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Small Space Permaculture Food Forest Garden on 1/4 Acre Home Lot

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John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ goes on a field trip to visit Dr. Bob Randall' Permaculture Food Forest in Suburban Houston, Texas. In this .28 acre lot Bob grows over 150 varieties of fruit trees, a raised bed vegetable garden and more. In this episode you will learn how he is growing many different types of plants using permaculture principles. During this episode John will give a tour of the property and share many of the different types of plants growing at this suburban food forest. John will also interview Dr. Randall and ask him some questions about permaculture and some new ways to get you to think about your organic home garden. After watching this episode you will be sure to learn some new ways and techniques that you can use to have a more successful garden in the future. To learn more about Dr. Bob Randall, visit: http://www.yearroundgardening.me/ To learn about the classes in Houston about permaculture: http://www.urbanharvest.org/
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nhu thomas (1 месяц назад)
Just wonder if there are snacks in Houston' area
Maria Moura (1 месяц назад)
Love to watch these smaller spaces because it shows everybody can do it! Love it!
Sara Spencer (1 месяц назад)
I love that he catches his rain water. Makes watering things much more affordable!!
Gregory Thomson (5 месяцев назад)
The big green flying beetles got most of my apricots this year. Had no problems with them last year, so I didn't expect them this year and wasn't watching for them. Once I noticed them... too late.
Charles Davis (7 месяцев назад)
Acreage areas afar off from my main Mobile Home gracefully groomed garden, I’ll let eatable plants grow wildly into a forest like jungle. As a backdrop buffer or background scenery. Always allowing Maatrix Mother Nature Earth do Her talented thing and in a native natural manner and wittier Womanhood wiser way. And sit back to see and watch what happens?
Jeanne Manzella (7 месяцев назад)
Raymond Aten (8 месяцев назад)
Would love to do something like this but we have a septic system not sure where the drain field is so not sure where to grow fruit trees.
Mario Alavez (9 месяцев назад)
Can we please give this guy the Astrodome?
dairsensi (1 год назад)
What is the name of the okra that stays tender up to 6 inches long? I would like some seed.
Bad Vibes NoSleep (1 год назад)
Great video, Congrats on 448K subs..not to brag but we are pushing 65 haha
dechinta (1 год назад)
I see a lot of people saving rain water, but what about mosquitos? That just seems like asking for trouble. I would love to use rain water, but my legs and feet are literally covered in mosquito and ant bite scars, plus they itch like mad. I have type O+ blood which, they say, are the ones the mosquitos love the most. I believe it. I am disabled and being covered in bites makes me deathly ill
PDaddy Warbux (1 год назад)
mad respect for you brother. been watching for years. you have a lot to do with me just a California boy now working with China on Eco Village. thanks man.
Guntcheck (1 год назад)
Ok, Sweet potato spinach....can you please help me locate this somewhere, or, help me get the genus and species name?
John O' Connor (1 год назад)
Watched this video a couple of years ago and coming back to it now I still feel feel super inspired. Love the fact that your host, Bob, has a method to his madness! What a great garden! What a great gardener! People like this are true symbols of hope. I wish him well. Keep inspiring John. Best wishes from Australia.
Dragoon TV (1 год назад)
Best privacy set up ever
Mark & Emy Shibukawa (1 год назад)
The banana blossoms are delicious too!
Ethelyn Schaeffer (1 год назад)
I like you hosting others. Your monologues are good and instructive but interviews also lift you up and your expertise as you comment and interact.
Gregory Thomson (1 год назад)
Texas is Citrus country?
Lucille Rajah (1 год назад)
we eat jicama beans just like regular bean. so im confuse why did you say it's poisonous.
Bob Meis (2 года назад)
i love the trees, but like most california, fire can be a real pain. trees are too close together. they need animals to prune them back.
