Is Pressure Treated Wood Safe as a Raised Garden Bed? & more Gardening Q&A

Alright, this is John Kohler of
Today we have another exciting episode for you and today we’re gonna answer you guys’
questions. So often times I do these Q&A sessions for
you guys to give you my opinions on organic gardening. And i’ve been gardening now for 10 plus
years now or maybe 12, 13 years now. And i have a lot of experience but that being
said, I don’t know it all. But i do know a lot, probably more than the
average gardener or even more than the average, i don’t know, person that went to school for
this kind of stuff cause, i mean this is what i do each and every day. In any case, I get a lot of questions coming
in whether they are underneath the video, whether on the discussion page, the e-mail
system, or wherever. And I apologize. I can’t simply answer all the questions
that come in. I’m just bombarded and there’s just one
of me and i do this for fun. So if you have a question that needs to get
answered, I do have a way you guys could do that, it’s through if you support my Fiverr
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session with you for 10 minutes over the phone for just 5 bucks of that. I get only 4 dollars and then the 4 dollars
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my videos for my spoken English into written English. In that way, people with hearing impairments
and people in foreign countries that don’t understand English especially my broken English
that I do sometimes, better. Also, Youtube also has a feature where it
would translate the English into foreign languages. So people in foreign countries that speak
a foreign language can now get translations of the English, which isn’t perfect but
at least they’ll be able to now better understand the videos instead of you know, me saying
gobbly-gibberish they don’t understand in English. Any case, if you do have a question that you
would like to possibly get in this video, please post it to my Youtube discussion page
on my Youtube channel or through the Youtube e-mail system. That’s the best way to give me a question. With that let’s get into today’s questions. The first question is from Mark on a Bicycle. “John, I live in Eastern end sea, there’s
almost no organic gardening, or organic produce, or juicing, or anything of this way, i’m
looking to supplement my retirement but I have no land. I do have on my three quarter acre property
room for a large greenhouse. What would you suggest if this was all you
had to make an income? I’ve started a nice compost since you turned
me on to juicing but just am at a lost. I’ve considered growing lady bugs to butterflies
to carrots or red bell peppers. I look up to your opinions since you seem
to be knee deep in all of it. I’ve been a salesman all my life and have
no fear getting out and knocking on doors selling any idea or suggestions. Thanks for the time, Mark.” Alright Mark, so what I would say to you,
you have three quarters of an acre, you know, that’s like a quarter acre. That’s actually fairly large. That’s much larger than the space I have
available. Now if I had to do something to provide an
income or at least a supplementary income for myself, I would do things that, you know,
that are needed in your community. So I don’t know what fruits or vegetables
maybe needed and what people may eat a lot of. Its quite unfortunate that in this day and
age people don’t just eat their fruits and vegetables. So growing food for consumption would probably
be one of the last things that i would do. What I would do is utilize the power of the
internet. So you know, there’s a lot of gardeners
online and you know, a lot of them subscribe to my channel and watch these videos and there’s
even a lot more people that don’t, unfortunately, watch my videos. So if you have some friends that are gardeners
that don’t watch my videos. Hey, give them a link to my videos so they
can check out some of them. I appreciate it. But other than that, you want to tap in the
internet marketplace. So how can you do this? Well, you wanna sell something online that
you could produce on your quarter acre. So what would I do if I was in that situation,
you know, and on a quarter acre. Number one thing I’d do is probably start
a worm farm. You know, creating worm castings and casting
cell a lot more than you know, just the compost. You could sell the castings through flat rates,
mail shipping boxes, the nice large board sized box you could fit in probably like 30
pounds of worm castings and you could sell those for, I don’t know, depending on what
the market will bear. But easily, minimum, and if you market a writing,
get some good castings, hopefully with rock dust infusions and other cool stuff added
in to make it a value added product. Maybe then two dollars a pound. And it also depends on how good your castings
are and how microbiologically active they are. So you know, get food soil webbed testing
done on those castings. Now besides just the castings that the worms
will create, another thing you could do is also sell the worms. So many people wanna get into composting and
if you have worms to make the castings, they’re also gonna reproduce. So as long as you keep your worms happy, you’re
gonna have some additional income. Now another thing besides worm castings that
you might wanna look into and consider are making meal worm castings. So you know, I have an episode where I went
to a meal worm farm in Compton, California but they produced another kind of casting
or insect frass that’s getting quite popular and there’s other kinds of insects besides
just the meal worms that will also make frass or the insect poop which can be used in gardens. So it would actually be kind of cool to have
like a worm casting facility and also a meal worm casting facility and combine those in
equal proportion. I don’t know exactly what that proportion
