperate climate zone when there is freezing
every year. So they’ve actually have a specially designed microbial inoculate for Hawaii. That’s
the one I would actually recommend for you guys because they’ve researched this and put
the right different endo and ecto, razai 19:10 and some trichoderma in there and basically
what these guys do is they live on the root zone of the plant. So if you are planting
a seed, take a little sprinkle of this. Put it in with the seed. If you are doing transplants
and have a six pack or a four pack or four inch pots, you are going to just take some
of this and just sprinkle it on the root. Make sure it comes in contact with the root
and you don’t need to use a lot of this stuff. Just a few little sprinkles will basically
get those roots inoculated with the beneficial fungi and it’s these fungi that actually help
the roots absorb the organic matter as well as the minerals from your soil so that you’ll
have really productive plants. It’s these bacteria, microbes and fungi that are missing
from conventionally grown soils because they are all feeding water soluble nutrients, which
basically subverts this whole system of nature and how nature works and how a big forest
up in Whisper Valley (20:20) has been living for a thousand years. We till stuff and breakup
the earth and we vultalize nutrients and we lose a lot of microorganisms. I mean, I am
really into the no-till farming; no-till gardening methods and they are ways that you can do
that successfully, once you get it all valeted. I’m not going to say it’s not a lot of work,
because it definitely is and it can be, but be sure to stay tune (20:32) and prescribe
to my videos. If you’re not ready I am going to visit a no-till farm that produces a two
hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) a year in net revenue and I think they are
only farming only two to three acres in California. So yes, you definitely can do it and these
are the microbial products that I recommend here. Now, besides the microbes, you know
there is also something really important, is the mineral. I am really big on the trace
minerals. These things are probably not in standard agricultural stores because standard
agricultural is word with three name minerals NPK. it’s like the ten, ten, ten (10,10,10)
fertilizers you may see and those are three numbers and those stand for three different
minerals but the products I recommend have seventy to ninety different minerals. All
in small trace amounts and standard culture. Agriculture identified maybe sixteen to eighteen
minerals that are required for plant growth but how do we really know what a plant needs?
Are we really able to talk to plants? Are there plants whisperers? That says “plants
how many nutrients you need? Do you need eighteen?” Nature has been growing for a thousand years
and there are so many minerals in the earth. And I just want to duplicate what nature puts
there naturally and with once again, forming improperly top soil degradation, bulldozing;
all these minerals are getting washed away into the ocean which actually is a really
good source of minerals. So you could use sea solutions and ocean water solutions, spring
minerals on your crops but you got to be careful with that kind of stuff because they got sodium
in there and too much sodium for us or our plants is not a good thing.
So in general, I prefer the rock dust powders and other sources of minerals. So, let’s
go ahead and show you guys some of the ones that they are offering here. So, it would
be hard to identify my favorite product in the whole store, because they actually got
a lot of things that I really like but I really want to encourage you guys; there is one product
that you will leave this store with when you come in. You want to make sure it’s the Azmi
(22:20). They have a micronized version of the Azmi which is the fine particle size and
then they have, basically a grainier Azmi. So, this has less dust. If you don’t want
to deal with dust and you’re not going to be digging it into your soil, I don’t really
recommend doing the powdered stuff because it’s going to blow in the wind. This is good
if you like mixing up a soil mix. Mix it in with your compose or you are maybe going to
dig it into your vegetable garden. It’s a lot more easily absorbable. The grainier is
good if you have big orchard in the existing trees. You could spread that with the fertilizers
spreader into your, the orchard and get the trace minerals to the plants where they are
needed. And more importantly to the microbes because it’s the trace minerals that feeds,
not only the microbes, not your plants but you. Now, it’s my belief that instead of taking,
like Centrum A-Z to Zinc, trace minerals supplements for us to get our minerals, we should be getting
our minerals from our foods. If they are put there in the first place and yes, plenty of
soils have a lot of minerals. I mean, we are on one great rock here but I want to be assured
that you got the trace minerals. Some of these weird minerals even in small amounts can play
significant role in fruit development, produce development, special nutrients (23:45) fiberfied
nutrients in the plants as well as flavor. And I can tell you this from firsthand experience,
there are things that I grow in the rock dust, that just taste better than produce that doesn’t.