Jackyp 89 (2 года назад)
I love the gardens and places you visit, but you need someone to help you produce these vids mate, you're either stoned the entire time, which i have no problem with but you do know when we are stoned we might rabble a little bit?, or you just naturally add things not needed in these videos. within the first 4 minutes you have used so many useless anecdotes to explain what has happened. Again i love the places you visit but you need to condense this stuff man, stories about what he said than you said than he said is unecessary. I think you would find a massive audience if you could condence it a bit. The stuff your talking about (other than talking about stuff with other people and the conversations you had off screen) is really important and cool, but shorter videos will get the message to more people and have a greater affect, of course still upload an extended version but i promise you the important stuff you talk about will be taken relaly seriously
notboundtosilence (2 года назад)
I have been trying to grow some trees in my front yard for three years. My "neighbors" walk through, bike through, or send their huge dogs through my yard regularly and my small trees that I can afford keep getting broken in half. What is wrong with people? Seriously! I love his cactus idea.
Graydon Buchleiter (2 года назад)
notboundtosilence Why grow plants and get bothered when people enjoy them? You don't own a plant. The same thing bothers me in this video. There's nothing special about a selfish old man who hoards food and plants from the community. It really ticks me off. Go buy land away from people if you're neighbors bother you.
notboundtosilence (2 года назад)
I hope the holly bushes help. I was looking at some barberry bushes. If I could, I would live way out, on a lot of land. There is nothing like going to get in your car and stepping in someone else's dog poop. Right by my car door. This year EVERY single tree I bought was stepped on and killed. And a three year old grape vine got stomped on at the base, it died also. It was way back by the entry to my back yard. I honestly do not know what else to do. I am just going to give up planting in my front yard. And, that makes me sad, because I thought I could make it look so nice.
Cooper (2 года назад)
I can relate. My neighbors walk across my front yard to go and talk with my other neighbor. I'm like can you walk on the street like everyone else? when they take their dogs out without supervision they like to come ONLY to my yard and poop. So in the morning when I head to work I might step on poop. Btw, I live in a dead end circle. Today I went to go purchase Chinese holly bushes? not sure what they are called, but planted them for a border fence on one side of my house. That way it can block the view from my neighbors. IKR, what's wrong with people. I try not to pay any mind, but how could you not, because it's happening in front of you.
notboundtosilence (2 года назад)
People are thoughtless. If it doesn't bother them, they don't care.
Gryphon Word (2 года назад)
All the trailers around me have white little dogs , my yard was beautiful but it's covered in poop.I have grass for now so I have to mow it or pay a fine I use a push mower and I step in hidden poop every time.
Richard Lay (2 года назад)
Interested if any of this could apply to North Texas which has far less rain than Houston and actually has 4 seasons.
mewendy1 (9 месяцев назад)
Richard Lay I know this is an old comment, but I'm responding because people are still seeing it. Houston has a very different climate than North Texas. I'm in Austin, just a couple hours away from Houston & my brother's in Houston. We have very different conditions, for example, you can't grow avocados here. We get more freezes, have very different soil & usually more drought.
andrew boddy (2 года назад)
+Richard Lay All of it!!! ;) see 'greening the desert' and 'Geoff Lawton' . I am in Sweden. 'Martin Crawford' is in the UK (temperate) but design goals are the same.
ADEMILSON SILVA (2 года назад)
Amazingly well done video !!
guloguloguy (2 года назад)
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is Very Inspiring!!!!! Thank you, both, John, and Bob!!!!
nustada (2 года назад)
What I wonder is how does he deal with the worst pest of all, government. When I lived in the burbs: I checked for permitting about rain water capture, they told me it was illegal. When I grew berry bushes more the 4', Goji and Raspberry, I started getting threatening letters claiming they were a fire hazard. My response was I did not want their "protection" and that green bushes would be nearly impossible to set on fire, then they came and chopped them down; good thing I was not home when they did it as I would have shot them. I moved out of town as a result. Imagine how wonderful miles of food forests would be in place poisonous lawns. Texas is looking better almost every day.
notboundtosilence (2 года назад)
I live in Tx. and it is getting like everywhere else. Especially in town. All it takes is a complaining neighbor and they will give you a ticket for anything. You have to have a certain percentage of your yard without trees or anything else that blocks the view from the air. Now if that isn't a scary law. I cannot believe they chopped down your bushes. Our world is wacked. They love their precious lawns, but anything else they see as worthless.
