12 Fruit Trees that Thrive in the Desert with Little Care

12 Fruit Trees that Thrive in the Desert with Little Care


Alright! This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com! Today we have another exciting episode for
you. And I’m here in the desert. One of the hardest places to grow, it gets
over a hundred degrees pretty much every day in the summer time. Today in the shade it is a 100 and even out
of the shade today today I’m like sweating bullets.. . And where we’re at, we’re here in Phoenix,
Arizona. And as you guys could see, I can’t believe
in 2016 people still have lawns! Lawns are a waste of space, specially in the
desert, specially when you have to use so much water to keep your lawn green, right. And people think ponds they waste water. There’s a study by the University of Arizona
that shows a pond actually saves more water than having a lawn. Plus it actually attracts and provides a home
for beneficial birds and insects and other creatures that can help you guys grow more
food. I mean, here’s another, here’s another
front yard of a house. We’re in a standard 70s neighborhood here. And I mean, this is way better. So they have rocks, way better than lawns. And yeah, if you guys still have a lawn, you’re
you know giving water to your lawn, put in rocks! That’s a move in the better direction. Because guess what? With rocks you don’t got no labor, right. You don’t got any nothing, maybe you got
to pull some weeds, don’t spray that nasty round of stuff. That stuff will actually screw up your property,
and create health hazards for the creatures. But better than rocks, what’s better than
rocks? Rolls! You know, rock and roll! No wait. Better than rocks, better than grass, is what
we see right here in my friend Jake Mace. He’s done something totally different here
in Phoenix. He’s growing fruit trees! So fruit trees are the easiest thing in the
entire world to grow, just a little bit harder than having some rocks. And the benefit of the fruit trees is guess
what? They make things for you guys to eat! We need to eat every day, right? Why have to go to the store? It’s so inconvenient. You’ve got to drive 15 minutes to the store,
you got to pay your hard earned money for stuff, when you could invest money in your
property that you own or are renting or whatever to grow your own food! And so what I’m going to show you guys today
at Jake’s place, because I have videos that I’ve done here before, check the links down
in the description below where I give you guys a full tour. We’re going to give you guys a full tour
today, but more importantly we’re going to focus on the fruit trees and the trees
that grow the easiest in the hot desert climate, no matter what kind of desert you live in. Whether it’s here in Phoenix, Las Vegas,
you know, Arizona or New Mexico, South Texas, or even deserts around the world! We want to focus on the easiest to grow trees
, specially if you guys are lazy, right. Because I want you guys to get rid of that
lawn. And even if you have rocks, dig some of the
rocks back, or actually take the rocks out and do what Jake’s doing here to create
fertility, and make your property even better than when you bought it, right. For the creatures! For not just the birds, the bees, the dragonflies
and the insects of the area, the retiles that live here, but also the soil microbes and
the microbium. All the creatures that are living in the soil
as we speak doing work right now. So he has, he has a big place with a little
arbor, kind of looking like the one I built at my place. And he’s got it decorated real nice. He’s got edible and natives here planted
in the front. But I want to take you guys inside and share
with you guys not every tree, because I mean I could be here everywhere, this is this,
this is this. Go to Jake’s channel if you guys want to
see like the full tour, because he does amazing jobs at that. I want to just focus on the easiest trees
to grow in the desert, right. So that’s what I’m going to get into,
and the ones that are the most valuable to you guys, right. So I mean, with that we got to stop right
here. If you’re Indian you guys will call this
the drumstick tree, because these guys look like big drumsticks. If I had some drums I could probably play
them with these sticks. If these ones were really small they’d be
edible raw. You could open these guys up and just start
eating the seeds out of it. The seeds also can purify water and do so
much. But as much as these pods are eaten and stuff,
you know, that to me is like secondary. What’s more important on this tree are the
greens. As you guys know, or may not know, my channel
is called Growing Your Greens. Because besides eating fruits, which I eat
plenty of, the greens are even more important than fruits in my opinion. And this is a unique tree that actually has
all the greens. You could just come and eat, just like spinach,
just like kale out of the grocery store. So imagine if you had all the trees in your
property, you could eat the greens. This one you can. It’s known as Moringa. And some people say it’s even more nutritious
than kale. And you guys know how nutritious kale is. And this one is even easier to take care of
than kale. Because kale might get aphids and have hard
challenges in times with the heat in Arizona. But this guy, like there’s no bugs affecting
it. Oh check it out man! Here’s some of the flowers, the moringa
flowers. Not only are they beautiful but they’re
also edible. Mmmm. They’re good! They have actually a nice mild sweetness,
but then you get that like potency of the moringa leaves. Plus when you eat flowers, you get the pollen. And the pollen instead of letting the bees
collect the pollen and we eat bee pollen, we’re not really eating bee pollen, we’re
eating flower pollen that the bee is collecting. So eat your pollen directly by eating edible
flowers. I have a few videos on my channel actually
on edible flowers. But anyways, the flowers are edible. And then inside these pods, each of these
pods has numerous amounts of seeds. Let’s see if I could count them, 1, 2, 3,
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, probably like 10 or 12 seeds in this very pod right here. That can be used to grow more trees. And to spread these to other people. So I want to encourage you guys, besides just
growing the fruits and the vegetables is to save, collect and spread your seeds out to
other people and to, you know, other places. So that you could grow more edible trees around. You know, I want more people eating this moringa. It’s so delicious. Last time actually in the video link down
below, I actually had moringa shots like wheatgrass shots. But you guys could see. Look at this! This tree is loaded with pods. You could also open these guys up and strip
out the inside. You could also eat the insides of the moringa
pods as well. But yeah there’s so many. This thing is like loaded up. And the cool thing everybody has always asked,
John where do I get the seeds for that cool moringa tree that you showed. Well, check it out, man. These trees, Jake has been growing for 3 years. All these seeds that he’s growing, like
he won’t let me harvest any of these otherwise he might, he might drumstick whip me with
the moringa. But he’s saving these to spread out to other
people. People in the local area and you guys over
the internet. So if you guys want to get some of these seeds,
visit his website, jakemace.com. He sells like 25 seeds for a very affordable
price. If you guys live in Phoenix, they’ll grow
outside year round. If you guys live in other desert climates,
as long as you guys don’t get below freezing or, you know, near freezing, they should do
fine. If you guys live in a place that does freeze,
you will need to protect them, at least minimally cut them back, mulch them heavy or grow them
in a pot, take them outside in the summer and pull them inside in the winter time. Or just, you know, keep growing them as an
annual every summer season. The other thing I want to show you guys actually
on Jake’s property, he doesn’t have rocks or dirt or grass on his ground. What he has is this stuff. As you guys could see, there’s just tons
of wood chips all around. And the benefit of the wood chips is that
they retain moisture. So these wood chips retain the water so well
that Jake has not even watered his moringa for several years since they were established. Once they’re established, he does not water
these guys. So these are water saving landscape tree that
you guys could be growing. We’re going to actually have to go over
to his star fruit that he does water, to show you guys the benefits of the wood chips here. So the wood chips, you know, not only retain
the moisture, but also over time the wood chips break down. And check it out right down here as I peel
this back here. The wood chips are breaking down. And look at this! Black, rich stuff right here. This is known as fungal dominated compost
because the wood chips are breaking down slowly over time and they are adding fertility back
into the soil. This is some rich, black stuff right here. And this is what’s really important in a
desert environment is to not only retain the moisture but also create fertility, because
the soil here does not have the organic matter as most soils even on commercial farms, even
organic farms, they’re losing their organic matter. So we want to bring that back. Super critical. Now the one recommendation I would make to
Jake, as good as the wood chips are, as much as these break down and add fertility, you
know, you could get one better by actually, you know, planting like cover crops that are
actually covering the land. Because not only like a nitrogen fixing cover
crop, not only will they add nitrogen and create fertility but also they’re going
to provide more root zones, more root area for bacteria and fungi to colonize on. Because right now, as much as he is providing
a good base, he could do better by adding some nitrogen fixing crops. I could see in the background he has some,
some weeds here growing. And that’s good because those are alive
active roots that are encouraging more microbium. but side from the trees coming up, he has
lots of wood chips, which is good. But hey I want to have a few more, you know,
roots planted in the ground to encourage more of those microbes, to give them a space to
live beside just encouraging them and feeding them with the wood chips. Alright, let’s go ahead and walk around
a little bit more and share with you guys some other really easy to grow fruit trees. So another crop you guys definitely want to
grow in the desert is this guy right here. This is the fig. And I think this is a Brown Turkey Fig. And let me see if I could find a ripe one
here for you guys. Here’s one that’s like so ripe it’s
gotten eaten by the birds. And I’m really particular about my figs. Like I will not harvest no figs until it’s
