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Top 6 Worst and 6 Best Garden Fertilizers

October 18, 2019

Alright! This is John Kohler with
! Today we have another exciting episode for you. And this is going to be a quick style
episode because I know a lot of you guys like things quick! Even in the bedroom! Sorry guys.
Got a quick video here for you. So we’re going to really quickly get into the top 6 worst
fertilizers that you shouldn’t use in your garden, and then we’re going to get into the
top 6 fertilizers that, in my opinion, you should use in your garden. So without further
ado, let’s just go ahead and get in the list. Number one fertilizer that you should not
use in your garden are synthetic fertilizers. You know, if you go to the local store and
you see something like, you know, miracle crap or it’s something else, miracle something.
Or like you go down to a feed store and they have 10-10-10 , 15-15-15, you know, and it
has all these ingredients that look like chemical names, right, we don’t want to be using those
synthetic fertilizers. I mean there’s many reasons for it, so I’ll just get in to a few
of my top reasons. Number one, they reduce the water holding capacity of the soil. So
literally it makes the soil poor and not good, right, it’s not good, you know. Another thing
is that when you’re buying this big bag of fertilizer you’re paying some money, and what
you don’t realize is that it is water soluble. So while some of the fertilizer will, maybe
like 10% will reach the root zone and reach the plant and go in to the plants allowing
them to grow, you know, up to 90% could just be washed away into the ground water, you
know run down rivers, go through creeks, you know, dead zones and in the gulf, all this
kind of stuff. So most of it runs away. So it’s not a good deal in my opinion. Another
reason why you don’t want to buy synthetic fertilizers is because in 2002 the EPA started
allowing companies to basically put in toxic heavy metals into fertilizers without telling
you guys and without any kind of labelling, you know. So we don’t want to access heavy
metals and you know, in fertilizers, you know, in amounts that would not be normally found
in nature. So when they add heavy metals and things into fertilizers because they have
a waste stream that companies need to get rid of. So one of the ways they could do this
is by distributing it over large areas of land in small quantities. But, I don’t know
about you, but I don’t want any kind of heavy metals from industry in my fertilizers. That’s
just yet another reason why you shouldn’t buy synthetic fertilizers. So the last two
reasons to not get synthetic fertilizers are because it lowers your plant’s immunity. So
it actually makes your plants, you know, weak and sick and diseased. It’s like if you eat
a really poor diet and you’re like a flabby weakling and you’re not nice and strong, right,
that’s what you’re doing to your plants when you’re feeding them inappropriate food. That’s
what many Americans do on a daily basis by not eating the proper foods either. So don’t
do that to your plants and don’t do that to yourselves. The final reason why I don’t believe
anybody should use synthetic fertilizers is because you can burn your plants with synthetic
fertilizers. If you put too much synthetic fertilizers on your plants, it will kill your
plants. That’s definitely not a good thing. So I don’t want you guys to you know do things
that will burn your plants because that means you’re not going to be gardening and you’re
not going to be growing your foods. So it’s harder to mess up with compost. I mean, there’s
virtually no amount of compost you could put on that would be too much, that would negatively
affect your plants in any major way. The second fertilizer that I believe you guys
should not be using in your garden are animal manures. Now if you get a trusted source of
an animal manure that’s different, you know, but the majority of the animal manures that
are being sold in bags at your feed shops, and you go and get animal manure at a local
place, right, it’s from the animal agriculture industry. And you know the manures in this
day and age can have several problems and this is why I don’t like manures. Number one,
contamination. So they can be contaminated with heavy metals because the food that’s
being grown for them are using what I talked about in the first part- synthetic fertilizers
which has heavy metals. So now the animals are eating heavy metal, you know, foods that
have heavy metals in them because they’re grown with the fertilizers. And then the animals
get them with them and guess what? The animal’s bile accumulates. That means, you know, whatever
the animal eats it starts storing up in its body right, in its tissues. So now when you
eat the animals or when you use it’s poo it’s going to also have the contamination in there.
Which is really not good, you know, and I don’t want the heavy metals or other contaminants
such as, you know, drugs and antibiotics and all this stuff you know going into you’re
guys’ garden. So the second reason why I don’t like the animal manure is because you’re really
not getting what you paid for, right. Once you get fresh animal manure that’s steaming
right out of a cat’s ass or haith, it has good nutrition in there, absolutely, I’m not
going to debate that. But the problem is as it’s sitting there, as it’s put in a bag,
as it’s transported, as it’s you know set in open air, you know , the nutrient’s bulk
dies. So you could lose 50% of the 75% of nitrogen from the original manure or what
was in there based on how long it’s been sitting around. You could also lose some of the other
major elements in there you know to 50% or more. So it’s really not a good way to feed
your garden. So the major reason why I don’t like the animal manures is because of the
possible E. Coli or other negative bacterial contamination that could be deadly for us,
right. And some of the outbreaks in industry when there’s like E. Coli on the spinach or
on the cantaloupes and all this stuff, it’s not because the cantaloupes have the E. Colis
because there’s raw manure either used on the crops or raw manure that got water leaked
over and the water got washed off onto the crops. And it basically contaminated the crops.
So I don’t want anybody near family to lose their life due to E. Coli. So that’s why I
do not advocate using any kind of manure, you know, product.
So, the third product that shouldn’t be used as a fertilizer is bone meal. Now this
is something that’s very common in organic gardening. You go to the local garden shop,
you pick up a bag of organic fertilizer and most likely it has a few things in there-
bone meal, blood meal, animal manure, predominantly. Why? Because these things are super cheap.
There’s industries that basically create these things, it’s a waste product and they
want to get rid of them, so they sell them super cheap. And now other companies take
it for really cheap, put it in a bag, put a nice fancy label on it, label it organic
and they charge you a ton of money for it. And it’s a waste product. So the bone meal,
you know, there can be many problems with it. Number one, it can be toxic to your pets.
So I have a cat and a dog and I don’t want them getting hurt by eating too much bone
meal and losing their life or something happening to them. Number two, just like with the manures,
there can be problems with it. Like there could be contamination of heavy metals or
other diseases in there, you know. Also if you do choose to use the bone meal, please
use the dust mats minimally. Any kind of fine particulate is not good to breathe, specially
bone meal that may have certain diseases inside of it. The last two reasons why I don’t like
the bone meal is that it’s not water soluble and immediately available to your plants.
So I mean if you put it down and expect immediate results, that’s not going to happen. It needs
to break down over time. So be aware of that. And the final reason is because if used in
excess it can inhibit mycorrhizal fungi in your soil. Now to me, mycorrhizal fungi are