Lalagartitita (2 года назад)
+nustada omg that's horrible :(
Road Runner (3 года назад)
56 years then...I won't live long enough :( Wonder what can be accomplished in maybe 10 years? Probably not a pecan tree.
Deb Cobern (2 года назад)
Some Pecan trees can start producing in less than 5 years. Do some research with some nursery catalogs that sell nut and fruit trees.
occupynewparadigm (2 года назад)
Plenty of fruit trees that are grafted produce fruit in their first year.
Road Runner (2 года назад)
I can always plant for the next generation...like Johnny Appleseed lol
thebunnyfoofoo (2 года назад)
I don't know where you live, but there many fast fruiting plants. Ice cream bean tree, Jamaican cherry tree, papayas, passion fruit, bananas, mangos...
Corey Green (3 года назад)
+Teresa S The end result isn't what one should fuss over, rather just enjoy the journey as far as it takes you. If you want a fruiting nut tree however you might be able to graft branches from a mature tree or root them with an air-layering method.
JOSIUM 305 (3 года назад)
I already know most of these things, but its just a pleasure to watch your videos john....I'm too shy to make my own so thank you so much for your work! :)
Road Wonder (3 года назад)
Always informative and practical videos...What a fabulous resource he has provided the world with. Can't thank him enough.
OmgKittys78 (3 года назад)
Learned a lot from this video. I liked the metal stakes being stacked. I did the pvc pipes with the netting and they are too short. I think this will work out for me.
mojowomyn (3 года назад)
OMG - Worth the price of admission with the T-Post idea! Thanks!
mojowomyn (3 года назад)
+mojowomyn Bamboo stakes are also another great idea!
komer west (3 года назад)
He cracks me up. I do believe he is smoking his greens.lol
Hanako (3 года назад)
I thought the point of having a food forest was to have free food so anyone could pick it off. The cactus is stupid. Why would he do that? So many people are already hungry and poor.
guloguloguy (2 года назад)
+nustada .....I'd agree! => that initial comment sounds like it's coming from a giant parasite, that expects others to provide for him, rather than becoming "self-sufficient + "..... Too bad, too, that many local Governments, and "uneducated/unintelligent neighbors" can't seem to comprehend anything more complex than a mowed lawn!........
nustada (2 года назад)
+Hoko Le (Lkun) Off yourself, you are selfishly eating food other people could eat.
putheflamesou (3 года назад)
+Hoko Le As war did to medical, carbon farmer slave populated infrastructure did to tech. Now. The Venus Project transformation timely. With old people-prisoners set free of forced inefficient housing, the project moderately may only take 5 yrs not 10 as Fresco says. For it is only the first scratch in extreme human advancement. Infrastructure must change. Efficiency=moderation=feasibility. How? United World Youth silence the world. Targeted consumers, it is the youths world(Craig Ferguson, Why Everything sucks). Right all ever needed. 1989 but world comm this time. Money base growth system will kill this planet. Though tech can make me a liar for awhile why not do right as we can? I believe more slave money growth is irresponsible and disastrous. The stars really can be our limit. Homes,transport....education, nature/resources and health. U wouldn't recognize us. 5 to 10 F'in years and we are wasting the minds J Fresco for M Lewinski, ect? Hoko, youth like you and others like you. Don't let F'ed up confuse. It only sounds big cause right was dormant so long. The support would be surprising. Efficiency=moderation=transformation=feasible. Tech/faster Education. We are changing anyway.
whitepumpkin1 (3 года назад)
yes. sorry, i probably misunderstood. your point
Hanako (3 года назад)
Ok well obviously he worked on it himself. But there could've been a one where everyone worked on it together.
Jesse Mercury (3 года назад)
Okay allow me to elucidate on the trellis at 23 minutes why for permaculture reusing items makes sense and saves money...... Pardon how crude this drawing is.. I did it in under 3 minutes while watching your video.... https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B001oVz9lVUuYU02b1RGcFFxMHc/view?usp=sharing
Jesse Mercury (3 года назад)
Question? at around 23 minutes when you where showing the trellis setups... why go out and buy the concrete reinforcement material from Lowes? the idea is to reduce reuse and to recycle right? so why not repurpose old cables and lumber that would have been thrown out.. say old computer cat5 cables or old appliance cords etc.. and just set up for wood pillars.. attach screws facing one another and then just repurpose the wire that would have been in the landfill to act as the trellis mesh strung tightly between the four wooden posts? to me it seems that would be cheaper and again.. both reducing and reusing materials...
