How to Build a Raised Bed Garden with No Tools Choose the Best Soil
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Roommate, they live in a house here, wants to get a garden! so i said hey i’ll donate all my labor, you got to pay for the materials and i can make a tutorial to share with others how you guys could do it too! so literally i was dropped here and i don’t, i haven’t researched like places to get the compost and where to build the raised bed and all these different things.And so i’m going to make it happen in just two days.And today is the second day.Yesterday was the first day, the first day i, you know, did a lot.
Of research, went online, called places up, talked to them about soil and, and then, and then i figured out where i’m going to get the stuff.Then i drove around to where i’m going to buy the stuff.Bought the stuff, brought it all back and now we’re just going to go ahead and assemble it and set up this raised bed garden with no tools! because i don’t got no tools.So i want to show you guys that you guys can grow a garden without tools.Now we’re not going to set this garden up in the front yard.As you guys could see it’s.
A nicely manicured lawn with two nice trees, lots of shade.And, you know, shade is not necessarily the best place to set up a garden.They do have some side area that maybe doesn’t get the shade.But also, you know, many home owners associations nowadays have restrictions on what you can and can’t do in the front yard.And i think that really personally sucks.Don’t move into a place that has a hoa where you can’t, you know, plant what you guys want to plant.And if you already live there, then you’re going to do what i’m doing.
Today, is grow in the back yard.Also in many cases growing in the back yard’s a lot safer because you’re not going to have random people passing by stealing your crops.And also some of the exhaust fumes of the cars driving by, you know, getting on your plants, if you’re super paranoid.Anyways, for those and other reasons, we’re going to go ahead and grow the garden in the back yard today.It’s also a lot more convenient to get in and out from the kitchen.So yeah, let’s go and head into the back yard and show you guys the back yard.And share with.
You guys what we’re going to do and how easy it is to grow your own food at home.So now i’m in the back yard and it actually looks pretty huge on the tutorial, right.Well it’s as big as a foot ball field! well, maybe not quite.You could probably play some volleyball.It’s definitely big enough for a couple volleyball courts maybe and badminton courts.I don’t know if it’s big enough for soccer.Or baseball or anything like that.But it’s a really nice size back yard.And unfortunately this time it’s kind of, in.
My opinion, being wasted.There’s a lawn that she has to get the mower guy to come in and mow.And it really doesn’t serve her because she doesn’t have kids and all this kind of stuff.And yeah it’s not really doing much aside from just growing and maintenance.So why not do something better with the back yard than just grow grass why not grow food we all need to eat each and every day.And by growing some of your own food, that could reduce your food bill.But more importantly you’re making an investment in the most.
Important thing you guys have it’s your health! this is why i got into gardening.For my health.You know, at a young age i almost lost my life.The s told me when i was in the emergency room that john you might not make it out of here alive.I’m like well don’t you have a treatment for me he said no.And when you’re in that situation, life versus not life, you think long and hard about what’s important.Is it really important to go out and buy and make money and to buy a car and all this kind.
Of stuff you know even if i had a million dollars, i couldn’t pay the off a million dollars to get me better.I mean, rich people lose their lives all the time despite having all the money in the world.Because, you know, in some cases medicine is really good but in other cases it’s not so good.And so i want you guys to put your money into your health.The number one way to do that, in my opinion, is to grow some of the highest quality food that you’re now able to grow at home.So that simply is.
What she’s going to do here.And so i met with her yesterday, and her goal is actually to turn this whole back yard into a food producing farm, which i think is great.And, you know, we talked about like she wants to get maybe fruit trees along the edges of the yard.And i’m like okay, well kinda doing the math and how much it costs, like fruit trees, depending on where you get them they could run from like $20 on unto $100 each.But i kind of.
Figured $20 to $40 for small ones.And then, you know, some good soil.And so to do her whole yard and fruit trees, i don’t know man, like a 1000 bucks or something like that.So i’m like yeah, that kind of gets expensive but that’s i mean like 20 fruit trees.And over the years that’s going to pay for themselves in the amount of fruit.Have you guys priced like ripe figs lately man they’re like 5 or 6 dollars a pound.And then they’re not even that good because they’re picked too early, right when you guys grow your.
Own stuff, you get to choose when you want to harvest it.So anyways, so then she talked about getting raised beds.And i talked about making a site plan and a map of like every square inch and how she could pack raised beds in here and all this kind of stuff.And i don’t know, it’s, she wants to do a lot, right.And i’m like well, i’m only here for a couple more days so i can’t really do much.But why don’t we do this, why don’t we start out with like one or two raised bed gardens.
To get you started, to get you growing, to get your feet wet literally.I mean, she works all the time, she doesn’t have a lot of time to dedicate, you know, to gardening.She doesn’t want to be out here all the time.And even if you’re one of those people that, you know are working all the time and are busy with other things, you know, you don’t have to put a lot of time into gardening.She literally puts in no time in this back yard and the grass still grows.What’s the difference about growing some different kinds.