very important. They colonize on the root zone and they help bring in nutrients in to
your plants. And by using too much bone meal this will inhibit their growth and inhibit
them from taking up nutrients and giving them into your plants so you can have a luscious
growth. So the fourth fertilizer that I would not
use in my garden is blood meal. Much like the animal manure and the bone meal, predominantly
that is sourced from the animal agriculture industry and it’s a waste product of that
industry. So it’s a very cheap product secured, produced and then resold. And much like anything
from the conventional animal agriculture industry in this day and age, things can be contaminated.
So the blood could be contaminated. I mean, we know as humans that we don’t want to get
blood transfusion from a person with a disease because that could spread the disease to us.
And much like the, you know, when you’re using blood meal that can have disease contamination
in there and that may make people sick. So I’m not a big fan of that, you know. It is
known as a high nitrogen fertilizer which is a good thing, but we, you know, we want
to remember we don’t really need that much nitrogen. Everybody just shoves it down your
face ‘we need nitrogen nitrogen nitrogen!’. It’s not about nitrogen nitrogen nitrogen.
While nitrogen is an important nutrient, it’s not everything. And you don’t want to have
too much nitrogen because whether that’s a synthetic nitrogen that could burn your plants,
even you know, blood meal can also burn your plants. So I want you guys to be safe when
gardening. It could also have other contaminants of heavy metals and the disease as I mentioned.
So the final reason why I am not a big fan of the blood meal is because it can attract
unwanted animals into your garden. Now you guys know that if you’re swimming in the ocean
and there’s sharks , I guess there was a shark attack in Hawaii recently, you know. If you
go into the ocean and you have a cut and you’re bleeding, right, the blood in the ocean will
attract sharks and you might get eaten, right? And just like that, you know, the blood meal
in your garden may attract unwanted animals and bring them in to your garden. And usually
those are the ones that are carnivorous. And you know, those are probably not ones you
want in your garden. So I’m not a big fan of the blood meal.
Now, the next fertilizer that you guys shouldn’t be using in my opinion is the biosolids also
known as sewer sludge. Now this is not the same as using human manure. Say like, you
know, I use my poop and compost that and compost and make my own human manure out of my poop
where I trust its source, you know that’s one thing. But the biosolids is different.
Because it’s basically, the biosolids are what everybody flushes down the toilet, whatever
goes down a drain, you know, in cities and this could be really bad. People could be
flushing drugs down the drain, they could be flushing, you know, paints and thinners
and all these automotive wastes and all kinds of chemicals. And all this stuff goes down
the drain and then they create a fertilizer out of that. So I’m not a big fan of that
stuff, and be sure to stay tuned to an upcoming episode where I’m going to film with JD specifically
going in to why biosolids are really probably not the best thing you can be putting in your
garden. So, you know, they could be contaminated with, you know, bad bacteria, and once again
they are a problem with the heavy metals. So the last fertilizer that I’m not a big
fan of and I don’t believe you guys should be using are basically GMO derived fertilizers.
So what I mean by that well, you know, corn meal, alfalfa meal, soy meal are very common
even organic inputs you could use to add to your soil to create more fertility. But the
problem in this day and age is that now they are genetically modified. So now you have
the remnants of genetically modified meals going into your soil. Or another one is Canova
meal. They also put this is animal foods, dog foods, and even human foods. So I want
to encourage you guys to get away from the GMO foods. I believe they are not healthy
for us and the meals are not good, you know, for our gardens. Because I don’t want to have
anything to do with supporting an industry that is doing that kind of stuff. And by you
buying genetically modified meal to put in your organic garden, you know, you’re supporting
once again their waste streams. The waste product that comes from that industry that
somebody is getting paid for, that then encourage them to continue, you know, make those products
and get them out to people. So if you do want to use one of those meals, which I think are
fine meals if they’re organic but not the GMO version, go for it and do it. So while
I did mention the top 6 fertilizers that I believe are the worst, right, I want to always
encourage you guys to do your best, right. I try to not use any of these things to the
best of my ability. Sometimes they sneak in in small amounts but the majority of what
I use are what I’m going to cover next in the top 6 fertilizers that you should be using
in my opinion. And if I do use some of the other ones by mistake, by accident, or they’re
in some very small amounts, you know, I’m not going to shoot myself for it, right. It’s
not about things are about right and wrong, good and bad, you know. We want to do the
best we can. It’s like a gradient. It’s like, you know, like a rainbow, like the colors
of the rainbow, you know. Try to get to the end of the rainbow and find that pot of gold.
But even if you’re not all the way there, you know, that’s better than being at the
beginning of the rainbow. So I want you to move your way along, you know. Like, John
the only fertilizer that you get at my local store is that bone and blood meal stuff that’s
organic. Well, I’d much rather have you guys using organic products such as the bone or
blood meal than the synthetic fertilizer. But I’d also rather encourage you guys to
make your own compost, which is even better than either of the other four mentioned materials.
So anyway, without further ado, let’s go ahead and get into my top 6 fertilizers that you
guys should use. Alright, number one, of course, I can’t neglect
the compost. So now I’m talking about the biologically active compost that’s made thermally
with heat. That’s the kind of compost that you normally find in bags in stores and it’s
really widely available. You could make it at home yourself. So that’s the top one because
this is truly how plants feed other plants, you know. The leaves fall off my plants, off
my trees, they go on the ground, they break down, they turn back into soil and basically
the plants feed themselves, I mean, in nature’s system. And we’ve gotten so far away from
that. So take all your scraps from your garden and compost it to make further nutrition for
your garden that came from the soil, right, okay.
So number two fertilizer you should use, very important and most gardeners miss this, is
the fungal dominated compost. You know, I did talk about the bacterial compost made
with heat. The fungal dominated compost is basically a pile of wood chips that just sits
out for a couple of years, you know, one and half to three years. You inoculate it with
some mushrooms. King Stropharia mushrooms are the mushrooms that you should inoculate
it with. And the mushrooms will slowly basically break down the wood chips and turn it into
this really rich black gold that’s rich in fungal activity. Most composts are rich in
bacterial activity and I want to encourage you guys to get some fungal activity from
this black compost in there. One brand is California humus, we’ll throw a picture right
there for you guys. And this is super important, you know. While there should be a balance
of bacterial and fungal in your garden, I find too many gardens have too much bacterial
activity and not enough fungal. And when you add the fungal your plants will respond. So
I made a video, I’ll put a link down below, you know, where it says “Super size your vegetables
with wood chips and rock dust”. And my friends, they are just using basically fungal dominated