is cause I haven’t looked it up yet. And then sell the combined products. That would be bad ass cause nobody’s doing
that yet and then also infuse it with some rock dusts and get that out to people at delivered
prices in the flat rate boxes that you can ship it affordably. This opens up your market because I don’t
know where Eastern North Carolina you live. You might live in a low population density
area where you’re not gonna get a lot of customers for compost and all this kind of
stuff and on a limited quarter acre. Another thing I would do too is start selling
seedlings. So selling seedlings is definitely a really
good idea. You know, more and more people are getting
into gardening each and every year and the spring season is almost upon us so it’s
a time to start some of the seedlings now and you could sell seedlings by putting in
ad in your local paper, going to a local swap meet or flee market, you know, post an ad
on Craigslist, putting an up in your health food store, networking with Quanas or the
Lions or whatever those you know, organizations you’re involved with and let them know,
“Hey I’m selling you know, plant starts this year” and be sure when you’re doing
your plants starts, grow a lot of different varieties of tomatoes because tomatoes are
the number one grown produce item. Also you wanna, you know, sell the plant starts
that are gonna do well in the area. So if you garden last year and you had a few
couple varieties of plants that did well, grow those and sell those, don’t just buy
a whole bunch of different seeds that you don’t know how well it’s gonna do in your
climate zone and then sell those. I want you guys to be a successful in what
you do but also if you’re selling plant starts, I want the people that are buying
your plant starts to have the highest level of success so that they’ll be like “Wow,
that dude’s plant starts, you know, were the bomb and I’m gonna but from the each
and every year”. And plant starts, you know, you literally
multiply seeds that cost, you know, pennies each into like plants that are you know, depending
if they’re in four inch pots, maybe a buck or two each depending on what you market will
bear. So in addition, besides selling the worm castings,
the meal worm castings, the meal worm themselves, and the worms, and the plants, i think that’s
probably enough to buy it off this time. And of course have a nice large garden and
also, I would encourage everybody to do classes. So besides selling, you know, the plants starts,
you’re gonna give classes on how to start a garden, right? Maybe in containers, maybe in raised beds,
and so then you could drive an income from that but then also you could sell them the
plant starts and also sell them, you know, some of the castings and whatnot to put in
their garden. So now it’s like a fully connected system
and that’s kind of what I’ve done. I teach people how to grow food, I teach them
how to use the food by selling them juicers and dehydrators and appliances. I mean I do this myself first off before all
those came about and I’m just happy to share with people and if people respect that and
they’re gonna learn from you and they’re gonna benefit from your work. So hopefully that answers your question. Next question is from AmorVinny498, “Hi
John. Congrats on a 110,000 subscribers man, I’ve
got a few questions. Do I need to support my pepper plants? If so, should I use small tomato cages or
would a stick be enough? They are sweet peppers, by the way. How should I support my tomatoes? Can I use some kind of metal fencing because
I don’t think i’ll be able to find a Texas tomato cage. The tomatoes are in a tarmac, thanks for the
time” I highly encourage you to stake your peppers. Depending on where you live they may stay
fairly small and may not need support or they may get really large and really need support. Also depends on how well the nutrition is
in your soil. If you have a wide spectrum of trace minerals,
you know, then the plants are gonna be more stocked, stocky, and stout, and the stems
are gonna be stronger. if you maybe have weak in nutrition in your
soils, your plants are gonna be more brittle and prone to cracking more, you know, especially
when there’s fruit on it and it starts to get weighed down. So I would minimally recommend, you know,
bamboo stake. I like to put like, 4 foot stakes on all my
peppers cause some of them do get that tall. And it might look funny now when you plant
pepper plant with a big stake but trust me, you’ll need it later and it’ll be a good
investment to make. Another thing I’d like to do if I have a
resource available is to use small tomato cages. I think those are by far the best and easiest
way to support peppers at this time. On the tomatoes, you can use metal fencing. There’s so many different ways to stake
tomatoes. I have a few good videos in the past episodes
if you look through my past episodes. You know I visited community gardens and showed
different ways. People were trellising and staking things
up. That may give you some ideas. I mean, any materials you could get, you know,
and find available locally for free or cheap is definitely a good thing. Another thing you can use is called the, I
think it’s called the Concrete Reinforcing Mesh that something that most of big box Home
Depot, Lowe’s, and hardware stores sell like what they put down when they’re laying
down the concrete is just like a big wired mesh grid system that will rust but that’s
one of the cheapest and easiest and least expensive things you can use to make a cage. Or to trellis things up. For me personally, I like to cage things versus
trellis them whenever possible or tray them up, you know, with string and whatnot. I find that by using a cage, it’s much more
hands off so I could put the cage in its place, let the plants grow crazy and I don’t really