Of plants besides grass some of the stuff actually we’re growing is grass! not that kind of grass.But, but yeah provided you set it up properly, a garden could grow without you.Look at nature all around us! there’s all these trees and all these things and things grow out in the forest, right there’s no humans involved with that.Nature’s involved.It rains, you know, the sun comes out, things grow! so, you know, you are your biggest enemy when it comes to gardening because you could get in the way, you could overwater, you.
Could underwater, you know.And you could have maybe not the best soil and you could do all these things to screw up.So what i want to show you guys in this tutorial is like a good solid way you could grow a garden and hopefully be successful.And these are just practices that i use in my garden and i teach on youtube.So if you’re interested in learning more about gardening besides this one tutorial, be sure to check my other tutorials.I have over 1100 tutorials showing you guys all.
Aspects on how to grow your own food.I have tutorials where i set up my personal, you know, tract home with a garden in the front yard and in the back yard, and doing the different methods.And i’ve gone over to different friend’s houses and set them up with gardens and i haven’t done one of these in a while where i set somebody up with a garden to show you guys what i would do if i was dropped somewhere and i don’t know the area, i don’t.
Know what’s available.And that’s what this is about.So anyways, we’re going to go ahead and start with 2 small raised beds, probably actually right where the camera is.It’s kind of like a shadier spot.The back yard gets really good full sun.So this is really excellent for growing most things.But what she wants to start off with are low maintenance crops because she doesn’t have a lot of time.So i said well, hey, that’s easy.The easiest low maintenance crop are herbs.Herbs pretty much just kind of grow,.
Most of them are perennial they grow year round, you don’t have to do much to them, without much input from you! and so we’re going to start an herb garden that basically gets full sun and then some afternoon shade, which i think will be a good thing because some herbs don’t like to bake in the full sun, specially when you’re growing some of the ones that are maybe more meant to grow in the fallwinter time and they don’t like, you know, the hot humid summers here.So i guess, in any case let’s go ahead and sit down and show you guys all the supplies.
I bought, where i bought them, how much they cost, yada yada yada, so that you guys could model this and do it yourself too.And before we sit down, i want to let you guys know personally, you know, i get a lot of enquiries all the time john, can i pay you to come out and put in my garden’ and all this kind of stuff.And that’s not what i do.No, i don’t do that! i don’t put in gardens! you’re thinking, john, you’re putting one in.
Today!’.Well, that’s because this my girlfriend.You know, where my girlfriend lives and i want my girlfriend to have a garden, and my girlfriend’s room mate to have a garden, and i want to make a tutorial for you guys to show you guys because i don’t want to do things for you guys, right.You know, feed a man a fish, feed him for a day teach him how to fish, feed him for his lifetime.I want to show you guys how to grow your own garden! i’m sharing with you guys how to exactly do it so you guys could it yourself.
And it takes a little bit of muscle labor to lift some bags up, you know.You know, compost bags and haul them in your car and bring them home and to set it up.But it’s really easy, you guys could do it! and i’m here to help! don’t tell home depot, i’m using their logo.Anyways, let’s go ahead and sit down and show you guys what i got.So now i’m going to go ahead and share with you guys what i went out and bought yesterday and where i bought them here in this area.So the first step is i researched the soil.
The soil is potentially where you can save the most money if you go to like a soil yard and you buy bulk soil.So if you got a pick up truck they could take, you know, a cubic yard and dump it in your pickup truck, you could drive it home.You’ll be done, in this area, depending on the cubic yard of soil that you’re getting, a standard compost style mixture would run $40 to $50 a cubic yard for like a raised bed mixture, it’s going to run you $120 a yard if you want to get, you know, fairly good stuff.Of course,.
Different soil yards are going to tell you oh you could get this stuff, that’s whats people use.But it may not be the stuff that i would use, you know.My preference would be to buy stuff, you know, from the soil yard.And then like buy additional things to put in it to make my own custom blend.That way you’re saving the most money but then getting the exact blend you want instead of buying a premixed blend.Now of course, if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, i do recommend you guys buy a premix blend made for raised.
Bed gardening.So yeah, basically i called the soil yard that i liked the most, and they said that you could buy a yard there and then you could bag it up yourself so you could get the yard price but then bag it, so you could carry it in a car.And they said you could only do that on saturdays.And so i got to be out of here before saturday.Not going to be able to do that.And so i ended up buying the bag soil mix, which is not my.
First choice.I don’t necessarily recommend that for you guys.But for some people, if you don’t got a truck it’s like your only choice.So that’s what you’re going to have to do.And then i recommend you guys shop around like i did to get some of the best stuff.So the first stop i made was, actually to get the soil, was at this place called the bright ideas hydroponics in austin.And there we got this stuff.This is the premium compost soil mender soil mix.Premium blend of composted cotton burs and organic top soil, natural.
Organic.And it says inoculated with beneficial microbes.So this is a really nice blend there.Mostly compost with some soil.And so this is kind of like the cheap filler i’m using to get something, you know, at least some compost in there and some top soil to mix in with my raised bed mixture.The base mixture that i like to use in general that i’m deviating a little bit from is 1231 raised bed mixture.So it’s a one third of the mixture is compost, one third of the mixture is the coconut coir or the peat moss and one third.
