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Cultivating Weeds to Grow More Food in Less Garden Space

November 7, 2019

Alright! This is John Kohler with, today we have another exciting episode for
you, coming at you from my garden here just gardening in the pretty early morning because
it heats up really fast here. But I was actually in the garden working and I thought I’d
actually stop and take the time to make a video for you guys because what I was thinking
about and what I’m doing today is actually quite important for all you guys out there.
You know I’ve visited many different permaculture farms and all this type of stuff and one of
the big things for gardeners are the weeds! I mean the weed! Wait, the weeds, sorry the
weeds, sorry. Got distracted. So yeah, I mean weeds occur in the garden and your definition
and how you particularly look at weeds is the whole concept that I’m trying to share
with you guys today, so if you look up in the Miriam-Webster Dictionary “weed,”
it might say marijuana, actually I mean if you look up “weeds” in the Miriam-Webster
Dictionary it might say “an unwanted or undesired plant,” I don’t exactly know
what it says because I didn’t look it up. But I want you guys to basically use what
common definitions are in your definition, but then also expand your definition and don’t
always believe what you’re being told, like question everything is something, I don’t
know if my dad taught me that but I learned that at some young age, but question everything
because a lot of things that we’re being taught may not be exactly right. So with the
weeds, one of the things I learned at the permaculture farms that I visited is that
there’s no such thing as a weed. My friend Ryan in Hawaii harvests his weeds and uses
it as food for his chickens, so if you’ve got chickens you could pull the weeds and
use it food for your chickens. I use my weeds here for fuel for my compost right? It literally
breaks down and turns into new soil for me so weeds are a great benefit unless you got
shit ton of them. Luckily I don’t have a whole lot of them because one of my gardening
practices is that I bring in compost that’s been fully composted so that it doesn’t
have a lot of weed seeds, I’m not gardening in the standard soil that’s existing here,
and that’s something very important to me is actually to bring in some soil and to build
raised beds like I’ve built here so you can have a lush garden. It’s going to make
your work in the garden just that much easier by not having to deal with whatever is in,
meaning contaminants or nutrients or lack thereof in your existing soil, so that’s
why I like to bring in some good compost. That being said I do make my own compost,
and my compost works pretty well, but it doesn’t deactivate all the weed seeds, so I do get
some particular ones coming back, which some of them actually I do encourage. And the whole
concept of this video is if you look at the bed behind me, like “John, that’s a cool
raised bed garden, what do you got planted back there man, you got like a mixed bed right?
You’ve got all kinds of stuff.” I see maybe some squash or cucumbers or melons and
some peppers and some tomatoes, I mean there’s all kinds of stuff behind me here. But believe
it or not, this personally is my pepper bed. If you look closely there’s a pepper here,
here, like every 11 inches, and I’m quite methodical when planting, maybe every 10 1/2,
11 inches. And there’s like four rows of them, but you’d never know that, because
basically I let this grow out half way because I’m so damn busy doing all kinds of other
stuff, spreading compost tea and dealing with other big problems before I’m tending to
these guys. But for me the weeds serve a benefit. When my plants were smaller, the weeds grew
faster than my plants, and this was good because it provided them some shade and still, you
can see some of these plants, some of my peppers are getting shaded out fairly well by some
of the other plants that have grown up faster around them and that actually have out-completed
them, which is a good thing when they’re small, but I don’t want to out-compete them
their whole lives because that’s going to rob them of sun and nutrients that the weeds
are actually pulling up. So you know that one benefit of the weeds is to help your plants
along so it’s often time used in permaculture practices where you plant junk trees or nitrogen
fixing, NFTs, nitrogen fixing trees or plants near your trees that may outcompete them and
help shade them out and then you just chop them and drop them into [inaudible] put them
back in your soil to build your soil. So all these weeds here, they’re helping me out
and number two, all the ones that I’ve left because I have pulled random grass seeds and
stuff, are food. So these guys right here are known as the purslane, and you can eat
it, it’s very high in essential fatty acids, omega-3 fatty acids. It actually has a nice
lemony, kind of succulent flavor. Actually quite good, so I can just come out here and
harvest all kinds of purslane for my salads and whatnot, I’d probably just pick a whole
bunch of purslane and mix it in with my lettuce and all my other things that go in the salad.
