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How to Prep the Garden for El Nino #1

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Visit https://calikimgardenandhome.com to get your free growing guide, “Grow 3 Vegetables in 6 Weeks”. El Nino is coming to So California - here's one quick and easy way I am prepping my garden for the expected torrential of rain. Even if you don't live in So Cal, you can use tips in this video to help prep your garden for springtime no matter where you live! Where to find CaliKim: Watch CaliKim on Carbon TV: http://mbsy.co/cv99B?url=?url=http://www.carbontv.com/shows/calikim-garden-home-diy/from:ambassador Instagram: http://instagram.com/calikim29 Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/1JXq7vl Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/CaliKim29/ Hang out with me at First Garden G+ Community: http://bit.ly/1DhYJuQ Check out behind the scenes videos on CaliKim’s vlog http://www.youtube.com/calikimcameraguy Veggie Gardener: http://www.veggiegardener.com/
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Jackie Horsley (1 year ago)
I understand what your saying we got a lot of that rain this year it really helped out a lot I did not have to water at all hardly and my plants did good
Ryin88 (2 years ago)
El Nino didnt affect southern cali at all this year
Danny Abaldo (2 years ago)
Hello El Nino has already effected my area in the way of very cold weather, my winter garden was doing well, but lows 28 and under 32 degrees it has made it so my potted plants are in side again, and what has happened? Fungal nats once again many herbs gone, but some doing OK, Beets, Kale still doing ok. The winds also have been stronger than the norm, so back to drawing board. Now starting inside with coconut Coir only and tossed out herbs that are small and fungus nat invested. Oh well My daughter has not been working with me on anything so still no post hash tag thing sad, I do not have a smart phone l;ke her, but on my site and a few places I have a pic of my small garden did a video for herb school on growing medical herbs. Been in study 2 years almost on gardening, still so much to know esp with medical herbs. Will keep trying beets done soon and Kale ready and being used. Nice vid and this weather is truly strange this winter.
Glad you are not giving up, Danny! I've had years like that too so I know how you feel! Keep growing something - even if it is just a few things you are improving your health and it is making a difference! Thx for watching!
sbfarmer 8 (2 years ago)
might be time for you to get a zapper. see txpreppers predator proof.
Great idea!! Also, Taking your advice and raking as many leaves as I can for mulch. So glad you are getting some much needed rain!!
Let's pray it it just the right amount!!!!!
+Kristy Dooley Mulching with leaves during the winter is such a huge boost to my spring garden, Kristy! The worms will come in droves, its so much fun to see! Lets hope the El Nino predictions are true, but it might be to much rain to quick which could cause mudslides in some areas. I"ll be happy for the rain, my grass is looking pretty sorry all the way around!
Daren Davis (2 years ago)
Hi CaliKim!!    Just found your video's last week and have already Subscribed. I have not had time to look into all your video's but I was looking for infor on watering all plants Indoor and outdoor. I'm just beginning [live in Ohio] and starting a winter/indoor lettuce and carrots.  You made the lettuce look so easy.  Do you have any videos on watering plants..... Thxs Daren
Daren Davis (2 years ago)
[Ohio] I'm going to grow some lettuce and carrots in south side window. Do you take screens off windows in winter???  
+Daren Davis Hello Darren - thanks so much for subbing! How fun that you are starting some indoor lettuce and carrots! Both are super easy to grow. Have you watched my First Winter Garden Series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLH4z_9MDD00Iqd-H91aPD6fFgssO6mPym? It especially geared for the first time winter gardener and does include some info on indoor growing.  I also have a series about growing carrots in containers that might be helpful to you as well: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLH4z_9MDD00LqniAyJSse3J-mNAHCHjbw. I do have a few videos on drip irrigation as well. Any specific questions on watering plants I could help you with?
Philippe Hautekiet (2 years ago)
I don't live in Southern California, but watching your videos Kim I definitely wouldn't mind moving over there! :)
+Philippe Hautekiet It is a beautiful place to live, and we love the year round warmth, Philippe! And being able to grow year round is the best. Rain this winter would make it all that much sweeter!