I have tasted plenty of junk. Lemon cucumbers but when I grow my own in the rock dust and
similar different practices that I teach, it taste way better than anything that I have
ever found. And that’s kind of sad because I want every grower out there to grow high
quality food because the state of food in the country, at this point, just buying commercially
produced agriculture where they’re not using up to seventy minerals has in the rock dust;
it’s really a lower quality food and it may have more nitrate content which is not necessarily
a good thing. Another thing is the higher quality you can grow the food, the more protein
it will have. So for example, if you grow nutrient dense dream beans, for example. You
could have fifty percent (50%) more protein than conventionally grown, store bought green
beans grown with the standard NPK fertilizers so, fifty percent (50%) more protein. You
could also have fifty percent (50%) or more minerals of different minerals. So those minerals
are more available for us. Plus also, the proteins act as a pest deterrent in the plants.
Plants like simple immature proteins and when you have fully developed complete proteins
because the plants truly getting what it needs, including up to seventy (70) minerals and
the different minerals and proper balances, the proteins are more complete and the bugs
will just like “No we don’t want this plant, we want to go attach the weak plant”, the
plants that don’t have as much protein because those are the things that are much easier
to digest for us. That’s just yet another reason to get on using rock dust and some
other things that they’re offering here to increase the quality of the food you are
growing. So I know, depending on where you live, you can’t find the rock dust and you
are like “John what else can I use besides the rock dust?” Well in my opinion, there
is no substitute for rock dust and I have other videos on how you could source rock
dust locally at a rock queries and all that stuff and not get a, maybe a horticulture
gray rock dust that they are selling here. Which is the ones I recommend but they’re
other things which you can use to add minerals and trace minerals into your soil. Using some
kind of trace minerals solution is always better or some kind of product is better than
not. I want to encourage you guys once again, to go with the rock dust. I like to use these
products, that I am going to show you guys next, as ancillary products because they have
benefit’s such as the trace minerals plus other benefit’s that I like to personally
get into my soil. One of them that they are offering here is The Green Sand and it’s a
fifty pound bag and the prices here for actually being on the island is actually quite good.
It’s cheaper than some of the price I’ve seen in actually Orange County, California. Believe
it or not! Yes, The Green Sand is another really good mineral products. Let’s go ahead
and take a look at it. Two more real quick and then we will get into some organic pesticides
and other products that I like, that they’re offering here.
So, another mineral product that I like that could add a lot of trace minerals into soil
is the celtium. You can buy bag celtium here but this is one big island and I’m sure there’s
plenty seaweed and ocean. You can maybe find washed up on the beach. If it’s legal to harvest
it, I know in California you can harvest legally certain amount of poundage per day, per person
without a license. I’m not sure how it is in Hawaii but it’s basically the seaweeds
are ocean grown plants that absorb nutrients from the sea that you can then powder up and
put in a bag or use fresh in your garden to get some of those, not only minerals from
the ocean but also some of the different plant hormones and vital nutrients, biochemical,
vitamins and minerals for those plants into your garden. So yeah, Celtium are some of
the other things that they are offering here. So the last mineral based product that I want
to show you guys today; here it is, it’s an all-natural granular humic acid. So you can
think of humic acid as basically prehistoric compose. These are some of the deposits that
were composed, prehistoric, sort of like trees, way back in the days, under the ground. They
basically ultra-composed down to their constituent parts or minerals with a lot of other nutrients
in there and then they bag them up and offer them to you. Now, because this is like prehistoric
compose, ultra finally broken down and not like current man-made compose, it has a different
spectrum of minerals than that which are available today. The plants that you are composing now
in your garden or if you are getting commercial produce and composing the food scrapes, those
are only good as the nutrients that they are grown with and the top soils are eroded; those
plants, those vegetable, whatever you’re growing is not getting the minerals that get composed
down. Make that cycle and return things to mother earth like in ancient rain forest where
there is a lot of minerals in the soil. The trees bring up leafs; all the nutrients in
the trees. The trees drop those leafs and then the cycle repeats. So, there is very
little nutrients loss and there is really good nutrient cycling. Basically, what I am
trying to do in a home garden or even a farm is gets some nutrients cycling and sometimes
it is not entirely possible to do it from onsite resources as much as I would like to
do that. You do need to bring in some external inputs maybe to at least start you off and
get you up and running for a period of time. In my opinion, and yeah the Granular Humic
Acid is definitely one of them that I am glad to see that they are offering it here.