have to go and tend to it everyday. If you train it up a trellis or something,
you gotta be more active with clipping it up and doing all this kinds of stuff and I’m
not into that. Alright, next question is from PPIPT5150,
“I have heard that in new pressured treated wood as of 2009 which uses sulfur and not
the more dangerous chemicals of the past is more safe to use in raised bed gardens. What are your thoughts on this sulfur pressured
treated wood? Is it safe? I want to bring your attention to a new, organic
product which is similar to neem oil but is supposedly more effective. That product is azasol which also comes from
the neem tree but is not an oil based product. It looks very promising in dealing with trifective
bugs that attack the ??? family which is a squash vine or squash bug cucumber beetle. Alright, so the first question is regarding
pressured treated wood. Actually I haven’t looked into the sulfur
based pressured treated woods as of yet. I have looked into the copper pressured treated
woods, you know, that came out on a post 2004 or so, and I do believe those are safer pressure
treated woods than the arsenic pressure treated woods of like, 2003 and earlier. You know, I personally at this point in time
would not use any pressure treated woods in my garden and you know, I leave this decision
up to you guys. I always encourage you guys to do, no matter
what you’re doing in life, do the best you can so I always encourage you guys to like,
eat more fruits and vegetables, right? And if pressure treated wood is what you could
afford, is what you got the money for, and it’s like the sulfur kind that’s least
toxic. Because the whole thing is when man starts
getting involved and concentrating minerals in higher than what nature would provide proportions
then I think there is a probability of running into problems. So that’s what they do in pressure treated
wood, they may treat you with a lot of copper, lot of sulfur, lot of boron, some arsenic,
or whatever ingredients they’re using. And yes, while some companies they do testing
with universities and determine its safe, you know, i always kind of wonder, what is
the true implications? Can we do scientific tests and find out what’s
the effects in the plants. Is it in the plants once we’re gonna eat
them? What do they do to the roots and the root
zone? More importantly to me, what do they do the
bacteria and fungi in the soil? I know copper has been used for a long time
to inhibit, you know, bacterial growth. And this may, negatively impact your soil
microbiology. So in my opinion, you know, growing your food
is definitely better than not growing your food. Now I don’t wanna encourage you “Okay
John, the options are not grow food or pressure treated cause that’s all I got in my area”,
you know what I’m gonna say, use the pressure treated wood but get the least toxic stuff. With that being said, I would personally use
something like redwood or cider wood and treated with natural wood treatment. You can check my past episodes , I’ll put
a link down below for that episode where I used the natural based treatment on my wood
and that’s what I do first. Even before I use wood, you might wanna look
into something like concrete or stones, something like that that will not rot and it’ll be
more permanent in your garden. So that’s my pretty much opinion on that. Always do the best you can and for me personally,
I would not use pressure treated cause I’m still too weary of it. I would use, you know, a natural, you know,
pest resistant wood so either redwood and then treat it with a natural coating and that’s
what I’ve done for all my gardens. I haven’t used any pressure treated wood
to date in my own personal gardens. So the next question is about Azesol. So I did see Azesol, it’s in trade shows,
and as I was going to film at the Azesol booth at the trade show and it was getting nearly
in and they’re closing up and I didn’t film and I don’t know, they were just closing
up and it just didn’t feel right so my opinion on the Azesol is kinda much like the pressure
treated wood, you know, there are definitely good properties in neem and they’re in the
neem tree for a reason. The neem tree has to fight off blights of
insects and disease and all these kinds of stuff. So it makes its own natural properties occurring
in the tree that is in the seed when you press out the seed oil, it’s in the oil also. Now what they’ve down with the Azesol, they’ve
taken basically as a tract in or however you say it one component of you know, the neem
oil they’ve found very effective and most effective against insects and they’ve taken
it and concentrated out into more unnatural proportions. Now is Azesol any better than chemically based
pesticide that is more highly toxic? Absolutely! But for me personally, if neem oil handled
my challenge in the garden, I would stop there and I would not escalated into using concentrated,
you know, plant derived products, you know. So that’s my opinion on that. I always wanna use the most natural and least
toxic to myself and least concentrated products as possible in my garden to get the desired
effect. Next question is from TanyaFreeman: “Is
there a good way to keep stray cats from using your raised beds as a litter box?” Yes. Number one use some fencing. So if you use some fencing around while your
plants are starting to get established because basically cats will use your raised beds as
a littler box cause it looks like a large litter box. I don’t really blame them, i’ve had that
happen to me before but once you get plants established in there, getting kind of big
and tall, they’re not gonna get in there anymore. So to keep them out while your plants are
starting, you know, just get some cheap, inexpensive, or maybe even plastic construction fencing
and put it around your little beds so that they can’t get in there. Another episode I had actually I’ll post
