How One Family Grows 70% of the Vegetables they Eat in 300 Sq Ft


John from takes you on a field trip to the home of the gardenerd, Christy Wilhelmi, in Los Angeles, California to show you how she grows 70% of the vegetables they eat in just 300 square feet of garden bed space.

In this episode, you will get a tour of the gardenerd’s backyard and how she is using all the space to grow food and to have a healthy garden.

You will learn more about how to use the shade underneath a tree in the most effective way, how to build your soil, many different growing techniques, how to build soil microbiology and much, much more.

Jump to the following parts of this episode:
02:07 Front Yard – Low Water Usage / Natives / Fruit Trees
03:19 Back Yard tour starts
05:23 Mulch Your Yard – Cover Your Ground
06:15 No-Till Gardening
06:40 Compost in a Shady Spot that is not so valuable
07:25 Pet Chickens under shade
07:44 Worm Bins in Shady Spot
08:51 Collecting Rain Water
10:40 BioGas Digester to Make Gas for cooking
12:14 Compost Bins – Compost Clothes
14:19 Plant Flowers for Beneficial Insects
16:20 More Flowers for Nature and Eating
17:10 8 Raised Bed Garden – 200 Square Feet
18:17 Outside Raised Beds – Perennial Vegetables and Fruits
20:42 Annual Crops – Tomatoes
21:30 How to Grow tomatoes every Foot
23:50 Protecting Seedlings with Plastic Bottles
26:17 Square Foot Gardening – Radishes – Eat the Greens
27:40 More Raised Beds
28:00 Growing 4’x4′ Wheat to Make 2 loaves of bread
29:28 Interplanting multiple crops in one bed
30:00 Tree Collards – Grow Year Round
31:06 Trellis Your Tree Collards
32:05 Plastic Trex to Build Raised Beds
33:53 Another Raised Bed Growing Vegetables + Bees
34:55 Growing Vegetables in Paper Pots
37:07 Portable Raised Bed Pot – Movable for Forage
38:33 Green Stock Vertical Garden
41:25 Interview with Cristy the Gardenerd Starts
42:05 What is a Garden Nerd?
45:10 Tell me about your Blog?
46:25 How do you help people in Los Angeles Garden?
47:52 What are the best crops to grow in a small space?
49:00 Best Swiss Chard to Avoid Aphids
50:40 What are your favorite seed companies?
52:03 What is the best way to grow in a small space?
53:47 Plant Systematically
54:55 What is your biggest failure?
56:15 What are your biggest successes?
57:24 Tell me about your Gardening for Geeks Book?
59:28 How can someone learn when the new book comes out?
1:00:11 Why do you have a microscope in your dining room?
1:01:05 How do you make good quality compost?
1:02:30 Why compost tea is so important?
1:04:09 What are the fizzy tabs with beneficial microbes?
1:05:06 What is the tea in your fridge that you won’t drink?
1:08:20 Any final thoughts?
1:10:10 Tell me what your podcast about?
1:11:00 How can someone learn about the gardenerd?

After watching this episode, you will learn many tips on growing food in a small space and using your small space to be the most productive. You will also learn many tips from the gardenerd.

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