Muncie Fine Portraits (3 года назад)
How are there any unlikes on this video? His enthusiasm alone makes this enjoyable. Thanks for all the great info. Now, to convert that info to our backyard in chilly, soggy Indiana.
Cannabis TV Network (3 года назад)
love yer show
TheInvisibleOne (3 года назад)
Rain water is illegal to collect here.  And there is also a Rain Tax in which we have to pay.
andrew boddy (2 года назад)
+kcrone1 I have an serious suggestion for you. Rather than *collect* the water you can channel and direct it for immediate use in the ground where you need it. No tanks would be needed, but a few judiciously located buried pipes or drains would 'collect' (use) in the soil. Also consider contouring the land, search 'mini-swale'. There are practical benefits of this. This is a strategy I use in addition to storage. (admittedly, I do not know your local conditions or climate).
TheInvisibleOne (2 года назад)
+Rajaat99 Agreed
Rajaat99 (2 года назад)
+kcrone1 Maryland sucks.
TheInvisibleOne (3 года назад)
+Teresa S Maryland
Road Runner (3 года назад)
+kcrone1 Good Grief..seriously? WHERE is THAT?
Ryan Castillo (4 года назад)
the camera is really shaky and nervous
utubepunk (3 года назад)
It's fine.
Leona Collet (4 года назад)
How irritating!
andrew young (4 года назад)
what the hell did you teach that you like listening to your own voice 
Gina Bena (4 года назад)
My small farmers and I loved this so much.  This is the sort of life we are heading towards.  We really enjoy the friendly, exuberant style.  John seems to have a lot of personality, this isn't like anyone else's videos.  Lots of permaculture information in here and wow, what a garden.  I have garden envy.
morebeauty (4 года назад)
love this video, that yard is a dream come true
Hope Henley (4 года назад)
Thanks John, I love your information and videos. You continue to present interesting & valuable information through the years. You have given many people much inspiration and encouragement, as well as a wealth of practical tips to apply sound organic gardening principles. I hope you can ignore the insane negative comments from some of the folks below who cannot see the forest for the trees. They are overly critical toward your grassroots style of reporting, which many of your fans find entertaining and refreshing. Unlike you, these critics have probably not contributed any positive effort toward sustaining and healing the planet/society.
Hope Henley (4 года назад)
That sweet potato spinach plant looks intersting. I cannot find any information for it online. Can you please let us know the official scientific Latin name? Thanks!
Guntcheck (1 год назад)
Same here, really interested in this. I know some sweet potato greens are edible, but I'm unsure if this is a specific variety. Water Spinach maybe?
Stanley Vo (4 года назад)
very interesting your video . thanks.
That's ok! (4 года назад)
Please, what is the equivalent of an acre (here, a quarter acre) in square meters? Thank you.
segarza (4 года назад)
+meusisto My pleasure. 
That's ok! (4 года назад)
+segarza Thank you.
segarza (4 года назад)
1/4 acre = 1011.706 square meters.   1 acre = 4046.825 square meters.
Jared Darmanin (4 года назад)
This guy needs a TV show. He makes organic farming and permaculture accessible and entertaining without the off putting save the world desperation plea.
slicer302 (3 года назад)
Well in the big picture it is about "saving the world" but maybe you can see it that way.
Killacorn (4 года назад)
and there's no product placement
Jackie Snell (4 года назад)
All that could have been said in about 3 minutes.. Nice video but way too much talking.. sorry
Growinhope (4 года назад)
great video :) What about slugs, you dont have them in Texas?
Madness (4 года назад)
? this guy woke up just now
Jane Wade (4 года назад)
What's wrong? Too white??
