Improve Your Garden Yields 400% with this Organic Fertilizer

This is John Kohler with growing your greens
dot com, today we have another exciting episode for you and we are coming at you from the
two thousand and fourteen San Francisco flower and garden show this is one amazing show,
probably one of the best flower and garden shows that I have been to, not only for the
nice demonstration and display gardens, not only for the exhibitors but for the people
and the talent, some of the people that hare here, I am just meeting so many cool people
that have so much information and it’s just so good to learn from these people that I
am learning from and then I can share them with you so what we are going to do in this
episode is we are actually going to go inside and learn about worm castings and why not
all worm castings are fitted equal and why some are definitely better than others, now
we are at the booth of the worm gold plus and this is a totally organic plant here,
you know I talk about organic gardening and the worm castings are a primary source of
nutrition in my gardens besides the compost of course and besides the other trace minerals
that I have put in and the reason specifically for the worm castings is not because of the
nutrition in there, there is nutrition in there but as for the biology in there right,
the beneficial microbes that are in there that are literally going to help break down
the nutrients in your soil to get them into the plants and like I talked about a little
earlier, not all worm castings are created equal and the wormgold plus is my favourite
worm casting at this time for a few specific reasons, number one, besides just having the
worm castings, they also add the kelp and the trace minerals or the rock dust that’s in
there to provide you guys a complete solution, I have never seen another worm casting that
actually does this and this and this lets me know that the master formulator here knows
what he is doing because he wants to get some of those into the product because he knows
it’s going to increase your plant growth, I am going to go ahead and show you guys an
example, here is an example of using coconut core with manure based castings on this side
and it shows a picture of the plants, how big it grew which is still pretty small and
you can’t really even see any roots in here, then on this side, we have got basically a
landscape waste casting so earth worm castings made out of landscape waste once again the
plant is pretty small there and then there is no root hairs growing and then if you use
the same coconut core with the wormgold plus, I mean you can see the roots in the picture
there and the plant growth is more markedly improved, I mean, it’s much larger just
like if you go buy a hamburger in an [Inaudible], its not the same hamburger at Wendy’s or
McDonalds, they are all different, the quality is vastly different at different fast food
joints but also in things like worm castings, not all are created equal, actually I have
a really good story about this and I will put a link below that goes back several years
ago and you guys, old time viewers would know this, I actually had a prom with aphids in
my garden and I got online and did some research and found out that if I put worm castings
in my plants, they don’t make them immune to aphids or that’s what they said online
anyways so I got some EB stone worm castings, I covered like the top layer like an inch
man of worm castings in my bed and I am like “Ok, now I am going to get rid of the aphids”
cause that is what it said online and I did that and guess what, nothing happened and
I wasted all this money on these worm castings and working like “Man worm castings are
a joke, they just don’t work” and I am like “Are these people lying to me”, well
since that time I have done a lot of research and learned a thing or two and I have found
out that all worm castings are not created equal and if you want to get the results,
you want to use the right kind of worm castings, but here we have another example here by basically
a seed that’s growing basically nursery plants and I know you guys may not be able
to see that but basically using their standard chemical solution or using the worm castings
to grow their little plants there, a forty percent increase in growth of the top growth
and a hundred percent explosion of growth in the root growth better so growing organically
can actually be better than chemicals and is better than chemicals if you do it properly
but once again not all worm castings are created equal and just cause you are growing organic
doesn’t mean you are going to get this explosive root growth so what we are going to do next
actually we are going to interview t engineer, and he is a mechanical engineer by trade so
this is why he has gone in deeper than anybody I know to learn the specifics of how and why
worm castings work and I know [Inaudible] are going appreciate out there that are watching
this and he has really gone to maximise and over all of the years he has been doing this,
increased the performance of his worm castings which leaves literally competitors in the
dust, so next we are going to go ahead and sit down and talk with George Han about the
wormgold and how to maximise production in the garden, now we are with George Han, the
genius behind the wormgold products, the mechanical engineer who has basically took worm castings
to the next level and we are going to ask him a few questions today, he has been doing
the worm castings for the last fifteen years as a mechanical engineer, increasing and bettering
what he is getting out of the worm castings, not all worm castings are created equal, one
of the principles that I live my life by is can I see CANI, c-a-n-I, it stands for constant