Now, I know you might be thinking “John you show all these different mineral products,
like which is the best one?” So, that is a really tough question. Personally what I would
do, is if I can afford one, I would get the rock dust like top, number one and if you
have any more money and could afford a little bit more, what I would do is get a couple
of each bag. So I might get one of each bag of rock dust and one of these bags and then
I would make a big mixer of nutrient mineral mixture and mix them all together and then
feed those to my plants. If you have a small vegetable garden, this won’t be too difficult
to do. If you have larger acreage that would get more challenging; a lot more costly of
course. But that’s what I would personally do. I don’t believe that there is one, any
particular magic pill, magic drug that’s going to fix you. All these different products have
something in it that’s really viable to the soil and your one tree or one plant might
really like this one and not the other one but I would just combine them all and just
give the plants (like) the Las Vegas buffet style. You know guys, in Hawaii knows how
the Las Vegas buffets style looks like man. I have lived in Vegas, I don’t ever eat
there. I don’t encourage you guys to either. But at the buffet you know go in and you got
all these selections. You could eat anything you want, pretty much in the whole world.
They’ve got like, ice cream and cakes and cookies and pork and meat and salads and pizzas
and all kinds of stuff. And that’s what I sort of want to provide for my plants, I
want to provide all the different kind of nutrients so they can just go to town. The
microbes can go to town, and their like “oh my god we have so many thing to eat here.
We love this place,” They are going to hang out and be more efficient workers for you,
which mean your plants are going to be happier in the long run. Alright, so yeah, that’s mainly the mineral
products and get a little of all products and see that the microbes be inoculate, you
know, I mean, I believe diversity is the best thing and I don’t want to ever say like
“oh this product is the best”, although I do have my favorite products as well.
Next I really want to talk to you guys about pest control. This is super huge, super important
to me. You know we are spraying, especially on food crops (you know) that we are spraying
bad chemicals that people are ingesting that in my opinion are not good. So we want to
use organic approved (you know) methods to control pest that are least toxic, you know
rather than more toxic. So let’s go ahead and go over to their natural pesticide section
and show you guys some different options. So, one of my favorite natural organic pest
controls that I like to use is actually this stuff right here. It’s known as the neem
oil. The neem oil I mix with some Dr. Bronner Sal Sud Soap by two tablespoons of each. Two
tablespoons of the neem oil and two tablespoons of the Dr. Bronner Sal Sud Soap with one gallon
of water and I put that into a atomizer sprayer and I go put that into a backpack sprayer
and just cover my plants and that just takes care of a lot of the different common bugs
like the aphids, white flies and all this kind of stuff. And it’s usually my first
line of defense. It’s even effective against you know, maybe powdery mildew out breaks
and I keep on it. This will definitely coat the leaves and wipe them out as well. So,
super natural basically just make the oil out of the neem and that’s simple it. So
I mean, they’re all different levels of pest control you can do and here in the tropics
that can be a really big issue. So, let’s go ahead and show you guys a few other more
natural organic controls you can use is. So another product I really like a lot is
actually this, it’s called the actino-iron and have an actinovate product and they’re
biologic agents. So, this actually prevents fungi in your roots and there is the actinovate
product for the powdery mildew and what not. And I like these because they are basically
bacteria and you are harnessing the power of the bacteria to kill the problems. I mean
the whole thing with pest and bugs and diseases is when you have an imbalance in your garden
that’s when it attracts the pest, right. So, we want to try to bring the biologic back
to basically create a balance and I want to mention to you guys, (like, you know) the
higher quality soil you can have, the more you can build your soil, the more your plants
are healthier. The more they are going to have their own immune system, right to fight
off bugs, disease and bacteria. And when you go your neighbor’s house that is not using
these techniques it’s like if you have a whole family and your kids gets sick but you
know they have the cold and they are coughing on you ,they’re kissing on you, cause they
love you (hopefully they love you). But you don’t get sick. That’s because you have
strong immune system, maybe you’re eating a little bit healthier, maybe you are eating
stuff out of your garden, and your kids are still on junk food, right. And that’s how
the plants want to really bring up the nutrition to the plants and bring up the quality to
the plants, so they can have their own immune system, so that we can do less work, right?