Poppy B. (2 years ago)
In NW Florida, our highs are still in the 70s and 80s, the mosquitos are still terrible in my garden. I hope yall get the rain you need to help fix that drought Kim, its been a long time coming. I'm praying for a frost sometime soon to kill off some of these mosquitos!!
americanwillow (2 years ago)
It would be good to collect water during this time...lots of water. Perhaps a video on that would be welcomed. And...wouldn't it be crazy if California was under the yoke of water privatization as Bolivia was? "You cannot collect rainwater - it impedes our profit making!"
klingondrinkingsongs (2 years ago)
Help. My basil is struggling even in doors. I'm in NOR CA so I thought it would be OK. Do these last year round?
SuperSaltydog77 (2 years ago)
In your city what are you allowed to do for water storage ( as in 55 gallon barrels, cisterns, or other underground storage vehicles)?
Farmer Doug (2 years ago)
Do you have rain barrels? I only had to use tap water once last season, we had a normal rainfall during most of the growing season, after testing tap water, rain water and water from my RO system, I found TDS in rain water is pretty low even compared to the RO water, the city water is very high in TDS readings. Do you have any melons or squash still on the ground?
Cliff Warren (2 years ago)
Kim, your soil is amazing! I can tell by how easy it is to manipulate. The mulch must be doing it. I have "too much space to mulch", but, I've started, picking up a pickup truck load of wood chips every week. It will still take years, but I think it will be worth it.
jagsfanrick (2 years ago)
Glad you guys are getting some rain. Being in Florida i kinda take it for granted.
Lets hope it is a soaker! I wouldn't want to see flooding necessarily but ir would be a great thing too I guess! Lets fix the drought and turn weather back around!
Sonnie's Garden (2 years ago)
My garden loves the dried leaves. Stay dry!
Paul yates (2 years ago)
your soil lucked bone dry spreading the mulch on top is a good idea.as for El Nino you can have as much rain fall as you want from the UK right now.
BobMels Gardens (2 years ago)
I love my leaves. Wish I had more. Thanks for sharing Kim. Best wishes Bob.
Alejandro Gale Orihuel (2 years ago)
Oh wow, I'll be using that method of covering your seeds with dried leaves, It's such a good idea! By the way it's not El Nino, it's El Niño. With the Ñ.
Linda Penney (2 years ago)
Lovely update thank you for sharing Kim have a blessed day
Great Western Gardens (2 years ago)
The greenery in the background looks like youre having some wind! Evidently I have something in common with southern California after all! Yet your hair remains impeccable. LOL amazing! I hope you do get some promised and much needed rain. We are just starting to come out of a multi year drought but if it doesnt keep raining we will be right back in it.
Very smart!! I would expect no less from you ;)!! Love the hair girl! Looks darker and it suits u well . Praying for yaws safety out there. God bless !
Catalin Oancea (2 years ago)
Good luck!
Thanks, Catalin. It will be great to have the rain but just hoping to prevent my garden from floating away! Thanks for watching!
Eugene Arlar (2 years ago)
hello kim. Just womdering, what is el nino?
Hi Eugene- El Ñino refers to a warm ocean band of water that is predicted to affect global weather patterns. It is much talked about here in So Cal and is supposed to cause torrential rainfall that will provide some drought relief, but could also cause flooding and mudslides. Stay tuned for how I am prepping for this event so my garden and home don't float away! Thx for watching!
CinemaSasquatch (2 years ago)
Looked easy enough.
A little bit of preparation will go a long way! Hope you are well! Thanks for stopping by!
Max Johnson (2 years ago)
Well we had almost 5in of rain total for this week in Miami and it keeps raining, I ran out of containers to hold rainwater. Fortunately I bought a straw bale and mulched a lot of my plants which prevented soil splash.
Hi Max- wow, that's a hecka lotta rain in one week! Good for you for having the foresight to have rain barrels and mulch. Any other tips you can pass my way? Thanks for watching!
Alejandro Garro (2 years ago)
Hi Kim, great videos like always. Greetings from Costa Rica!
Hello Alejandro - love hearing from viewers in other countries! What are you gardening in Costa Rico? Thanks for watching!
Breny P (2 years ago)
I just did this today in my garden. Along with lettuce I threw in some radishes, carrots and snow peas. I don't know if any of those will germinate but hey, that's part of the fun to see what will work. :) Oh and I did use the coffee grounds too. I hear they really attract the worms
Great idea- Breny! Even if you do not get any production out of this, it will provide some cover for the soil. Worms love the coffee grounds and leaves! Here's hoping for record rainfall!
frank & bianca (2 years ago)
your hair is looking good girl.
Awww, thanks, frank & bianca!

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