You could also juice the stuff up, and blend it up to make green smoothies, or green juices.
It does get kind of gelatinous. That’s one weed I have in here, I really like the fleshy
stems here, here’s a fleshy stem right here, right? And this is just like nature’s water,
you can just take this, chew it up and spit all the pulp, it’s just like purified water
from nature, and instead of like if you are going to compost these, I encourage you guys
to pull some out, take some nice fleshy stems and… faint lemon flavor, full of water,
it’s going to keep you hydrated especially when you’re gardening in the hot sun. But
yeah, fleshy stems, super-amazing, and yeah when you’re done, compost all the stuff
and turn it back into soil to re-enrich your garden later. So you know I’m going to systematically
cut out some of these guys so that it doesn’t shade out my peppers as much. Another one
I got right here is known as the lambs’ quarters, and this is yet another edible weed,
an edible weed is a good weed indeed. And what this guy is, this is basically lambs
quarters, and this is Chenopodium family plant, it’s related to spinach. So once again,
it’s all edible raw, and I love to add this also to my salads, and actually this stuff’s
quite good. I like the little tender baby leaves when I’m eating salads. The larger
leaves I’ll use in juices and green smoothies. But yeah, the nutrient you guys need the most
is the one you’re not getting, right? And weeds can provide nutrients you’re not getting,
because you might grow lettuce, you might grow kale, but when’s the last time you
ate some of the purslane or the lambs’ quarters right? Now besides those two weed I have in
my garden I have other volunteers which you may consider weeds in my garden, such as this
guy, where is it right over here. It’s a tomato plant – “John, tomatoes aren’t
weeds,” well a tomato is a weed to me if it’s not growing where I want it to grow,
because the tomato plant will easily outcompete the peppers, shade them out, and then my peppers
aren’t going to do well. And in addition, I have a video entitled “Ten Reasons Why
I Like to Grow Peppers Instead of Tomatoes,” I’ll put a link down below to that video
for you guys. And yeah I mean basically they get a lot more disease, and they’re not
quite as tolerant of the desert heat here in Las Vegas. But yeah this guy I might let
grow because I will use my weeds to my advantage like I’ll show you guys in a second, actually
that’s what I’m doing today and that’s why the whole reason for this video. Another
weed that I have coming up are probably coming up are either some melons or some Armenian
cucumbers which are also kind of melons. And actually this is one growing through my pepper
bed also, as you guys can see it’s just like all these lily pad-style leaves all through
here is just like I think one vine. So my goal is to use this to my advantage, because
what I’m going to do is my goal is to actually trellis it up and then put it on top of my
overhang structure, and I’m just going to have it go up there and once it’s up there
I’m just going to let it vine out. The roots will be down here, but it’s going to have
one pole that guides it up to the roof, and then it’s going to just do its thing up
there, then I can climb up on the roof and harvest tons of produce. So that’s going
to be really cool. So let me go ahead and show you guys how I’m actually doing that
today with my tomatoes in my other pepper bed that’s being overgrown with a few tomato
plants. Alright so these are some of my volunteer
tomatoes and look at how they’re coming in really nice. So I have no clue what variety
these are, I go through a lot of tomatoes and the seeds usually go through the compost
[inaudible] grew the tomatoes, they dropped and they composted down, or either some actually
I bought and then they rotted and t hen I threw in the compost and then they grow. So
I don’t really care what variety they are, I don’t care if they’re a mixed variety,
all I care is that they’re edible and that they’re delicious. And this plant is actually
doing really nicely, you can see it’s really loaded up with a whole bunch of tomatoes that
are ripening and there’s even more coming on. One of the things about this tomato is
that the tomato chooses itself when the weather conditions are right and the seed’s in the
ground, it decides it wants to germinate because the conditions are right for it. If you have
maybe some cold-tolerant varieties of tomatoes like the Oregon spring if you grow in Oregon
it’s probably not going to do too well here, it’s probably not going to sprout, but these
hot tolerant ones are just going to come up because it’s like “Whoa these conditions
are perfect for me to grow” and it does. And yeah as you can see there’s so many
different cherry tomatoes up here, and there’s actually even though we’ve been hitting
triple digits at least for the last two weeks, there’s still flowers and this is still
producing fruit. So let’s go down, and when picking a tomato it’s very important to
get the darkest, deepest color tomato that you could see on the plant, so like here’s
some orange ones “Oh yeah these are orange tomatoes,” no, because you could look, oh