time. And how do you know the fig is, it’s time
for the fig? Let me see if I could find one to show you. Alright, so here’s a, here’s a good, a
pretty good indicator over on this side here. You guys could see this fig. And number one, it’s a bit soft. This is maybe means a little bit dried out,
maybe not so good. But over on this side, this one’s not quite
where it needs to be but maybe it’s the ripest one here today. But what happens is when the figs are ripe,
as you guys could see, like on this green fig, it actually sticks out straight, right,
like a backwards arrow, like this an arrow and it’s connected to the tree. And then this one over here, if you take a
look at where it’s connected to the branches. Instead of coming out straight anymore, it’s
actually, it’s, it’s bent down. So that’s one good indicator, like the fig
should be bent down even if it’s soft but it’s not bent down, it’s not ready to
pick it. The other thing that it’s kind of soft. Now this should probably be even softer. And optimally I like to like look down at
the little base here and see like some sap coming out. That’s not happening. But it’s soft and I’m hungry, so I’m
going to go ahead and pick it and see. Another indicator when you pick it, if it’s
really ripe it’s not going to ooze too much sap. Now this sap is actually is the reason why
your tongue burns when you eat figs. I think it’s called the ficin, and it’s
a, it’s an enzyme that breaks down proteins. And the enzymes are in here to basically break
down the proteins of worms and bugs that try to eat the figs. And if you guys got warts, you could take
this little white sap that’s coming out and put it on your wart, man. Put it on there every day. It’s going to freaking eat your wart up. Because it’s protein. Protein dissolving enzymes. And don’t do this, don’t like take that
and uhh and put them on your tongue. Bad idea. Alright. So let’s go ahead and rip this guy open. Look at this side inside this little fig right
here, nice juicy flesh. I mean I knew this one could have been a little
bit riper, but I’m hungry, and I’m going to eat all of Jake’s fruit today. Mmm! Amazingly sweet actually, for not being as
ripe. I mean, this for me, I mean, I’m a fruit
like connoisseur, like fruits snob extraordinaire, although I met one guy who’s more of a fruit
snob than I am. But he has like 10 acres and he grows like
all his own stuff. But this fig is actually quite good. At least 10 times better than the figs you
guys buy at the store. Figs in the store are heresy. They’re like so picked unripe just so they
ship them because if you picked them ripe they expire so fast. But yeah, figs, one of the best crops you
guys could grow in the desert by far. Super easy. I mean, think about it. Where did figs come from? Figs came from a desert climate. So we would just want to model that in the,
in the modern desert wherever they, they may be at today. And don’t worry if you don’t live in the
desert and you love figs, there are kinds of figs that you could even grow in the cold
weather, right. Desert King Fig! You could grow those in Oregon. Even though it’s called Desert King, it’s
one of the best varieties to grow in Oregon. I’ve talked to many rare fruit growers up
in Oregon, right. And if you guys live in Chicago, there’s
varieties of figs and I’m not aware of them, that will even do good in Chicago and around
the country. But make sure you get the proper variety for
you. Variety is everything and variety is also
the spice of life. So the next tree that you guys have to grow,
even more than the fig, and I like these actually more than figs believe it or not, it’s relatively
an unknown fruit in the US. It’s actually known as the jujube. And the jujube makes these little fruits that
look like apples. And you could harvest these little guys that
look like apples, like right now and eat them in their fresh state. And they, they kind of taste much like an
apple. But I would say you know why eat these guys
int her fresh state when you have fresh figs, because the fresh figs are way better. And we want to use every fruit tree to our
advantage. And when you have tons of fruits in the summer
time, you don’t need to eat your fruits in the summer, you’re trying to preserve
those. Whether it’s in the fridge, whether you’re
dehydrating them, whether you’re freeze drying them, whether you’re turning it into
juice, whatever. You want to have fruits for the winter time
when you don’t have anything. And that’s why I really love the jujubes,
because come over and I want to show you guys what’s going on in this tree. Check out this rack right here. Look, look, it’s a jujube tree, it’s packed
full. Number one, the jujube, you know, is so fertile
and creates lots of fruits, as you guys could see. The other thing is that it’s a, you know,
it’s drought tolerant. So this tree does not need a lot of water. It’s also been naturalized much like the
fig to grow in places where it’s quite dry. Now in the beginning you might have to establish
it and give it some water. Don’t just like plant the tree and forget
about it. But once it is established, pretty drought
tolerant. The other thing that I really like about the
jujube, which is a pro for me but a con for many is that it will reproduce like mad. it
will send out runners, it will come up in all these places that you may not want, and
grow more trees. But hey more fruit trees is a good thing. Another thing people may not like is that
it does have some little sticker things thorns that may get you occasionally. But that’s not a big deal unless you’re
trying to get stuck with them. But the reason why I like them is because,
as you guys could see, we got the fresh fruit on here. And then we got ones that are like this one’s
half dry, and then we got ones that are full dried and kind of getting wrinkly on one side. This other side’s still not quite dry yet. This guy right here, if you guys could see
it, it’s still like, you know, dehydrating on that side and still like lighter on that
side. Not quite ready. But the thing you want to do is look down
at the ground. So if we look down on the ground, I like when
trees self prune and some of the damaged fruit has been dropped, you know, that they got
bird pecked and what not. But you’re bound to find one, something
like this. And this one looks more like an optimally
dried fruit. Now when they’re in this stage, what Jake
likes to do is actually pick them and take them out of the full sun, 100 degrees sun
or in the shade of the leaves of the tree, and he takes them inside and he just dries
them on his counter where it’s a lot more cooler. So they dehydrate at a slower rate. You know, I think that in, in the desert,
the jujube may dry out too quickly and that’s not a good thing either. You want to these at the right, you know,
moisture percentage on the inside, because when you do that and you dry them properly
they’re going to taste amazing. Like to me these taste like Angel Food Cake,
like that spongy consistency. But it’s in a fruit. These also, if you look up in Chinese medicine,
have crazy healing properties, right. I don’t even know all the different properties. They’re anti this, anti that, probably anti
inflammatory, longevity, you could make tea out of these guys. But I just like to eat them because they’re
so good. And these store! These will easily store for 6 months! You could probably store it for even longer,
a year. These have probably been found in mummies
tombs in China for all I know, right. And this is the moisture level I like it to
eat them. But even if you dehydrate them more and get
them more dry, they’ll last for even longer, right. So I’m going to go ahead and bite into this
to show you guys what it looks like. Mmm! This one’s a, could be a little bit less
dehydrated. But look at that! It’s like, it like totally compresses and
it like sponges out. So this is like totally spongy, look at that. And there’s so many, there’s like different
varieties of jujube. Try to grow them all. Some are better fresh, some are better dried. I like the jujubes because, once again, you
know, they store really well, really easy tree to grow and more people should be growing
jujube fruit in my opinion. Let’s go ahead and continue on our tour
and show you guys other fruits that Jake’s growing that’s super easy. Alright! So let’s go ahead and continue on our tour,
like honorable mention we’re growing in like Phoenix or Las Vegas, apricots. I like apricots in like, you know, Phoenix,
Las Vegas, desert climates with similar climates. Not super extreme and maybe it gets a little
bit cold. They do need some chill hours. I like apricots because basically they fruit
and come on and the fruits are done before it gets really hot. So yeah, if you guys lived in one of these
climates, grow some apricots. Now if you guys live in Phoenix, not that
I’d recommend this for all desert climates, because if gets really cold, this guy is not
going to do well. But another honorable mention are these guys. This is actually I think like one or two passion
fruit vines that Jake planted. And I don’t know if you guys could see this
like underneath the canopy. But look at this. Looks like all these fruits just after a few
years, like hanging. There’s like 2 there, here, there’s like
3 here, there’s like 3 more here, 2 there. But like, you know, I don’t want you guys
to, I don’t want you guys to harvest the fruit off the, off the plants, right. You always want to get the ripest fruit for
the best quality, the best taste and the most nutrition. Because the fruit will drop, in many cases
will drop the fruit when it’s ready, when the tree has fully developed the seeds and
the fruit pulp, because the fruit’s only making, the fruit tree or plant or vine in
this case is only making the fruit so that it could reproduce. And it’s only going to drop them, in most
cases, when they’re fully ripe. So we’re going to look down on the ground. And if we look down on the ground here, we
could see a bunch of different passion fruits on the ground. We’re going to go ahead and pick this one. It’s colored up really nice. And passion fruits are amazing. And we’re just going to go ahead and take
my nail and see if we could open this up bare handed. Oh man, these guys are quite strong in the
desert. Oh! I have a passion fruit explosion in my hands. So we got a little hole. Let’s go ahead and open this guy up for
you guys. And look at that nice, rich, passion fruit
pulp in there. I’m going to suck that out. Mmm! Definitely sweet tart. Mmmm! I love the juice on a hot day. This would be good to make like a passion
fruit lemonade. Juice some passion fruit with the seeds, with
some sugarcane stalk. Combine it together. That’d be out of this world. Alright, let’s head around and show you
guys some vegetables. And share with you guys some of the fruit