Is the vermiculite.So i’m trying to model that by buying premixed up in bags because my budget was kind of small and i kind of need to fit a lot in in the budget.So each of these soil mender bags were only $3.They gave me a 2 for 1 deal on it so that was really cool.And i got one, two , three, four, five, six, seven of them.And then next we got this guy right here.We got one, two, three, four, five, six of these bags.And.
This is called the sustainable organic triple power compost from gosh organics, organics by gosh, and they’re another local company you could actually, this is a soil yard i was going to go to but unless you have a truck you can’t bag it yourself.It’s more expensive to buy by the bag.This is a one cubit foot bag.The last one was maybe 1.5 cubic feet.And this bag was $4.So this includes a blend of vegetable and fruit matter that’s been turned into compost along with yard waste, along probably with some manure as well.And.
This is sustainable organic.Now one of the things i want to tell you guys about is all the products that say they say organic on the label, and unlike if you buy something with usd organic on produce, which actually there is a legal definition, there’s no really legal definition of organic on a label.So you always should flip the bag and read the ingredients that are in there or minimally call the company so you guys know.Since there’s really no labeling laws.As long as it’s from nature, it’s considered organic in.
Terms of soil blends.Another thing i like to look for often times is omri.If it says omri, that means it’s, it can be used for growing organic produce which is a higher standard in my opinion than just saying organic on the label.Because people are now, you know, unfortunately abusing the term.We got one, two, three, four, five, six of these.These guys were $4 each.The next mixture i got was this guy.This is probably the main mixture i’m going to rely on this time.And this is by kellogg’s organics.And this is their new all natural.
Raised bed potting mix.And i got this because i have used the kellogg’s brand before, sometimes with varying results.So hopefully this is good stuff.And also, once again, i had a budget that i needed to conform to and this is one of the lowest cost raised bed mixtures that i’d actually trust.And so let’s go ahead and read off the ingredients on here.Oh so these guys were $10 each for 2 cubic feet.So that’s like $5 a cubic foot.So that’s only a dollar more than the stuff next to it.And this has a lot of.
Ingredients in there.So it’s really cool and it’s regionally formulated and in texas.This product contains recycled forest products, coconut coir, composted poultry manure, organic fertilizer see below, horticulture perlite, sand, sphagnum peat moss, worm castings, bat guano, ground dolomitic limestone as a ph adjustor, and kelp meal.And the fertilizer is from composted poultry manure dehydrated poultry manure, feather meal, bat guano, kelp meal, and worm castings.So this is a pretty good mix according to the bag.But i haven’t yet opened the bag up because what’s really important to me is actually what the soil mixture on the inside.
Of the bag looks like.I don’t want to see a lot of like sawdust or big wood type chips, you know.I like to see something like really broken down.And unfortunately most bagged products that you’ll buy in the store are not as broken down as i would like to see them.But, you know, we got to do what we can with the money we got and the time constraints that i had too.I had to get this together, as i said, in two days.So i bought a few.
Extras, you know.I had to kind of like maybe stretch the budget a little bit outside the budget because i really want to include some of these important things in for the garden, for the health of the crops and for the people that will be eating the crops.And also because i believe they are very important and keys to my natural organic biologic gardening style.You know, a lot of people think that teach organic gardening and they’ll say oh just use some manure, you know, and that will fertilize your crops.And, you know, while manure has,.
You know, certain levels of certain nutrients, you know, i think it can be missing in other regards and be deficient in other regards.And i’m not saying don’t use manures.Some of these, you know, bag fertilizer products have some manure but most of the bases of the compost that i’m using are from plants.And this is what, directly from plants, not indirectly from plants.Because when you’re getting manures, you know, you don’t know what’s in that manure.Were the chickens fed, you know, arsenic, high arsenic containing.
Grain, that now the arsenic is in the chicken.So if it stays in the chicken so when you eat the chicken you get arsenic.And then when it comes out of the chicken in it’s eggs or it’s poop, you know, now that compost also has arsenic in there.Could have heavy metal contamination.Could have things like antibiotics in there that’s ending up in the compost.Or bad bacteria even.So i really don’t want to like mess around with that.I’d rather use a plant based compost, fruit and vegetable scraps and wood chips composted,.
You know.That’s one of my favorite along with other select nutrients as i’m going to show you guys.So the first one that’s really important to me that i got as a kind of an extra.This is kind of like blew the budget as you guys saw.This stuff was 4 bucks, this stuff was 3 bucks, this stuff was 10 bucks but it’s like ends up $5 per cubic foot.This bag is 30 pounds and it was like 25 bucks.So it’s less than a dollar per pound i believe approximately.
And this is the wiggle worms soil builder earthworm castings.So the earthworm castings are probably one of my favorite fertilizers in the whole world.Even though like the numbers on it if it has it says 100 , which means oh man that doesn’t have a lot of nutrients in there, you know.The thing is i’m not getting necessarily the worm castings for the npk ratios because they are quite low.Why i’m getting the worm castings is for the biologic activity.These are the beneficial microbes like the beneficial fungi and bacteria.