compost to grow huge vegetables that I’ve never even grown. Dinosaur Kale that big.
So I’m still striving to get some more fungal activity into my garden.
Of course the third fertilizer that you should be using in my opinion is something like the
rock dust. Now this is just not a rock powder or rock phosphate and all this stuff. What
I mean by when I say rock dust is I mean a broad spectrum ground up rock that has, you
know, a wide variety of trace minerals. You know, something like greensand might have
a couple dozen minerals in there, something like that. And then there’s soil humage which
might contain, you know, even more minerals. But what I really like is a wide spectrum
rock dust, you know, such as some of them called the Azomite , the Gaia green, Glacial
rock dust, you know, there’s C.B.D. Mineral rock dust, there’s the Excelerite, you know.
There’s all these different brands of horticultural great rock dust that you can use to put trace
minerals in to your garden, you know, super important, up to 70 different trace minerals
in your garden in nature’s amounts. So we’re not trying to play God like synthetic fertilizers
and just giving your plants maybe three main minerals with a handful of other ones. We’re
going to give the plants basically ground up rocks, which is what would have given them
nutrition a long time ago before we’ve destroyed the earth, right. So that’s really another
very important nutrient to add and be sure to check my other videos on the rock dust.
The fourth fertilizer you guys should be using are worm castings. So think about it. If nature
was healthy and you had a raised bed and you had a garden, you’d have tons of worms in
there. Worms go in there and they aerate the soil which is really good. But more importantly
they take organic matter, they run it through their little bodies that, they have bodies,
and they poop out worm castings. Which are basically super charged plant foods. Now not
all worm castings are treated equal because much like us you are what you eat. The worm
castings are no better than what the worm is eating. And they are feeding worms a lot
of things that make the castings that I mean are not so good. So you want to feed the worms
a varied diet and make sure to feed them things, you know, like crab shells and shrimp shells,
kind of rich materials, things like insect frass and things like cardboard along with
other organic matter, fruit and vegetables scraps. And you can even feed them, you know,
bacterial dominated compost and run that through the worms to get even a richer product. So
you know, worm castings are really rich in not just nutrients, you know, which they have
some nutrients, but they’re really rich in the biology. And we really want to get that
biology back into the soil. And you know, compost and fungal dominated compost have
this biology as the worm castings, and it’s super important.
So the fifth fertilizer you guys should be using in your garden in my opinion is the
compost tea. The compost tea is a really good way to super charge your garden and get more
biology in there. Because it’s this biology that is missing, you know. When a soil is
not alive, it’s missing the biology, you know. In living soil like the raised bed soil here
and a little teaspoon of this soil, this black rich soil that I got right, there’s more creatures
in it than people on earth, right. So that’s very important and most soils, if they’re
using synthetic fertilizers right, they’re killing off all of this biology because the
biology cannot thrive in that condition using those mineral salts basically. So we want
to really encourage the diversity and amount of microbes in there. In my opinion, the compost
tea is an excellent way to do that. So I like to use the Boogie Brew compost tea is my favorite
compost tea to feed this soil, and also the leaves of my plants to give them the biology
that are the workhorses that break down their organic matter into the soil to make it bio
available for my plants so they could thrive. So the final fertilizer that I believe is
one of the best fertilizers out there in my opinion, are the seaweed based fertilizers.
So whether that’s a kelp meal or a soluble kelp, you know, there’s many other different
seaweed based fertilizers on the market as well. And they are amazing. I mean, not only
for the trace minerals contained within them. Because once again, you know, the rocks were
on the land and they got ground down into dust and then the rains came and washed all
this dust into the ocean and washed all the minerals into the ocean. So the ocean has
a lot of minerals. And so the plants, the seaweeds that live in the ocean absorb these
minerals. But not only do they have the minerals in there, they also have different kinds of
plant hormones that can do amazing things in your garden to, you know, increase your
plant growth and all this kind of stuff. So that probably would be my final recommendation
for you guys on one of the best fertilizers you could use in your garden are the seaweeds
including the kelp and other kind of seaweeds that are available.
So that’s pretty much it! Those are the worst fertilizers in my opinion as well as the best
fertilizers. Of course there’s a lot of other fertilizers that I could not use in this top
6 and worst 6 thing, you know. I like things like the Biochar, I like soil zeolites and
I like really organic things that you could just add to soil to build fertility so that
you guys could have the best plant growth, you know. You want to try to get away from
things that are going to hurt our plants and that are going to hurt us, that are going
to hurt the earth, and that’s basically what the worst ones do. And that’s my criteria,
you know- if they’re not good for us , if they’re not good for the planet, if they’re
not good for animals on the planet, you know, they’re probably not a good thing to use.
So if you do choose to use those, you know, I’m not the garden police and going to say,
“oh you used that, you’re a bad person!’ I never really care what you guys use. I’m just
sharing with you guys my opinions , and if you guys want to model what I do , model the
growth that I’m getting on these amazing Malabar spinach that’s like vining up and
it’s just taken over and I have more Malabar spinach than I could eat in a lifetime. You
know you won’t want to follow what I do because I do some things for certain reasons. And
you know the thing that I want you guys to realize that in nature you know, there’s no
such thing as, like, concentrated bone meal or blood meal going into gardens, right. You
know I really want to get back to kind of thinking how nature would think and all these
manmade products that are either waste stream or you know synthetic fertilizers. It’s not
how nature would work. Of course yes, a cow or animal would lose its life in the Savannah
or in the forest and it would bleed out and the animals that killed it would eat that
stuff and there’d be some blood , but it wouldn’t be like a whole like forest full of dead animals
with blood everywhere. And that’s basically what you’re doing when you putting concentrated
blood or bone meals or using concentrated manures. Because forests don’t grow in piles
of shit. They might have some shit scattered around, but what they would grow in are the
plant materials and some of the fertilizers that I recommended. So I always encourage
you guys to go towards these things and move away from the things that I am not a big fan
of. And do the best you can, because that’s what it’s all about. And, you know, once again
I make these videos so that you guys could grow the healthiest food possible. Because
I’ve done a lot of research on these topics and I’ve been growing food for a long time
and visited a lot of places where I see the results based on what they are using. And,
in my opinion, what I’m doing works the best for me and is the best for the planet and
that’s just simply the way I recommend to you guys.
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next time and until then remember- keep on growing!