And that’s my goal overall before I even try to spray anything, I try to have the highest
quality and grow the highest quality stuff. Next let’s go ahead and look at something
that is a problem here. I mean, I saw some of my friend’s farms that have a lot of
holes and lots of holes are from a lot of caterpillars. So let’s show you guys how
to deal with those in a more natural way. See if you have caterpillar problems, or any
kind of (like) pillars kind of problems, like little worm thing on your leafs and all that
stuff, I recommend something like the BT. So they got (like you know) small kind, like
caterpillar kill made with the BT. And they’ve also got the biological insecticide diet pill
which is actually for organic production and that is also the BT, which basically will
control your caterpillars in a more natural way than using some kind of synthetic (you
know) chemical killer. Now, you know I don’t really like to use diet pill or anything if
I don’t have to but if you got some caterpillars that are eating your stuff and (you know)
you can’t manually pick them out, then I definitely would use this stuff. And I have
used this stuff and instead of just like covering your whole orchid with it or your farm or
your whole place, (you know) I want you guys to walk your farms and see where you’re
having some issues and use these products in only isolated areas. Spray only when you
need to and only the area you have to control the outbreak of whatever you got. So, I want
to just encourage you guys to (you know) not spray whenever you can but if you have an
outbreak and the neem, Dr. Bronner not working I would recommend something like this. This
is known as the pyganic and then this is the pyrethrum botanical insecticide and it is
effective on more than a hundred different kinds of insects. If you try to do organic
style and it’s just not working and you’re like “God man John, I sprayed that stuff and
it didn’t work.” You just tried like Neem and Dr. Bronner, try another organic one.
They got at least a dozen different kind of things you can use here and come here and
buy and if that bug is ineffective with one of them, come back and try the different one.
That one didn’t work, let’s try a different one and then you’ll have a whole arsenal instead
of having one gun, you’ll have a bunch of different guns. If one jammed, you will always
have a different one to go to. So you could always shoot the intruders. You’re always
going to have different kind of things you can always use and try and always make sure
it says “for organic production, ORMI listed”, very important to at least have that minimum
as a standard. Of course, I don’t like to spray when I don’t have to.
So, one of the big issues here, on the island are slogs and snails because it is so moist.
It does rains a lot. Even worst, there is a thing call rat lung disease and basically
it’s spread by snails. So, if snail sluther across your lettuce and you eat the lettuce,
you can actually get really sick and it’s not fun; any crop for that matter. So you
probably want to wash your crops very well. I would try to just definitely control the
rats and also the snails and slogs; and of course, you want to get some kind of chickens
or animals that will eat snails and slogs which is really good but they have some big
snails here. I don’t know if the chickens could eat the big snails. So, an organic control,
that is approved for organic agricultural; though I’m not entirely sure that I would
really want to use it at home but that’s up to you guys. If you need a natural solution,
a more organic solution than just the standard toxic stuff, they got this stuff here, which
is what I have used in the past and if I do have an outbreak I will use this in isolated
area, although it may not be the best stuff in the world to use or the most natural. It
is approved for organic gardening and organic agriculture. It’s actually called the ‘Sloggo’
and they actually have a ‘Sloggo Plus’ that I don’t think they’re carrying here that
takes ‘Sloggo’ to the next level and makes it more effective against other insects. Although,
because it does rain here and if this stuff gets wet it kind of gets kind of funky. So
you want to apply this when it’s dry and keep it out the rain for sure. There is always
an organic solution you can use to deal with your pests and I want to encourage you guys
to always choose the organic solution whenever you can because this is going to be better
for the planet, better for the (37:34) Hinner. Better for you as well as your customers,
if you are selling produce. So I have done a little piece on microbes,
on trace minerals and also some of the natural organic pest controls you can use. I want
to get into now, more of a fertilizer and we talk like “To grow trees, you need to feed
the tree fertilizer and to me fertilizer is like us trying to living on little vitamin
supplements. Fertilizer or bag fertilizer products are not what we would use to get
our nutrients. We would get our nutrients through whole food and natural food sources.
