All right! This is John Kohler of GrowingYourGreens.com
and today we have another exciting episode for you and we’re coming at you from my
backyard garden. Nice sunny day, nice and hot actually, and what we’re doing in this
episode is I’m explaining an alternative to tilling your soil. You know I hear people
renting rototillers and using tillers and all that stuff and it makes me cringe man!
I would not want to be underneath a rototiller and get rototilled up man, that’s a horrible
way to go. So, I’m a big fan of no-till garden so what is no-till garden? Does that
mean you never stick a shovel or a fork or anything in the garden? Well, you know, I
try to disturb my soil the least, that’s the big thing about no-till garden. It doesn’t
mean you’re never going to till but you’re going to till as minimal as you possibly need
to just to do the work that you need to without disturbing the soil. “What’s the big problem
with disturbing the soil, John?” You might be thinking, well you know there’s complex
life in the soil There’s bacteria, fungi, different arthropods, and earthworms! All
kinds of things living in soil and when you till you’re disturbing their life you know?
The analogy I like to give is actually say you had robbers break into your house and
they’re in your bedroom and they’re trying to rip up your mattress, go through all your
drawers, find that money hidden in that sock, right? And then you get home and your house
is ransacked! How do you feel about when your house is ransacked? I mean your place is all
discombobulated, everything’s out of place right? And then it takes you some time to
get everything back in order so that you can continue in living your life. The same thing
happens with the soil microbes in there I mean you rototill man, you’re discombobulating
them, you’re killing a bunch of them and they’re going to be fragile man and they’re
going to have to rebuild their colonies and establish…and you’re probably ripping
up earthworms and you’re disturbing all this. And in my version of organic gardening,
which is actually called biologic organic gardening, which is different than just organic
gardening. You know we really want to cultivate the microbes and the life in the soil, that’s
the most important thing by far, right? So, what happened to me is I built these raised
beds—you should check my other videos for videos on that if I posted this yet I don’t
know how this is going to go, the ordering of all these videos I’ve been making lately—but
what happened here is I built these raised beds, they’re 2 blocks high, each block
is 8 inches so it’s 16 inches total. I got about one cubic yard of organic compost from
a local company: A1 Organics that I actually do not recommend at this point. They actually
made me take a video down because I didn’t have “approval” or something from the
President CEO of the company and I have challenges with people that want to limit the information,
man. And I think you know, that’s not too cool! So, anyways—and the composts stink!
Anyways, and I provided a realistic video of the whole process and I just tell it like
it is and I tell it how I see it, you know kind of keep it real, and evidently they didn’t
like the realness of it. I mean the only things I could think of is that I mentioned that
the composts stink, number one. I mentioned number two, that the compost may be cut with
sand and I don’t know if that’s true or not cause I don’t know what they’re doing
but it sure looked like it for me cause it’s pretty sandy and I’ve checked out a lot
of compost in my day and age. In any case, I had this stuff stored in garbage cans, a
whole yard’s worth, and I dumped it in these raised beds you see behind me here and that
makes up like the first couple inches, right? Because that stuff stinks so much I had to
ferry it over and put stuff on top of it so I wouldn’t get the fumes, so I wouldn’t
have to smell that stanky compost, right? Compost should have a neutral smell when you
buy it like I probably shouldn’t have bought that compost but I was so excited about a
place making a predominantly plant-based compost here in Los Vegas, you know I looked aside
and figured oh I’m going to try this stuff. So, anyways I buried that stuff underneath
and on top what you’re seeing here is some gardening soil blend that my friend gave me
when she moved out of her place. So, that’s been sitting in piles in my yard unused for
about a year. I haven’t been tending to them, nothing’s been planted in them, they
weren’t getting any water, so then basically a soil dries out and it becomes like a sand,
man. You know it doesn’t look super “lifeful,” it’s kind of gray not that dark, rich, black,
loam that we’re looking for like in the middle of a forest and what not. And that’s
the situation here so what I want to do is I want to help you know, ignite the fire you
know? Just cause you have wood doesn’t mean you have a fire, you gotta have that spark
and it ignites so in the same way I want to ignite this soil full of the microbiology
cause you know, just my garden intuition is sensing that this is not super healthy soil
in the sense of the biology in there, I don’t think there’s a whole bunch.