  • Reply Gustavo H. Galvanini-Boldrini May 25, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Liked & subscribed.

  • Reply peg peg May 27, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Wow..this dissapointed me

  • Reply Shana Phillips May 29, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Spot-on. Your'e awesome!

  • Reply Michael Pickert May 29, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    My bullshit meter just pegged, on many levels. Does anyone realize that almost 100% of vegetables at the store are hybrids! GMO. GMO Food has fed the world and saved millions from starvation. Oh, and that DDT scare, millions died from the resulting malaria.

  • Reply Michael Pickert May 29, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    …but I must say; I try to grow heirloom vegetables when I find the seeds so future propagation is available to me. But please don’t think what the store sells you is heirloom.

  • Reply Bastian May 30, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    So, where do I get any of the fertilizers on the "good" list? …None of that looks like anything I can pick up at the store, and I don't have the time, knowledge, or interest to make my own.

  • Reply Gino Vanaria May 30, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    What would you recommend as a fertilizer for a Foxtail Fern Myers? I’ve read a 10-10-10 fertilizer but after seeing your video I’m second guessing it. If possible, please let me know as soon as possible – I was actually just running to pick some up but I’ll hold off till I hear back from you! Thanks for the videos!

  • Reply varanidguy June 1, 2019 at 2:51 am

    In regards to synthetic fertilizers, I think a lot of the problems occur when people use them improperly. Either too much or too little. Planted fish tank people have been using synthetic (see: salts such as KNO3, KH2PO4, et al) for many years with great results, and the plants grow lush, and the livestock isn't harmed. If you read the label of a fertilizer such as Miracle Gro, that's essentially what it is. Ammonium Sulfate, Potassium Phosphate, Boric Acid, Copper Sulfate, EDTA Iron, etc. These are actually essential nutrients for plants and it does them (and you, and the environment) no harm when you use it appropriately.

  • Reply Piper Mccoy June 2, 2019 at 12:09 am

    You are right about trusting the manure. Never get horse manure from the racetrack many drugs maybe. I use my own horse and my own chickens no chemicals except maybe the horse with the dewormer. Cattle manure I would not touch especially dairy in the USA too much GMO corn and drugs

  • Reply Stanley Smith June 4, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Too much pseudoscience. The guy doesn't know what he's talking about. Everything is chemicals, including dihydrogen monoxide (H2O(water)). Everything that we use on this planet is FROM THIS PLANET, regardless of how a combination of chemicals and resulting minerals/nutrients was achieved. If something is bad for a plant, it simply won't grow. Stop spreading misinformation.

    Few things I find useful from this guy is variety suggestions, layouts and other how-to info, but definitely not the cr*p about science.

  • Reply Anthony Tony Francis June 4, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Waste products like Flouride they put in our drinking water!