trees that are easy to grow in the desert in Jake’s back yard. So now I want to share with you guys some
more fruiting crops that grow in the desert. Now this is the side of Jake’s yard, and
he’s got a couple raised beds. We’re not really going to go over that because
he’s in the middle of replanting this bed here. But over here he’s got grape vines, which
basically he doesn’t water. Having some challenges, you know, in the heat
of the summer. But he’s got some fruit on here that’s
very special. It’s a variety of grapes that I’ve never
tried before. And if we go back over here and we reveal
it. Look at this, I think that this might be the
only bunch on this whole place. These are actually known as blueberry grapes. Yes, that’s a variety, blueberry grapes. These aren’t concords, these are called
blueberry grapes. We’re going to go ahead and pick off one
or two. That’s what they look like. I really want to encourage you guys to grow
deeply pigmented grapes instead of the green grapes, you know. Grow the purple or the red grapes. Definitely better. And try to grow seeded varieties, right. People don’t understand that in the seeded
varieties there’s more nutrition. The seeds contain the substance known as Pycnogenol,
which is very anti oxidant and anti oxidative. Gives you anti oxidants so basically it keeps
you young and it disease proofs you. And people don’t eat these seeds. So. Mmm! These are actually quite good. They got some small seeds. Not super seedy. Quite good. But yeah, grapes another, grape fruit, grapes
and other grape fruits, great fruit, that grows in the desert. Let’s go ahead and head back over here. And we’re not really going to talk about
vegetables too much today. He’s got some fennel and some artichokes
going to flower. But some other fruits that are hanging on
because it’s, you know, gotten so hot are his tomatoes, black cherries, definitely a
good variety that I’ve found grows in the desert. And Jake’s plants are loaded. Of course, the number one vegetable fruit
that’s grown in the desert, Jake’s planted, he has some beautiful striped eggplants there. And let’s head back through, through here. Oh, guavas, a good one for Phoenix here, that’s
an honorable mention, not, not really in the video. Of course right here as we walk through this
gate, he’s got this vine with more passion fruits that’s doing really good. This is one plant. And if we go in here, he has it all trellised
up on the back and it’s just dropping all these fruits on the ground. Let’s go ahead and show you guys some more,
oh, fruit trees, including this fig right here. I’m going to go munch on more of Jake’s
fruits. Alright, so another variety of fig we got
is the maybe Texas Blue Giant, I think. And we’re going to, oh and find a ripe one
here. So let’s see we got, this one’s ripe,
this one’s, there’s so many choices here at Jake’s house. And the amazing thing is this thing is only
like a couple years old. But still it’s got some ripe fruit. Look at that, nice and cracked and ready to
eat. I’m going to go ahead and break that open
for you guys. I love figs, right. Ripe figs, one of the best fruits to grow
in the desert. Mmm! Wow! That’s really a good one. This is like really ripe , really sweet, really
delicious. Oh! Check it out! Good thing I didn’t eat that guy. We’re going to like let him go. Alright spider go back and eat some more bugs. Yeah, the other thing, very important when
eating figs, specially the ones you grew, is don’t just like shove them in your mouth,
like break them open and see what’s on the inside first, to make sure you’re eating
any spiders, or larvae even worse, or other bugs. Yeah, figs got to be one of my favorite crops
for the desert. And grow different varieties. I think I got one more variety to show you
over on the other side of Jake’s yard. And I got to get out of the sun before I’m
eating sweat instead of figs. So now I’m in Jake’s back yard. I want to show you guys some more trees that
produce fruits. Maybe not noticed fruit trees. And I want you guys really to grow some of
these guys because some of these guys are native and are going to do well in the area,
and are drought tolerant. Very important if you want to conserve water
because I know many people have different goals. One of my goals was growing my own food, to
grow the highest quality and most varieties of food that I can. Because this is what nourishes me so that
I could be the healthiest person, have the most energy, be able to go on long 3 day hikes
without collapsing and barfing stuff. And have a mental focus in my older years
or younger years, because I’m getting younger every day. And have the energy to do what I want to do,
right. And yeah, so all the varieties of foods are
likely to do that. And this one’s a native. It’s known as the Ironwood. It actually has these like little thorns on
there. And you know, Jake’s growing this for it’s
edible flowers. So it’s like out of flowering season right
now. These could be just bought at like and are
normally used for landscaping. And be, and may be known as endangered actually. So you’re encouraged to plant them. But not only does it encourage native insects
and pollinators and bees and butterflies and birds, but it also produces the edible flowers. And before the seeds fully mature, when they’re
pretty young, you could actually open them up and eat them like you would raw edamame
beans or the soybeans. So yeah, so Jake really tries to focus on
some of the natives of the area as well for their edible properties. Let’s go around and actually show you guys
a few more edible natives that are going to do well here in the desert. So the next native style tree that I want
to share with you guys that’s water saving is right here. You guys could see this thing is huge. This started off as a $7 tree for Jake. And it’s a Palo Verde Tree, more specifically
a native florida blue palo verde. And he was told by a botanical expert that
this has the best tasting fruits and flowers. So this guy, once again, before it makes the
mature seeds that are up on the tree somewhere maybe, actually fallen down on the ground
here, it makes flowers that are edible and also the immature little bean pods on the
inside that you guys could eat. So yeah, I really want to encourage you guys
to eat your legumes, really rich in protein. And besides just having protein, they also
have phytonutrients and phytochemicals and are anti-disease and actually will help melt
fat off you. Because they help to increase your microbiota
or your own internal probiotics. Much like we want to increase the probiotics
in the soil, when you eat things like beans with all kinds of non digestible fibers, they
increase your probiotics which make you more efficient in digesting your food but also
increase your immune system. Yeah, this is water saving. Oh one of my favorite cactuses, he has many
different kinds. Actually I kind of like how this one looks. This one like looks really cool. It’s all like little bumpy things. Hey you could probably like back up against
this and like rub up and down for a back massage. it’s like one of those back massager roller
things. But actually one of my favorite kinds is actually
over here. I haven’t seen these too often. And I’m getting stung by all these agaves
and cactus thorns and everything around Jake’s place. And I got to like get a work out by squeezing
through stuff. But this is a peruvian columnar apple cactus. And these guys I wonder if they’re really
ripe yet. Oh! That one’s so ripe it’s getting eaten
by the birds. Ow! It got me. Alright, so anyways, this is what they look
like on the outside. And this is what it looks like after the birds
eat it on the inside. Nothing! There’s a few small seeds on the inside. So this is going to go to maybe feed the turtle
that lives underneath this habitat somewhere. Alright. This one’s kind of small. I don’t know if it will be so good. Kind of like not mature. Maybe we’re going to have to pluck one off
Jake’s tree. Don’t, don’t tell him I’m picking like
one of his, one of his two only peruvian apple cactuses here. I’m sure he won’t mind. Alright, a little bit green, a little bit
green. I mean, if I don’t pick them the birds are
going to get them, and I’m sure Jake will want me to eat it before the birds do. Alright. Pluck this guy off. And we’re going to go ahead and show you
guys what that looks like on the inside. Now unlike standard cactus fruits that you
may be able to buy at a local Mexican market and eat or grow yourself in the desert, I
do encourage you guys cactus fruits is one of the most under utilized fruits in the entire
world. Cactus fruits are so nutritious. And here at the store in Phoenix they sell
like 12 oz of prickly pear juice, pasteurized, for like 22 bucks! So that’s how much I want you guys to value
cactus fruit juice and cactus fruits of all kinds. They’ve done research on it and they’re
one of the most anti inflammatory fruits in the whole world. Prickly pear, cactus fruit in particular. And this is a Peruvian apple cactus. So unlike standard prickly pears that I’m
used to, this kind of more looks like a dragon fruit on the inside with smaller seeds that
are softer and more edible. But unlike the dragon fruits that are white,
you know, these guys are way sweeter. So we’re just going to go ahead and eat
half of that. We’re going to save the other half for the
girlfriend. Mmmm! Warmed by the summer sun, it’s got a little
bit of that like gelatinous aloe vera cactus fruitness in there. Nice, sweet texture, delicious. I mean, not only are these cactuses beautiful,
not only do they save you guys from watering them, they also make some amazing fruit if
the birds don’t get them. So grow some cactus today. So now I want to share with you guys the Brazilian
Red Pepper, Brazilian Red Pepper, Brazilian Red Pepper, Brazilian Red Pepper, right. Say that five times fast. It’s not really a tongue twister. I just thought it would be funny. Alright! So anyways, what we’re looking at is a tree
that’s mostly grown for shade, and many actually landscapers use this tree. And if you guys see this tree around in the
desert, wherever, whatever desert that may be, this produces an edible fruit! And let me tell you, these guys are amazing. And you guys should just grow one of these
so that you guys could grow your own pepper like spice. So you guys know like you grind up black pepper. And I want to encourage you guys to eat your
black pepper, right. Now you might have to buy your black pepper
if you’re not in the tropics and you have to like, you know, order that and stuff. But these make these like pink pepper corns
that taste similar to that black pepper so you could boost your anti oxidants, right. I want you guys to be all about your spices. Herbs grow really well here. Some herbs will grow also really well besides
the fruit trees. So that’s the second thing you guys should
