10 Gardening Products & Practices I’ve Abandoned & Why

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Over the years, I’ve abandoned a number of the gardening products and practices I grew up with or used in the past in my own garden. This process of elimination has led me to a low cost, low effort approach that gets excellent results by focusing on what really works.

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Today I share 10 different gardening products and practices I’ve abandoned over the years and why I abandoned them.

1) Tilling – 0:30
2) Growing in Rows – 1:52
3) Synthetic Fertilizer – 2:35
4) Store Bought Compost – 3:30
5) Store Bought Organic Fertilizer – 4:17
6) Rock Dust – 5:04
7) Biochar – 6:10
8) Comfrey Tea – 7:27
9) Compost Tea – 8:22
10) Turning Compost Frequently – 9:15

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Heaterskwirl says:

A good video would give the evolution of your garden. Your garden soil and ecosystem is so well established, you are able to drop out some practices, you list. Yet, these same may be essential for those of us gardening with only 3 yrs under our belt. You allude to this a bit, but can you frame it as a perspective a bit more? Also, perhaps your 10 pts are very applicable to your climate, and hardiness zone, but I live with other challenges in a high desert; some of the practices you drop, I can't live without!

steven458791 says:

I think I've watched just about all your videos related to soil, and I'm pretty sure I'll be hearing the phrase "free local resources" in my sleep.

Susan Winslow says:

hi I just heard about this channel. where are you gardening .I am in ontario canada so just wondering what i can use idea wise

Ann Galbraith says:

What a great video! I for one am with you on the compost tea – its efficacy appears to be more urban legend than researched result.

The Fabsisters says:

Love the every moment of it

Eddie Leong says:

Wonderful. The simpler the better. We need to "weed" out the hype from Internet too. Many are promoting their products and solutions, selling their books, etc. Your simple garden methods are great. However, for those in initial years with hard clay, it may help to speed things up with purchasing some compost etc. Your gardens are now at least 8 years, well matured and sustainable.

Reminds me of the hype about human health supplements. Hundreds of brands and we get convinced we must try this or that. I have stopped all supplements for 15 years, not even Vit C. Have never been healthier. I think the binders, powders and other stuff in supplements may create some problems. Simple is Good…can apply to our bodies too.

poughkeepsieblue says:

Agreed, synthetics are bad.
Great compost recipe. Natural is the way to go. Trust the earthworms. They've been doing it forever, and the earth seems just fine with them as the compost catalyst.
If you're gonna buy anything, just avoid the box stores… Home Depot, Lowes, Ace etc… First, they have enough money. Second, farming has been going on for years before they added a hand in the mix, trying to profit on being convenient and easy. A store that sells light fixtures, toilets and prefinished hardwood flooring, has no place in a gardening racket. Trust local greenhouses and farmers, as they know the area you're growing in, and what has worked there in the past, and will work in the future. The home depot in New York, sells the same crap as the Home Depot in Texas… those growing conditions are so far separated, yet the same products are expected to do the same job everywhere? Those stores take no care in your gardening, just your wallet.
I'm gonna disagree on store bought organic fertz though. Some of my plants are extremely nutrient draining, and I grow in containers, which require repotting or upkeep with fertilizing more often. Growing in ground with compost solves this problem mostly, but for me and others like me, a good shot of organic ferts is the difference between full green growth, and straggly yellow growth. I stand by dried blood and bone meal to provide a high level of slow releasing nutrients over time to my containers. I also religiously add earthworms to almost every pot I grow in, as the worms eat old dead roots and recycle some of the organic matter, keeping toxicity down, and prolonging time between repotting and up potting. I even have earthworms living in my decorative pots and plants in my living room, where they do a great job in their micro environment. I can see them at night when I water, and they come to the surface. My wife calls them 'the body snatchers'… cause she's not a gardener like me.
Spraying plants with compost tea??? Yeah, controversial my ass… where in nature does it EVER rain compost tea?? It doesn't, it rains water, and carcinogens mostly these days. But water, and only water. Compost tea… save that shit for the Brits… they love their tea. We drink coffee in defiance, and even then coffee is only good as a fertilizer for my Nepenthes.
Trust the earthworm. So very important. Just give them room to move in, and trust the earthworm.

Danielle Bradley says:

Can you give more information about what kind of soil test you had performed? I looked today at the cooperative extension website in my area and there are many options with very little information about what each test looked at exactly. I like that your test seems to cover everything (except maybe ph?). Does it have a particular test name or label you could share, please?

Dana Tock says:

Thank you for the informative video! Am wondering… where do you or did you get your Comfrey seeds? We've never grown that plant. It appears to be quite beneficial!

Michael Marrinan says:

How do you water your garden? Do you have an irrigation system of some sort? Or do you just water by hand? I'm trying to decide which method to use in my own garden

GreatMare OfTheNorth says:

great video and I happen to actually doing exactly what you would do if you restarted. It's actually impossible to find Comfrey 14 at ANY local nursery but some ears did perk right up when I told them about using the leaves around the garden. I did however find that Richters sells the seeds (I'm in Southern Ontario) so I'll be ordering that asap when back in stock =)

M Dastur says:

very nicely made video.

motocephalic says:

I've adopted a combination of some of each. They have a place , as using rows for large plantings as well as mech tillage for soil that isn't quite to par. I plant large 1/2 acre areas, that is not cost feasible for all organic matter, as I run out. I make as much compost as I can make, but run out each year. The clay soil is rather poor, adding organic amendments is job number one. Overall great job, and I really enjoy your videos

Joseph Meraz says:

your p.o.v. is close to mine. one thing I have leaned through out the years is abandoning city/municipal water. I now harvest rain water and test ph. it significantly made my compost richer and as a result my Rutgers tomatos are booming. great video sir.

Girl Cook Art says:

Thanks for the video. Puts my mind at ease about not spending all that money and effort on things I probably will never need in my garden. I'm a firm believer in the benefits of using Vermicompost.

Peter Sedesse says:

I never understood the appeal of compost tea. Just use the compost and it has the ´tea´ in it already and also provides other benefits AND is less work. It is like separating the egg white from the yolk, and then baking a cake that uses an egg white and a yolk.

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