  • Reply 337 337 June 7, 2019 at 3:45 am

    Most common Heavy Metal—Nyborg

  • Reply Robert J June 8, 2019 at 11:10 am

    John – Your opinion on Alaska fish fertilizer, please?

  • Reply Lace Young June 10, 2019 at 4:07 am

    Even in the bedroom… You dirty dog

  • Reply Aravind mech June 11, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Biosimulant good or not

  • Reply Furn333 June 11, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Sounds like what they do with flouride.. Make us filter out the toxic byproduct from industry. Same with aerial spraying waste from oil drilling industry.

  • Reply Stuart Thomas June 12, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    This is the only YouTube video you need to be a good gardener. I've used this method for many years and my garden looks fantastic.

  • Reply judaspreistvlct June 14, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Don't knock Scotts! I know it is a bit salty, but you ONLY use a quarter of what it says on the label! Just for containers only though!

  • Reply judaspreistvlct June 14, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Getting weak and flabby is from not working out. I was in prison and we were fed the worst of the absolute worst! But, hey! Prisoners be bulking up and sheit! Muscle not fat unless they took to sleeping all day!

  • Reply mssavedin92 June 14, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    so glad I watched this before i went and got the bone meal to put in tomatoe pots! We can get so sidetracked watching others. So, this year..its Gaia green 4-4-4 for most greens and the Gaia power bloom 2-8-4 for any fruiting veges that flower. Gaia contains meals and mineral rich rock dusts etc… Great stuff…expensive though, that IS the problem….I use it in container growing with the potting mix… for the garden beds and raised beds…best to work on building the soil biology. Also like our worm castings & home-made worm/compost tea…definitely fish emulsion. I've got a large un opened bag of blood meal…plus more fish bone and blood meal mixed..its goin in the trash. It absolutely attracts things we dont want…like flies for example. I used it at beginning of spring and man, we had many flies in the yard. Flies are attracted to blood for sure. I wont ever use that stuff again. Great info John…thanks once again

  • Reply Gerry Clough June 15, 2019 at 9:02 am

    I'm glad John qualified worst item #2 as not store bought but only from known good sources.
    Animal manure from plant eaters is great so long as you know they are eating naturally and not being fed any chemicals or supplements etc.
    I use horse manure from someone I know and if they are going to use worming drugs or anything he lets me know well in advance.
    It's a fantastic and free resource for me. As for the others on the worst list, especially 1,5 and 6 – please stay away from them.

  • Reply Lyons Den106 June 15, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Worm casting come from a worms ass, like cow manure comes from a cows ass. Worms don’t always eat non gmo foods. If we feed plants to other plants, does that cause mad plant disease. LOL. just saying!
    Like always I love your videos.

  • Reply a rubber shoe June 16, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Whats wrong with heavy metal? 🙁

  • Reply piet ikke June 17, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Funny never heard of someone getting sick of manour here in the Netherlands. We are one of the biggest exporters in Europe of vegetables, and the farmers use huge amounts of animal manour for decades. Must only be an American thing.

  • Reply Christina Cyrus June 18, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Watched 1st time and was amazed at what I didnt know. Watched 2nd time and took notes. Thanks for the info.

  • Reply Mutter Buffin June 19, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Unless you live in the country, and reside in a pasture and your ground is literal clay. Black cow is a savior. It was the only thing that revived my plants. If you also live next to neighbors that have "chicken houses" and your soil is not fertile at all and is more or less a lost cause.

    Grab a bucket and get some of that chicken manure.

    Warning, do not put this directly on plants that you have already planted *this is best used before starting a garden*, chicken house manure is some potent stuff but if you want the area you are planting to be fertile, like a literal amazon jungle(because the ground is so awful), chicken manure. Do this several weeks before you plant anything. Trust me, a little goes a long way.

  • Reply George Garfunkle June 19, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Fish emulsion?

  • Reply Alex K June 21, 2019 at 5:44 pm


  • Reply Violetta K June 21, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    i like milorganite also I use 17-5-17 my flowers are beautiful.

  • Reply Gene Digiovacchino June 22, 2019 at 4:08 am

    How about epson salt?

  • Reply Justin Ferguson June 28, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    How about old horse shit from a horse ranch ?

  • Reply Justin Ferguson June 28, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Animals shit compost naturally also

  • Reply IBSTAR82 PORTAGE June 28, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    shot bro no bs straight to it fast and hard..

  • Reply Jonathan Marshall June 29, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Synthetic nutrients is a pretty broad category to pin all those negative things to. Otherwise, some pretty good points. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Cliff Carr June 30, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    people have been using animal manure for hundreds of years, depends what crops you grow, and how the manure has been managed. I also know allotment gardeners use it with excellent results for decades. It all depends on how you manage your manure, so I dont know where the hell that came from, but in the wrong hands, it can be very bad for your garden. I obtain my manure from local stables whom have natural grassland and meadows, so you have to be more specific, not everyone buys that garbage in bags.

  • Reply Alex Wongalong July 1, 2019 at 2:48 am

    This is just his opinion
    Well I don’t use blood meal cus I just don’t want my plants to become vampire

  • Reply Joy Padayhag July 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    What are your thoughts on urine as a fertilizer?

  • Reply LCB Tired July 2, 2019 at 4:55 am

    What about free range cattle cow patties?

  • Reply Brandon Clayton July 3, 2019 at 8:18 am

    ..blood meal attracts animals… probably repels herbivors like deer/rabbits… bone meal bad because it's not soluble, synthetics bad because they ARE soluble. But totally agree with the no gmo could have glyphosate on it!!!