and never ending improvement, no matter what I do today I am always trying to make it a
little bit better tomorrow and that is exactly what George has done with the worm castings
so I can appreciate this a lot cause most companies just literally feed their worms,
take out the castings and sell it and you are not going to get the same results as I
have discovered the hard way so we are going to ask him a few poignant questions about
what makes the wormgold different so George, why is the is worm gold different than any
other worm casting in the market? George Han: If worm castings are produced
by feeding manure, you only get a few of the recycling engines, those recycling engines
are called [Inaudible] degraders and cellulose graders, if you feed manure, you get two to
three million [Inaudible], four to five million cellulose graders, the same level of those
is produced when you are feeding landscaped trimmings but what we found is by changing
that feed mix, we could increase the level of those recycling engines, the [Inaudible]
now we have a tested level of two hundred and twenty million organisms per gram, four
hundred and fifty million cellulose organisms per gram, these are the engines that feed
the plant so instead of having a moped engine in your mack truck, we have increased this
so you have got a thousand engines working together to give your plant production.
John Kohler: Wow, so I know some of you guys, that might have went over your head like when
I first heard about this stuff, it went over my head too and you might not be understanding
this completely , let me go ahead and fill in a little bit about what these recycling
engine things are, you know I model in my garden the food soil web right, like people
I could say like, people are at the top of the food chain cause we eat all the little
smaller things right and it’s just like that in you your soil, there are a lot of
different soil micro biology included in the bacteria, the fungi, all these little micro
organisms that basically help bring nutrients into the plant, as you can see, these recycling
engines in the wormgold plus worm castings that as George said, are lower in other castings
that are really the drivers behind driving the nutrition in the plants to give it the
optimal results in your garden, so George lets talk about plant help, you guys know
as we know, if you eat a healthy diet you are going to be healthy, if you are eating
fast food, McDonalds food, you are going probably have a weaker immune system, you are going
get sick more often but if you are eating good, lots of fruits and vegetables at your
garden and you are juicing them and all this kind of stuff, eating a healthy diet, you
are probably going to rarely get sick, I have friends that actually rarely have ever get
sick and I am sure that you guys have friends that might be sick all the time, out health
is only based on what we are eating, you are what you eat is a common saying, just like
that, our plants are what they eat, George tells about plant health and wormgold plus
castings and how plant health can only be increased by using specially designed castings.
George Han: All plants need a full balanced nutrition, that nutrition is provided by the
recycling engines digesting the bacterial and fungal organisms, the plants will actually
signal the recyclers and say “I need a little iron” so the recyclers will find the biological
organisms that contain the iron so it will digest that to feed it, the roots of the plants
will not pass bacterial fungal so the nutrition to get to the plant has to supplied through
the recycling engines so the plant says, I need this nutrition, those recycles hunt out
the bacterial fungal organisms to feed the plant and they will digest anything that’s
there so they can feed the plant, if you do not have the recyclers and you do not have
the compost stores to provide it, if you don’t have rock mineral to allow that to uptake
and then that plant cannot get full nutrition, the plant will be the healthiest when it can
get full nutrition to grow at it’s genetic maximum.
John Kohler: Wow, so I know you guys still might be like “John, why didn’t I ever
hear this before” like nobody else is taking about these recycler engines, I actually didn’t
hear about it till earlier yesterday when I was talking to George and he explained to
me and I understood it completely so George, why haven’t we heard about this before as
gardeners and as people that have gone to college or soil science and all this stuff
and agriculture, how come this is not talked about?
George Han: Many people have talked about providing the NPK value to plants and those
are only three of top nutrition items that are needed but for a plant to be fully healthy,
you have to feed all the nutrition, the natural feeding system, go to the redwood forest,
there are no bags of fertilizer behind that, what’s there is a natural feeding system
and that is compost which provides carbon and nitrogen to feed the biology that is supplied
by the earthworms, that’s bacteria and fungi, those bacteria, when one bacteria divides
into two, it needs seven carbons and one nitrogen, when one fungus grows from one to two, it
needs thirty carbons and one nitrogen, but the root zone of the plants will not allow
bacteria or fungal organisms to pass so how do you feed those plants, the recyclers have
to digest that fungus and that bacteria, the recyclers are two types, actually three, you
have the beneficial nematodes and they can eat anything, bacterial and fungal, but the
fungal organisms are either cellulose based and that is called a full fungus, knows only
two families and those are, pithium and [Inaudible], all the other fungus is kiten based so you
need both the cellulose recycling organisms and the kiten recycling organisms so when