the link down below in the comments is actually a video of my friend, Ronny and Min and they
use actually a galvanized wire fencing over the top of their beds so that the cats wont
go on that either so those are two good ways to do it and once again, get your beds established
as quickly as possible that the cats wont go in there. Next question is from Anneray4, “Hey, I
love your info. You’re doing a great job spreading the garden
info, please keep it coming. You’ve talked recently about wood chips
as a good to enrich compost soil. I have a long time childhood friend that is
a great ????? in coastal Delamar, California near San Diego with a special pine called
the Tory Pine that loves our climate. It’s so rare we cannot cut them down, I
think it’s the rarest in the world and only grows naturally in two places on Earth. We have a lot of them grow over a hundred
feet tall and need constant trimming for fear of limbs breaking and they’re damaged. Can pine chips be used? I know the needles render the soil to be highly
acidic, if not, what trees would you recommend from our area so I can resource from the tree
trimmer friend neighbor. I’m sure he’d be happy to not have to
haul all those chips to the dump and pay to get rid of them. Surfs up, Anne in SoCal” Alright Anne, so pine chips are an excellent
thing to use in your composting regime. So if it was me, I’d have no problems composting
the pine chips. Actually what I use in my composting bins
are pine pellets. So people also do composted pine shavings
with manures to compost. So yeah, pine. No problem what so ever. So I would take the wood chips, pile them
up and do a fungal dominated compost by literally inoculating them with some fungus. It’s a mushroom and let them break down
over 1.5 to 3 years depending on the weather and conditions and let them make a nice, black
rich soil. You could also use that in your standard thermal
based compost by mixing you know, the wood chips with food scraps in yard and waste clippings. Right, next questions is from LauraDWhite,
“Hey John, do you recycle or reuse your compost? If so, do you have any tips on how to keep
your compost healthy for new seedlings? What about plants that have been diseased
and have been grown in the compost? Is the compost still okay to reuse?” So compost that has been reused or you know,
anything that have grown in before, I’ll make it a termination like, if the plant was
diseased that grew in there before, you know, I might take that and actually re-add it to
my compost probably to get reinvigorate and diluted down. Another thing I’ll do if it’s in a pot,
I might use the stuff in the pot and then put it in a raised bed and mix it up in the
raised bed so it’s much more dilute. In general I don’t use you know, diseased
plant compost for new seedlings. I’ll use more virgin compost for new seedlings
so I have a rotation where I rotate new compost to seedlings and as the seedlings get older,
I’ll rotate that compost in. It just kinda depends. So i’ll always encourage you guys to use
new compost or compost that was just made for all your new seedlings and of course I
dilute that down to a special mixture. I don’t use straight compost to grow in,
I always add a mixture of different items such as the compost, some pearlite, also some
coconut cores as my general mixture. Now lets see, next question is Nathan Salazar,
“Hey John, where can I buy Azomite on the internet for cheap?” So my current recommended source I’ll put
a link down below to the video. It’s a place called Roots Naturally, they’ll
give you 10% off as a Growing Your Greens viewer for your first order. It runs for a little bit than a dollar a pound
for delivered Azomite which is fairly good because it includes the shipping. I hope to have future episodes where I share
more places where you could get rock dust for cheap shipped to you online. So subscribe to my videos if you’re not already. Last question for today is from Hal337, “Thank
you for promoting growing your food, eating fresh raw produce, and making ourselves healthier. My question is in regarding ash. I have a wood stove and burnt ???, would collecting
wood branches that are thrown help out my neighbors, when finished burning I am left
with a hundred percent burnt wood ash. Have you ever used ash in your garden and
what are your views on burnt plant matter, of course, in addition to bioactive compost
as a supplement to your soil?” So the wood ash you’re generating, when
wood burns things are burnt off and things concentrated. So literally it’s concentrated basically
alkaline mineral, so if you have acidic soil, you could add the wood ash to bring your soil
back into balance and if you already have alkaline soil, adding more alkaline ash to
it, it’s probably not a good thing cause plants need a certain PH range to operate
effectively. For me personally, I would dilute the wood
ash into my whole garden and spread it very thinly, you know, on my garden and I would
also add a little bit to my compost each and every time but more importantly to me, instead
of just using the wood ash, I would use the wood, the fallen wood to make bio chart. Use the heat from your bio chart to heat your
house in this kind of stuff. But the bio chart is much more viable of a
product to add in your garden that could be added in higher quantities than the wood ash
itself. So that’s pretty much my take on that. I haven’t actually used any wood ash, you
know, myself and we’re talking wood ash here not just ash from burned cardboard and
other stuff. I only recommend using 100% real wood ash
in small quantities into your compost, into your garden as needed. You do not wanna overload it by any means. So I guess that’s pretty much the end of
this Q&A, I hope you guys enjoyed this episode, learned a few things at the same time. Once again my name is John Kohler with
We’ll see you next time and remember: Keep on Growing.