  • Reply Tom Bolo July 3, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    18:42 Don't forget to mention all them hard to get Fukashima isotopes!

  • Reply Outcast Outdoors - On a Fishin' Mission July 4, 2019 at 8:39 am

    So don't eat manure. And grind up rocks. Got it!

  • Reply double ooh 7 July 5, 2019 at 10:48 am

    people could just make their own fertilized compost you could have to a vegetive compost and a flowering compost, plants need NITROGEN to make leaves yes! and plants need PHOSPHORUS to make flowers yes! well PHOSPHORUS is actually in flowers so making a compost of predominantly just flowers will make a flowering compost, NITROGEN is actually in leaves so a leaf compost will be vigging compost! you could just spinkle a layer around a plant give it what it needs when it needs it

  • Reply G Nk July 7, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Let me save you some time. He is a vegan woo woo holistic twat that doesn't understand basic science.

    Half of the items he says you shouldn't use are fine even great but he doesnt like them because they are "chemicals" (*Psst* Water is a chemical), they come from animal sources (again vegan so he has to hate them), or they are EVIL GMO (all food crops are GMO artificial selection has been working on our crops/livestock/pets for anywhere between 40,000-1,000 years…. look up what a wild corn looks like).

    His best are also filled BS.

    Rock Dust is beyond retarded. The only reason you would need to increase the micro-nutrients is if your soil is deficient which it wont be if you are doing any kind of composting or mulching (Guess what leaves have in them… all the micro-nutrients the tree gathered up with its massive roots).

    Compost Tea has jack crap in it that your compost doesn't already have in it. Stop for a moment and think about it…. your compost is filled with microbes…. if you breed more of them then poor them into the soil what have you done? Because there will only be a certain amount of space/nutrients right? And the soil isn't an aerated water container filled with sugar. So they'll have no extra space (everything has tons of microbes) and they'll be out competed by the locals. But again you are already doing this with compost…. there is no need to add more microbes you've already done that (they also might get out competed but at least in compost they come with their food source so stand a better chance).

    Compost tea is like putting 100 acorns in a space enough for 1 oak seedling to grow.

    Seaweed is fine compost if you're by the ocean and it is free. Otherwise why do you need huge amounts of micro nutrients? The leaves from your trees will have enough 99% of the time. Tons of trace minerals isn't inherently a good thing. Selenium is a trace element that plants need. But it is also poisonous (as many things are) at high doses if you eat too many Brazil Nuts it can kill you (you'd have to be a nut, pun intended, to eat that amount but still). The same goes for plants most of us know that too much nitrogen can burn plant roots why would that be different for micro nutritionists? If you take too much vit A it can kill you…. you don't think plants have similar set up with their "vitamins"?

  • Reply Eric D'Onofrio July 8, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    There have been hundreds of studies on GMOs. As scary of a concept to some as it may be, I don't believe there is any evidence that GMOs are harmful.

  • Reply Alex Wongalong July 11, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Bruh worm castings is worm poop which is waste.How is it different from bone meal and blood meal

  • Reply DaveT 383 July 13, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Good job! I subscribed.

    I live in an apt in Vietnam, and have a small balcony. My partner and I use the balcony – did I say small? I mean tiny! – to grow some flowers and vegetables. This was a helpful video.

  • Reply Auggie Barboza July 15, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Your a dip shit!!!

  • Reply Chemical Smile July 15, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Miracle Grow and Vermiculite for the win hippy bastard

  • Reply Evelyn Baitz July 18, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Is fish fertilizer really organic?

  • Reply Jeff July 19, 2019 at 3:53 am

    Fuck this guy doesn't know shit.

  • Reply Mohamed Gwaily July 19, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    I love the bi'ology in my soil

  • Reply Julie Gogola July 20, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    I 've been adding bone and blood meal to my compost for years, I hadn't realized that it could have heavy metals in it, and pathogens, mine is NOT a hot composting, I add stuff a little at a time. I do like to use bunny manure in my compost and as a topdressing. I am pretty sure that people that I get it from feed their buns packaged Timothy hay and pellets of Alfalfa, and likely fresh veggies and fruit. In my composter, I try to soak and get the poos to kinda liquify so that it gets the poo to spread throught the compost, not just stay in the little balls it is in after the bunnies poop it out.

  • Reply RFW July 21, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    ahaha….all those chemical names….well yes N,P, and K all come from chemicals

  • Reply Nadine’s SECRET GARDEN July 21, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    I’ve had the best success with liquid Fish fertilizer

  • Reply Rosen Fotenliev July 22, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    manure cannot be used fresh, it has to stay for some time on the open

  • Reply bernard john July 24, 2019 at 5:18 am

    You alright yes. You going against the norm.You stay there with that.

  • Reply oldbab July 24, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Animal manure? gone too far – well composted manure is just like dirt+ microbes. …doh!

  • Reply sandeep telang July 25, 2019 at 6:54 am

    We in India produce vermicompost from cowdung, leaves , hay and agri waste. I thing it's the best organic fertilizer you could ever imagine. It enrich the soil and keep soil productive even after multiple use YaY.

  • Reply spider guard July 25, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    That is why people use dry Animal Manure

  • Reply Mohammad Pourheydarian July 26, 2019 at 3:02 am

    in addition to compost 1 urine and 10 to 20 water is my choice of fertilizer.