the kiten recyclers digest the kiten based fungus, it will excrete the enzyme kiten A,
it will dissolve that kiten structure of that fungus then the recycler will pac man eat
it and the feed that nutrition to the plant, when the cellulose degraders digest any of
the cellulose based fungus and that’s only the pithium and the [Inaudible] families,
it will excrete the enzyme cellulose and then those cellulose degrading cellulose recycling
organisms will digest that cellulose based fungus and then that nutrition is fed to the
plant, that nutrition can pass the root zone so when you have that full soil food web which
is compost, the full biology and the recyclers now you can feed the plant all the nutrition
it needs to be fully healthy. John Kohler: Wow George, so lets talk about
yields and when you have plants that are fully healthy, what kinds of yield improvements
have you seen working with some of the different farms and research colleges that you have
worked with. George Han: Nutrition, proper nutrition for
a plant will allow the plant to grow at their genetic maximum, we did a research study with
the USDA published by Doctor Joe Granford on pecans, the pecan yield, typically the
chemical fed pecan will have one nut in every bud break, we were able to see the first year
out doubles and some triples by the fourth year, all bud breaks on every pecan tree was
four nuts and every bud break, that yield had increased four hundred percent, worked
with Japanese agriculture on the brassicas, the lettuce and the cabbage, the Chinese cabbage
increased first year out, three hundred and seventy percent that’s counting the increase
in the root mass as well as the increase in the crop that you can harvest, other lettuce
crops, over four hundred percent increase, we don’t want to say “Oh you are going
to see that amount” but in that controlled environment, we saw that, onions, eight different
fields were tested in Japan, we saw a four hundred percent increase in the size of the
onions, Rice, we increased the root mass of the rise from the size of your fist to a twenty
inch diameter root mass, the increase in the harvested fruit, the harvested rice went up
two hundred and twenty percent, that is the average increase on thirteen different farms
and that was researched by Japanese agriculture, in Japan, they test the rice and sell the
rice based upon a nutrition level, the highest rating for rice Is number one and the lowest
is number eight, the Japanese only eat number one and number two rated rice so on these
thirteen fields where the yield was increased two hundred and twenty percent, all the rice
tested at a number one rating. John Kohler: Wow, and this is why I do videos
with you guys to share information that you may not have ever heard before I mean this
is just duplicating nature to the max, I mean, George has engineered a natural worm casting
and this is going to really ramp up your production and do it naturally, make your plants healthier,
you are going to yield more and get more nutrition and that is actually why I am drawing my own
food, one of the primary reasons I have the most nutrition and grow the most amount of
food in a small residential house which is the situation I am in that many of you guys
are in as well, so George I know that you are based in California and you have a distribution
fairly well covered in the west coast but I know that some of the people out there and
youtube land may not be able to get your specific worm castings because not all worm castings
are created equal although at the end of this episode, the way you that you guys can get
it shipped anywhere in the fifty united states but for those guys that may not want to George’s
worm castings, if somebody does something, I just say just buy it, get it done right
the first time and I am sure George is not going to share all his trade secrets with
you buy George what is the way that somebody can increase some of the nutrition in the
worm castings that they are making at home. George Han: If you are producing worm castings
at home, don’t just feed food, feed anything that those plants can eat, cut up cardboard
and, add that, if you trim your hair, add that, you trim your toe nails, add that, if
you have a nice meal at a seafood restaurant and they have saved the shrimp shells, add
the shrimp shells to your worm bed, make sure you have a good source of cellulose and that
could come from the card board and a good source of Kiten which can come from the hair,
the fingernails, the shrimp shells, now you can produce the highest quality worm castings
possible and you increase those recycling engines, your plants are going to grow better.
John Kohler: Wow, so that’s how you guys can do it at home I am going to be using and
have been using the wormgold plus in my garden to get some amazing growing results and that’s
how I do it I learn from all these experts, I go around and share this with you guys so
that you guys can do it, I hope you guys enjoyed this episode with George, learning about the
wormgold plus, now if you do want to get a special deal on the wormgold plus delivered,
probably like around a dollar or pound delivered price, you mean you have to get in your car,
drive anywhere to pick it up, you are going to want to check that link below, it’s
check out the wormbox and get a bunch of the wormgold delivered
for the best price that I have negotiated with Josh and the boogie brew company, so hopefully
you guys enjoyed this episode, learned a few things at the same time and now you know how
you can increase the yields and nutrition of the crops you are growing at home with
the best quality, highest quality worm castings that I have ever found, once again, my name
is John Kohler with growing your greens dot com, we will see you next time and remember,
keep on growing!


