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Should I Use Cow Manure in My Vegetable Garden? & More Organic Gardening Q&A

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John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ answers your organic gardening questions. Help John to close caption his videos and get your questions answered with the links below:

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In this episode, John will answer the following questions:

02:20 Where can I get the Happy Frog Soil Conditioner for my Container Garden? What is a good mix for a potting soil available in Sonoma County?
05:12 Would Recommend using Cow Manure from Next Door?
13:05 Is there a page that shows all the discounts for GYG viewers?
18:02 Any advise on purchasing soil for my vegetable garden?
21:10 How can I identify sprouts that are coming up in my garden?

After watching this episode you will learn John’s answers to these organic gardening questions and probably learn a few other things at the same time.

City Pickers Container garden:

Tips for growing your garden for free or cheap:

Best Organic Compost in Texas:


Joe Feser says:

I love at 10:15 when the black ops helicopters are coming over the house to
shut you up about GMOs. :)

Praxxus55712 says:

My mom is an oddball. She won’t eat organic fruit because there is a higher
chance of diseases from manures on them. She’d rather deal with the risk of
pesticides on her fruit than manure. She’s a strange one.

Jesse Stay says:

I notice your peppers don’t have a drip watering system – what are you
using to keep them watered?

Backyardhomesteader says:

My beds are nothing more than Moo Poo and leaves and they are some of the
riches beds I have ever seen! Pack full of worms.I have done this for some
30 years. I agree that you should make sure the cows are being feed organic

Justgivemethetruth says:

The question of manure is really not handled very well. There is a guy
named Allan Savory who talks about how large areas of the planet can be
reforested by putting back the active grazing animals … it is a kind of
permaculture. The American continent was unbelievably rich and fertile
because we have millions and millions of buffalo birds and animals all
eating and pooping all over. Savory said that when you put back grazing
animals you can reverse the desertification process and turn desert into
productive farmland and forest and fields. His TED talk video is very
interesting. If the manure is from animals grazing on grass and forage I
really do not see the problem.

Rainbow Gardens says:

The manure I use must be very high quality because it works wonderfully. I
have always used it with excellent results.

olov244 says:

good answers. i think the important thing is KNOWING what is in your soil,
if you know only good things have gone into your compost, then you know
it’s probably going to be good itself. if you buy a bag in the big box
store, you don’t really know. but the big thing is, everyone should be
composting a lot more. grass, weeds, leaves, sticks, paper, cardboard,
kitchen scraps, it all can turn your dirt into rich soil

MegaBreyergirl says:

We live on 40 acres in Live Oak and use chicken, duck, pig, sheep, cow and
horse manure in all of our gardens with great success, we are all organic,
it works!! We add it directly to the gardens and make compost tea with it
as well. We don’t buy anything to add to the beds, we use wood ash, rotted
leaves and logs, whatever we can find on the property or surrounding
forests. We love to do hugulkulture too!
I would NEVER use manure from confined feeding operations or from an
unknown source!!!!!
Keep up the good work John!

RLSgardener says:

Your comments against using manure didnt really make sense. I think you
mentioned that you dont know what the animals are eating or if the grass
and such they graze on is treated with such and such chemicals. But if i
recall some of your older videos say you get compost from places that
gather green waste. How do you know that those places are not collecting
scraps from sources that use chemicals? would that not be the same thing?

I have been told that most chemicals have a short duration and should not
have long lasting effects. and if they do the composting process should
effectively remove any chemicals.

From my little bit of experience manure is one of the best composting fuels
around. I wish i had a truck to go get me a supply of it each year just to
get my compost off to a good start.

jon obrien says:

plant based nutrients , Gotta love beneficial bacterias though mycos :)

David Lynch says:

“I want to model nature and in nature there’s no, you know, garden’s
growing in, you know ahaha, raised beds of cow shit, or manure, or
composted manures right?”

That was the best line ever.

eyeYQ2 says:

That’s why people are dying, they eat CRAP from the poison stores, that’s
what I call grocerie stores. Poison factories

Keepskatin says:

I had 4 random different trees pop up and now they are all more than 10
feet tall.I like to let randoms grow out until I can identify,or see if I
like the way the plant looks before I rip it out.I never planted seeds or
sprouts.I think the soil or peat moss had those tree seeds in them.