And other things that are living in the soil that basically convert all the organic matter that’s in all the products i just showed you guys.It slowly breaks that down and the bacterial action, the fungal action, all the microbes and all the food soil creatures break down the organic matter and turn that into water soluble nutrients for the plants.Instead of adding the water soluble nutrients in the first place like miracle gro, that’s subverts the whole system of growing naturally.And, you know, i’m not going to say, i will say.
That one way in my opinion is better than the other, growing a natural biologic method.And i think in many cases, even organic gardening, sometimes the biology may be forgotten.But one of the reasons why i got this stuff, it says inoculated with beneficial microbes.So they don’t list exactly what’s on there.So hopefully they inoculate it with the beneficial fungi as well as the bacteria.But i know hopefully i’m going to be getting some in these earthworm castings.And not all earthworm castings are created equal, you know.The.
Earthworm castings are only as good as what the worms are being fed, right.And the best foods that i have determined to feed worms are number one, things high in chitin.So like crab meal, shrimp meal, nails, hair.Also things like cardboard.And then as well as, you know, food scraps that have been even precomposted.That would be really excellent to feed worms.And i mean, you could buy worm castings or you could set up bins to have your own worms.You could have worms in your garden beds that are making worm castings.
In place so that you don’t have to buy them if you don’t want to.Another thing i will say is, you know, i bought all this bagged soil.This is the majority of the purchase, you know, investments here, probably over maybe half of the money went to buying the highest quality and best soil i can.And i, if you don’t remember anything else from this tutorial, put your money in the soil, most important thing.You could have a nice expensive raised bed and buy the cheapest soil and then your garden’s not going to.
Grow well, right.I went around trying to get the highest quality stuff and i’ll cross my fingers because i’ve never experienced some of these products before.Hopefully they’ll be alright, right.So yeah, worm castings, very important.It’s an extra kind of thing that i added in to add the biology.Now besides just the biology, another thing that’s critical to my gardening style is this stuff right here.And this stuff is a heavy bag.It’s like a 40 pound bag.This was also around $25.And this is called the soil mender minerals plus.So this has lava.
Sand, granite sand, basalt, soft rock phosphate with colloidal clay, humates, and montmorillonites.And basically all these things are ground up rocks, and a varying kinds of ground up rocks.And what these ground up rocks do is they add the trace mineral component to the soil.And when you add the trace mineral component along with the organic matter component, along with the bacterial component, now you have the trifecta or triad of things you need to have a healthy gardening system.And in most cases, people might have the compost and organic.
Matter and that’s great.And the compost and organic matter does come with some biology in there, as long as you got some good stuff.We’re going to make sure we add the extra biology and also the compost and organic matter will have some trace minerals in there.But they might not have the wide spectrum of trace minerals from a blend of different kinds of rock dust powders or rock dusts, you know, whatever you want to call it.And this is providing up to 70 different trace minerals in the soil.This is something that is lacking.
Today in conventional farming, you know, conventional farming they deal with 3 numbers npk primarily and they may add up to 16 different minerals.I don’t want to do conventional farming.I don’t want to have the quality of produce they have, which is actually pretty crappy in my opinion.You know, i want to have high quality food.So i want to give the plant what it needs and, you know, and put it in there and let the plants and the microbes and all of them figure it out.But if it’s not in your soil, if it’s not getting in.
There, then your plants aren’t going to be able to absorb it.And i know some of you guys out there, well, john, man i compost leaves.My leaves have all the minerals in there.’.Well, you know, here’s the thing.Wherever your tree grew or the grass grew or the produce that you’re composting grew, in that soil there’s certain different trace minerals in there, right every different geologic rock deposit has different levels of different minerals.Some geologic deposits are, you know, have a lot of certain minerals but low in others, right and if you’re using the trees, the leaves off your trees.
And it only has certain minerals in the soil, it’s not going to be in, you know, the compost you’re making out of the leaves.So that’s why i like to ensure i have the minerals by buying stuff like the rock dust, you know, to get a wide spectrum of different trace minerals in there.So yeah, the rock dust, very important.Yeah that was, that probably put me over the budget, these two things alone.Let’s see, and next what we got is we got the plants! so these guys as i said, brite.
Ideas hydroponics, this guy and this guy were purchased actually at home depot.And then all these plants, while you could purchase plants like at home depot or lowe’s which is good for one reason but not good for others, i went to a place called the natural gardener in austin and i got the plants, all the plants pretty much, the herbs were like $2.29 each.And i got a few nonherbs like a tomato and some malabar spinach, they’re $1.69 each.That’s a decent price, you know, not a super good price but a decent price, you know, definitely.
Less than the home depot big box store.And these plants all look like they’re growing pretty well and healthy.And the, the thing about the natural gardener is that they have a wide selection.So, you know, they have like at least a dozen kinds of different basils and i chose some of my favorite ones that i’ll share with you guys in a little bit.And they have like i don’t know, 20 different kinds of rosemaries.So you could grow different varieties of rosemary.They each grow different, you know, taste a little bit different, look.
A little different and all that stuff.So i really like local garden centers and to support them whenever i can.These 20 plants were approximately $48.So about $50 for all these plants that we’ll be planting out, which we’ll go over in a little bit.But i mainly got herbs, right.As i said herbs are probably one of the easiest things to grow, specially, you know, if you don’t have a lot of time to maintain your garden.Now while i’m still talking about the plants, one of the benefits of buying your plants.
