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Can I Compost Oranges and Other Citrus Fruits & More Organic Gardening Q&A

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John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ answers your organic gardening questions. In this episode, John will answer the following questions:
1. Can I use pressure treated lumber lined with plastic to build a raised bed?
2. Why are your raised beds 3 feet deep?
3. What are the purple boxes that you use to grow food in?
4. Where do you learn about edible plants?
5. Is there a place I can purchase your seeds from?
6. What is the difference between commercial seeds and seeds grown in organic compost, rock dust and beneficial microbes?
7. Where do you recommend getting tree collard cuttings, seeds or plants?
8. If I grow tomato plants in a cluster will they choke each other out?
9. What is your profession?
10. If you could would you make youtube your profession?
11. Would you consider going to school to learn more about perfecting growing your own greens?
12. Would you consider owning livestock?
13. Do you use manure?
14. Do you urinate and poo for growing any of your crops?
15. Do you upload in 1080p?
16. Have you ever applied the rock dust via water into the soil and on foliage?
17. What should I plant and how should I arrange the plants in my vegetable garden?
18. Is it ok to compost citrus peels?
19. Is pine wood good to use to build a raised bed garden?

After watching this episode you will learn the answers the the above gardening questions and you are sure to learn a few other things along the way.


Jeff Greer says:

Garden time is here.

Alden Hall says:

Great video , If anyone else wants to grow you own fantastic healthy fruit
and veg fast it’s worth considering – Banfan Incredible Organic Miracle (
try searching google)? Ive heard some unbelievable things about it from my
cousin – perfect!

heafy says:

You should put the time of the video on each of ur questions for faster and
easier viewing

utuber says:

I think the pressure treated wood has glues and or formaldehyde in it. Over
where I live in Aus it is called composite wood. I think that is the same
as pressure treated. I HOPE JOHN READS THIS. Maybe he can clarify this?

foggymedia says:

University studies, many from Finland, showed vegetables grow healthier n
more pest n disease resistant in human urine. U.S. university/college
agricultural extension infor depts. recommend it. Human urine has a
cornucopia of minerals n nutrients in a form plants can take up right away.
Dilute 9 parts water to 1 part urine,too high in nitrogen on its own. Young
plants 19:1 Urine is typically sterile and soil bacteria makes it safe.
Feces has pathogens. Cut back on salt added to your diet

Ed Howes says:

John, I left you a message on your Facebook Timeline on this video post you
should not miss. 8)

wicker762 says:

While I do use some diluted urine in my garden, when an extra shot of
nitrogen is needed, I mostly wizz on my compost too. Often after drinking a
few beers.

mtndewman2000 says:

U do a lot of gardening bro?

Thaneii says:

John, isn’t you “back yard garden” in Nevada, and your “front yard garden”
in California?

DustyWiyrick says:

looking good feeling great ! Selah,Wa.98942

MyRe flection says:

thank you so much for answering my questions John. your explanation was
similar to my ideas about the seeds. I haven’t herd to many people talking
about the genetics in the seed so thank you for sharing your opinion. I
originally had the question because I have been buying seeds over the
internet and i physically do not get to see the plant and cant tell how it
was raised. so i will be sourcing my seeds to find the best genetics and
then saving my seeds to improve upon those genetics. thank you

jennifer baker says:

Thanks for sharing this! I really enjoyed it.

Chanel Crane says:

I forgot to say I live in Manteca California .

no2religions says:

I think, John, if you converted your yard to a permaculture garden you will
lower the cost of your gardening by about 100%. Even with your raised can
remain, but stop tilling them. Just cover with the compost and plant in
that. Don’t pull out plants, cut them off at the ground level… unless
they are weeds! lol.

nikonmother says:

Gen 2:15 and the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden
to till it and to keep it. 16 and the lord God commanded the man, saying,
of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

sertimins says:

Hello John, I live in san jose, CA. First time gardner . It’s seems to
appear vegetables like sun But not full sun all the time. One side of my
backyard is always full sun and other side is always shaded. I believe
leafy vegatables need mostly shade and tomatos need mostly sun. How would
you stratigize this situation. Using planters and moving around will not
work either because there is no partial sunny area. Also what do you think
about unside down planters like topsy turvy? Thanks

Wyrm Spleen says:

Awesome, love your attitude to livestock as pets and not being harvested
for meat and your awareness of degraded processed foodstuffs by tptb and
that you can back engineer by growing them defects out. The urine thing was
good to hear too. Awesome channel.