Laughing Man (4 года назад)
I like the idea of wondering around someones garden, without actually doing it of course......you really get some good ideas, that I could implement halfway round the world inAustralia, thanks John & Bob
Laughing Man (4 года назад)
"lye chee" not leechy lol :)
Travis Warren (4 года назад)
Drunk or High or both...This guy is hilarious.
steelpenguin1 (4 года назад)
Podcast episode on permaculture. http://traffic.libsyn.com/modernamericanprepper/episode2022.mp3
RW Mili (4 года назад)
Excellent. Thanks for sharing.
zeroflash1 (4 года назад)
you really should make a visit to ontario and check out some gardens up here, see what we can grow in our short summers
LIPglossShiney (4 года назад)
Very helpful information, thanks! Your videos are always so useful and informative. It's like you can read the questions in my head and make these videos just for me!
Organic Hawaii (4 года назад)
great stuff! mahalo~
Ras Herbalist (4 года назад)
Love it thanks!
Emma Applegate (4 года назад)
Lots of great plants but a bit too messy.
chere (4 года назад)
Can anyone tell me how to get the tree kale John grows?  I'm not sure he answers questions in here, but I figure someone who watches his videos much might know how to get some of this plant.. I would very much appreciate any links, or information on how to get tree kale.  Thanks!!!
Deb Wingert (4 года назад)
It is a good idea poorly executed. Get a professional videographer please (I got seasick watching your camera wave around -- and back away from the scene a bit so we can get the bigger picture. Before you video, take notes and write a script that informs the readers of actual details rather than the noninformative babble of generalities. Also, you appear a bit inebriated. I am sure you are just nervous but you look like you slurped down a few. Finally, slow down your narrative and speak normally, put the microphone a little further away from you. Good luck. I hope to see better work as you get more experience.
Toni Bartling (4 года назад)
But how can the fruit ripen if you bag them like that?
Sharlea2 (3 года назад)
The bags are made of screen that lets light through but not the bugs and birds. :)
Joyce Jjones (4 года назад)
He certainly shares info on all of what has been planted with good ideas on how to maintain what you have grown......he doesn't however go into how deep or far apart each plant should be..etc...his suggestions are more advanced for those very familiar with growing veggies/fruits/beans//etc...
Michael Heywood (4 года назад)
So much better to use a yard for growing useful plants instead of a lawn which is only useful if you have a herd of some good animal to graze on it.  It may take me a few more seasons, but I am going to do it. 
Nelson Flores (4 года назад)
I like this system called Permaculture, also somebody suggested to make holes on the pots all over to air the roots of the plants so they don't cripples the roots inside the containers and the water jus run out of the container without moisture the roots because are to dense  and no soil.
Alechia Neathery (4 года назад)
Where can I get some of the veggie that in the video? Also I like know where can I find the Sweet potato spinach plant/seeds so I can try it. Where doe he find his veggie plant/seeds. Thank.
Guntcheck (1 год назад)
Same, really want to find this, I know some sweet potato greens/vines are edible, not sure if this is a special variety...
Patt SKS (4 года назад)
This guy is so high.
Jean François Plateau (4 года назад)
J'ai pensé que vous faisiez un reportage sur vous...quel égocentrique...
LISA PEACE (4 года назад)
Ha. He is a future version of you…too kool 
Raj P (4 года назад)
Thanks for your awesome videos. A lot of YouTube posters rarely go over 10 mins which is nice sometimes. I love your lengthy videos only because you make it fun to watch you all energetic, excited , and very informational. Keep up the great work and please keep sharing your knowledge with the world. You have a gift, sir ^_^
Shawn X (4 года назад)
You're a cool dude man! I'm using straw for raised beds here in Massachusetts.
Sheen (4 года назад)
I love watching your videos so interesting gives me more insight in gardening as I love gardening too..,Thanks to you dear..
hollettster (4 года назад)
What kind of issues if any did the HOA or city cause?
MICAIAH PATRIOT (4 года назад)
Use red worms, a bee hive, caterpillars (butterflies) and lady bugs...get those cross-pollinators in there!!!! More mulch to retain moisture.  Get more land.  Be fully off-grid and totally self-sustainable.  Get out of the suburb (too much risk). 