this is orange, and these are way more red. So you’re going to want to go down to some
of these red ones, and oh that was a nice one. Because literally, I just touched it
and it just popped off in my hand, so that’s another sign that it’s ripe, when it comes
off and the plant wants to give it up, like the girl wants to give it up in the bedroom,
that’s the time to take it. Alright so, but not otherwise, don’t keep pulling or
don’t keep trying to go after a girl if she’s not interested, that’s not cool
guys. Alright so here’s a ripe tomato, we’re going to wipe this off and then we’re going
to go ahead and pop in the mouth. Mmmm. Wow, one good tomato. Alright let me go ahead and
show you guys what else I’m doing with my tomatoes in my garden today.
Alright so as you guys can see, this is another one of my pepper beds that was planted previous
to the other bed that was behind me that you guys just saw with all the melons and lamb’s
quarters and purslane in there. And this guy’s doing pretty well, some of these peppers are
topping about two feet, two and a half feet. But one of the problems is this tomato here
has totally outcompeted the peppers, and I planted the peppers from transplants, and
this tomato just came up from seed, and if you guys look here, this is just like a massive
bush right here man, and as much as I like tomatoes, it’s growing in the wrong place,
and I do want my pepper plants to be able to thrive, so what I’ve been doing is actually
I’ve been going through and systematically cutting out some of the tomato volunteers
or weeds that are in this garden, and some of them actually I’m saving because the
plant’s a nice plant, and actually I’m going to just move them up and out of the
way of my peppers so I can actually grow both tomatoes and peppers in harmony, it’s like
“ebony, ivory, living in perfect harmony,” and this is why I’m a gardener instead of
a singer. Alright so as you guys can see behind me I don’t know if you guys can see that,
basically I got bamboo pole stuck in the ground and the bamboo pole not quite have the rigidity
to not fall over, so I put in a metal U-post, T-post or whatever, and stuck that in there,
and basically I trellised the tomato straight up it, and I pruned it back to single stem
it up. And so I have video on single stemming tomatoes if you need to see that, but basically
I’m cutting off all the suckers, and I’m training it to go straight up where I want
it to grow. I’ll let some of the top mass grow out and maybe later I’ll put like a
T on that or make kind of like an H trellis to let it spread out or maybe I’ll just
keep it pruned out. You know some of the goals are I want the tomatoes that’s currently
on there to be able to ripen up so I’ll be able to eat them, and then I want that
to continue to grow to make me more tomatoes, because actually some of the ones like from
last year, my best producing tomato plants were not the ones I planted from the nursery,
but from volunteers, so I want to capitalize and take advantage of this. So the next thing
I’m going to do is I’m going to go ahead and just take this guy that’s all spread
in here, now you guys are seeing the “before”. We’ll leave the camera in a similar place
and then actually you guys are going to see the “after” after I prune this back pretty
heavily, and then actually single-stem it up to get it out of the way of my peppers
so I can have both peppers and tomatoes instead of just a lot of tomatoes but little peppers.
Alright so as you guys can see I got this area cleaned up really nice, probably filled
up about one five gallon bucket cutting off basically all the suckers off the tomato plant,
and a sucker is kind of like, you got the plant going straight up, and there’s a leaf
that comes out, the sucker is one that comes out in the armpit, so if you have plants coming
out of your armpit, those are the suckers. So just kind of try to imagine that. So that’s
what I did, I trimmed them all back, and as you guys can see now, we have basically this
one massive growth up here. I let one sucker come out, and this is right here. And what
I did was I basically staked in a five foot T post, I call it a U post it’s not really
a T, it’s a U, it’s a cheaper one. And then basically I stuck in a six foot tall
bamboo stake to basically support it, and also it looks nicer, I like looking at the
bamboo, it’s also more renewable, and they last longer than wood. So like this one stake
was a buck fifty, I got them before for a dollar, about a dollar fifty is the going
price. And as you guys can see I’m wearing some gloves because tomato leaves tend to
irritate my skin and make me really itchy, and if you wash your hands after handling
tomato leaves you’ll get this yellow coating it’s got on the gloves, and what’s why
I’m wearing the gloves. So the next thing I’m going to do is I’m going to go ahead
and tie this up, and the way I like to do it instead of just using standard string that
you could maybe use once and then you’ve got to like compost out if it’s plant-based
or throw it away if it’s a synthetic nylon or petroleum-based, I like to encourage you
guys to use something reusable instead of things that have one-time uses, so I have