grow for an easy garden besides the fruit trees that I’m showing you guys today. Grow some herbs. But this an herb and herbs are high in anti
oxidants and ORAC values. So what this is, it’s normally used for
landscaping, it’s drought tolerant, uses low water, also produces edible fruit that
many people don’t know. So let’s go up and show you guys the fruit
here over on this side. This is a Brazilian Red Pepper. Look at this! I’ll pull down this branch and if you guys
look closely, look at that. There’s like all these little clumps of
pink pepper corn things. And we’re going to go ahead and pull one
of those off for you guys. Look at that! And basically what you do is you just pull
of some of these little pepper corn things. And these will , you know, persevere and dry. You could put these in little like spice grinders. IKEA has a good one that has ceramic blades
for like $5.99. Take one these little balls, put it in your
mouth, crunch it up. It actually tastes like the pepper that you
know and love. But these ones that Jake is growing in the
rock dust and the worm castings are actually kind of sweet. So it’s actually quite delicious. So I can see myself sprinkling these on top
of the salad, grinding them up, putting it in dressings, adding them in soups. I mean, if I was here I would be collecting
all these guys. Mmm. And using them on a daily basis, not only
for an influx of phytochemicals, phytonutrients, and anti oxidants but also to eat more food
out of my back yard instead of the grocery store. Instead of buying that black pepper. Yeah, so grow one of these guys. Alright! Let’s go ahead and show you guys a few more
trees actually over here. They’re kind of duplicates of before. This is another jujube tree here as you guys
could see. This guy has a smaller fruit and these guys
are even drying, you know, at different rates. Some of these guys are really dry. Some of them are still kind of moist. And yeah, you know, Jake is growing different
varieties of different fruit trees to see which ones grow the best and which ones he
likes the best. Over on this side is another fig. And fig is something that could easily propagate
or get your own tree from. All you got to do is go out with a black hoodie
at night with your sharpest pruners, make sure they’re sharp, don’t get no dull
ones. And go and see if there’s a fig tree in
your neighborhood that you really like. And like look around, take out your snippers
and snip off a branch. It’s best to do this time. Do this in the winter time, not in the, in
the middle of summer right when the tree is dormant. You’re going to take that branch off, snip
it off. And then you’re going to come home in your
house, put it in the ground, stick it in the ground and it’s going to grow like this
tree behind me like Jake did. The tree that Jake built, I mean Jake grew. And this is a fig tree from a local cutting. And as you guys could see this is probably
one of his most prolific tree, trees, or his most prolific figs, lots of figs on there
getting eaten by some of the birds. Let’s see if I could find one that’s not
been eaten too much that’s nice and ripe. There’s so many choices here. Jake eats about 10 of these during a day in
the season. And I could see why. They’re nice and vibrant colored. Let’s go ahead and break that guy open for
you guys to you guys, to see what it looks like. Oh look at that! This is nice and juicy, even more juicy than
the other ones. We’re going to go ahead and eat it underneath
the shade of the tree. Mmmm! You know what? This has to be my favorite fig in his whole
yard. Maybe a little bit small, I really like because
of it’s vibrant color. But also it’s like really juicy and wet. I mean, the other thing too is that this tree
is more mature than some of the other trees growing. So, you know, once a tree gets more mature
and has been growing for a couple years, it’s going to start producing better and better
fruit every year, providing you’re feeding it like Jake does with the wood chips, the
rock dust, the fungal dominated compost that he’s making in place and worm castings. Mmmm. Once again, man, if you guys live in the desert
grow some figs. You will not regret it. And then when they’re ripe, send me a message. I’ll come over to your house to eat them
with you. So another fruit tree that you guys will want
to plant in the desert is this guy right here. Doesn’t look like much now in the middle
of the summer. It like defoliates and looks like heck, doesn’t
look so good. But in the spring and fall it’s resurrected. Kind of like Jesus was resurrected in Easter,
wait no I mean, Christmas, wait when was He resurrected? I don’t know. But anyways, this plant will resurrect itself
in the spring and fall, I do know that, and make you tons of little fruits known as the
goji berries. Wolfberries are native to this area which
are similar to the goji berries. So plant either one. And if you want to get some seeds, go to your
local health food store, buy some goji berries. And be careful while you’re eating the fruit
and just pull out the seeds and sprout them up and plant them in your garden. And after a couple years they’re going to
grow to be this big and give you guys tons of fruit. Like I grow the goji berries in my garden. And literally I don’t have to do anything
to it and it just keeps growing if even I neglect it. And actually I encourage you guys to neglect
your wolf berries or goji berries. Don’t over water them. They don’t like it because they’re like
a desert native. Alright, let’s ahead and head back and show
you guys a few more fruit trees before I sweat out all my water and dehydrate here in the
desert. So another fruit tree that I want you guys
to grow in the desert, this is one of my favorites, is right here. This is known as the pomegranate. And as you guys could see, Jake’s got some
nice pomegranates growing right here. Pomegranates are an ancient fruit. So don’t just grow, you know, modern hybridized
fruits, grow some more ancient fruits. And there’s a lot of varieties of pomegranates. So if you guys want to go to a place that
has lots of varieties of pomegranates, actually 200 varieties, you want to check out Exotica
Fruit Nursery. I’ll put a link down below to a video I
did at Exotica. But they have over 200 varieties of pomegranates. They got yellow ones, they got ones that are
white on the inside, they got ones that are sweet. Pomegranates aren’t all tart like that POM
Wonderful juice stuff you guys drink. There’s so many different kinds. So if you guys live in the desert, I encourage
you guys to grow a lot of different kinds, and the kinds to meet your needs. Like I really love the sweet pomegranates. They’re not tart, you know, and they tend
to be not quite as deeply pigmented. I personally like really deeply pigmented
fruits. And the pomegranates will store for a good
while in the fridge even unused. So like I actually have some pomegranates
from last year’s harvest, 2015’s harvest. They’ve stayed into 2016 for me. I didn’t check them recently but about a
month ago I checked them or maybe two months ago, and they are still good. Like not everyone but like 80% of them were
still good. I juiced some on up and the juice tasted amazing,
you know, for a spring time pomegranate juice drink. Another way people preserve the pomegranates
is you could dehydrate them. So you could dehydrate the arils and the fruit
pulp around the aril. I want to freeze dry them actually one of
these days. I like really want to get a freeze dryer because
like freeze drying the arils is probably the best way to preserve them. And when you freeze dry and take the, the
liquid out of the seeds, they actually become chewy or not chewy but they just almost dissolve
in your mouth. Like I’ve eaten rambutan seeds that have
had like freeze dried rambutan. The seed is freeze dried with the fruit and
it’s just, just crunches up and dissolves in your mouth. It’s amazing. But yeah, oh people also juice these guys. Juice them and then just freeze the juice
like you would an apple juice. But yeah, really rich in phytochemicals and
phytonutrients. And once again, it’s a drought tolerant
crop or fruit tree to grow in the desert. Let’s go ahead and continue on, show you
guys another area of Jake’s garden where he’s growing some drought tolerant, desert
approved fruit trees. So another amazing desert fruit tree I want
you guys to grow, grows really well, is the mulberries. I have friends with mulberries here in Arizona,
in Nevada. I grew them myself in California and they
grow in many other places too besides just the desert. These are one of the most tolerant trees. I like the Persian mulberries that are nice
and black and long. Jake’s got white ones and purple ones and
all different kinds of ones. And mostly right now he’s got ones in his
freezer that he harvested and then preserved in the freezer by freezing them. So he could make mulberry smoothies. Mulberries are really deep rich and pigmented. The big challenge you’re going to have with
mulberries is not it growing and growing free of bugs and pests and diseases, but the problem
you’re going to have is with the birds. Because the birds, they also love the mulberries
and other creatures. So yeah, you want to get them at their peak
ripeness. Don’t harvest them too early. Get them when they’re full peak dark rich
colors. Check out my Instagram for some pictures of
what they should look like when they’re ready and ripe. Alright, so besides the mulberry, another
thing you guys got to plant in the desert depending on where you are in the world, I
mean, these guys. These are date palms. Jake has, you know, a new one planted right
here. It’s been in the ground for a year or two. And then over here he just planted some up
that he’s hardening off. So he’s got to basically put this burlap
around it so that the tip growth point doesn’t get burned. Then he’s actually also watering this every
day. And so the date palm has produced dates. Each date palm can produce like hundred pounds
of dates a year. And the reason why I like the date palm is
because they produce edible fruits but more importantly these are like, besides the jujubes,
one of the best fruits for storage. And they have a high value. So if you’re growing dates in a place where
you could grow dates in the desert, you could store those for a full year in the fridge,
even longer right. There’s dates been found in like the pharaohs
and tombs of Egypt. And their seeds are still viable. I don’t know so much about the fruit. But the seeds, the date seed is probably one
of the longest kept seeds that will still germinate after thousands of years. And actually I think I have date seeds germinating
actually in my compost bin that I pulled out and put in dirt. So I have a few little baby seedlings that
I grew from seed. But the dates will stay for years. Plus they’re very expensive if you go to