  1. Thanks for the video John, as always I love the info it but I do have a question though, for the results mentioned in this video what ratio of worm castings to soil used?

    It may seem like a simple question but me and i'm sure others need to know so we can determine how much we have to buy for our container gardens, raised beds or otherwise. Thanks again for the great info.  🙂

  2. Thanks John…. I for one APPRECIATE you sharing information on different products on the market…. I'm sure you'll get rants in the comments of people complaining about these types of videos. However, I know that nothing is being "forced" to be purchased. You always do a great job about educating the products on the market, and I thank you for that. Hope you have a good day

  3. I always wonder what kind of conversations they have after John makes the videos. I bet there is 10 times more knowledge in those 20 minutes than a video! Im proud to have John Kohler as my representative in the organic markets, and you should be too!

  4. This was really interesting & informative. I wonder if you add seafood scraps if you should grind it up first and if not how long it would take to compost. 

  5. so the idea is just like us, you need variety, all of one thing(manure OR landscape trimmings) won't give you all the variety you need

  6. Well after watching John for about a year or so i finally got off my butt and built a planter bed. It is in a U-shape and it is 24" high and 14' on the legs of the U and 16' on the longest middle part. I honestly have learned so much from John that my wife thinks I'm obsessed with the gardening thing as of late. I spent a lot of money on the Planter Bed but so far it appears that all our vegetables are growing. We used the Compost, Peat Moss, and Vermiculite recipe. It was a lot of work because of mixing all 3 by hand it is a workout. Thank You John for all your information and time to let us newbies know all the things that people pay great money on books for and the information they give is not very good.

  7. awesome video john but when you have a guest you are interviewing can you please let him say something for the short 30-45 sec that you are introing because it just feels weird with them sitting there staring at the camera

  8. Great video, thanks John. I have been watching your videos for about 2 months now from way down here in New Zealand. I have a worm farm that is doing real well, plus I use kelp (we live next to the sea) in my compost… but should I put kelp in the worm farm? I have learnt so much from you and am about to start making a heap of raised beds in the next few days.. love juicing, and really passionate about growing more greens!! 🙂

  9. Great information as always.  I don't mind the commercial / advertising too much so long as it is balanced with some good info and John's passion for gardening.

  10. Is this the poor guy that got sued for 100,000.00 because he didn't register the Worm Castings as a Pesticide? I just typed in his name and found an article on him. I guess the government wants control of everything. He seems very smart! Great guest John. Thanks for sharing him with us.