So, what we’re going to do today is actually inoculate the soil with this stuff here it’s
called the, “Penetrate Liquid Biotiller,” and it penetrates the soil. This is made not
only for sandy soils or soils that may not have the bacteria but it’s also made for
clay soils, if you’ve got a clay soil that you can’t grow anything in…you know, the
goal to make clay soil better is not to add sand cause it still will harden up, right?
What we need to do is we need to get the biologics in there, that bacteria in there, the aerobic
bacteria that’s basically going to breakdown the organic matter in there create airspace
and allow you to basically till the garden using bacteria which are literally hundreds
and thousands of workers in—what’s in this package here that’s going to do the
work for you. So, you don’t have to manually do it, right? Isn’t it much smarter to get
nature working on your side then having to rent a rototiller and burn gas and you know
work behind it. And yes this is not going to work overnight and if you have clay soil,
you put this stuff in, you’re not going to come back in a day and say, “Oh yeah
it’s tilled.” No, I mean nature doesn’t work that way. Things take time to happen
properly, you’re going to have to make probably multiple applications, with each application
your soil’s gonna loosen up and loosen up and one day hopefully by—with also doing
other good practices like adding rich organic matter and trace minerals and growing some
plant material and having fungus in there and other things—your soil’s going to
be autocorrect. I mean in nature’s system, there is no waste and in nature’s system
everything happens for a reason right? And only when man gets involved and we try to
do things to our system things don’t work and in my opinion, rototilling is in our system
but it’s not in nature’s system. There’s not such thing as rototillers in nature.
But, next thing’s let’s talk about how this “Penetrates” works here. Let’s
go ahead and open this guy up and inside this is actually these little two bottles, bottle
number A and bottle number B and a box that you can compost. So, in bottle number A—the
bottle number A is actually the food bottle so these come separate you should not mix
these together until you’re ready to use them. This is for a very important reason.
This is the food bottle, the food bottle contains things like the kelp and the saponins that’s
actually going to feed the bacteria once you mix them together and it’s gonna enliven
them. The bacteria in bottle number B, these are the beneficial microbes including Bacillus
subtilis, Bacillus pumilus, Bacillus licheniformis, and I don’t know what those guys do but
every different bacteria in this product has a specific task you know they break down organic
matter and the other thing to remember is that the bacteria is the base of the food
soil web. So, what is a food soil web? Well, I have
a nice little infographic here from John and Bob’s and this is what the food soil web
is to break it down. You have different things in your soil such as the bacteria, the bacteria
they fight pests and disease and you can see a little oh I don’t know, a bacteria man
here! Ha he’s looking like Batman. But they fight pests and disease and they’re the
base of the whole food soil web. They’re what provides food for all the other things
in the food soil web. After the bacteria, you got the fungi and then, after the fungi
you got the protozoa, and after protozoa you got the nematodes, then you got the arthropods,
then you got earthworms, right? All these creatures in the soil have a big part to play
and they need to be in balance in your soil to have optimal growing success and have a
healthy and vibrant garden. You know these are the creatures in your soil that basically
make compost, the nutrients in the compost available for the plants. That’s why it’s
so important to me to literally inoculate the soil with this bacteria, so that they
can get to work. They can start tilling my soil and creating a live soil that’s gonna
help actually break down the soil that I’m going to pile on the top, eight inches of
this stuff here. So, that’s why I’m using the, “Penetrate Liquid Biotiller,” even
though I don’t need to till it it’s going to help provide aeration and inoculate it
with the beneficial microbes that are, in my opinion, so important.