If you just go to a big box like lowe’s or home depot is they are probably the bonnie brand of plants.They are quite expensive, you know, for a small pot if they’re not on sale they’re around $3.50 or so.And so that could run your bill up really fast, really quickly.But the benefit is if you buy your plants at home depot or lowe’s, save your receipt, they have a one year plant guarantee.So if you buy bad soil, your plants don’t make it, or you forget to water, it’s too hot, whatever the reason you save your.
Receipt, your plants don’t make it, you dig them up, you put them back in the container save that upc code so they could scan it in easy.Take them back with your receipt, they’ll give you a basically credit back to get more plants for free , you know.So that’s really cool.So even if you mess up, you’re going to be able to grow something within a year pretty much guaranteed.On these guys, you buy them, you own them.It’s kind of like if you go into a chinese.
Store it’s like you break, you buy! right you buy them.Once you take them out of the property man, you own them.And if you break it up, they’re not responsible.So i kind of like that they have the plant guaranteed.If you guys live out west, lucky enough to live out west at osh, orchard supply hardware, they have a forever plant guarantee there.So that i really respect a lot and yeah support osh if you’re in their neighborhood.Alight, next few items i got.Alright, so this, this whole project wouldn’t have came.
Together if i did not get this next item here.This is critical because as i said in the title, i have no tools to make this garden happen, no drills, no hammers, no screwdrivers, nothing like that, right.And so it’s like, man, john, how can you make a raised bed with no tools , right because i know some of you guys don’t have you tools and maybe you guys aren’t handy.I mean, to build a raised bed is super simple.You get a couple pieces of wood, nail them together, i don’t necessarily recommend that, or screw.
Them together, and you’re done.Super simple, super easy.But i found something even easier on craigslist here.And what it is are these guys right here.You’re like, john, that’s just some pieces of wood, man.What are you talking about well, it’s, well these these are some pieces of wood but what this is, this is basically a compact raised bed.And if we go ahead and maybe we’ll move this couple bags of these aside to show you guys how these work.I saw these on craigslist and i’m like wow, man, that’s ingenious!.
This is such a good idea and they’re very cost effective.And so you’re going to be floored when you find out how much the wood cost me to make the raised bed.So this is how these raised beds work here.Basically, you just go like this, you just fold them out and look at that! instant raised bed garden.They got the sides, they got these all hinged looks like a galvanized metal on there.Like 8 inches like deep, about 1 inch wide, i think it’s like about, maybe about 4 feet by 32 inches.So that’s like approximately.
A little bit less than 3 feet by 4 feet.Fill this up with some dirt and we’re going to be all set.And because it has these special little things on here, these stacks, so we’re going to go two high and it’s going to be a nice little raised bed garden.Now the amazing thing is these guys, guess how much one bed cost me $10.$10! amazing! this is the best price for a raised bed i ever got.I wish i would have found these near me instead of.
Getting the cheap plastic ones, circular ones that i found.I really like these a lot.No tools required.Buy it, set it down, fill your dirt up and you’re done.And that’s what we’re going to simply do in just a little bit.But yeah, check craigslist always for free resources.Whether you could find some free bricks to line them up and, you know, mortar them or just place them in place and fill it up with dirt, some free logs, some free wood.You could build some stuff out of somebody’s.
Taken down their old fence.Fence boards make a great raised bed garden.That’s how i made my first garden.I bought 2, 3 pallets of cedar fence boards for on clearance.And we built my garden out of those.They’re not going to last the longest time.But hey, they’ll work and hold dirt.And these are only made out of pine.And i’m not going to be treating these because that would be additional cost, additional expense.And we don’t have it in the budget.But this is, well as i said, this is a great way to get,.
You know, get them gardening here and get them started.And it holds dirt and it will probably last at least a couple, couple three years, you know, without a problem.Now for those of you guys that are wondering, john, what are these guys from, man where do i find these if i can’t find them on my local craigslist, right so these are ingenious.What this is, if you guys know your pallet sizes.This is pretty much the size of a pallet as they get shipped around the whole world, right and how these come.
Is they come stacked.Kind of like that and kind of like my girlfriend.But they come stacked like this and they basically stack these and nest them up.Let me go ahead and see if i could nest another one up for you guys.They come nested up.And basically they protect the contents on the inside.So instead of using paper, instead of using plastic wrap when they wrap up the pallets, they’re just simply using these guys.And that’s just how it stacks up like that really simply, really easily.These guys are from germany.
So, you know, i take it and, you know, like that the germans and many european countries now are thinking more about the, the total life cycle or energy cycle of the products they’re producing.So for example, you know, when they produce products like, you know, sending over a pallet or something, they could put plastic on it but then what’s going to happen to that plastic at the end of it’s life after it’s used they take it off the pallet and then it’s basically just thrown in the landfill and it just sits there.And.