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68 thoughts on “Is Pressure Treated Wood Safe as a Raised Garden Bed? & more Gardening Q&A

  1. Hey John!  So, I totally respect what you are doing with the 5-er thing, but it seems like you're talking about it in EVERY SINGLE VIDEO lately.  For those of us that watch you regularly it gets pretty repetitive, is there any way you could just give details about it in the video summary and refer people there?  Thanks for reading 🙂  And thanks even more for all you do and all the info you  put out there!

  2. John, my daughter came home from college where she says the food is awful and swimming in grease, her face was all broken out (which she never has had) so i had her eat rainbow chard (only) salad..she has never eaten greens!  The 3rd night she actually scarfed down the salad…later told me she thinks it is healing her face!  I am so thankful for your info/vids. She's too young for you, but still hoping this is your year!!

  3. I am Azomite distributor and can sell cheaper than anyone. We also offer microbial and restructured water devices. 

  4. When dealing with wood chips, the University of Washington did a study about it; you only have to be concerned about walnut trees. Walnut has a property that emits a herbicide (allelopathic chemicals), if you go to a walnut tree field you'll see that plants are not growing underneath the tree. Even with walnut tree, there wasn't significant problems, there's multiple studies on this if you want to look it up. The problem with Walnuts Trees is apparently in the roots primarily, and also the leafs. If you're using anything besides walnut tree, you're good to go!

  5. Great video John !  great tips!  Another tip for the first guy is create an online presence.  regular YouTube channel posts and website helping you out would be a good way to add a little bit of income. your not going to get rich but hey every bit helps.  Another tip is selling things like dormant root balls (strawberries) and such! easy to mail everywhere!

  6. John, how funny is it that when I watched this video YouTube was displaying advertising for Wendy's fast food? Your videos have been super helpful to me as I begin to set up my back yard garden so I can grow more food! Thanks so much!

  7. I never cease to learn something from your vids; thanks, John! Perhaps I can offer something back to a couple of your questioners: 3/4 of an acre is HUGE by inner city standards, unless the house takes up all of it and/or the surrounds are concrete. Try planting something that goes vertical. I'm on 1/10th acre, half of which is on a steep incline, but my house is miniature by most scales. Still, I have the potential to grow most of my fruits and veggies if the birds and canyon critters don't get to them first.
    As for my North-of-me neighbor w/the Torrey Pine scraps/needles, perhaps use in baskets/planters/beds for strawberries? Or cut into pieces to use for decorative art?

  8. Thank you for answering this subscriber's question, John!

    I hadn't considered the ash's pH. I'll keep it in mind as to not get the soil too alkaline!

    To reiterate, I only burn naturally fallen wood or wood felled by my neighbors! In the latter case it would just get trucked over to a LANDFILL!

    Better it get used for FREE HEAT (and possible a little bit of fertilizer) than be a complete insane waste and toxicity!