  • Reply Joshua Santiago July 26, 2019 at 9:24 am

    I was a home depot and I passed by the bio solids without noticing and I saw a ripped bagged of omg it was the worst thing I ever smelled

  • Reply Musgo July 27, 2019 at 8:54 am

    I just hate the delusional organic fertilizer weirdos, mineral fertilizers have a higher yield, compost tea can inoculate harmful bacteria and has no NPK benefit at all, I would be better of peeing in my crops.

  • Reply Allen Oberhem July 28, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Kill me, I can’t find anything that’s ok 🙁

  • Reply Sean Bolland July 29, 2019 at 11:20 am

    I'm not sure what these opinions are, but is any of this backed up SCIENTIFICALLY? I'm beginning to question this guy's methods. I used to admire him on an esthetic level, but since my gardening skills are pretty up-to-date, not much of what he says ever settles in. I'm not HATING…he's an exciting dude to watch and get information from, but where I live, I get what I can AFFORD to feed my plants. He seems pretty much like a tree-hugger, lol. I use Blood Meal and Miracle Grow, along with Epsom Salt. Problem solved.

  • Reply Z Man July 30, 2019 at 12:51 am

    There is nothing wrong with using synthetic fertilizers such as Miracle Grow…. The problem comes when 'only' synthetic fertilizers are used. By all means 'organic' is the best but sometimes you may need a 'quick' release fertilizer and those typically are the synthetic fertilizers because organic fertilizers are not quick release. Also, the only time you 'burn' your plants with synthetic fertilizes is when "YOU" do not follow the very clear instructions for proper use of that fertilizer. However, if a person properly planed and amended their garden with organic materials prior to the growing season, little to no synthetic fertilizers should ever be needed. Everything could be considered a "waste product", therefor, Bone Meal, Blood Meal, Animal Manure… is a waste product but it is organic. It appears you have an issue with the 'Farm Industrial Industry' rather that the actual organic product that comes from it. Bone Meal, Blood Meal and the Animal Manure, Organic products from those Farm Industrial Industries are just as organic as the 'compost' and 'worm castings' you list as Best products. Furthermore, compost and worm castings are also a 'waste product' and they too can harbor all those diseases you are decrying about from the Farm Industrial Industry. To your point of the diseases, such as E Coli, from crops sprayed with animal manures, it is typically not the spraying that spreads the diseases but rather the lack of proper washing and cleaning of the harvest. Add to that the lack of properly "washing your food and hands" prior to you eating it.

  • Reply Bliss WKC August 1, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Thank You sooo much dearest 💐
    You’re such an inspiration 🥰
    Be Blissful Eternally 🙏🏼😇

  • Reply ron stetz August 1, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Dude just through a fish in, and 15 years later it will still be fertile

  • Reply case styer August 6, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    How do you feel about dried banana peels? I read that they're 42 percent potassium.

  • Reply Jim Gibbons August 7, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    This guy needs to go back to school. Half way through the clip and I lost count on false statements.

  • Reply Shane Stephen August 7, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    This guy is so cringy

  • Reply Ice Bob August 7, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Buy as little as you can if it comes off your farm it’s good

  • Reply Charles Clements August 8, 2019 at 2:17 am

    Wow! Boy! Are you so ever way past Jethro Kloss's Book, Back to Eden. His idea was just to seed the ground with Clover and les the plant enrich the soil.

  • Reply Leila Saber-Khiabani August 8, 2019 at 3:53 am

    Very educational thanks !

  • Reply Jason Will August 9, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Have you seen the product called ""Sea-90"?

  • Reply Boddah August 11, 2019 at 1:03 am


  • Reply Passion Bonsai August 18, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Ocean is fucked up as well you can leave this planet now 🧐

  • Reply Dereck Jakobi August 19, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Watched a few of your aquaponic videos which I really liked but this is a true crock of quack

  • Reply Kristine Schilling August 22, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    It is our first year growing, we put in the raised bed this spring. We didnt have a composter and had a budget. Miracle gro really helped us this year. it was cheaper than compost because we got it in a big bulk box at one of the bulk stores. We have a composter barrel now so I am going to be able to switch off for next years crops. but in all honesty, that chemical fertilizer worked well for us this year.

    I look at bone meal and blood meal the same way I do at adding milk or eggs… it just does not make sense. Plants absorb differently than animals, they cant gethe nutrition from animal products.

  • Reply Genghis Chuan August 22, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    all fertilizers are when the plant uptakes it are at their elemental level before the plant can take it up.

  • Reply edward house August 23, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Forest don’t grow up in piles of shit 😂 😆 😝 I think that’s the first time I ever heard you cuss

  • Reply Alexander Olive August 25, 2019 at 12:41 am

    What is the name of the heart shape leaves trailing plant with pointy tips just behind your left ear?

  • Reply K-Bob K-Bob August 25, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    I wonder if only one is suggested? Seems like all of them have their good points, would it be too much to mix them all lol. Thanks John, I took notes. Love all your products also.

  • Reply Thyme4Coffee August 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Love Malabar spinach. It grows so crazy and tastes so good.

  • Reply Sammy Jerome August 26, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    If it wasn't for dying plants and animals feeding the land then the ground would be ungrowable. Bone meal itself is one of the best fertilizer for growing big roots. Just saying 😊.. haha each to there own.

  • Reply wax wax August 26, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Blood Meal, aye, Chief?

    Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into her side, Chief. We was comin’ back from the island of Tinian to Leyte. We’d just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes.

    Didn’t see the first shark for about a half-hour. Tiger. 13-footer. You know how you know that in the water, Chief? You can tell by lookin’ from the dorsal to the tail. What we didn’t know, was that our bomb mission was so secret, no distress signal had been sent. They didn’t even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin’ by, so we formed ourselves into tight groups. It was sorta like you see in the calendars, you know the infantry squares in the old calendars like the Battle of Waterloo and the idea was the shark come to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin’ and hollerin’ and sometimes that shark he go away… but sometimes he wouldn’t go away.