a lot of these plant clips, here’s actually one right here. But the problem is the plant
clips won’t really fit around my stake too well, so I’ve actually found another really
cool reusable plant tie that I like a lot, and this is one of the ones I’ve used, this
is actually the Velcro brand for gardeners, and it’s just green, and it’s on a roll
so you just unroll it, and then you just cut it to the size you need it, so basically I’ll
come around and see how long I need it, and then I’ll just basically find where it is,
and I’ll just cut it. And once I cut it the cool thing is I basically just go up to
a little area where I have the Velcro holding my bamboo to the metal, and I’ll just stick
it on there. And I’ll just go ahead and do a bunch of these at each of the spots,
so when I’m pinning this up I can easily grab the Velcro that’s waiting for me.
Alright so now that I got all the Velcro cut, we’re going to go ahead and just carefully
take this stem, and I like to always work from the bottom up, all the way up to the
bottom, maybe a little bit higher than the pepper plants, I left some leaves here, I’m
going to try to cut off all the suckers. But I have left all the tomatoes here on the bottom
as you guys can see, because I want those to ripen up and I want them to go in me. So
we’re just basically going to kind of wrap this guy around and bring him all the way
to my bamboo/metal pole, and I’ll try to like hold it up with my shoulder while I’m
getting my wrap around it, and just wrap it up. The Velcro’s really nice, makes this
nice and simple. And we’ll take another one off, and we’ll just continue to try
to hold this guy straight up, this helps if you have a helper, a wife, a husband, or a
friend. So I’m just going to go ahead and use my shoulder again to hold it up because
if you don’t hold it up, this could break on you, my tomatoes are pretty flexible, but
sometimes they’re breaky, and so it’s not worth risking your plants, so wait till
you have some help to do this step if you don’t feel comfortable. Alright so I’m
just going to go ahead and tape the rest of this up and then I’ll come back to you guys
when I’m done. Alright so as you guys can see I was actually
successful, trimmed off some more of the suckers, got this trellis right up straight, and from
the big mass bush, we just got one plant. The cool thing is, the massive root system
that has been in the ground that was supporting the massive growth is now supporting just
one single stem branch, so now that guy’s going to grow like crazy and hopefully put
on lots of tomatoes for me as you guys can see and this one pepper bed’s like four
foot by 16 feet long. I just saved basically three tomatoes at different places, maybe
two of the ends and one kind of in the middle, and so I’m going to let these guys grow
the rest of the tomatoes got 86’ed for those of you guys that are old-timers. And I want
to go ahead and show you guys just how the single stem looks, because that’s important
to me so you guys can get a close-up on my important work, and if you want to do this,
how it might want to look if you want to single-stem your tomatoes.
Alright so we’re going to start at the bottom of the pole, once again there’s the bamboo
and there’s the stake, and as we go up I want to try to follow the stem, you know here’s
the tomatoes and as you guys can see all the different cut marks there, I just basically
cut them all back because I don’t want the tomato leaves competing at the level where
my peppers are and as you guys can see, I got plenty of peppers coming in that I’m
waiting to ripen up, a lot more there. But yeah let’s go ahead and continue up so I
have the Velcro holding the bamboo to the metal stake, and as we go up and up, you’ll
see a lot of the points where I trimmed off the leaf on the bottom and the sucker on the
top. And once again more tomatoes. I started leaving leaves here, this is about the level
of where the peppers, the height. And as we go up more there’s more tomatoes, and you
know I left this leaf coming out, but cut the sucker once again. Have the leaf, cut
the sucker, left a few tomatoes. Going up, we’re past maybe the four foot mark because
this is a five foot metal stake, and if we go in about a foot, then we got the pole going
up a couple more feet. And as we go up and up, you’ll just see every now and then I
just use the Velcro tie to tie it to the bamboo so we get it to go straight, and just we go
up and up, up and up, up and up, and as you guys can see up at the top, we got some flowers
happening, so this guy’s going to continue to make tomatoes for me even in the 100 plus
degree weather. And yeah once again, this is a volunteer.
So I wanted to take the time now to actually show you guys one of my volunteers and what
it actually has turned into, so here’s one of the volunteers, it’s one of those melon
vines that was like I showed you in the other bed, and this is what it turned into right
here. As you guys can see, I’m going to try to be careful because I don’t want to
detach this guy. This is one large cucumber. Hey Lauren I got one large [inaudible]. Alright