Soulman1282 says:

I use composted cow manure in my garden because I want to get composted
materials from as many different sources as I can. Unfortunately in my area
there is not a wide variety, so leaving out manure compost is not really an
option. I added rabbit manure this year as well. I do compost my own
food/yard waste, which helps add to the variety. I also use Azomite and
this year I added some kelp meal, crab shell, and worm castings. I also
fertilize with Sea-90, Pure Protein Fish Hydrolysate, and compost tea. I
like John’s method of “I add a lot of different stuff to my soil.” Also,
like John, I’ll say do whatever works for you. My garden is banging though.

P Simon says:

Would simply going into the forest and collect some soil and transfer it to
my raised bed be a good option. 

Gardening & More says:

I see a C. chinense varietie in them peppers 

jon obrien says:

VEGANICS is the way to go , if u dont want outbreaks

Rifleman1964 says:

People have used Cow manure for thousands of years. A common practice for
farmers raising winter wheat is to let the cows graze on it. They also use
a manure spreader to apply tons of fresh steaming manure to the fields in
the spring. Cow manure is not “hot” and can be added directly to the fields
without burning the crop. There is a very small chance of salmonella from
this practice, however most of what he is talking about came from plants
being sprayed with liquid chicken manure or the migrant workers not washing
their hands after taking a dump, not cow manure that was tilled into the
earth. You stand a better chance of getting salmonella from a bird taking a
dump on your garden during a flyover then you do tilling cow manure into
the soil.

Jamie Burke says:

just planted my reapers

SuperChris85 says:

Q&A I have a question that I have seen other people ask.
You have 2 properties that I know of that you grow food on, I was wondering
if you plan on buying a home with some acreage? I could only imagine the
amazing things you would do with 10 acres. 

bre rose says:

Oh John, I absolutely love this video! I love all your videos! Thank you
for being there when I need you man! 

sweetstkissez22 says:

Hello, I’ve recently found your chanel and have taken on a slight obsession
with learning all I can before I dive into gardening. In one of your videos
about container gardening or raised bed gardening you went shopping for
soil and found great organic brand by kellogg. I live in NC zone 7b and
have not been able to locate such brand in my area. Do you have any
comparable brands or ideas? 

theIAMofME says:

I also have a bunch of volunteer babies of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and
some other unidentified stuff coming up in my raised beds and containers.
It’s from my compost I assume. YAY! Free plants! The cool thing will be
waiting to SEE exactly what “variety” they are. I love your channel, John.
You’ve inspired me SO much. My daughter came over to spend the weekend with
me for Mother’s day. I showed her the new additions and progress in my
garden. She is so proud of me! 😀 Then, the next thing she said…OOH…I’m
going to get some free groceries this summer! LOL Again, love your passion
for gardening. IT’S CONTAGIOUS!! As for those that commented that have
something negative or mean to say…it’s their right. But, it says a lot
about who they are with what they say. You give a TON of free info, advice
and great deals on products you believe in. So what if you make a little
dough off of it or get some free. I don’t know if you do or not. But, who
cares!! . Some people are just jealous and need to get a life. They
obviously haven’t spent enough time in their gardens or they might be nicer
people. HA Just kidding…or NOT! Maybe they put TOO MUCH “shit” in their
soil and it’s coming out in THEM.

Paleo Star says:

In Colombia people spray their organic crops with a mixture of cow’s
manure, raw milk, molasses and an extract (nettle, chilly, garlic, etc.) ,
to limit insect damage, I have used it in the past and it definitely works,
however, at the moment I’m just using lots of compost and don’t find it
necessary :)

Rachel C says:

Thank you John for linking us to the Best Organic Compost in Texas video! I
live in Texas and I’m trying to become a better gardener 🙂 

Pathy K says:

Hi John, can you please view a youtube video titled The Perfect Soil,
uploaded by The Vedic Way. Please comment on that. 

Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens says:
Tim Huffman says:

Thanks John… Please would you share you tips on early pruning of pepper
plants ? That is if you prune them? I struggle with pruning techniques. Or,
do you simply keep removing the flower pods on your pepper plants to
encourage more growth ? I found that having a raised bed with rock dust
and high quality compost is a GREAT way to grow pretty much anything, but
I’ve got a lot of learning to do when it comes to pruning and/or plant
maintenance… Thanks again for your great information

ActivelyAging says:

John are you worried about peppers crossing and becoming all super spicy or
is that not something to be concerned about in just one season?

Beth DeRoos says:

We plant rye and clover in late fall for green manure, which is then cut
and used on top of the back to Eden style garden we do, or in one area we
till the clover in.

t dub says:

Can I shit and piss on it then come back a month later to harvest 

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