March 28, 2017
John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ takes you on a field trip to the pollinate farm and garden store in Oakland, California.
In this episode, John will give you a tour of the store including some products that can help you grow food from seeds or plants all the way through harvest and processing your harvest.
First, John will show some cool areas outside the pollinate store that can help inspire the local community including a raised bed garden that has been growing food unattended over the winter. Also, a way that your old books can be put to good use to help the local community.
Next, John will give you a Point of View Tour of the entire store with all the different areas and many of the different products offered in the store. Along the way, you will learn some of the many products that Pollinate Farm and Garden offers.
John will then take you through some of the products that will help you grow and harvest your food from seed to harvest.
John will first talk about seeds, seed starting, ways to grow lettuce, as well as some the easiest seeds you can grow in your garden.
Next, John, You will learn about some bare root perennial vegetables and trees that will grow for many years. You will then learn why buying plant starts instead of seeds can make your garden more successful.
You will then learn more about how important soil is to growing vegetables as well as some of the best fertilizer and soil amendments you can add to your garden to create a high level of fertility in your garden.
You will discover how you can save water when watering your plants and also how important an irrigation system is.
John will then share his tips on creating a pest-free garden including some organic sprays and methods that can be used to prevent bugs and pests in your garden.
Next, you will learn the best ways to preserve your harvest and the different products that will allow you to do store your food for years instead of weeks. Including hot sauces.
John will then take you to the backyard garden at Pollinate and share with you his favorite perennial vegetable to grow in the bay area. Next, you will learn how to make a composting fence using some wood and welded wire.
You will then learn about one of the most important insects you can host on your property to increase your pollination of your fruits and vegetables. You will learn about John’s favorite style beehive as well as the importance of native bees and why you should provide a home for native bees for pollination.
You will discover some of the best urban gardening books at pollinate that can help you grow more food.
Finally, John will interview Yolanda Burrell, owner of Pollinate Farm and Garden Store.
0:46:12 Why did you decide to start this urban farm store?
0:47:45 How do you build Community and educate people?
0:50:58 How important is it to know about gardening if you own a gardening store?
0:53:00 How do you support the local community?
0:54:03 Why did you decide to name the store pollinate?
0:54:36 What are some of your favorite products that can help urban gardeners?
0:57:39 Why is an orchard ladder better than a standard ladder?
0:58:15 What are some tips for people that want to start their own urban garden store?
1:00:50 Why is it important to be a member in local Garden Groups?
1:02:17 What are the top 2 tips for growing food at home?
1:04:30 How can someone learn more about and contact the pollinate store?
After watching this episode, you will learn how to garden because of John’s visit to a local urban farm store. You may also be inspired to start your own urban farm store and build community in your town.