  9. Every time he talks about worm farms I think of this movie.

  10. I swear some people don't even bother to check your vids first. I find you having to repeat yourself over and over just because people are too lazy to search for themselves. We could be getting some really important less known tips and tricks.Please people start asking questions that haven't been answered in nearly half of these videos. Thanks John for all the helpful info

  11. 3/4 acre is Well enough for a garden, even for having a house, unusable front yard and other area's. 1/4 of a acre garden would be awesome for me. The "back to eden" method would be great for you.

  12. Thanks for the great information that you give us.We learn a lot from you. I was able to plant peppers from seed  and finally the soil is in perfect shape to grow from seeds.

  13. Depending on your market and space, honeybees can be a great side income, IF DONE CORRECT! I teach classes, sell honey, do removals, sell hives, etc. But the key is that I fill a niche market. If you're in the midwest, it probably wouldn't work. I'm in a big city, with a lot of support for local/organic products. I started it as a hobby, and grew it as the cash flow allowed. The trick is I never took on debt to grow the side business. So I'm not indebted to anyone, and have no real capital expense. Almost all revenue is profit! Good luck!

  14. I like the mention of selling seedlings, or any product in it's infancy. What I mean is this: If you are trying to sell fish for food, if you raise that fish to slaughter weight, and try to sell the meat, you'll be battling for market share with the big guys, and losing margins both in revenue and in development cost. But if you sell them as fingerlings, the margins are greater and you have less cost. For example, I think a 1lb tilapia fillet down here would sell for maybe $3. But that took about 8 months and at least 1 lb of food to develop. The same tilapia, sold as fingerlings, sell for up to $4 each, 1-4 inches long, on craigslist. Those take about a month to develop, and a LOT less food!
    Just like seedlings, the cost of the average tomato seed is less than $.01/seed. The seedling can sell for $3.50+. Talk about a markup! 

  15. Liked this video!  As a supplement about wood ash, this is a very good source of potash for your garden and your compost. It can be a bit caustic, so make sure you use gloves, double if possible, when working with. Peas love this lightly added to soil when planted. Like John says, lightly and gradually distribute this through your garden, as large amounts will actually harm it.

  16. John for the first question about making a supplemental income, you forgot to mention bee keeping. Sell the honey and comb.

  17. I grow nothing. I try but not well enough. Your videos inspire me to give it a shot. What do you recommend for beginners? Would love a video of basic beginnings.

  18. Great video yet again john, I totally agree with your point on pressure treated wood. I think we have come a long way though from where we were with pressure treated wood, but I would not use it if there are natural alternatives. Also, I just wanted to mention that I have not missed a single episode, and I am so honored to have learned so much from you!


    I have literally been google searching this topic LOTS. about to watch the video (i love how long the vids are, i know they are packed with info) 

    Im about to buy some brand new heat treated pallets from a local wood manufacturer….lets see if its the right thing to do.

  20. A good way to keep cats from using your raised beds as litter box is to make it unattractive to them. Cats are looking for a soft surface in which they can dig. Putting some metal mesh (chicken wire) flat on top of your seeded bed works perfectly. It gets a little more tricky when the seed start to sprout because then you will have to remove the mesh. My experience is that by then cats have already written of that spot as a good place to do their business.

    Another method that worked well for me is putting small sticks in the ground. You can leave these in the ground while your plants are growing up. Long cocktail sticks are great for that, obviously with the sharp end down in the soil. Leave about 2 inches above the soil and cats won't like that spot anymore. You do have to use quite a lot of sticks, but once they're in the soil, you can just leave them there. (Actually I used sticks from a roll-up curtain last year. Worked great and didn't cost me a dime).

  21. Hi John, I make and use biochar and I heard you mention people heating there house with the burner. I wanted to know if they were homemade units or store bought. I am very interested since I live in cold New York.

  22. I just came across a you tube on the subject of diatomaceous earth for pest control and they say it is also good to ingest. Have you ever tried this snd if you have were the results good. I live in Florida and the insects are winning the war against humanity.

  23. My neighbour has 4 large black walnut trees that are along 1 side of my garden. I know I can't grow tomatoes near them. (due to some sort of "toxin") Does anyone know what can and or can't grow near black walnut trees besides tomatoes? Any help would be great. Thanx.

  24. I would like to know if anyone has ever tested to see if pressure treated wood had leached chemicals into the soil after a couple of seasons or more.

  25. I have reclaimed pressure treated wood and found this out after I already built one. I'm not sure how old it is, but I decided to line it with heavy plastic. If that's not going to work, I will just use the beds to hold my plastic containers. But heavy plastic should work.