buy dates, right. So they have a good trade value. So you could trade your dates with somebody
that say lives in Florida that can’t grow dates to get their tropical fruits and you
could swap them some of your delicious dates. So yeah a high trade value. They’re super delicious and one of these
days I want to try to freeze dry dates like when they’re fresh and ripe, like dates
that are so like so moist and juicy and I freeze dry it and see what the heck happens. I think it’s going to be really good. Another really good use of dates is if you
get the dried variety like Deglet Noor varieties that are nice and dry. And specially here in the desert in Phoenix
where they will dry out on the palm tree, which is actually more related to a grass
than a fruit tree. You could dry them out and then you powder
them up. And then you powder them up into date powder
or date sugar. And date sugar in my opinion is the best sugar. If you’re still eating white processed sugar,
get that out of your diet. Instead substitute date sugar, which is basically
just powdered dates. So it has the fiber, has the sugar, has all
the phytochemicals and phytonutrients that would be in the dates. Whole food, not just some white extracted
product that’s void, null and void of the phytonutrients and just has the carbs. Carbohydrates, not that important. Phytonutrients, they are the most important
ingredient to me in my life at this time. Alright! So yeah, Jake’s also a kung fu martial artist. And I’m going to hit this and punch this
and maybe go over to this guy with an ugly face and bam we’ll punch him back, and oh
you’re going to steal my fruits, that’s what I think of you! Alright. Anyways, let go ahead and go down this area. Jake’s got some more cool things going here,
you know. This is like not part of the regular desert
video. This is actually part of like the tropical
fruit video you could grow in Phoenix and I’m going to cover really quickly for you
guys. Let’s see, Jake, Jake’s got all these
different kinds of mangoes that have been growing in this protected area next to a wall. This is a, a pineapple pleasure mango and
Jake’s got banana palm, banana herbaceous trees. And they’re not, they’re not really trees,
but bananas, I mean, he’s got a ice-cream bean, that’s one of my favorites, right
here. Oh and then he’s got of course papayas he’s
growing. Oh and I got to show you guys this over here. This guy has got to be one of my favorite
trees to grow. And if you guys live in like a desert climate
like Las Vegas, like Phoenix where it doesn’t get super cold, you want to go over, where
is it, oh it’s over here. So this is a tree I want to show you guys
right here. This, this is a tree guys, if you guys live
in like Phoenix, a desert, or like Las Vegas or somewhere with a similar climate, like
not super extreme, you guys want to get this kind of avocado. Avocados are one of my favorite fruits in
the whole world. And this is known as the Aravaipa avocado
that was actually found here in Arizona out in the wild, not even in a developed area. Just a random tree out in the wild. They got cuttings, they started propagating
it. And now they’re making it available. And it grows, you know, for the first few
years it might need some protection but once it’s established its not going to need any
protection and it’s going to make avocados for you even in the extremes of the desert. Now one of the things I want you guys to do
is to grow foods that cost a lot of money to buy in the store, right. Like I don’t necessarily grow carrots because
carrots are really inexpensive to buy. But how much, when you price avocados how
much are they to buy in the store? Well, depending where you live, you know,
in some places avocados would cost a buck, two bucks each, right. You could have your own tree that could be
loaded with avocados. You could have like a hundred avocados on
there. What’s that worth? 100, 200 dollars? Maybe when your tree is even older it has
300 avocados. What kind of value is that, you know? Now the big question is John, but you know,
I’m a proper man, and I want to store my avocados. And avocados they don’t store well. Well, you know, you could pick an avocado
right when it’s in it’s ripe most or when the skin kind of gets dull. You want to harvest it even if it’s still
hard. You could keep it off the tree and preserved
in a fridge at the right temperature, not too cold, and it could store for a couple
months. Pull it out and it’s still going to ripen
up for you. So that way you could kind of extend your
harvested avocados. You could freeze them but then they kind of
get all funky. You could do that if you do like it and pull
the air out in a zip lock. But the best way, you could dehydrate them
but they turn black. The best way to preserve your avocados, freeze
drier. You could take your avocados, take out the
pit, freeze dry the flesh, and then seal it with an oxygen absorber packet. And then, you know, suck the air out of that
package. And then actually those avocados you put water
in it and then it, you just rehydrate it and tastes just like an avocado. Amazing. And you could make your own guacamole, freeze
dried dips that you could take on hikes, do anything with, you know, just make the guacamole
then freeze dry it. And then that preserves in, right. Just like astronaut foods. So yeah, freeze drying, I’m going to hopefully
have videos on it one of these days, best way to preserve your avocado for long term
use. And specially on hikes, right. Avocados are, are really rich in protein and
also calories. So a really rich food to take on hikes to
concentrate food in a small amount of space. So I can’t wait till Jake’s Aravaipa avocado
is producing here in Phoenix and I may get to try some. I think what we’re going to do next is because
I could like be here all day going over stuff and I didn’t get to show you guys the vegetable
garden but I’m getting really hot. I would actually want to sit down with Jake
and actually talk to him more about, you know, some of the fruit trees, some of the crops
that he grows in the desert that’s super easy, super simple. And share with you guys some more of Jake’s
philosophies about gardening life, kung fu and fruit trees. John: So now I’m sitting down with Jake
Mace in the shade. And I’m glad I’m in the shade. I don’t know if you guys could see this
on the camera but my shirt like this top half it’s like a little bit darker in color than
the bottom half. So it’s like, it’s just sweat. It’s like I don’t know if this, I mean
I could handle Las Vegas heat, not a problem, but man that extra 10 degrees here in Phoenix,
that will get you man if you’re not used to it. So Jake: There’s like 20 lbs of sweat in your
shirt. John: Yeah like I’m, I could come out to
Phoenix and like I don’t know if I’m eating enough to even gain the weight that I’m
losing in water by sweating. Jake: Shade is. And that’s a good lesson for gardeners out
there, to plant shade trees that will shade your other stuff John: Actually yeah that’s important. So Jake let’s go over some of the tips. I mean, my viewers saw some of the fruit trees
that I liked the most here in the desert. It’s you know, the standard date palm, the
jujube fruits, the fig of course, the pomegranate. And why don’t we talk about some of the
native and water saving, you know, foods that I showed in this video. Like the iron wood, the Brazilian pepper and
that, that other, what is that one? Jake: The Palo Verde John: Yeah the Verde. So tell everybody about those things and why
they’re so valuable for your landscape, and what you’ve seen when growing them Jake: You know, in my opinion, you know, on
my Vegan Athlete youtube channel I talk about my favorite fruit trees to grow in the Phoenix
area. And a lot of them are the same as people in
the Middle East are growing because our climates John: yeah Jake: are similar, right? So guavas and figs, pomegranates. All these things you already mentioned, and
dates. People underestimate the power of date palms. And plant it now because they take a few years
to fruit. But once the date starts fruiting it’s an
enormously important food source for hundreds of years. But that being said, I’m also really big
into cactus that fruits and that are edible, and the trees that don’t ever have to be
watered once they’re established. They’ll, like John mentioned, Palo Verde,
any variety of Palo Verde. I like the Florida Blue Palo Verde. The flowers and the pea pods are in the legume
family and they’re edible. Ironwood, same thing. Ironwood has delicious flowers, and the Edamame
pea pods are also edible. Get them before they turn into hard seeds. Get them while they’re green. Mesquite. John: oh, do you have a mesquite here? Jake: I have , that whats the big ones are
back here right there, big mesquite trees John: oh, yeah man, yeah no no I should have
included that in the video, mesquite, my, one of my favorites Jake: Well it’s a race between me and my
dogs, who can collect the mesquite pods first. Because those yellow mesquite pods are super
rich in nutrients, carbohydrates, proteins. And the ancient people who lived in Phoenix,
like the Hohokam and other native peoples, would use the mesquite, grind it into flour
and that would be their tortillas and their, and their chips of ancient days John: Wow Jake: Yeah John: Yeah and somebody should come out with
mesquite chips, man. That would be cool. Jake: And answer me a question down in the
comments below. Why doesn’t every grocery store in the Phoenix
area carry mesquite flour? It’s so abundant here. It makes no sense. John: Yeah, there’s like, they’re totally
dropping on the ground, cars roll over them and they like, it’s so lame. Like I know there’s a, there’s an organization
in the area that has a grinder that will rent it out to people. And like collect it Jake: There’s a guy in Tuscon named Brad
Lancaster who does that John: Tuscon yeah Jake: Yeah. He’s a great guy, great information from
Brad. But those kind of programs and those kind
of grinders should be way more abundant because there are so many mesquite trees here. But Palo Verde I am with mesquite. Great trees. But also I love the cactus. Like the, the prickly pear called the nopales
or nopaletos. All of my friends who are Mexican, who have
Mexican heritage in their family come over, when we do a vegan barbecue, they grab the
prickly pear pads and put them on the barbecue and grill it up. John: Really? Jake: It’s amazing John: Wow! Man, like barbecued prickly pear pads instead
of hot dogs. Jake: And then they put it in a hamburger
and they eat like a prickly pear hamburger instead of a regular hamburger John: No way! So like what do they season it up with? Jake: Just regular seasoning. Yeah John: So just like barbecue seasoning just
like you’d put on a hamburger but they do that cactus pads Jake: And then we put some, some kale and