Now, another thing that’s really cool about the “Penetrate” liquid here is that these
are the same very microbes that are sold in some organic fungicides so this product is
only sold for use in the soil, right? But, if you wanted to, like I will, you actually
can also mix these guys and then spray it on your leaves because you know one of the
bottles actually has a good deal of kelp so you can foil or feed it to your plants that
way plus also provide that beneficial microbes on your plants to help potentially knock out
any diseases as well. So, I mean these are the kinds of products we could use that we
could spray on plants, you know they’re non-toxic and they’re good for us and the
soil—and you know if you have any pets—safe for use around pets. So, what we’re gonna
do next is actually just apply this stuff, this is a 32 ounce pack for home gardeners,
you’re definitely not gonna need these big guys here. They have a smaller 8 ounce set
that you’ll just combine both of them and mix in basically a gallon of water or more
water—doesn’t matter how much water you need to use to distribute them all—and then
distribute this and just spray it throughout your garden. So, you could do this in a hose
and sprayer like I’m gonna do here, I got a Hudson hose and sprayer. You could do this
in a pump sprayer and if you’re not really that high tech you could also just put it
in watering can and water it. You know the hose and sprayer or a pump sprayer is probably
more effective than just a watering can cause you’d be able to get these guys and spread
it all over your garden. And just once small packet of the “Penetrate” will cover 1000
square feet and these large bottles cover 4000 square feet and I even have that here.
Now, the cool thing to remember is that the recommended amounts on the packets are the
minimum amounts, right? To get results! I always like to overdue things when the products
I use don’t burn. This will not burn your soil or anything like that so if you have
a dilution or a little bit much of this stuff on your garden that’s totally fine and the
only negative is it might just cost you a little extra money cause you’re using too
much product. So, what we’re gonna do is we’re just
gonna go ahead and take this guy. Shake these guys up a little bit. I’m gonna estimate
how much 8 ounces is here. So, that looks like it’s the bacteria oh and this one’s
alive—we’re gonna go ahead and try to go ahead and pour equal amounts of this stuff
in my bottles. These are—it’s marked on here for 8 ounces I think I’m halfway up
there or so and if I look in my bottles here it looks like I’ve about used even amounts
so I think I’m good with that. Once again if you get the smaller size just dump the
whole bottle in. And all we’re gonna do now is just screw on the top. These hose and
sprayers are really simple and easy to use; you can select the different patterns. I’m
gonna use the rain pattern. The next thing we’re gonna need to do is take the hose—and
I am using filtered water, a Boogie Blue water filter on it—you know if you are using conventional
city tap water it does contain chlorine which is for your health and sanitation so you don’t
get E. coli or Cryptosporidium/Giardia outbreak or something like that but it’s bad for
your soil and bad for the bacteria. So, I recommend you do get for your garden a Boogie
Blue or other suitable garden filter to remove the chlorine because the chlorine’s there
to kill the bacteria and I’m here to make the bacteria flourish so I do not want the
chlorine. Okay so we just unscrewed my little hose thing and we’re gonna put this guy
here and screw it on. All right, so once you got your sprayer all set up we’re ready
to spray you just gotta set your dilution ratio—unfortunately the dilution ratio on
the packet is in ounces per gallon and on the Hudson sprayer it’s actually in teaspoons
or tablespoons per gallon so I’m actually gonna set it to one tablespoon per gallon.
Keep in mind that this amount of product will treat 1000 square feet so if you get over
your whole garden—basically go over your whole garden then actually if you still have
product left, start over again and keep spraying the product down. It doesn’t matter if there’s
actually more water than the product but what does matter is that you get the product down
there even if it is more diluted. You need to get the quantity of microorganisms in your
soil to be at a certain level to get the results and that’s the results on the package—unfortunately
this Hudson sprayer is not set up to go that high. So, I’m just gonna go ahead and set
it up to one tablespoon per galloon, turn this guy on and water my garden until we run
out of product. So, never before has it been this easy to till your garden without renting
a rototiller by just spraying on the beneficial microbes that are going to do the work for
me. If you’re interested in learning more about this product be sure to click the link
below this video that’ll take you to John and Bob’s website. And if your order the
product be sure to use the discount code that I’ll actually put below the video to get
a special low discounted price on this product. I have been using the John and Bob’s products
for several years now. I believe in them confidently I mean they model my style of garden, which
is fostering the beneficial microbes in the soil which are really the workhorses so you
can have free labor working for you without paying anybody. Hope you guys enjoyed this
episode once again my name is John Kohler, gotta get back to tilling my garden. With
GrowingYourGreens.com, we’ll see you next time and remember keep on growing.