So I really want to get you guys thinking outside the box and kind of getting away from
fertilizers but if you guys are still in that mentally that’s alright too, because they
have specialty fertilizers, standard fruit and vegetables fertilizers here. Bagged products,
many of them are derived from chicken pallets or chicken manures. Here is one just for citrus
that is ORMI listed. So if you still are in the more standard mindset of wanting a fertilizer
and living on nutrient supplements, like from the vitamin shop instead of whole foods for
your plants and compose and minerals and biologics, like I mentioned. They can help you out here.
I want to encourage you guys think of your life and you farm and your garden as good,
better, best. In my opinion the best is trying to duplicate nature’s system to the best of
your ability but I will be totally glad if you guys are on synthetic chemical farming
and you guys turn to organic blend or organic fertilizer based because that’s just moving
in the right direction. You might not be the best but that’s just moving in the right direction.
That’s what I want to encourage you guys in all my videos. Always just try to do it a
little better than you did before. Do better for the planet. Do better for yourself and
do better for your plants. So, the citrus mix is just one fertilizer in the bag for
citrus but they have many other different key fertilizer nutrients that you may want
to add to your garden, in this section I’ll show you some of them. One of them, I want to show you guys is actually,
is one that I haven’t seen too much because it’s quite rare and kind of a bit pricey.
Although, the prices here at this store, compare to any other place on the islands I’ve been
are definitely good prices. This is actually known as the Mean Cake Fertilizer here and
so that’s good for adding fertility and also from what I have read, it is also good to
suppress some soil borne deceases and nematodes and other kind of stuff like this. So I really
like this stuff a lot. It says ideal for Hawaiian soils. Another locally produced product I
believe are from a company over in Puna is next door. It’s actually the BioCharge, so
I’m going to go ahead and show you guys there are two different types of BioCharge they
are offering here and which one is the best. So now, we are looking at the BioCharge that’s
from a company over in Puna, Papaya Farms Road. Actually if you check couple episodes
ago I visited Josiah hunt at his place. Showing you guys his farm and how to activate your
BioCharge. Very important, if you buy BioCharge you want to get it activated. If you do buy
this BioCharge, which is the standard hundred percent BioCharge, you need to activate it
before you use it for best results. So if you are lazy, like I am don’t get this stuff.
As good as BioCharge is, you want to get the pre-activated stuff that they are selling
over on this side. This is known as the CharFish (40:55) and this is just size blend where
we actually pre-activate the BioCharge. It makes it ready for use. It’s not simply mixing
ingredients. It’s actually mixing it and blending it set a while to basically activate. You’re
going to get much better results. So, there is a mixture of different things in here,
such as fish, meat and bone meal, BioCharge, sulfate and (41:17) Potest, powder blue rock
and molasses to fully activate this BioCharge. So this is one other thing that I will definitely
put into my soil mix, if I was growing here on the big island. No I know many of you guys are still very
caught up in the NPK mud alright and are like “John, your plants need three nutrients, it’s
on the bag of fertilizer and all these things that you recommend are low on NPK”, well it’s
my opinion that plants need more than just NPK and yes NPK are necessaries for gardening
and plant growth but so are other minerals and by including good compose and other nutrients,
other different organic inputs, like I’ve shown you guys, you will get some NPK but
if you want to spike it and get some natural NPK in a more natural and organic way, they
also have solutions for you here as well. They have them actually right next to each
other. One of my favorites is actually plant based source of the N or the Nitrogen. This
is known as the (42:17) Agneenos and this is 1400. (42:20) Agneenos is derived from
soy. So it’s like soy aminos, so that’s 1400 water soluble natural form for your plants.