  11. You are such an inspiration! Thank you!

    Because of a disability, I thought that I would never be able to grow any of my own food but you kept saying to start, no matter how small, you kept encouraging people to try different things until they found something that worked for them.

    Because of your enthusiasm, I decided to try to grow some tomatoes and herbs in 2 potting mix bags. In just 2 months I have been able to pick basil, rosemary, sage, lavender and mint a few times. 

    There are tiny tomatoes on the 4 tomato plants and I should be able to pick some in a couple of weeks.

    I cut the holes in the bag just big enough to put the plants down in, that has kept the weeds and the stray cats out, it also hold the moisture in so that I only have to water them once a week which is a big deal for me since going down the front stairs is a danger.

    The holes I poked in the bottom of the bags seems to be just enough drainage to keep the bags from filling up during the rain.

    Thank you again, I am really enjoying cooking with fresh herbs and a nice cup of mint tea.

  12. I found this brand of worm castings is sold at my local ace hardware store. It's costly but cheaper than buying online for about 20 dollars.

  13. John! @Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens  Can I simply top dress this?? I have an apple tree and an olive tree in coco coir. I need to start adding nutrients and this seems perfect! Will it still be effective as a top dress or do I need to work into the soil?? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
    Hope this meets you in good health. 

  14. so throw in a few locusts, june bugs and card board…ok. Cellulose could be leaves? How about a test to see if this worm gold plus does 400% better than without it?

  15. Worm castings are definitely a bonus to any soil. You do get what you put into them though. Feed the worms paper and you get empty worthless castings. Feed them rich raw organic matter and you get ungodly perfect castings.

  16. Thank you John, could you ask him to get on Amazon Prime? That would be fantastic, no shipping! 
    BTW this year my garden looks better than I have ever ever had ALL DUE TO YOU!!!!  . I try to follow your advice the best I can and it WORKS!! I want to Grow My Own Greens!!  Thank you so much for your wonderful advice! Gardening is fun again, and you are right, KALE tastes TOTALLY DIFFERENT when it is fresh, I could not believe it!!!!!!

  17. Thank U John, ur the best! Great info! I have to fence in my chickens to keep them from eating my worms after I turn the soil in my garden. I encourage the worms to come TO my garden. If you build it "right" they will come 🙂  LOL!! They LOVE maple leaves!

  18. Kinda funny video watching your guest. Good information John, as usual, thanks for sharing and all the work u do to make all these videos.

  19. Nice work on your channel.  You've provided me with a lot of good ideas and have been a very educational resource.  It took a few videos, but you grew on me.  I appreciate all that you're doing and look forward to seeing more.

  20. Hey John, what does your diet consist of primarily? I really appreciate all the work you put into the channel. You have given many people a kickstart to get out there and garden. 

  21. Great video John!!!!!
    I have a question for the community!!!!!

    I am growing sunflower sprouts at home and I need to know!!!!
    Should have holes in the bottom for air/water run-off.?
    Thx in advance to all who respond.

  22. I never thought about adding some of the worm feed materials mentioned in this video. I will defiantly give it a try, plus I get to eat more shrimp. Gentlemen, start your worm engines. LOL!  🙂

  23. $40 is kinda pricey, id rather throw worms in there, or go to my local hydro shop and get it for $15

  24. I live in Japan he mentioned so much, cant buy it at all John anywhere, if you know where please let me know, cheers

  25. Although I respect Johns informative outlook on worm castings I disagree with him on soil biology and plants nutrient uptake through their roots. The biology that he is referring to is what decomposes organic matter in soil (which he never mentions decomposition) which makes the nutrients in that organic matter available in the soil. Available to plants in what is referred to as a solution. That is that the nutrients dissolve in water that then feeds the plant. Plants do however have a symbiotic relationship with fungi (mycorrhizal) in which the fungi aides in the plants nutrient uptake (because plants root hairs are so fine and fragile they are not very effective) as well as water uptake through its vast hair like network. There are also bacteria/plant symbiotic relationships mainly in the Legume family (nitrogen fixers).
    But all in all I am not saying I don't believe in the product I'm just saying I think if you are going to be this involved in horticulture you should do your homework. I'm an  environmental landscape management major and I just took a soil biology class and "John" is doing a poor job of explaining the "facts"……

  26. Anybody want to speculate how much chitin to add to the worm bin? Seems to me if you use the chitin found in John's previous episode "This Low Cost Organic Fertilizer That Makes Your Plants Go Wild" you're on your way to increasing those recycling engines.