  26. I think that if your aim is to have an organic garden you would not want to have raised beds made with pressure treated lumber.  Because the chemicals in the wood prevents the wood from decomposing, and over time these same chemicals will leach into the soil preventing the microbes in the soil from naturally composting the soil.  Living soil is one of the key components of an organic garden.  Why intentionally kill the microbes in your soil?

  27. Hi John … I dont want to paint my raised garden bed because of toxins. But is it ok to use a varnish or paint on the outside of the bed for aesthetics? but ot paint the inside? Will painting the outside still be bad?

  28. forget about money, this is about chosing a lifestyle to live with plants and learn. I know synthetic growing but since I truly discovered and experienced really mirobe and fungal influence, nature has a way of its own and its best to work with nature.

  29. My garden hoe workout series. Raised bed calf extensions. Whee! Barrow squats. The turnip pull triceps extension. Pumpkin curls. 100 foot row one leg lunges. The compost turner abductor twists. The stubble bundle butterfly. The garden hoe workout series is coming soon. We might also do the curtis stone 5 k urban spin and the Jean Martin Grenadin row and the John Kohler beneficial insect 5 k run.

  30. You know this already based on your subs but you are so positive to listen to. You get me so pumped up about gardening and I don't even like most veggies. I am a little late but I just planted some white half runner green beans and built a trellis using 80lb test fishing line and 2x2s. I added this to a raised bed I built about 5 years ago and never used it. The weeds really loved all the compost I filled it with the last few years. I pulled out some weird 4 foot weeds that looked like tobacco that were happy and healthy as I prepared my bed. Thanks for all the videos.

  31. too bad it took 12 minutes to get to the title of the video! RE: copper, how do you get your water? Plastic pipes? Copper? Galvanized steel? Which is worse? You must be on the west coast, where redwood and cedar is common. Here in the SE, it is rare and VERY expensive.
    Appreciate your videos though

  32. Wood ash— use excess wood ash around the perimeter of your beds or garden and you will keep slugs out. They won't cross over it. reapply regularly due to rain obviously.

  33. hey John I've just recently started watching your videos and I'm really enjoying them! great job! I just start watching and by the time I know it its 2 am haha but I really love the questions getting answered! really makes some sense and helps out greatly! have a good one and grow on haha! keep up the good work!!

  34. His opinion does not constitute any scientific information either way in regard to the actual safety of different materials, pertinent to use in proximity to gardens and crops for consumption. Check for one actual test at least for levels likely to leach into soils. 'Natural' does not guarantee safety, and some DIY may end up with unsafe levels of substances not tested for such uses.

  35. I have an oleander bush i want to get rid of. The grass I am trying to turn into garden space has oleander roots in it. Would it be poisonous to the soil if i roto tilled the oleander roots? Thanks.

  36. Hi John. Nice video but too long. It would be nice if you get to the point and not get off the topic. Keep it to less than 3 minutes. Thanks.

  37. Dont forget about the BOSS of composting. The Black Soldier fly. The BSFL ( black soldier fly larvae). BSFL are the ultimate composting machine. They compost so fast you can harvest the castings often. You can use nature against them and make them harvest theirselves which you can feed live to chickens pigs, fish, etc or freeze, or dehydrate and powder and mix together with other ingredients to make your own food to feed your flock/stock. Check out my youtube channel and I have lots of other ppls videos as well as some of my own helpful videos very soon that are and will be, sure to help.

  38. iT 'MAY'//// Negatively Affect Your Soil,,,,,,,,, haha,,,,,,,, ?MAY?,,,,,, YOU don't Know the answer to that,,, But you Mumbled ALOT of DISINFO,,,,,,,, Take a COURSE Befoe you Teach something,,,, — I Know how Copper affects many things,,, But i didn't come here to teach you!,,,clickbait ass,,, Do You Know how Pressure Treated Wood affects SOIL????? Prob Not,,,, I know, and im gonna advise people,, This guy willl PROB. give alot more info he has NO CLUE about

  39. Hi john if u had to choose between pressure treated wood or cinder blocks,the one's that have two openings in them not the flat one's ,witch one would u go with the wood or the blocks ,also cool dog is that a mini pin.

  40. All I wanted to know is can use pressure treated wood for a raised garden bed, have to watch the whole thing to find out. Guess I will google it

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