If you want the K, then you can go over to the Kelplex. The Kelplex is basically extracted
Kelp and its 0.5017, so that’s actually quite high if you want to get the K into your plants
all naturally and all organically. I want to encourage you guys always, there are organic
solutions, you just have to look for them and big island is lucky to have a store like
this that provides you guys with solutions. So you guys can grow more organically instead
of having to rely on chemical pesticides that are normally sold and chemical fertilizers
synthetic fertilizers that are sold at big bucks stores. Another soil nutrient that you may want to
consider using in all-purpose, bulk control is this stuff right here. It’s actually called
the Diatomaceous Earth. They keep it wrapped up in some garbage bags here. This stuff is
some fine particulates that probably blows everywhere and makes a mess in the store,
which is not so good. The Diatomaceous Earth will provide some silica for your plants.
Silica and Silicon is definitely real important to plant growth. So you can include this in
part of your growing mix but also Silica will, (basically) if we took sand paper to our skin,
our skin would actually start bleeding and we could lose all our blood and lose our lives.
That’s what the Diatomaceous Earth actually does to bugs. So this could also be used as
a pest control for soft bodied insects as well. Just make sure when you use the Diatomaceous
Earth, wear a respirator and dusk mask. Do not breathe this in because any fine particulates,
even if it is natural and organic for us, not a good thing. I am in the aisle with all the different little
pots and plastic grow bags, fabric grow bags and even got the smaller two inch size net
pots for hydroponics or aquaponics which actually can be very hard to find. So I’m actually
quite glad they have these. It’s definitely telling me something when a place stock these
hard to find items but they also have them like these trays here with no holes in them,
which is perfect for growing micro-greens inside. So even if you’re living in Downtown
Hilo in an apartment or condo, you can get these to grow micro-greens inside. I want
to encourage everybody to grow some micro-greens. Its super simple, super easy and the micro-greens
like temperature we like. So not in the green house, maybe in a shade house and they are
super nutrient dense. Super easy to grow; I mean the crop you grow literally in one
to two weeks and they have these specialized trays that will enable you guys to do that.
As well as other available kind of different trays to store plants and to start your own
nursery and all this kind of stuff. Plus the nutrients that you should be using to put
into your nursery plants as well. So yeah, this is a one-stop-shop for all your farming
and gardening and growing needs here in Hilo. So, besides the bagged products and some of
the different pots they also have a section of tools here and some really cool unique
ones. Whether you are, maybe visiting the island like I am for a week or here for a
longtime, you want to buy some tools here for sure. They’ve got some of the lowest prices
and you will be supporting a local corporative here on the island. Every time I come to the
islands, I always love to drink coconuts but one of the problems is, I need to buy a machete
that’s really inexpensive because unless I’m travelling and check-in a bag on my way back.
I can’t take it back with me and actually this week they have a machete on sale or a
king knife that’s similar to this one for $8. It might not be on sale for $8 when you
come but maybe it will be around $10, that’s if you are a member. It can easily open up
coconuts, cut down sugar cane and that’s something you guys should grow in your garden or on
your farm, the sugarcane, and start juicing the sugarcane up. Sugarcane juice is one of
my favorite things; ten bucks for a machete, so you can open coconuts for a week. I would
have gladly done this if I knew about this place earlier in the week let’s go ahead and
take a look at a couple more tools and things that I think is really cool, that I’ve never
seen before. So one of the things that I want to encourage you guys to grow if you live
here in the islands for sure, no matter how many space you guys have, are fruit trees.
I love fresh tropical fruits. I’ve had some amazing ones. This including Fahee banana
which is like a bright orange yellow florescent color banana that is insane. It had an amazing
flavor but it’s the first time in my life I have had it. Also on this trip I’ve had
this fruit’s called Kupa asus47:09 so it is related to the Kacab but not widely known.
