Aquaponics, Fruits and Vegetables Gardening in the Las Vegas Food Desert

John from goes on a field trip to Cowboy Trail Farms to share with you how they are growing fruits, vegetables and even fish sucessfully in the Las Vegas Desert. Many people believe you can’t grow in the desert. In this video you will learn some of the techniques that can assure your sucess if you garden in the desert or other places. Finally you will learn about the aquaponics they have growing to grow fish and food.

24 Responses to “Aquaponics, Fruits and Vegetables Gardening in the Las Vegas Food Desert”

  1. Cilantro bolts easily in hot weather. Try growing culantro. Its a tropical green that tastes very similiar to cilantro and grows in the heat.

  2. I’m interested in the success these guys have had with cilantro. This is my favorite herb but I just can’t seem to grow it here in summer without it reaching for the sky. I’ve wondered how it would go in shade and I’m definitely going to give it a try now. It’s a key ingredient in Thai food and those guys put up with some heat. Perhaps shade is the secret.

  3. This is encouraging. I’m growing in an arid environment in Australia. Basil grows like crazy here. Lots of pesto. It never complains. With the heat all you need to do is get the nutrients and water into the beds and get busy very quickly. Absolutely agree about shade with the solanums. In open ground they just burn at the peak temperature times. This seems to go against the advice you get in gardening literature but you really need some shade on them in a super hot, peak temperature environment.

  4. You should have covered the other tropics, papayas are boring

  5. Most fish wouldn’t mind a higher alkaline water (to an extent). Its the plants that suffer. They prefer slightly acid so its a fine line to keep both happy. Between 6.2 and 7 is prime for a system.

  6. Concrete may also contain substances we don’t want leaching into water that goes on our food, or that could end up in the fish we eat. Fly ash from coal-fired electric generators typically contains significant amounts of toxic materials like: mercury, arsenic & cadmium (better in concrete than the air, but for growing food, or storing potable water?). Formaldehye-containing compounds are used to increase the ‘plasticity’ of the concrete mix. Things to consider when using concrete.

  7. John, have you ever watched the “Greening The Desert” videos on youtube? It’s FANTASTIC! I know you are a busy guy, but I also know you’ll be amazed if you take the time to watch these videos :)

  8. man oh man doing it in Vegas! I got get it going! Plan it up now.

  9. Dude… you said “Bull Honkey” – 5:53
    That was hilarious… I had 6th grade flash-backs. Thanks for keepin’ in real !!

  10. I’m sure there are several varieties of native cichlids like sunfish and bluegill that are legal and would actually do well in hard alkaline water.

  11. that makes sense, but ammonia shouldn’t be a problem if the system is properly cycled…I could see removing solids sort of, but that’s a very small filter for that size of a tank just for solids.

  12. very very cool john! I think this was actually one of the more interestig videos you have done, field trip wise. Nothing beats your home garden, but this field trip video was AWESOME!

  13. My dad has been growing a pomegranate tree as a bonsai for 8 or 9 years now, it fruits in Canada! But the fruit is miniature, and I have not tried it. It survives in our garage in the winter.

  14. I am pretty sure it is a nutrient filter. You need to control things like ammonia as well as solids before sending FT water on to your GB. IMO I thought they put much thought into their farm. I am fairly certain they will come up with the right combination. Great job John! I enjoy your videos.

  15. zucchini… it grows well in our desert along with the basil plants, which is perfect for cooking.. I found that basil brings out the best flavor of the zucchini’s…

  16. John I love your videos. I especially love and really respect that you never look down upon anyone for their preferred style of growing. A lot of people are really into growing in certain ways and don’t really understand that other people see gardening different than them, but not you!

  17. Perennial vegetables, awesome! Will do that for my 45 gallon container. Thanks for great info again.

  18. It’s always good to dream big, John. But what’s even better is, not only do you show us places like this, but that you go back later so see how things are going. Thanks.

  19. 1:00 looks like the community of the future.

  20. Funny, I heard John say “ImporTANT” just like my half Japanese half euro friend, I wonder if John is of the same stock?

  21. Blessings upon Basil, but the best summer herb to grow… aint legal.

  22. Happy there was nothing from the desert in that raised bed waiting for your fingers.

  23. Drying up Lake Mead :[

  24. Cement tanks spike pH only if you don’t break it in first. Once the tank is run through a purging process, cement tanks are as stable as any other.
    Iron deficiency is a constant issue with AP, that’s why it’s a good idea to put Chelated Iron into the system every couple weeks.