That costs money, not to necessarily the companies but to the environment.What is the environmental cost so by this way using trees, yeah it may cost them some more money but the environmental cost at the end of the life is that this wood breaks down to feed the soil.And yeah, i mean, there’s some metal in it but hey that’s a lot better than having plastic.The metal could be taken off and then melted down and then reused whereas plastic pretty much doesn’t get recycled.So yeah these are high quality from germany, raised beds.
Alright, so besides that, so these 4, i got 4 of them only 40 bucks.Now aside from that, only got a few other things, you know.The thing i talked about a lot, specially because the gardener here is not going to be having time to invest in the garden, it’s critical that you guys invest in an irrigation system.So once again, i had to kind of like i’m on a budget so i had to just buy what’s going to work and i wouldn’t necessarily do it exactly like this.But this is going to work and it’s a cheap package.This is.
Called the landscape drip watering kit.And it includes all these different parts, the hole puncher, all the different accessories you need to plumb it in to your spigot on the wall.Like 20 drippers, which we have actually 20 plants.Big tubing, small tubing, stakes, everything for like 18 bucks.Amazing deal, because if you price that some of these parts separately, it would cost you a lot more.So i’m glad we have this.And then besides the irrigation system, another thing that’s critical is the watering timer.So your irrigation system comes on so that you don’t have to remember to water.It.
Will come on automatically and water so that you don’t have to.And yeah, this guy was $32 approximately.So i think, and then i bought some extra connectors.All the irrigation stuff was about $60 worth.Then finally we got a few free things i’m using.So we got free cardboard picked up at the local health food store when i was shopping there.The cardboard is going to basically line the bottom of the raised beds so that the weeds and the grass won’t grow up through the raised beds.And i want to be overlapping the cardboard at least twice.
And cover all the seams up to make sure nothing is going to grow through there.And place the cardboard, you know, on the edge of the bed and set the bed on top of it so that there’s no space in between and stuff’s going to grow up the edges.So yeah, you could get that in.Oh and the other thing that almost blew away, besides cardboard you could use something like paper bags.People sometimes use newspaper.I don’t recommend newspaper, it’s too thin and it’s got the newsprint.This is basically a 100 recyclable and reusable.
And you could use the paper like this if you don’t have the cardboard.I would recommend cardboard because it is thicker.And if you are going to use like brown paper bags like this, i would recommend, you know, unfurling them and then doing a couple layers so that they’re thick.The cardboard or the paper bags will break down over time.The earthworms will end up eating them and then you’ll have a connected raised bed, you know, soil to your earth soil, which will be good because now earthworms could come and go as they please.
The microbes could move and do what they want to do.And it just turns into nutrients, you know, for your garden.And the reason for this on the initial outset is because if you just start putting dirt on top of grass, the grass is going to say, oh yeah! good soil, and they’re going to grow right through it and come up in your garden.And that’s another reason why i bought the soil mixes that are composted.They should be seed free.So that’s going to also save your back some weeding.
The final thing i got for free, really cool, we got about 1 gallon of compost tea here.This is from the brite ideas hydroponics.You bring your own 1 gallon jug and they will, you know, give you some free compost tea to put in.So we’re going to go ahead and spread that out once we plant all the plants.So yeah, that’s pretty much what i got.To sum it up, i spent about $300 which was about the budget.And went to a couple places, brite ideas hydroponics about spending about $75 for the soil mix soil mender and the,.
The rock dust and the worm castings.Spent about $50 at the natural gardener for all the plants.I spent about $130 approximately at the home depot for two of the bagged soils and also the irrigation setup.And then, let’s see, oh i spent $40 for the raised bed.So i know you guys, some of you guys are number crunchers, you’re like crunching the numbers, john, you spent like $300 on all that stuff to make 2 raised garden beds! and you’re thinking, man, that’s a lot of money for growing a couple, 20 herb plants.
Well, what i want to talk to you guys about is this alright.So for example, for those of you guys that do real estate, right, you guys know if you buy a house, right, no longer do you have to pay rent, well maybe you got to pay your mortgage.But when you got your mortgage paid off, you don’t have to pay rent anymore, you live for free, right.And so your house in an investment.Otherwise you’re giving money, you know, to pay to the landlord that you’re basically pissing away because you’re never going to see a.
Cent of it again.But at least if you’re paying your mortgage, you’re paying some interest on it, but you’re making an investment right in your financial and having a place to live, right and likewise, with gardening, i’m not going to say it’s cheap.You could do it for free or cheap, we could just till this up in the back and maybe throw down a little bit of compost and plant some stuff, and that’d be great.But, you know, i want to, then you’d have a lot of like labor and weeding and all these things.And i just.
Don’t want to go there because we don’t even know the quality of this soil.That’s why i’m bringing in the soil.There are pros and cons to growing in a raised bed garden.But this is the method i recommend for beginners to start because there’s, you’re reducing the amount of variables that you could mess up on.So that you could be more successful.And the biggest one is actually getting healthy plants and getting good soil.But yeah, i mean, making a $300 investment in your garden is basically going to put money.
On your table because now you will be growing food.You’re going to be growing the most important thing you need to do, to eat every day, it’s food! and you could grow a higher quality food than the store, better tasting food than the store.And over time, although this is $300 now, this will pay you back because you just have to make the infrastructure investments.Like you have to buy your house once, you have to buy the garden bed once.All this stuff is to buy once except the plants that you could even start from seed to save money.