so, anyways this is a volunteer, and this is a striped Armenian cucumber, and I’m
happy that this actually came back for me, and it came back in a very convenient place,
it was on the edge of my pepper bed. So what I did was I’ll show you guys in a second,
I actually built a trellis for it specifically. I trimmed it back, trimmed off all the suckers
and then I guided it up my trellis so that it’s growing where I want it to grow instead
of growing where it wants to grow, like all over my peppers and shading them out. So in
this way I was able to bring them off the peppers, I’m able to grow more food easily,
and able to let my peppers grow. And so I think this is a huge benefit, I mean another
thing that’s really important to me is that for you guys that are out there, when you
direct-seed plants versus transplant things in I want to remind you when you have weeds,
those are direct seeded even though you didn’t do it, and you have good soil, a plant is
going to be at least twice, if not three or four times or more as healthy as a transplant.
Why? Because it hasn’t had the transplant shock, it hasn’t been moved from one place
to another. Like if you guys ever moved and had to pack up your house and move, that’s
like a lot of stress on you right? And you’re never quite the same, you’re like “Remember
that time we moved and the movers forgot the box with the plates and they forgot the clothes
and we couldn’t go to work for a week,” I mean you guys all have your stories. But
basically there’s a stress of the move, and when you transplant any plant there’s
a stress, so I’ve noticed the plants that are volunteer weeds like my tomato volunteers
are at least twice as strong and affected by diseases less than the ones I’ve transplanted
and brought into my garden. Now this is not always the case, but in most cases it’s
true, so that’s why I really like to preserve the weeds whenever I can. Alright so let me
go ahead and show you guys this crazy trellis that I built for my striped Armenians here.
Alright so as you guys can see this is the trellis I built for my striped Armenians,
basically I stuck a couple bamboo poles in the ground, then I used some kind of trellis
system that I have, and then basically I made them climb up, and then they were actually
getting too tall so then I used another trellis panel, and then I used some bamboo, and then
I’ve actually made it come over to this side which is my cucumber trellis against
the wall or the fence, and then it basically makes a little walkthrough which I really
like. Now don’t hang on this and try to do pull-ups or nothing, that’s not going
to hold you, but it’s sufficient enough to hold the striped Armenians, and as you
guys can see here’s a little baby starting to grow, so my goal is to have striped Armenian
cucumbers, and have a nice shaded area from the cucumbers underneath, which is actually,
there’s nothing growing under there, so now it’s getting more sun and I’m using
more vertical space in my garden which is huge because I don’t have a lot of space.
[inaudible] looking over on this side is I put another one of these trellis panels in
which are actually quite handy, and these are volunteer tomatoes, some volunteer cherry
tomatoes, and let me go ahead and show you guys some of the ones that are coming in,
and I’ll let you guys know how the taste because I haven’t actually tasted any of
these yet this season. Alright so I hope you guys enjoyed that episode
learning about what I do with my weed, I mean my weeds and basically trellis them up to
grow them so I can grow more food in my garden, and have more mixed diversity in my beds.
You know a lot of times I don’t like to mix my peppers with my tomatoes, because as
you guys can see the tomatoes will overtake your peppers and then you won’t get a lot
of peppers, but get lots of tomatoes and I’m sure many of you guys have learned this the
hard way by “oh yeah I’m going to plant my peppers next to my tomatoes.” So I don’t
like to do that, but if they do come up I’m not going to necessarily pull them, I’ll
actually just grow the peppers below, and have the tomatoes go up high so that everybody
can coexist in peace. And that’s how hopefully everybody all the humans on this earth should
live just, everybody should get along, be able to work out their differences in peace.
And I think one effective tool to do that if you are having conflicts in your life is
actually called non-violent communication, so Google non-violent communication if you’re
looking to prevent conflicts with other human creatures, not your plants. I get along with
plants really good and I think all you guys do too, mainly one reason – because they
don’t talk back! So anyways hope you guys enjoyed this episode, be sure to “like,”
subscribe, and check my past episodes, I have over 1050 episodes now on all aspects of gardening,
and basically what I do in my videos is just share with you guys what I’m doing in the
garden and my ramblings and what I’ve learned over the years I’ve been gardening, growing
food, and eating a healthy lifestyle, including lots of plants out of my garden. Alright so
once again my name is John Kohler with, we’ll see you next time and until then remember,
keep on growing.