Andrea Wisner (4 года назад)
Great exposition on permaculture concepts. Not sure John totally understands, but his audience is gardeners, not "permaculturists." Lovely. Love them both.
artnuwa11 (4 года назад)
Does anyone know where to obtain the sweet potato spinach plant? Is there another name for this? Thanks, A
Guntcheck (1 год назад)
Same, really want to find this, I know some sweet potato greens/vines are edible, not sure if this is a special variety...
Adebambo Dare (4 года назад)
Permaculture is the solution trend for the future climate change challenge. Good work John.
Stephanie Cruvant (4 года назад)
Six minutes into this & still no real information! Just to listening patiently, hoping for content.Nope, "trees" etc.
Hope Henley (4 года назад)
For those of us who understand Permaculture, John gives a wealth of information in this video, as he consistently does in general. Just because your brain is not atune to processing it, doesn't mean that John isn't presentling it.
neptuniannymph (4 года назад)
All the contrary, there's too much information. 
T5646766 (4 года назад)
There is plenty of information, so either you knew everything he spoke of or you didn't listen very well.
I God (4 года назад)
you are dumb.....
MunchaKrunch (4 года назад)
Hey John, did you go to school in Placerville?
Gardening With Puppies (4 года назад)
I love what he has done with his place. It is like an Oasis in the middle of Suburbia. Better than  lawn any day.
Gardening With Puppies (3 года назад)
+Starry Hilder Yep. We are doing the same thing.
+Gardening With Puppies Your right about that..who  needs a lawn! YUCK..make a yard you can EAT!! That's what we are doing with our own landscaping even amongst of very steep terrain and rocky landscape. MAKE it work!
Talk Nerdy To Me (4 года назад)
Those green glaze collards look just like Wasabi!
Jenn Love (4 года назад)
Jicama is also good with just salt :)
Sonnie's Garden (4 года назад)
This was good, Thanks John
Jonthue Michel (4 года назад)
What!!!!!!!!.... ahhhh... ICE CEAM BANANA!!???? ahhhh yay!!!! you are not my favorite channel on youtube.
John Arizona (4 года назад)
Lawn (grasses) made with edibles for small livestock or clover for bees?
Ivana Plavsic (4 года назад)
How about growing beans up column fruit trees? I have a row of column trees (apples and cherries) and this video gave me the idea to try and grow bean vines up them. What's your take on that?
HardWayLearnt (4 года назад)
Along with my vegetable garden, I grow a nice low maintenance moss.  Moss has a lot of advantages to grass.  The kids play on that and I compost the bits of grass that grow up through it.  Now If I could just wipe out that pesky grass I could scrap the mower.  
Lorraine Gibbs (5 лет назад)
too much talking and stop referring to us as you guys, very annoying some of us are girls too
Funk Daddy (5 лет назад)
PS- this video only plays on my iPad and not on my ps3. I prefer watching on my tv and use the ps3 to mirror he ipad.
Funk Daddy (5 лет назад)
FYI- keeping a short lawn around your home helps prevent field mice and other rodents from invading your home. But I do understand what you are saying.
Solitare35 (5 лет назад)
this vid is both inspiring and sad for me.....:( I live in Montana, limited on what we can grow.....just had -40 degrees last month.....ugh. I love gardening tho!!
Benedikt27 (4 года назад)
consider building a biodome, search for biodome revolution pdf on google you can download it for free! it is used in colder climates, extremely efficient
Solitare35 (5 лет назад)
maxdecphoenix (5 лет назад)
green house, green house, green house. acres of green houses.
whodoUtube (5 лет назад)
Awesome video!!!
Joe Broderick (5 лет назад)
Awesome video. Watched and loved the whole thing!
Treetop Permaculture (5 лет назад)
Amazing Video! Always precision info! What variety 
Tc Anderson (5 лет назад)
I really like it when you go on these road trips and show us what is growing in farms and gardens around the country.  Thanks for sharing the Food Forest with us, John.  I feel as though I learned so much in such a short period of time.  You inspire me to grow more plants every time I watch one of your videos.
leifcatt (5 лет назад)
Great video. This is one to share with friends and family for sure. Thanks John!

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