  27. Other good things to add to your worm farm to create quality castings include coffee grounds, tea leaves, crushed eggshells (source of calcium, microwave them first), banana peel (potassium) & sand (just a bit). Avoid fats & proteins. George is confusing chitin (a polysaccharide) with keratin (a protein) when he tells you to add hair & nail clippings to your worm bin. Chitin is not found in hair & nails, but keratin is. Keratin is a protein & is probably not a good thing to give to your worms. Chitin is found in exoskeletons of crustaceans & insects. Chitin is also found in the cell walls of fungi. Chitin is a polysaccharide, like cellulose, & it can be broken down into a glucose derivative called N-acetylglucosamine (NAG, for short). NAG can be further broken down by soil microorganisms into acetate, glucose, & an amino group (-NH2), which can then be absorbed by the plants. Worm castings (& worms) will help make all the nutrients present in the soil available to your plants.

  28. We sure learn much from you and your network of experts…our worm compost will be healthier after today! 

  29. don't under stand the technical terms but the process,, could have been a little less scientific and more common terms that we may know more of what to look for in the products we may have handy that we can use to grow our  own worm casting

  30. put down cardboard (cellulose) over your beds in the fall and the worms will spend the winter eating it and leaving their castings behind…free

  31. John, I have only recently discovered you and your very informative videos. You have become my go to guy on many subjects because I can tell you have done your research. I learned of chitinase at a baker creek heirloom festival in Missouri a few weeks ago. This is truly breakthrough technology! Can you tell me about how much chitin to organic "others" by volume I should be using for best results?

  32. Since I watched this video when it first aired, I got a Worm Factory 360 and started making worm castings. For bedding I use, homemade compost, peat moss, ground up leaves from the yard, coffee grounds, tea leaves, shredded newspaper, and dryer lint. To the bedding I've added kelp meal, shrimp shell, and rock dust. I feed them all kinds of vegetable scraps that I let get funky in a coffee can, lined with a produce bag from the store, that I puree in a food processor. As John would say, "This is some high quality chit man!"

  33. hey hey! Have you heard about Skavel Mushroom Growing For Newbies (just google it)? Ive read some super feedback about it and my BF achieved good results with it.

  34. John great video as always. Worm casting in plastic bags the microbes are dead from suffocation , there's no benefit

  35. What I'm going to do in my vegge garden is put a bird bath and a bird feeder in. I'm also planting herbs. I'm learning much from you. Thank you very much. I live in Missouri. I'm getting a wide range of different vegetables and herbs to plant in my garden.

  36. The seaweed is what produces the root growth. He can better it by adding Humic acid!! Those three is the TRIFECTA!!

  37. Worm casts, rock dust and Seaweed… its a winning combo in compost/pots. I also like to mix in Insect Frass, Biochar and Neem Cake too. I liquid feed Orthosilicic Acid or Humic Acids along side Yukka Extract. Always inoculate your plants with benifical fungi/bacteria too.

  38. I watched this 2 years ago and I didn’t understand it then and I’m still having trouble. This guy is light years ahead of any of the people I watch on YouTube. I’m going to watch it 10 more times and see if I can figure out what the hell he’s talking about.

  39. Subsequently to this video, John tested this Worm Gold against Organic Solutions. The latter won hands down. About a month ago John made a video showing how Organic Solutions made their worm castings.

  40. Aphids are attracted to simple Nitrogen. Worms eat Nitrogen (coffee grounds) and produce chelated nitrogen as amino acids. This allows the plant to produce peptides, proteins and fats.Insects including aphids can only eat incomplete proteins and nitrates.

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