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[Total: 0   Average: 0/5]You must sign in to vote John from takes you on a tour of the summer desert garden and shares with you what he is growing in the hot summer of Las Vegas without the use of shade cloth. In this episode you will learn about many of the crops he is growing and how they are doing. Along the way, he will share his hints and tips with you that will enable you to be a better gardener and a healthier person. After watching this episode you will have a better understanding of what crops and how to grow if you live in a desert environment. Video Rating: / 5 John from takes you on a field trip to Phoenix, Arizona to the home of Jake Mace where you will learn the top 12 fruit trees that can thrive in the desert with little care. In this episode, you will discover the garden of eating that Jake Mace has created at his standard residential tract home in Phoenix, Arizona. You will get a tour of his edible food forest garden and learn about the 12 most important desert adapted fruit trees you can grow. Besides some of the most desert acclimated fruit trees, you will learn about some of the more tropical fruits that Jake is growing in the form of “extra credit”. You will also discover a few of the most important practices you must do to ensure your success growing fruit trees in the desert or other hot, dry, arid climate zone. Finally at the end of this episode, John will interview Jake about some of these desert adapted fruit trees as well as talk about some good vegetables to grow in the heat. You will also learn about water and water conservation and […]


  • crystal crawford 4 years ago

    What I'd love to see in a video is budget gardening for military community. Because we move so much it's so hard to establish a garden everytime we move. I'm in alamongordo NM

  • trillaminute 4 years ago

    John – I'm here in Vegas. This is my first Fall garden and I think black flies are attacking my broccoli. What's best to use to kill fall pests here?

  • Tallulah Bell 4 years ago

    love your idea of giving back some to nature, thank you for sharing.

  • Tallulah Bell 4 years ago

    Great video again.
    Love all your videos about desert vegetable garden, it helps me a lot.
    Please do more.

  • Im in Odessa Tx . Very similar to your climate . I have a bit of a crazy situation . We are restricted to watering 2 days a week . I had the idea to sandwich my rows of veggies with thick rows of pine bark mulch . This is my first garden and have got small onions, jalapeno, and my okra just now started to produce .. my cucumbers stalled out to heat but have got about 3 cucumbers . my yellow squash is doing awesome ? any advice on this water situation. I cheat and fill a water can for emergency 

  • Derek Webb 4 years ago

    "they start eatin too much, I get a little pissed off" …haha funny stuff. The wind jacked 1 of 3 patio Cherokee Dwarf Tomato plants I had growing on my 3rd floor balcony. Makes a man shed a single native tear. =P

  • Duong Nguyen 4 years ago

    Lol no microbes and fungi break down and extract minerals from the soil just fine. If u were just dependent upon pure chemical reaction with the air, yeah it might take along time..

  • Kurt Preissler 4 years ago

    John, You might want to do some mulching. Mulching retains water and provides a reflective surface for the sun. Mulching also provides a means to maintain your soil's temperature. During the winter, it will keep the ground warmer and in the summer, it will keep your ground cooler.

    Additionally, the mulching will keep your black pipes cooler, so you will not scorch your plants with hot water. -KP

  • Sj Smith 4 years ago

    Loved your video. Lots of good info for us trying to grow in a desert. Thanks! Just one thing. I grow sweet potatoes. Assuming you want tubers to grow, I'd suggest letting the leaves grow on the ground. To my knowledge, they flower and send out a tuber into the ground much like peanuts. I could be wrong. I believe most varieties you find today tend to produce about one foot from the main stem; so a 3 foot barrel might work best. You share so much, I had to share what I think I know too.

  • Jason Haeger 4 years ago

    So, I guess the added minerals in my bottle of "improved" distilled water aren't actually dissolved. Common sense says otherwise. Also, as John says.. there have been far too many examples that show yields and quality that attest to a different conclusion. 

  • JD Mumma 4 years ago


  • Hehe potatoes definitely poisonous, but sweet potatoes, delish and can be quite expensive in stores! YumM! If only I can grow them well in temperate sydney?…

  • larsonb33 4 years ago

    I am trying to cross watermelon with cannabis, anyone else think this will work! PS I am attempting gene splicing not cross pollination LOL. I will call them Groovy Mellon! 

  • Sakura S 4 years ago

    John, have you tried growing Goya, Okinawan bitter melon? They look a bit odd, but are packed with vitamins and minerals.

  • TroyboyQUE 4 years ago

    John what happened to your arm?

  • Lisa Kritzell 4 years ago

    John, thank you for the video. Do you start all your many of your plants from seed? You grow such a large variety of plants. Could you direct me to any video you have of starting your own seeds?. I tend to have some difficulties with starting seeds. My plant starts never look as good as the ones from the nursery. I have grow lights and do watch them carefully, water etc . Any suggestions?

  • Ron Gardner 4 years ago

    Hey John, love your vids. Whats your opinion on Survival type gardens that use a guild style of planting. They say it's 3 dimentional growing and can produce 5x the food in the same space when using perenial plants/trees/shrubs. Plus they require much less work. Less or no pesticides and ferts. Thanks-Ron in Florida.