DanielManahan says:

It seems like the tree collard seeds should be good because they would be
pollinating with themselves however even if a few seeds do not, by
germinating 100 seeds all it takes is one plant that successfully grows
desirable, and then we can propagate from there. a little like gambling but
it is not like seeds are expensive or costly to ship.

TheHail1234 says:

Thay was funny “screw you man” *flips bird*.

Thaneii says:

I agree. Screw Facebook.

Marshall Henderson says:

First time watchin’. This was kinda bland, not a lot of entertainment. BUT,
great info! You obviously know your stuff. Got my sub! 😉

Vance Oliver says:

Glad I found your page! Thanks for all the tips! Please keep it up

Vincent Alexander says:

Hi John I just ordered your Bolivian Cucumber Seeds on facebook. Stoked to
grow those man! THANK YOU!

Kuromatsu619 says:

John, as a raw foodist, does that mean you are vegan? Do you eliminate all
forms of meat from your diet? If so, what are your views of using bone or
blood meal on your plants and vegetables?

Lois Laney says:

Great info.!!

Fedup withem says:

Pressure treated wood has been safe for about 15 years now. Look at it this
way, if you consider fish to be safe to eat, then pressure treated wood was
always safe to use in gardens. The soil in your compost is probably less
safe than the pressure treated wood.

jennifer baker says:

I hope you do a seed catalog video! My grandmother recently gave me a
catalog for trees it was fun looking through and made me want to plant an
apple & pear tree lol. I’m very interested in learning about the various
varieties of fruit & veg that i’ve never heard of. I watched a series of
shows about historical seeds…they were basically just discussing
varieties of food that was grown in the 1700-1800s and they were showing
varieties i’ve never heard of! Made me want to know more!

lifevorce says:

Do not use pressure treated lumber–he says

LarkaStark says:

I have 20 pounds of rock dust which is now clay, from getting wet. It
doesn’t mix well now – what in the heck do I do with it?

GailMHar says:

great info! Thanks a bunch for sharing your hobby with us – your enthusiasm
is quite contagious!

DustyWiyrick says:

John check out irisheyesgardenseeds,com 509- 933 -7150

groovesme says:

23:30 Careful with urinating in the garden. In many places including
Phoenix they can get you for indecent exposure even in your own back yard
if a neighbor complains.

tankguy says:

John, I somewhat disagree about pressure treated lumber. I layed out my
garden in 1982 using pressure treated lumber (2x10sx3ftx8ft). Shortly after
I read don’t use till studies are done. Thirty years later, where are any
results of any studies? The beds have not deteriated, I haven’t had any
side affects from eating the produce. I would like to see EVIDENCE.

cal88usa says:

Thanks for another great show.

May W says:

do a search under John’s channel, he has two videos on R Finley.

Jeremy Johnson says:

That escalated quickly, haha @14:19

Mondoshawn says:

Oh john your so lucky that you can grow your greens all year round there
you live.

Daniel Allouche says:

I have to agree with J Ko. When you piss in the compost, it actually helps
break down all that waste a whole lot faster too. After a few cold ones
what better way to reclaim all that goodness than to walk over to the

Ratchet25 says:

Dude you’re so awesome!!! Keep doin your thing John!!! I love you man!!!
You are so inspiring!!!!

asininityy says:

regarding what you said about urinating right on the plants, doesn’t the
urine need to be fermented or something first? when we were little my
grandmother would store our urine in a giant plastic jug in the yard for a
period of time before using it on the garden. I remember telling my cousin
to pee directly on a plant when we were children, thinking it would help
the plants, but I ended up getting yelled at because the plant ended up
dying, haha.

vmcshannon says:

Thanks again John. O I read a great article in Mother Earth news about
using urine. They say its best to dilute it. Haven’t tried it though!

Daniel Allouche says:

Most plants need at least six hours of sun each day.the only shade loving
food you can grow in full shade is mushrooms.

Gardening & More says:


Liquid-Skin says:

Citrus isn’t good for worm composting because of the high levels of
acidity. It causes the worms to crawl out of the bin on to the top.

utuber says:

We have treated pine which is soaked in arsenic for preservation and had
the same sort of issue, but now they do manufature it another way in some
factories. Though being sure you get the safer option can be hard. Im not
sure if these sorts of treated timbers are still chemical free or safe from
heavy metals or toxins though?

Gardening & More says:

Thumbs up

utuber says:

Can you soak it in water for a while and then feed it into the soil that
way by watering it in?

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