spinach and tomato from the garden, some onions. And it’s a fantastic, you know, way to eat
out of your yard. Plus when the prickly pear cactus grows the
fruit, they call it the tuna, tunas sort of the, not tuna fish John: Right, no Jake: But the tunas are so delicious. And I go out into the desert every year and
sustainably harvest prickly pear fruits from my yard and from the desert , the hikes I
go on. And then I freeze them all season long in
my freezer. Because like you say they are super important
for smoothies and as an anti inflammatory. John: Yeah. I like to juice them myself. Like I just drink the drink the juice fresh
made actually mixed with some coconut milk that I make, extract fresh and straight, along
with the cactus fruit. So when you add some fat to the anti oxidants
you get a greater uptake of the nutrition. Plus it just tastes way better. Jake: You know and one thing every time I
am with John, he’s so hospitable. He brings out fresh squeezed squeezed cactus
and coconut juice and I John: or some, some other kind of juice for
Jake. Jake: I just love it. I love it. It’s the reason why I call this guy my friend
is because he’s, he’s bribing me with fresh juice out of his garden. I just love it John: Cool. So Jake, let’s talk about some of the different
things you do to keep your trees that my viewers saw today alive. Because I know, I know you just don’t like
put down tons of manure or something like that. You, you guys saw that he puts down wood chips. But what other kind of particulate do you
add on a regular basis to, you know, get these healthy trees that I showed you guys today? Jake: You know, I would say if you’re new
to fruit trees or if you already have them planted, mulch. Mulch is the most important thing. And veganic mulch. If you can combine a good ratio of leaves,
food scraps, straw like bales of straw, I get organic straw, and wood chips. I get it all for free. I get my wood chips, my straw, my food scraps
are just food scraps. And my leaves. All for free. And I mis it all up together and then add
some of the rabbit poop and chicken poop from my chickens that I have on site, and I mix
it all together. I throw in some azomite, I throw in some worm
castings and I throw a little bit of biodynamic locally made compost. And I mix it all together in my wheelbarrow
and that become the top ground cover around each tree. And if you do that, the worms, the earwig,
the roly-polies and the mycelium just find their way into the tree roots. John: Cool. So do you add also worm castings and what
kind do you use? And the rock dust of course, what kind do
you use? Jake: Yeah. I mean, John’s way more of an aficionado,
an aficionado of rock dust. But I just use straight azomite. I get it in the micronized powdered form. If you guys want to try a small bag, I have
it at jakemace.com if you want to try it. But John always has great advice on his youtube
channel, showing you where to get it around the city you live in. Add that in. I usually add the worm castings and the azomite
in seasonally. John: How much do you add though? Jake: You know, I feel like this tree behind
called the Barbados cherry, it’s an Acerola cherry tree, and it’s about maybe 10 feet
tall. And I would say 4 times a year, every time
the seasons change I just take about maybe half a dozen handfuls and put it around the
trunk of the tree. And then kind of massage it in a little bit
and then water it in. John: Cool Jake: And specially now in the Phoenix area,
it’s monsoon season, so feed your trees with the worm castings, the azomite, compost,
straw, leaves and mulch and wood chips now, right. Because then Mother Earth will monsoon rain
it in for you. And you’ll have healthy trees all summer
long. Plus when you use lot of wood chips, like
I’ve brought over 40 landscaping trucks full of wood chips in my yard so far. John: Wow! Jake: And each truck is like, you know, dozens
and dozens of regular truckloads full, all for free. I just spread it myself. That’s why I get the gun. And the point of this is that it build the
soil, a healthy nutrient dense soil for my trees but also it can conserve an infinite
amount of water. We try that, do anything we can to make this
area to prevent evaporation and keep the water in our fruit trees and root system. John: Awesome Jake. So talking about water evaporation, man, you
got this nice pond behind me. And water must be evaporating out of that
pond as we speak. So why don’t you talk about that? Because I know a lot of people like a against
ponds because you’re wasting water. But what, what, why is that pond more sustainable
than having a lawn? And why is that pond good for you, your garden,
your fruit trees and your vegetables and all that? Jake: Well, first of all the fish is very
relaxing. So selfishly, I don’t take drugs for relaxing
or anxiety, I just watch my koi fish and all my koi fish were adopted off Craigslist from
families who couldn’t keep them anymore. So all rescued fish. Number two, there’s a study from U of A,
that you guys can look up yourselves on Google, that showed that a lawn compared to a pond
in somebody’s yard, the pond was a way better usage of water because it used less water
to maintain the level of the pond. Plus the dozens and dozens and dozens of different
varieties of native birds, native dragonflies, different native insects, that used the pond
as a lifeblood source were so much more abundant than a lawn. Because a lawn was only bound to attract the
pest bugs and the pest birds. And there was no use of the lawn besides,
and most people don’t even use their lawns John: Yeah Jake: Their kids don’t really play there,
their kids go somewhere else. So a total waste, it’s all just for ego. The pond is great because I also use the water
to water my trees as I call it, I call it Jake-aponics. So I, I’ve put a pump in there and I pump
the water out with a hose on all my tropical trees once a week. Then I fill the pond back up again. So it uses no more water than a pool, and
everybody has a pool in Phoenix. So if you’re going to have a pool, you might
as well get rid of your pool and do a pond. You can use the water for your trees, you
can have fish, you can provide a lifeblood source to all the native wildlife. And truly I have great blue herons, cranes,
I have kingfishers, cactus wrens, I mean so many birds I don’t even know what they are. And the amount of different colored dragonflies
is amazing. I mean, I’m so happy with this pond, I built
it myself from scratch. I’m about to upload a video on my VeganAthlete
Youtube channel. I spent three and a half years in the making. It’s going to be an hour and a half long
video of my pond from beginning to end. I’ve just been editing it John: Time lapse Jake: No, well it’s just me John: That’s how you made it ? Jake: How I made it from scratch John: oh wow Jake: over a 3 year period. And I built the pond from scratch. It has a rubber liner in it so all the water
stays in. And I just, I think it’s a great use of
water. John: Yeah Jake: Plus I harvest rain water off my house John: Oh into the pond Jake: into the pond John: that’s great. Yeah water collection. Cool! So Jake, talking about water, how much do
you water your different fruit trees that we, some of ones that we talked about and
some of the ones that you just have rowing that we actually didn’t mention in this
video? Jake: You know, I would, depends on the tree. All the natives I don’t have to water. The Moringa trees, I don’t have to water
those anymore. They’re already big enough and they can
take it on their own. But since my property is pretty young, this
whole property full of over 200 fruit trees and several thousand square feet of raised
bed gardens, was just a clay lot 5 years ago. So I’m watering a little more than I have
to just to push off new growth to get my trees into fruiting stage. So I could probably water less than I do. But as my water bill increases 1 dollar, my
food bill decreases 3 dollars. So I save a lot more money on my food bill
if I have the fruit here at home. And then grow things that are water conscious. Like grapes, dragon fruit, edible cactus,
and native trees. John: Cool. So how much is your water bill? Because I know people are wondering about
that Jake: I, I think that’s kind of like a personal
question, that’s kind of like how much do you make? So I don’t want to say the exact thing. But you know in the winter time, it’s probably
about a 100 bucks. And in the summer time it does get to several
hundreds in the heat like right now in the heat of summer. But once the monsoon season begins, I can
water less and all the water from my roof and my solar panels goes into my water catch
system. And again, I really believe in this. If you’re growing your own food at home,
it doesn’t matter how much water you’re using. Because those of you who are not even vegan
out there are using way more water for meat food than for plant food first of all. John: But, but you’re not using it directly. You’re just buying the Jake: Correct John: in the meat they use so much water to
grow meat and animal products Jake: And so this is not John’s opinion,
this is my opinion, that having a vegan diet as part of your life is infinitely good for,
for conserving water. Number two, growing the food at home should
be what the water is for. John: Yeah Jake: you know. And then if you are going to grow food at
home, use the wood chips to keep it in the soil, the water in the soil. And also grow drought tolerant trees like
the moringa, ironwood, Palo verde, mesquite, grapes, dragon fruit. Even like carob and, and those kind of trees
are really low water. John: Yeah Jake. So it maybe your, your opinion on that topic
but it’s also actually a fact that vegetables take way less and fruit trees take way less
more water per calorie than animal products. Because we got to grow the crops for the animals,
then we got to feed them, and then we got to feed the water, the water to more animals. So if you’re an environmentalist, right,
you should be minimizing or eliminating all the animal products in you guys’ diet. And grow your own. Even if the water bill is more expensive. Jake: Yeah John: Because that water has to come from
somewhere. And California may be in a drought, but a
lot of that water for California is going to animal agriculture. And if it was going to vegetable agriculture
they’d be able to grow far more. Or if that vegetable agriculture that’s
being fed to cows i.e. corn soy, went to grow food for people, you know, I believe we wouldn’t
have a food shortage if it’s being done very efficiently due to government subsidies
that I don’t actually believe it. So Jake: You know, because we’re, we’re growing
incredible food as a human population. And we’re giving it to animals instead of
to ourselves. And so I think that growing at home is not
only is growing your own food at home, like John talks about, really good for the planet,