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  • Reply alice coppers August 6, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    It was a lot of work to make my raised beds, but now I never have to weed the garden..thanks John.

  • Reply quetty August 7, 2015 at 12:13 am

    brilliant as usual, thank you!!

  • Reply John Strabismus August 7, 2015 at 12:21 am

    I'm not a good gardener. If I cultivated weeds they'd probably die.

  • Reply Tsukani Takuda August 7, 2015 at 12:22 am

    I love your videos your always a pleasure to watch! I love your passion for your garden!

  • Reply Reno Greens August 7, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Looks like the AquaJet is working great by the looks of garden John.
    Have any issues with the stone walls being used for the raised beds?
    Why do you not grow garlic being it is so good for you?
    Thanks as another enjoyable shared video.

  • Reply Matthew Q August 7, 2015 at 1:17 am

    At what point does John realize his roof is empty and wanting to be trellised….  J/K … But… NM.  As always, fun and full of information.  Thanks for the show!

  • Reply Dan Quintero August 7, 2015 at 1:41 am

    John, we are really enjoying our Omega Vert 350.

    Staying juiced up on organic veggies!

  • Reply Self Sufficient Me August 7, 2015 at 2:14 am

    I hate weeds in my vegetable garden if broccoli or nice plump cucumbers were weeds it would be awesome. Yes technically a plant you don't want (like tomatoes) could be called a weed although most classify weeds as invasive plants that outcompete native vegetation causing problems in a natural ecosystem and even if edible are not cultivated by farmers because there's no market for them and the reason there's no market for them is because they aren't as good as other food crops, which humans have developed over 1000's of years. Yes, I do get the edible weed thing but I'm not a fan of the concept sorry… Each to their own though. Good thought provoking video – I enjoyed it, cheers 🙂

  • Reply elvimariemanabat August 7, 2015 at 2:30 am

    You're funny. I like this youtube channel

  • Reply lakisbouz August 7, 2015 at 3:33 am

    Thanks John, Love Ya!!

  • Reply Kirk Johnson August 7, 2015 at 3:38 am

    A video about weeds that ends with a reference to non-violence. 
    Good information. I love the lambs quarter in my garden too. It plants itself, it is very nutritious and tastes great. 
    Another thing I do to reduce weed labor is keep 5 gallon buckets with water and throw weeds in them. I happen to also have comfrey to put in them and as they rot they make a fantastic tea to furtigate the veggies with. I just add water to the buckets once in while.

  • Reply PINK CHAMPAGNE August 7, 2015 at 4:42 am

    Great  love your vids

  • Reply Praxxus55712 August 7, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I tried allowing weeds into my garden but opted to remove them. Just too much nutrient loss.

  • Reply ardas August 7, 2015 at 10:48 am

    yeah! Rape is not cool!

  • Reply Shasta Erts August 7, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    I watch these videos with my 7 year old. I wonder if they need a rating, lol…

  • Reply Quantized August 7, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    I really like to put down compost and then plant a winter cover crop in the fall I then mulch, then early early spring I chop and drop.  Then I weed all the random other things then plant crimson clover and buckwheat  to take hold, they all die off by the heat of the summer and let the other plants come up.  If I think there's too many weeds in a certain place crowding out my plants then i chop and drop or pull up if they're not annuals.  By now I don't even worry about weeds.  I don't really have that many.  I have a little grass and volunteers that I either let grow or pick.

  • Reply Grow Your Heirlooms August 7, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Weeds, the bane of every gardeners existence, We've spent thousands of years and billions of dollars controlling them. I personally don't allow weeds in the garden. When I plan on growing a specific vegetable, I don't want to battle intruders. With diligence and preparation, it is possible to minimize the frustration they present. Even weeds like lambs quarter is not welcome unless I invite it LOL

  • Reply OmgKittys78 August 8, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Great video!! John reminds me of a typical anime old man pervert. A Master Roshi in training. I was laughing and shaking my head when he was talking about the tomato giving it up.
    I have not had any weeds in my garden so far. Thank goodness.

  • Reply Julian Kirby August 8, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    the food I allow to go to seed becomes next years weeds. tomatoes are the most invasive plant in my garden.