Next season.But if you’re new into gardening, i do recommend starting with plants.It’s going to make and ensure you guys have an easier time.Because growing things from seed, if you’re not, you know, have done it before, it can be challenging.If you get unhealthy plants, they may not make it, they might get eaten by bugs.But when you get healthy plants that are in good soil, it’s like you know, if you adopted a teenager.They’re already pretty independent man.And they might even be, you know, telling you where to go and.
Stuff.But if you have a baby from, you know, couple or few months old, it’s, you know, it depends on you.So your seedlings are going to depend on you more.And i kind of like to just have the plants do what they’re going to do.So yeah, invest in a garden.It’s one of the best investments you can make.And probably the best investment i ever made because it’s investment in my health.That’s worth more than any house or any kind of car or anything else in the world.
So i guess next let’s go ahead and set this guy up and show you guys how we’re going to mix in, add the soil, and get it all planted out.So the next step to setting up the raised bed garden is basically figuring out where you’re going to have the raised beds.So i could have chose to do it somewhere in the middle of the yard, somewhere really sunny.But because this is first time gardener and because we’re growing some herbs that may not like the full sun, we’re going to kind.
Of do it in a shady spot.Plus i don’t want to get too much sun today and this way i get to stay in the shade and stay a little bit cooler as well.This area actually gets nice afternoon shade.So that’s really good, specially here in hot and humid texas.This is going to be special beneficial for certain plants in the summer time that you don’t want to get beaten with sun 12 hours a day.So i have it currently set up with the, you know, this space would have like 3 nice raised beds with nice you know, pathways in between.
To get that mower in when they do the lawn mowing.I’m probably i’m going to, i was planning on doing like a set of 2 stacked high, so they’re going to be kind of higher instead of a single stack and doing 3 i don’t have quite enough irrigation equipment to set up 3, or the plants for that matter.I have barely enough to do two full ones.So this is kind of cool.They’ll be able to add on, you know, another set later by just plumbing in to the irrigation really simply, and adding two more and the soil.So yeah,.
So what we’re going to set up, probably these first two.And we’ll see if i end up going with one or two double stacks, we’ll see.So once you have the proper placements, the next step is you’re going to want to lay down the cardboard.So let me go ahead and do a closeup on that for you guys.So now we’re going to go ahead and line the bottom over our raised bed with cardboard.And most of you guys might just take the cardboard, alright john, i took the cardboard, lined.
It on the bottom, lined it up, good enough, let’s go ahead and get the next piece, put it on there, line it all up and then you’ll be done, right no, man! it’s not good enough! my mom used to like scold me when i didn’t clean the bathroom good enough and i’d have to redo it again.So to this day man i’m anal cleaning the bathroom and doing things properly, because otherwise i’m scared my mom will scold me.Anyways.It made me the man i am today, so i appreciate that mom.Even if it was a lot of scolding.
Alright, so anyways, this is not good enough because what will happen as i’ve seen many times before, you know, weeds will find a way into good soil.And you’ll be filling this with some good soil.So what they’re going to do is in the little spaces and the cracks, they’re going to find their way up.So we want to remove those spaces, man.So what we want to do is we’re going to go ahead and take this.And the cool thing is, this cardboard is actually the, about the width of the raised bed, you know, end.
To end.So we’re going to simply raise this raised bed up, place it underneath the edges just a little bit.So all the edges are covered.And then set it down.So do you guys see the difference now the raised bed is sitting on top of the cardboard.There’s no spaces underneath there as long as they get lined up properly for that to come up.In addition, this is, the cardboard is still double thick.I didn’t, you know, unfurl it, you know, like this.I left them solid.So we have two layers of cardboard,.
Which i might even, you know, put another layer on even when these, these holes are here, there’s another layer underneath it.So even if you have holes, you want to make sure you can’t see any dirt, you can’t se any grass, you can’t see nothing beneath it.If i had more cardboard i’d probably lay more down.I don’t know, i could say you could never use too much cardboard, but if your bed is half cardboard and half dirt, that’s too much.Alright! so continuing on to this other side, same thing, we got these nice size boxes,.
Perfect size actually.We’re going to go ahead and lift this raised bed up, get it underneath and put it over all the way to the edge.Man, i love how this cardboard fits exactly, right.I didn’t even plan it.And just some things were meant to happen.So yeah, totally perfect.That’s totally covered, that’s a pretty good job.I got to do the next one and then with the extra cardboard i’ll probably just line up the top on it.Just to have some extra protection.Oh and remember to double wrap it.
So now that i got the raised bed built, which was super simple, and the cardboard underneath it, super simple.I mean, any one of you guys could do this! it doesn’t take rocket science to start a garden, man.Seriously, just do it.Do it! alright.Next step is we’re just going to go ahead and mix up the compost and we’re going to mix it up actually in place.So what we’re going to do is we’re just going to go ahead and start cutting open bags and i’m going to probably put 3 bags of the soil mix by.