but it’s also good for you. Because the nutrients are there in the foods
you’re eating, right? Plus it doesn’t have to be shipped. Plus, I’m really thinking of this lately,
all my, I do gardening classes and gardening tours now in addition to martial art classes. I’m like, kind of like a Mr Miyagi, where
we do the gardening and the, and the martial arts. But, but I painted a fence, I painted. And I waxed the car on and waxed the car off
like I sat on the floor . But what I’ve been teaching lately is that, I lost my train
of thought here, I’ve been teaching lately is that John: oh it was when you waxed off that you’re
like losing your train of thought. Jake: we were talking about water usage. I went into the brain fun. Oh yeah, I say that, you know, that water
that we are using should be for growing your own food at home. And the more food that you guys out there
can produce in your own front and back yard will free you from work, okay. Those of you out there that have to work two
jobs or over 40 hours a week because the economy is still not good, you’re working a job
that pays you too little and you got to work way too many hours. If all your food is grown at home, you will
find that you could actually work less hours because you’ll be healthier and you’ll
have more money to go spend on other things. And so I really would encourage you guys to
grow your food at home like John says, keep on growing because it’s a way to free yourself
from the slavery that is modern day capitalism. That’s getting kind of creepsy but John: Yeah I know that the tyranny of capital
, I agree, you know. I want you guys to be producers instead of
consumers. And you know, as much as you guys think oh
man Jake’s water bill, that’s too expensive, I couldn’t afford that. Dude, you guys are buying food! And still like okay so you’re cheap food
at the dollar store and it’s like cheap food. That’s even worse because now you’re ruining
your health and now your healthcare bill is going to cost you more money. It’s like where do you want your money to
go, right? You could invest it in your health yourself. And, you know, not having to work. Or you could invest it in cheap food, you
know, expensive healthcare later. But John, I got insurance that pays the health
bills. Well somebody is paying it. That’s one of my dad’s saying is John
there’s no such thing as a free lunch, somebody’s always paying, right. The money has to come from somewhere. So I want you guys to take responsibility,
right Jake: If you have a heart attack, I got to
pay for it indirectly, you know John: Everybody pays indirectly. Yeah if you are insurance system, that once
again that’s something that I want, that Obama care that I don’t necessarily believe
in either, where we got to pay this bs crap Jake: yeah John: because I don’t need healthcare, man. Health is about if you eat healthy you’re
not going to have to go to the doctor. I rarely ever get sick. And when I do got to go to the doctor, I pull
money up and pay right. Maybe once a year I broke my arm. A couple years ago actually. It was at my brothers house. So actually insurance covered that, I didn’t
have to pay. But you know, otherwise I never get sick,
you know. Most people go to the doctor for things that
they need, that they don’t need to go to for. Like you know, things, problems with their
heart and cancer and things that may be able to be prevented and probably be able to prevented
it in my opinion, by eating proper and not eating junk foods. The other thing is, you know, even if you’re
paying your water bill, you got to like bring in wood chips and you can’t get them free
like Jake does, and you got to buy rock dust, it’s expensive. Jake gets it for like really cheap like I
do. Or you know, whatever, and you got to build
infrastructure bringing in compost to build your raised beds, this is an investment. Jake: Yeah John: And it’s an investment in your property,
it’s going to make your property value more for those people that appreciate it. So yes that’s going to be a little bit smaller
of a market. But also it’s an investment in your health
and your future. And your kid’s future, right. And being able to have food in case shit hits
the fan, right Jake: yeah John: And so invest in yourselves, in your
property, in the food you’re growing. And don’t think of it as an expense, right. Oh it’s just so expensive my water bill. Like my water bill growing vegetables, because
let me tell you guys, vegetables are a lot less thirsty and take less water than the
trees. If you’re going to grow the trees, grow
the trees that I showed you guys in this episode because those are the ones that are water
conserving because they’re the best ones for the desert climate, right. Not some of the extra curricular bonus trees
and things that I showed you, but some of the core trees that we talked about. Or grow some vegetables because, you know,
vegetables take a lot less water than the trees because why? Trees are huge! They got to feed their whole vascular system
water so that they don’t dehydrate. Vegetable plants are a lot smaller. And that’s why I like growing your greens. You could grow greens inside, micro greens. A couple spray, sprays of water, you know,
to spray your seeds down, to keep them a little bit moist, will grow them a lot compared to
that not much water is not going to do crap for a tree. So yeah, grow vegetables if you’re like
one of those water saving fanatics who are like, like Jake does. Catch your water, have it run off the house
into, you know, big ivc totes like he does, or run it into your pond so that you, you
could reuse the water and use it properly, you know, when it’s monsoon season or when
it’s raining out. Jake: Yeah. And then I even personally in my opinion about
my vegetable garden is I put a little more coconut coir than I should have because I
want to keep the moisture in the soil. John: Another thing for moisture Jake is,
you know, add organic matter. So Jake: yeah John: like, if you guys are tilling up your
garden everyday you know or every season with a rototiller, you’re losing organic matter,
you’re losing the microbes. The microbes actually allow you to use less
water. Mycorrhiza I think it’s like 20% you could
use 20% less water if you have a good mycorrhizal colonies and activity and a whole bunch of
different microbes and bacteria in your soil. And also getting, you know, more drought tolerant
crops in your garden. I mean, this, this video was more about the
fruits. but hey Jake let’s talk about vegetables since you guys, you grow some amazing vegetables
here in Phoenix. Like, what are some of your tips for the water
saving vegetables that grow well here in the, in the summer time? Jake: Well, plant them in a micro climate
two of them in a John: Like you’re under a big tree Jake: Mesquite tree, yeah. I use the mesquite tree to diffuse the light,
you know, specially seasonally. So I plant it in a way where in the summer
time the mesquite tree plays more of a role for shade than in the winter time. I put a little more coconut coir when everybody
tells me to put this amount of peat moss, coconut coir, I use coconut coir, I want to
be more sustainable, I put a little more, I just think it really keeps the moisture
in the soil better. And I will even once my plants get established
and they’re looking pretty good and they’re producing tomatoes and peppers, I put a little
bit of mulch on top of the soil to keep the water in the root system. Some of my tricks. And then I also I did an irrigation system
which the last time John was here, he made fun of me for not having any irrigation system
and I couldn’t let this little raw vegan guy John: little?! Jake: make fun of me. So he’s pretty big. I couldn’t let him make fun of me so I put
an irrigation system the next week. And it’s been conserving water because I
can turn it on during, you know, little incremental periods during the day. And then it also saves me a lot of time. And also what you were saying, you know, along
the lines of money, you know, vote with your dollar. John: yeah Jake: in today’s world. I think that the ability that we have to vote
for politicians is infinitely less important in today’s world than voting with your money. So take this stuff and spend it on you. And do that in the form of your garden. Because in ten years, your garden is worth
a lot of money, and that money goes into feeding you and everybody wins John: and specially if food’s starting to
get scarce in the future, which you never know what’s going to happen with companies
being in control of your life basically. Jake: That’s why we have the martial arts
and, to defend us all John: So yeah like if shit hits the fan, Jake’s
got martial arts to kick your ass Jake: my wife has guns John: and he’s growing his own food. oh yeah and the wife has guns yeah , so don’t
mess with Jake Jake: I think though if we get to that point
we’re it’s going to be in a bad state John: and if the aliens come like your shirt,
then we’re just screwed anyways Jake: I think that, oh my god, if aliens come
I’m the first to go. I’ll be the first in line saying, you know
on this shirt it says I want to believe. So I want to believe that you guys can grow
your food at home. But I think that, you know, guys like John,
look at John. I mean, he’s a 20 plus year plant based
raw guy that grows his food at home and he’s in great shape. I mean, he’s trim. John right now could run several miles if
he needed to, to get away from something. And that’s what health’s all about is,
eating for health, doing hobbies that are healthy so that if you had to run or be athletic
and be an animal again, you could. And 90% of people that I meet, they, they
couldn’t run anywhere. They’re, they’re, they’re too unhealthy
to be a real animal. So growing food at home is step one to getting
yourself into a really healthy state inside and out. John: Yeah I mean, besides just growing the
stuff at home too, I want you guys eating it! And actually there was a video that Jake and
I made last time together, you know. Jake: Yeah John: As much as like a lot of people grow
food at home, I mean, they’ll grow food at home in a garden thing and then they’ll
go out to eat McDonalds or a fast food place. Or like in a gardening event they will have
like all this cake and cookies, man. No let’s eat, let’s bring the stuff from
the garden! Jake: Yeah John: Like I really want you guys to eat that. So, so Jake, what’s a tip, like one, your
best tip for people to eat more out of their garden, like why should they do it? Jake: Because if you put the work into growing
the food in your garden, you, you’ll be so stubborn you won’t let it go to waste. Seriously, you will eat more healthy because
you will force yourself to eat the food that you worked hard to grow. It sounds dumb, but kids too, you know. Kids will eat the food if it comes from the