    Sometimes that shark looks right at ya. Right into your eyes. And the thing about a shark is he’s got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll’s eyes. When he comes at ya, he doesn’t even seem to be livin’… ’til he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then… ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin’. The ocean turns red, and despite all your poundin’ and your hollerin’ those sharks come in and… they rip you to pieces.

    You know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men. I don’t know how many sharks there were, maybe a thousand. I do know how many men, they averaged six an hour. Thursday mornin’, Chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player. Boson’s mate. I thought he was asleep. I reached over to wake him up. He bobbed up, down in the water, he was like a kinda top. Upended. Well, he’d been bitten in half below the waist.

    At noon on the fifth day, a Lockheed Ventura swung in low and he spotted us, a young pilot, lot younger than Mr. Hooper here, anyway he spotted us and a few hours later a big ol’ fat PBY come down and started to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened. Waitin’ for my turn. I’ll never put on a lifejacket again. So, eleven hundred men went into the water. 316 men come out, the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945.

    Anyway, we delivered the bomb.

  • Reply setag54321 August 30, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Great information John, as usual & I'd like to add…
    Bio-Solids (Dr. David Lewis, EPA WHISTLEBLOWER ), yet another way the Federal Government is POISONING the entire US Population with our OWN Human WASTE….and we end up eating & drinking it, over & over & over. Remember, one of the reasons 95% of ALL Diseases vanished, was due to proper Waste Management!! Now we're being exposed to our own Waste once again, PLUS Compounding Chemical Residues. Hence, the further importance of eating Organic is imperative. AND Here's the latest update & Newest Bio-Sludge Documentary – Mike Adams "Health Ranger" Directed this one, it's excellent as well.

    Bone Meal – Glyphosate/Round-up Bio-accumulates in the bone, this is what's causing the Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma's. Also, ALL Glyphosate products are testing positive for ARSENIC. Just as ALL Vaccines are testing positive for Glyphosate and 1/3rd of Vaccines are testing positive for Arsenic.

    Peace All

  • Reply Christopher Frederick September 1, 2019 at 10:53 pm


  • Reply Mikael Gaiason September 4, 2019 at 1:49 am

    I wonder if P cubensis would be good to inoculate in wood chip compost used for cannabis, or if that's just getting too crazy. lol

  • Reply Ryan Loughran September 4, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    I have been using Synthetic fertilizers for many years now as long as you do a proper flush there's nothing in comparison for growth rates quality of fruit nothing I have ever seen compares

  • Reply Geronimo Cantu September 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I add beer n coffee only and have never had problems with bugs or growth

  • Reply Jonboy Alaska September 15, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Alright dude… I am not taking LSD with you. I just… can't.

  • Reply Balsey Dean De Witt, Jr. September 20, 2019 at 1:34 am

    I have a spring feed waterfall by my place here in the Catskill Forest Preserve. I have made a few reservoirs that collect sand over time. The spring comes from up on the mountain that is somewhat like a swamp. Grass and plants grow really well up there. So I was thinking of using the sand instead of rock dust. Sand should be like rock dust isn't it? or is it better? Compost I can just go into the woods here, rake up leaves and take the first inch or two of that black soil. I think that should do it! Screw companies like Miracle Gro and FoxFarm. I spent hundreds of dollars for dirt. No more!

  • Reply Michael September 23, 2019 at 2:52 am

    Really cool to come across you again. Saw your vids about juicers back in 2012-2014 and wound up buying the Omega VRT 350 juicer based on your reviews. Now that I moved to an apartment with a balcony, I'm looking into gardening some potted herbs/aloe, and in spring I have two 35 gallon Keter elevated planter beds for larger vegetable gardening. Used "Miracle Stuff" foam for an aloe plant in the past and it had amazing results, but looking into more natural methods now…hence why I came across you again haha. Keep up the good work with these informative vids. Liked and subbed.

  • Reply Michael September 23, 2019 at 4:39 am

    Can you mix some fungal and kelp fertilizer and be fine?

  • Reply kreeetin September 27, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Humans have been genetically changing plants since we first learned to farm. The problem is not the GMO, but the reason behind the GMO. i.e. plants resistant to round up, that ends up in the food.
    I agree witht he biosolids but some of the others are meh IMO only.
    And compost tea has had several studies that suggest, to just add compost and let nature do the rest.
    The bacteria created dies back down after sugar levels drop.
    But good video indeed

  • Reply Walter Russell September 30, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    I didn’t know that about the heavy metals thanks John

  • Reply quailranch October 4, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Scientific studies do not support the notion that synthetic fertilizers kill soil bacteria.

  • Reply Charlotte Lambert October 5, 2019 at 5:44 am

    I'm not going to go nuts with manure comment. However, done properly it's hands down champion. I raise my own rabbits , feed them organic alfalfa hay pellets. Rabbit manure is cold and is considered the golden nuggets of organic farming. Not trying to show you up. You seem serious like my husband. He raises those rabbits and spoils them, just for the manure. You can plant something in 100 percent rabbit manure. He's crazy right?

  • Reply Frank Maximchuk October 9, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    I set up a new raised bed and filled it with Tomato Lady soil and nothing grew. Everything died. I ended up digging it all up and throwing it away.

  • Reply Spaceman Spiffy October 17, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Never thought I would ever ask this again can I get your autograph lol

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