How-to Videos

Growing Green for the Yuba: How-To Videos

Soil Management for Healthy Plants & a Healthy Watershed

This video shows how to create a sustainable soil system, with minimal use of soil and water for a greenhouse grow.

  • Less is more, four inches of topsoil is enough.
  • Create a living soil infusion mat.
  • Know your soil: adjust for imbalances as needed.
  • Treat the farm as a whole system, rather than individual plants.
  • OMRI: Organic Materials Review Institute: www.omri.org
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Smart Choices for Water Conservation

This video shows how to build soil to retain and conserve water, reduce evaporation, and prevent runoff.

  • Learn how your soil holds water and how much evaporation is taking place, then make smart choices about how to adjust watering.
  • Smart irrigation controllers monitor weather and adjust for you.
  • Permaculture is a system of agricultural principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns observed in natural ecosystems.
  • Hugulkultur is a technique that utilizes no-dig raised beds loaded with organic material, nutrients, and air pockets to hold moisture, build fertility, and maximize surface area.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) focuses on long-term prevention of pests through a combination of techniques such as habitat manipulation.
  • Companion planting invites beneficial bugs
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A Minimalist Approach to Healthy Soil

This video demonstrates a minimalist approach to creating a diverse and sustainable soil system by compost and mulch.

  • Less is more.
  • Add mulch to reduce evaporation and water use.
  • Feed your plants by building and adding compost, not by adding nutrients.
  • Chicken manure, kitchen, vegetable & garden waste, and woodchips mixed together will create a soil that is rich with microorganisms.
  • Control pests with comfrey, nettle and horsetail. This works to slow insects and promote plant vitality.
  • Companion planting draws pests away (bush beans).
  • Lasagna Composting: the process of layering compost and mulch to create healthy soil.
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