garden. My little niece, Lilian came over the other
day and she was like I want to go to the garden. We went where do you want to go? She goes, I want to go to the carrots. She knew where, where they were. And she knew to go the garden bed for carrots
instead of a fast food bag for food. John: Cool Jake: I thought that was so cool. So I always say grow the food at home so that
you actually eat it and then put it in this hole and let it become all of this. Because if you let it go to waste then it
does nobody any good John: Yeah and a lot of people might say,
John how do you use you know, this food or that food, right? One of my favorites ways to use pretty much
any food if I got too much is to juice it. Because Jake: yeah John: juicing it, you’re going to compress
down the nutrition and you’re going to get rid of all the fiber Not that the fiber is
not good. We do need fiber, right. But we need more nutrition is more important
in my opinion than just simply fiber that feeds our bacteria in our guts and actually
keeps us clean as a broom, right. We need phytonutrients and phytochemicals. So juicing it reduces it, you know, so you
could actually get that into you. I could take 5 lbs of carrots and it reduces
down to like 5 cups of juice. And I got all the nutrition for me and my
worms get all the fiber. And then it, you know, indirectly feeds my
next season’s garden. Jake: And whenever I see you’re always juicing
stuff. And juicing number one I would say juicing
is one of the most important ways to consume your veggies. And then also dehydrating John: Yeah dehydrating. But yeah, don’t become dehydrated. So that’s why I like juicing because it
has the water rich, water richness. But juicing first, yeah, even like make some
juice and then freeze it, right. And then if you got to of course dehydrate
your food. And if you’re going to re-eat your food
after you dehydrate it, soak it in water first, you know. And Jake’s getting one of his special foods
for you guys. Jake: Some of the stuff you guys could juice
the stuff like this. So you can juice beets that you grow. John: That’s a beet that Jake grew. And this is one that I’ve brought from my
house! Jake: what? lies John: Look at that, man! That thing’s huge! Alright, just kidding. Alright, Jake, what is this beet man? Jake: These are some beets that I got from
Baker Creek’s seed company. And I just had not seen them in the garden. The other day I went I saw them in the garden
and they were hiding from me. And boom! An over ripe crazy big beet that’s grown
in rock dust and worm castings. John: So Jake, what to you do if your beet’s
this big? Jake: Well, probably juice it, honestly, juice
them up. John: Yeah, juice. Beet juice, really good. Specially if you have some, you know, problems
with your blood pressure and, and heart stuff. And, you know, also you cook up your beets,
right Jake: or kung fu weapons John: Yeah i mean, i’ll beat you over the
head with it, boom! Jake: But you know, it’s fun. Gardening is fun, it’s a healthy hobby physically. Like John says all his muscles come from his
composter and from his garden John: yeah Jake: I really think that it’s an important
thing to do. So I definitely got to say I know this video
has got to end pretty soon, but I’ve been inspired by John Kohler’s videos. When I first started gardening, you know,
5,6 years ago, I didn’t know where to go. I took a couple classes in town from some
local people that I am not friends with. But the majority of my garden experience was
living through John’s Youtube videos because I watched him transform his San Francisco
house from a grass lawn into a raised bed system. And I just copied his soil, i copied his arbor,
I copied his raised beds. I was, you know, at the time, you guys know
me on Youtube for martial arts. If you guys go search Jake Mace on Youtube
you’ll find my kung fu and tai chi videos and our Shaolin center kung fu and tai chi
channel now has 325,000 followers and 50 million views. When I first started Youtube, I didn’t know
what to do. I wanted to make videos. I just copied John’s format. He would say “Alright! It’s John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com!” And then I would say Hey it’s Jake Mace
with jakemace.com because he’s the only guy that I knew that was doing Youtube full
time. So I want to thank John for putting his life
on, online because I’ve learned a lot. Not just with gardening but also with a lot
of other things though. Thanks for all that, all the helpful videos. John: oh you’re welcome, Jake. So yeah, this video has got to come to an
end. It’s already too long and I know a lot of
you guys complain when it gets too long. So Jake, any last words for my viewers today
about growing in the desert. I mean, in the extremes here in Phoenix that
I can’t handle since I’m totally sweating. In Vegas I’d be fine, but here I don’t
know. Jake: You know, I would say specifically grow
date palms John: yeah, I agree Jake: grow date palms. I would say grow fig trees. I would grow edible cactus like the prickly
pears and any time you find one that has delicious fruit, take a pad off and grow it at home. I showed you some. Grow grapes. Try growing dragon fruit and, and then on
the side experiment with some other things like bananas if you want to experiment. But those things i mentioned first are the
best things to grow in the Phoenix area. John: Well yeah I would say jujubes Jake: oh the, the jujubes are so good. And moringa. John: yeah moringa, can’t forget that Jake: I mean, I would even say almost more
important than wheatgrass is to eat and juice and consume your moringa. And those trees are amazing. I got one behind the camera now that’s gone
from seed to 10 foot tall moringa tree in 6 months. You guys get the seeds in 25 pack, a pack
of 25 seeds for 4 bucks from jakemace.com John: that’s cool Jake: yeah John: So yeah, oh the other tree that I would
recommend, I didn’t get to show you guys because this is fruit video, was the Egyptian
spinach. So Egyptian spinach, another really good green,
actually better, better tasting than the moringa, more mild to grow in the summer time because,
you know, greens are the most important. But anyways Jake, if somebody wants to learn
more about you, order the seeds, watch your videos on kung fu or gardening, how can they
learn about you and all that? Jake: You got two Youtube channels. You got VeganAthlete on YouTube or Shaolin
Center on Youtube. But just in the Youtube search bar, search
Jake Mace and you’ll find me. Or go to jakemace.com . You can also join
my very popular Facebook gardening group at Urban Gardening In Arizona. John: Cool. cool, yeah. And we did, we did a clip today. You could actually see when I was here, because
this has actually been filmed and then probably posted later on my channel. But I did a live shot with Jake this morning Jake: it was live, and also follow John John: yeah Jake: John and I on Instagram John: yeah Jake: That would be a place to get it John: yeah check my Instagram thing, yeah. I’ve tried to post a picture every day Jake: I love the live videos. it’s kind
of raw, people like it. And the Urban gardening group, you can kind
of get notified when the live video comes out. But you never know who’s going to join me
for a live video. It could be John Kohler John: Cool, cool Right on, Jake. Well I’ve had definitely fun here eating
some of your fruit. I think I’m going to go ahead and eat some
more before I leave. And if you guys enjoyed this episode with
Jake hey please give me a thumbs up. If I get enough thumbs up I’ll be sure to
actually make a special drive down to Phoenix, maybe not in the middle of summer. Maybe like in September when it cools off
a little bit. So I’ll raid through his other fruit trees
he’s got going on at that time and share with you guys what he’s doing. Because Jake’s doing some amazing work. And I wish I had a place this big to grow
even more fruit trees than Jake’s growing. Because my place is way smaller but, And I
hope that one day Jake expands his vegetable garden and grows more greens, you know. I’m sure Jake eats lots of fruits. But, you know, he looks a little bit green
deficient to me. But anyways, and I want you guys to grow your
greens too. And also be sure to share this video with
somebody else that lives in a desert environment. Whether that’s Las Vegas , Phoenix, you
know, New Mexico, southern Texas, wherever, because it’s going to allow them to grow
things that are easy so that they could get rid of that lawn, get rid of those rocks in
landscape and start actually growing some things that’s going to benefit them, and
actually save water at the same time Jake: and as a result, freedom from the system John: And yeah, free yourselves from the system. I mean, as much as you guys think I teach
gardening, I really want to teach you guys about freedom and having more true freedom
than this artificial freedom that we all believe in. Because when you’re a slave to the system,
whatever system that is, the food system, the government system, you know, the job system,
the corporate system, you’re a slave. Even though we’re free and we abolished
slavery years ago. So anyways , let me get on with. So yeah also be sure to check my past episodes. I have a lot of episodes, mostly having to
do with how to grow your own food. Jake: And I’m also thankful for these videos
on your channel because you came here a year ago. So people can watch our last video and they
can see how my yard is changing year by year. John: Yeah, check it out. Link down below in the description. Also be sure to click that Subscribe button
right down below! Super important. I have videos every 3 to 4 days. You never know where I’m going to show up
in the world and you never know what you’re going to learn. And you’re always going to learn something
new because that’s part of my goals every time I film new videos. I want to teach you guys something you guys
could use in your life. And not just a stupid 3 minute video, hey
this is how you plant a date palm. And then you don’t get the back story on
really how or why to do it. And I think that’s a big problem with our
educational system and our young people of today. So I appreciate you guys that are younger
that have watched through this whole video because you guys are really learning the nuts
and bolts of how to really make things work instead of just this quick how to thing where
you really don’t get to know stuff. And now I really know why my dad talks so
much. So, I love you dad if you’re watching this. My dad doesn’t watch my videos, so. Jake: Hey I’m , I’m 34, my guess is you’re
younger John: hey you’re a young kid Jake: Yes John: But anyways, so hope you guys enjoyed
this episode. Once again, my name is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com
We’ll see you next time, and until then remember- keep on growing.