  • Southpaw Davey 4 years ago

    Great to see your garden I bet the basil and tomato smells wonderful. I am trying to find the right plants for here in Switzerland but want too try sort of Permaculture in two beds this year I have a lot of bio mass.

  • jeepsNstuff 4 years ago

    good video. Out here in NM for greens for the summer my best producer is malbar. I have it on a 8 foot tall x4 foot wide trellis and it fills it completely. Lots of food in small space right.

  • OneYardRevolution | Frugal & Sustainable Organic Gardening 4 years ago

    True, potato leaves are toxic. However, sweet potato leaves are not the slightest bit toxic and are quite delicious. 

  • Ellen Maisen 4 years ago

    Thanks to Jake for all of his excellent work putting together this food forest. Your plants look so healthy! Thanks for the insights about water use, very important. Vegan diet may be the most effective solution in the future as we increase our population on the planet. "Grow Your Greens" programs are inspiring and fun, really loved this tour!

  • Chris 4 years ago

    Thanks for taking the time to make this video, it's very informative about hardy fruit trees. I already grow some of the trees mentioned, but Jujube and Brazillian Red Pepper are new ones to me. So I'll be giving those a shot.

    You lost me however, with the comparison between Vegan and meat food consumables. Being Vegan doesn't make for better water efficiency with food production. It's changing the growing system from Big Ag, to backyard – or locally sourced food. If you manure your vegetables and trees like most people do, then you're borrowing the water which helped sustain the animals who produced it. Which is the way nature designed the animals and plants to co-exist together, for mutual benefit.

    Being Vegan as opposed to omnivorous, validates comment on the growing systems of the backyard of Vegans. But as omnivores who are also part of the population, the same rule applies to growing meat in your back yard, or sourcing it locally. So it's not about any kind of diet we choose to adopt, rather, how we choose to interact with the growing systems which feed us.

  • Agaperion Rex 4 years ago

    The best compromise between pond and pool is a "natural pool", which is essentially a swimming pond with a special area of plants which filter the water.

  • Agaperion Rex 4 years ago

    Please do your research before planting mesquite trees; several species propagate very vigorously and are not as palatable. I recommend honey mesquite.

  • Agaperion Rex 4 years ago

    I've been watching this guy for like 5 years and still havent gotten used to his enthusiasm. It's awesome.

  • carr perez 4 years ago

    Hello. Moringa (Malunggay –we call it in the Philippines) trees are very nutritional to our body especially to pregnant women. We use the leaves in soups and fed to pregnant women to helps in lactating (breast milk). Thanks for sharing this video…I"m so in love with this garden full of fruit trees. I miss our back garden in the Philippines.

  • Gregory Thomson 4 years ago

    I held off planting an avocado tree because I didn't know what I'd do with so many, but I want my own tree so I don't have to pay the high price for them. I found pureeing them with lemon juice, and then freezing, keeps them good, and then I can add to smoothies. So I now have an avocado tree that I just put in the ground yesterday.

    I'm curious on the Moringa tree… I heard it grows very quick so takes A LOT of maintenance to keep under control. How much is needed to keep it about 20'?
    Are the Moringa roots shallow, or do they go deep, or both?

  • OneWorld 4 years ago

    good job !!!keep growing if everyone grow the whole will be a better place

  • Marc Nacianceno 4 years ago

    the moringa flowers are really good as salad, with Italian dressings. FYİ

  • pato milbert 4 years ago

    Never stick your bare hands into the soil like he did or you might get bit by a baby rattler, coral snake or a scorpion! Use a hooked stick especialy in the desert! I live in Costa Rica It is alway machete and a three foot stick to move bushes!

  • Carol Lopez 4 years ago

    dearjohn: tried to grow an avocado here in Vegas but didn't protect it in winter 'cause I was stupid. you know we get freezes for a few days in winter, so of course the tree died in a freeze spell. Please tell us if there is a cold tolerant type of avocado. especially since you hoped we try to grow some.

  • Jcervantes grow 4 years ago

    Thank you John it's a amazing garden

  • Jenna Espino 4 years ago

    Actually rock is not better than lawn. Using only decomposed granite around your home will not help in cooling the home at all like a lawn does. So the occupants will use more electricity cooling down the home. Since their electricity will most likely be coming from a power plant that uses water to produce electricity, using only rock or decomposed granite will not save water. It's better to use well adapted desert plants that will shade and cool the home and it's immediate surroundings.

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  • Jen G. 4 years ago

    if you get compost and mulch for free, I would be scared that it would have chemicals like roundup pesticide in it.  Also, the free compost from tempe, how do we know it's not filled with manure. I had a scientist tell me they tested organic compost and some were filled with human manure. That was in los angeles. I don't trust govt.

  • Jen G. 4 years ago

    I like your shirt Jake.   I don't believe, I KNOW!   did you get that at the UFO conferences they have here once a year?

  • Jen G. 4 years ago

    how do you harvest date palms when they grow 75 feet high. Who can climb up that high?

  • Smoll Neko Frisk 4 years ago

    What if when he finished the video he threw up or got REALLY SICK

  • Smoll Neko Frisk 4 years ago

    Desert Time!!!

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