  • Reply James Brohard August 9, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Here in Texas Weeds are NOT the problem. It's the darn Bermuda Grass. I have tried landscape fabric covered by wood mulch, didn't work. I have tried countless methods and I find the best is a thick layer of newspaper covered by 4-6 inches of Hay. Usually the Hay sprouts. They you just pull that up and lay it down. It will dry to add more to the layer. At the end of the season, just till it all in. Weeds are not a problem in Texas except for a vine and it is medium growth so you can pull it early so it doesn't form those jester hat seed pods.

    As always thanks for your tips, but I must say this specific video was very rambling. Your past videos were more to the point.

  • Reply Dutch Courage August 10, 2015 at 12:20 am

    One other great thing about 'volunteers' is that these are plants that decide on themselves that the growing conditions in your garden/climate are suitable for them. As opposed to transplants that may well be flown in, and not at all be suitable…

    So a volunteer is actually a plant that lets you know they will do well, and saving seeds from them will likely be giving you good produce for years to come.

  • Reply ire Ne August 10, 2015 at 3:47 am

    Don't you wash your that you direct from your garden?  That is awesome cucumber never see it. My was ants eating never get it.  How you protect from ants?

  • Reply Orion August 10, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Best episode yet! Love John's sense of humour.

  • Reply Victoria Nguyen August 11, 2015 at 12:39 am

    If the girl want to give it up so take

  • Reply agaveman August 11, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    wonder if you have to contend with fire ants, here in North Florida they are quite the menace… How can I deal with them without growing a third eye in my forehead?

  • Reply Powell Gammill August 11, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    A wonderful video on making gold out of what would otherwise either inhibit production or need be removed!

  • Reply Jim S August 11, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    I'm not sure who said it, but I like it: "Weeds are just plants growing where we don't want them to grow."

  • Reply Dale Peace August 13, 2015 at 4:09 am

    Love it!! Weeds, veggies and inspiration!! Keep up the good work!! 4:20 buddy!!

  • Reply thorhale August 14, 2015 at 8:25 am

    lets hear about your figs john

  • Reply Stuart Beverly August 15, 2015 at 9:44 am

    My body, do better and feel better the more I Eat, the field Herbs Thanks, for the Video

  • Reply TheReReRetard August 15, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    John, do you partake in the weed?

  • Reply TheReReRetard August 15, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Oh, and your website is down or gone.

  • Reply Jonathan August 17, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    you should just eat your grass clippings lol

  • Reply rm2kdev August 19, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Man i love the humour in your videos you got so distracted and went off on a tangent about girls its so awkward but it totally works the videos would be boring with your your personality here haha….

  • Reply Jaroslav Pšola August 20, 2015 at 7:46 am

    John big thanks. Enlightening as your standart. Your jokes are makes me laugh a lot. Thanks for practical informations you provide. Looking forward to see your little friend as well. Peace bro!

  • Reply MyNameMeansPeace August 21, 2015 at 10:04 am

    "girl wants to give it up in the bedroom"  ewww

  • Reply Kravik August 28, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Awesome episode! 🙂

    Found a lot of tomato volunteers in my greenhouse this year. First time ever! Too cold to become anything as I live in Norway. But cool nonetheless! 😀

  • Reply マックスシュッツェ September 1, 2015 at 5:48 am

    I planted purslane seeds in a public park last spring. It kept disappearing. Saw an old Chinese woman picking it and filling up a shopping bag the other day… mystery solved!

  • Reply K Grin September 5, 2015 at 12:53 am

    Great episode! I love learning about all the beneficial weeds!!! Your garden is gorgeous!

  • Reply George Pappas September 8, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Sounds like you've been smoking weeds, nonsense a good weed is a dead weed!, keep the weeds off the compost pile.

  • Reply Forever Young September 12, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    awesome help!!:it's exactly what I needed to know about weeds and tomatoes! thanks a bunch

  • Reply kirk morin September 25, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    A suggestion . You might be able to put the metal stake in the bamboo or use cheap rebar witch will fit in the bamboo as the above ground stake .

  • Reply r l October 27, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    The weed is definitely the most important part of my garden.

  • Reply Sam Lyons November 21, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    No such thing as a Weed !!…………amen brother !
    Humans will NEVER know all of natures relationships

  • Reply pam prier December 4, 2015 at 4:22 am

    John, I'm fairly new to gardening, so I figure NOW is the best time to watch videos & learn… so I'll be prepared when Spring comes. 🙂 I must say, your videos are the best ones I've found. I've now subscribed to your channel, & am watching a video every few evenings. Thx so much for sharing your knowledge, your humor, & your down-to-earth suggestions.