When you grow fruit, you are going to want to harvest the fruit and they have fruit harvesting
baskets here, that make it easier instead of being all ghetto with a box or something
and this wraps around you so you could just harvest them more quickly, easily and efficiently
and not damaged or bruise your fruit. And another thing that’s very cool that they sell
here is plungers for your toilets! I’m actually just kidding. That’s actually what I thought
this was. I was like “man that’s a small plunger for a toilet, maybe that’s for like a men’s
urinal”. Well no, this is not a plunger for a toilet and please do not use this as a plunger
for your toilet. This is actually called a papaya fruit picker and for the small kind
of papaya, which makes total sense. You put this up in the tree, you grab the papaya,
it kind of grips on to it. You don’t really need to pull too hard and you pull it and
pull the papaya down without hitting it with a stick and dropping them and smashing them
into a million pieces, which is actually because it’s often ripe. So yeah, I kind of like this
tool and if I have papaya trees one day, I’ll definitely have a papaya-picker-plunger tool. Alright so that’s pretty much it for this
episode, you know, I got to show you guys around a portion of the store. This store
is huge. I probably spent a lot more time here than I would have liked to. Especially
if you ask my girlfriend, cause I probably should have been home like about forty-five
minutes ago. So, I hope you are alright sweetie; I’ll be home real soon if you are watching
this. She doesn’t watch my gardening videos too much but in any case I really enjoyed
my time here. If you live anywhere on Hilo, you would definitely
want to stop by sooner rather than later and if you even live on Kuna and you are on this
side visiting, you definitely want to come by and stop here for your new organic gardening.
This is like your number one resource. And I want to encourage you guys once again go
with your dollars, join as a member. They’ve got a discounted price for team membership.
It’s only fifty dollars and that’s fifty dollars goes directly back into buying more
products and bringing things in, lowering the prices so that everybody in the community
could grow food more affordable and Hawaii could be more resilient. You could be more
resilient. You could grow higher quality food, and all that stuff. In addition, I’d like
to say that they do have a monthly sale here. So when they have monthly sale, whatever is
on sale is way cheaper and like this month actually they have worm compose on sale. The
one that you guys saw on the video, so it’s lower than normal price and even if you are
a member, you get an additional five percent off even the monthly advertised sales. So
if you want to learn about the monthly sales and more information about the Farm Supply
Coop here in Hilo, you want to check out the and that will give
you the basic information but yeah, you guys learned a lot in this video and definitely
if you come out here, you want to get some of the products that I recommended to you
guys. You guys, you could grow a higher quality food and post a comment down below and say
“Hey John, I bought that stuff, come visit my place next time you’re out in Hilo, cause
I usually come maybe once a year. Maybe I’ll visit you and make a video to your place too.
I’ve enjoyed eating some of your tropical fruit’s that you are growing using some
of the amazing nutrients they have here. So you can have some high quality shit. Not like
the stuff I’ve been getting at the local farmers market. Alright so, if you enjoyed this episode, please
give me a thumbs-up, let me know. I maybe try to come out make another video here next
time I’m in town and go deeper because there are so many different products and I could
not cover them all. Also be sure to check out my passed episodes and especially for
you guys that are watching that are in Hawaii, you know, be sure to just go to,
click that little magnifying glass thing, type in Hawaii. You’ll see all the videos
I’ve done in Hawaii. I’ve done over a dozen videos in Hawaii with all the different resources,
stores, seed shops in the islands that will help you guys grow more food because Hawaii
is an island and growing in Hawaii is a lot different than growing in the mainland. Let
me tell you and I’m learning as I grow and I’m doing a lot of research now and one day
I might even have my own place in Hawaii and I ‘ll know of all the resources because I’ve
made all the videos about it already. Also be sure to check my passed episodes of over
a thousand fifty episodes now. Be sure to click that prescribe button cause I think
I might have a few more Hawaiian episode coming up in this trip. I’ve been out in the islands
for about two weeks now and I make almost a video every other day that teach you guys
about something that I’m learning new and something that can more importantly benefit
and help you guys become more resilient in your food, become more healthier by eating
and growing your own natural food, grown in the most quality ways. You guys get the best
and easiest results in your garden. And once again my name is John Kohler with, we’ll see you next time until then remember: Keep on growing. Alright this is John Kohler with
today we have another exciting episode for you and as you guys could see, got BioCharge
piles to me on each side and I’ve returned to the home, once again of Josiah Hunt. Who
I consider one of my BioChar mentors in all this stuff.