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Organic garden fall harvest of lettuce, chard and radishes from the Smart Pots containers! This is why we gardeners do it – so we can step outside our back door, pick fresh, tasty, organic vegetables and fruits, bring them inside to prepare a meal for those we love the most!
November 11, 2016
John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ takes you on a field trip to the Grow Your Own Festival that took place in Las Vegas, Nevada to share with you how you can grow your own fruits and vegetables at home.
In this episode, you will get a tour of the Vegas Roots Community Garden, where this event took place.
You will discover the best vegetables, herbs and fruit trees to grow in Las vegas, as well as other desert climates.
You will learn the Fruit Producing trees that will produce food with little water and little care.
Next, John will share his 3 favorite booths at the4 Grow Your Own Festival:
26:15 It’ll Grow Soil and Soil Amendments
35:12 Great Basin Permaculture and Las Vegas Seed Library
38:41 Desert Urban Homestead – Microgreens and Avocado for Las Vegas
After watching this episode, you will learn some of the best edible fruits, vegetables, and herbs you can plant in las vegas, You will also discover the best source of organic soil that is now available in Las Vegas. You will learn how you can get free seeds to start your garden in Las Vegas. You will learn the #1 food you can grow year round inside your house as well as a special avocado variety.
November 2, 2016
John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ shares with you the best way to get kids to eat more vegetables: to have a family organic garden and get your kids involved with all aspects including planting, harvesting and tasting.
In this episode, Nico, Johns nephew visits John’s garden and tries many of the different edible fruits, vegetables and herbs growing in the organic garden.
You will get a mini-tour of John’s summer garden in October as well as Nico’s opinion of many of the different fruits, vegetables and herbs John is growing.
You will discover how Nico actually enjoys vegetables that he never liked before when he picks them fresh and gets to taste high quality, organic fruits and vegetables grown in some of the most nutrient dense soil including rock dust, worm castings, fungal dominated compost and much more.
After watching this episode, you will know how to get kids to eat and enjoy more fresh fruits and vegetables. You will also get a mini tour of John’s garden and learn some growing techniques that may better your personal garden.
October 30, 2016
John from http://www.growingyougreens.com/ shares with you his 500+ Vegetable Plant Start Haul from CPG Wholesale Nursery in Norwalk, California In this episode, John will share with you all the types of vegetable plant starts and some of the produce that he purchased on his recent trip to Los Angeles.
You will discover the types and varieties of vegetable starter plants he purchased, and you will discover why he buys vegetable plant starts instead of starting seeds and growing them himself.
You will also learn about some of the different fruits and vegetables that John purchased and how he got some of the freshest and lowest cost produce to augment the food he grows in his organic home garden.
Along the way, John will share some helpful tips on using, selecting and how to get the best deals on plants and produce so you can eat a larger quantity of the most nutrient-dense foods on the plant: Fresh Vegetables and Fruits.
September 13, 2016
Growing your fall garden is easy when you transplant your cool weather vegetables into containers. I’m using Smart Pots – aerated, durable fabric containers that provide additional growing space, and are a quick, simple and inexpensive way to grow your fall garden.
August 4, 2016
Florida may be known for its tropical climate and spicy Latin-American culture, but what it’s not known for is the freedom to garden. The southeastern state continues to make headlines over the state government’s contempt for front yard gardens.
Tom Carroll and Hermine Ricketts had been cultivating their garden for 17 years when their hometown, Miami Shores, passed a new ordinance restricting vegetable growing to the backyard. The couple begrudgingly dug up their lush garden in August 2013, after local officials threatened them with a daily fine of $50, according to reporting by Fox News.
The ordinance was a component of a new zoning plan adopted by the town, which has a population of about 10,500 people, and is located just north of Miami.
The South Florida couple sued over the garden ban, arguing that it was a violation of the state’s Constitution, because it included “improper limits on their private property rights and violation of the equal protection clause by singling out vegetables over other plants.”
The couple’s attorney argued at a hearing in June 2016 that barring them from growing vegetables anywhere on their property violated their Constitutional rights.
“We’re not saying you can do anything you want on your property,” attorney Ari Bargil told Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Monica Gordo. “We are simply saying you can grow vegetables on your property and that is protected by the Constitution.”
Richard Sarafan, the attorney for Miami Shores, countered that the new zoning rule was not “irrational and treated all homeowners the same: their front yards should be covered with grass, sod or a ‘living ground cover’ not further defined. It’s no problem, he said, to have a vegetable garden in the backyard,” according to reports.
“There certainly is not fundamental right to grow vegetables in your front yard,” Sarafan said. “Aesthetics and uniformity are legitimate government purposes. Not every property can lawfully be used for every purpose.”
On Thursday, August 25, a Miami-Dade judge upheld the ruling, indefinitely banning front yard gardens. Circuit Judge Monica Gordo ruled that while she doesn’t understand the argument that front yard gardens destroy aesthetics in neighborhoods, the city nonetheless has the right to ban them, according to the Miami Herald.
“Given the high degree of deference that must be given to a democratically elected governmental body … Miami Shores’ ban on vegetable gardens outside of the backyard passes constitutional scrutiny,” wrote Gordo.
The ruling is a big disappointment for the South Florida couple, who love to grow a variety of organic vegetables including okra, kale, lettuce, onions, spinach and several varieties of cabbage.
“I am disappointed by today’s ruling,” said Ricketts, whose legal battle with the city lasted three long years.
“My garden not only provided us with food, but it was also beautiful and added character to the community. I look forward to continuing this fight and ultimately winning so I can once again use my property productively instead of being forced to have a useless lawn.”
Meanwhile, the upscale community maintains its right to regulate the area’s aesthetic. Vegetables are fine as long as they’re out of sight, said the community’s attorney at a hearing in June.
The only recourse the couple has is to ask that the ordinance be revised or vote in new council members, said the judge.
“They can petition the Village Council to change the ordinance. They can also support candidates for the Council who agree with their view that the ordinance should be repealed,” wrote Gordo.
“If Hermine and Tom wanted to grow fruit or flowers or display pink flamingos, Miami Shores would have been completely fine with it,” said the couple’s lawyer, Ari Bargil, a representative from the Institute for Justice, a libertarian law firm.
“They should be equally free to grow food for their own consumption, which they did for 17 years before the village forced them to uproot the very source of their sustenance.”
The firm called the ruling a “blow to property rights.”
August 17, 2016
John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ takes you on a quick tour of his summer 2016 front yard vegetable garden.
In this episode, you will discover all the different vegetables and fruit trees that John is growing in his front yard wooden raised bed garden
You will learn how he grows all his crops in raised beds which are filled with the highest quality organic compost and other nutrients that allow his plants to grow closer to their true genetic potential.
You will also discover the worm casting trial that he is conducting using two different kinds of worm castings on different sides of his raised beds.
August 9, 2016