  • Reply Marilyn Maloch February 1, 2016 at 7:47 am

    when I had chickens I let them eat all the weeds and unwanted grass in the yard and they ate it all and were very healthy. I sold eggs to my neighbors and their comments were how yellow and healthy looking the eggs were it was beautiful.

  • Reply Candide Thirtythree June 29, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    You have the the most beautiful skin, how do you keep your skin in such great shape when you are outside so much?

  • Reply Christopher St. Onge February 11, 2017 at 2:56 am

    Thank you kindly for all the knowledge you share you're truly and inspiration

  • Reply Homestead Dreaming May 11, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Heyyyyy what do you mean old timer. 😉

  • Reply My High Desert Garden June 7, 2017 at 5:24 am

    very nice video as always john

  • Reply Jon Miller July 1, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Hey John love your vids and I hope hope you can come visit my Colorado garden 😉

  • Reply nokomis mn July 12, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    I love your show, it inspires me to work in the garden, but I wish you wouldn't call a plant "guy" and "him." If you look to the second language of the USA, Spanish, it's actually feminine, la planta. I'm not asking you to call plants "gal" and "her;" that would incur a terrible backlash in our masculine social system, but maybe you could be more neutral by simply using the acceptable "it?" If you examine a plant closely, you'll find it's really not male; it's missing a key anatomical feature.

  • Reply EcoCentric Homestead August 10, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    I recently tried chickweed. It's delicious! I'm going to promote that "weed"!

  • Reply Dorothy McKenzie August 29, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    I like the way you presented your garden. I will stop pulling those edible weeds which I used to think we're a nuisance and start to use them as valuable nutritious food. I also like to train my plants to grow where I want them to however, there's a pumpkin vine that's growing amongst the pineapples, blackberries and beans which is covering and attaching itself to everything. Question, can I stake it on a pole like you did the tomatoes and cucumber?…. because I don't have a lot of ground space either.

  • Reply Shane Corning October 4, 2017 at 6:20 am

    question everything.

  • Reply Veronica Be October 24, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Hey John, ur the one who talks about your women or girl, I find that very sexy and not offending. you're the man gyg, and suckers coming out of your armpit… who talks like that, I can imagine the suckers now just like u had said. very nice talk when u talk about your plants and growing them, and eating them. very funny. that's what set u different about other gardeners, is that you are very appealling when you talk about your women.

  • Reply Veronica Be October 24, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Hey John, growing your weed, bet u have a lot of peppers, y must have hot breath. what do w all that pepper? and tomatoes, too? anyway, peppers helps w pain, and it hurts the stomach also. talk plant sexy to me, u talk like a vegan. I mean lets get everybody gtting along like human and animals all in coexist in this plannet…. U do talk like a vegan. Iknow i do, after all the thought and plant food or talk, I have become something else. any way, i heard that may be your girl is vegan. nice go John. My husb, is a little bit v.

  • Reply DJ ROSI November 9, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Loved it!

  • Reply explodingplanets December 28, 2017 at 4:22 am

    My cucumbers grew super round but there were lots of them but the the plant just died I have no idea why it was trellised up it wasn’t pest either

  • Reply jean skilling February 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Your weird!

  • Reply Blah Blah Toucan February 28, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Nature's water 😁

  • Reply Rodney Jackson June 30, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Great video, John, love the information if I need to know anything I come to your video, Just keep up the good work.

  • Reply Eric the Red July 3, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    With apologies to Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney: John, don't quit your day job !!!!

  • Reply J C January 12, 2019 at 5:26 am

    I eat many of my weeds.

  • Reply Amjad Hussain January 30, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    U never let Armenian cucumber this RIP. They should b 7 inches long and not this thick.

  • Reply Gerry Clough June 13, 2019 at 6:42 am

    Yep. Edible weeds are great. I don't actually cultivate them, but don't pull them out unless they are taking over.
    Depending on the season I get different "weeds" growing.
    The volunteer plants I don't view as weeds but again let them grow unless they are causing an issue for my actual planted vegetables.

  • Reply Cucumber Shop August 1, 2019 at 4:14 am

    Very nice volunteer striped Armenian cucumbers! Have you ever tried striped carosello cucumbers?

  • Reply Gooie Hoop November 6, 2019 at 11:28 am

    I like your attitude. Weeding is not hard work, it's having lunch.

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