Soil mender in there.2 of the all natural raised bed potting mixes in there.And then 3 of the triple power compost in each bed to fill them up.Now i do have it currently stacked with the one high.We’re going to go ahead and put on a double stack and then i’m probably even going to put on a third stack, just so that when i’m mixing stuff up, stuffs not flowing out the edge.And this is actually really cool that i’m able to do this.So let me go ahead and show you guys how to easily just stick on another level.
To these raised beds made out of pallet containers.So how this works, really simple.You’re going to take another one and just open this up, and if you every played with lincoln logs like i did when i was a kid, you could do one of these too.Really easy, really simple.Open it up and it has these little things that just line up on the outside corners.And line them up.It would be helpful if you had a second person to do this.Alright! look at that! double stack raised bed.All ready to go.I think we could actually.
Even start filling the soil.Now what i got now are some scissors.Now you’re saying, john, you said you’re doing it with no tools! sorry, i got some scissors.I could sit here and use my teeth to like rip open these plastic bags but scissors are a lot more civilized.So before i, you know, cut open all these bags and unfurl them out, it looks pretty good, i want to talk more about the soil.The soil you use in your raised bed garden can make or break you.You know, i’ve met several gardeners that i’ve met over the.
Years, my viewers actually, said, john, you know, i tried to garden and i bought some stuff at the big box store, i put it in my garden and nothing grew.No matter what i did, i couldn’t get growing.And, you know, i’m not there to see exactly what’s happening.But if they’re just buying stuff from the big box store, the chances are the compost or the mixture you’re buying is not the highest quality.And that’s just the fact of the matter, my experience, right.I had to go with these choices because they.
Were like the lowest cost per cubic foot.But if i had more of an unlimited budget, the soil that i would go with hands down is earth’s soil that’s now available at home depot.Their potting soil blend.That’s actually what i filled up my raised beds with myself, you know.I got two pallets of it, and filled up two of my raised beds with that stuff like 75.I put a bottom layer of just cheap stuff on the bottom to get rid of it because it was some smelly old stinky compost.
The rest i filled up with the earth’s potting soil blend.And man that stuff grows amazing.So you can get good stuff, you know, in most places but you’re going to have to pay for it.For example, you know, my average cost was like maybe less than $3 a cubic foot.This is 5, this was 4.The earth is like $8 or something, maybe 7, $7$8 , depending on the mixture you get, cubic foot.So that’s going to really kind of set you back some.
Cash.But, you know, you will have a higher level and probability of success.And that’s what i want to teach you guys, right.I want you guys to be successful.And i can’t control all your variables for you, depending on your geographic region, the weather, the water you’re using, the soil you’re getting.But what i can show you guys is how to set it up properly and maybe some steps to ensure that you’re going to get a better soil.For instance, you know, if i was here in austin, i would have took my truck, if i had a truck,.
Drove all the way out to houston and probably go up to a place, i think it’s near spring, houston, anyways it’s really north, and i’d go to the soil place.I have a tutorial i made on it, it’s best compost in texas.And i’d get my soil there because i know their stuff is really good, right.And a lot of places unfortunately, you know, places that make compost and mixes and stuff, what they’re really doing is they’re recyclers.They’re not really in the business to make compost.That’s kind of like the side business.
The real business is actually they’re getting inputs from, you know, waste streams, whether that’s, you know, wood chips, whether that’s forest, you know, products, whether that’s sawdust, whether that’s mushroom compost, whether that’s cotton burs.They’re getting all these things for free or cheap.They compost them down, break them down, turn them into soil, put them into bags and then sell them to you on the back end.So a lot of these things are not formulated for the highest quality.They’re just trying to move products through because, once again, this about a commercialized system that we live in.Whether.
You’re buying commercialized food that’s maybe not the highest quality because they’re just growing for the size, for the pound, to grow the biggest stuff because they’re paid per pound not on the quality.So the quality of the compost, right.They’re not being paid on the quality of the compost if it’s really good stuff, right they’re getting paid to just to get rid of the stuff, because they got a constant inflow of all the materials, they got to also constantly have it go out.And that’s why i like earth’s, you know.They take more time to ensure it’s.
Done right.And of course you’re going to pay for that.And that’s why i also recommend local soil yards that make it themselves and not just, you know, resell other stuff, right.And you’ll know if they’re making it themselves if you see people dropping off, you know, loads of yard waste and clippings and all these things.Then they’re really doing it themselves, and also ask them for a nutritional assay, you know.It will show the npk values and different nutrients in the compost.And that’s a good guideline so you could compare.
Things one to another.The other thing you’re going to want to ask for is a food soil web testing.And most of the places are going to say, what what’s that we don’t know what that is.You know, you don’t need to explain it to them.You could say alright, thank you.Because places that really know what’s that, they’ll have food soil web testing.And as long as the food soil web testing you see and the numbers look good because there’s a reference range, get that stuff! because that tells me that that place.
Cares about the quality! we’re losing the quality in america.Whether that’s american cars or that’s american compost or whether that’s american grown fruits and vegetables.So only you could control the quality if you’re doing it yourself by composting yourself at home.So i do encourage all you guys to compost yourself at home.The other thing i finally recommend is, you know, try to get your soil in bulk to save the most money whenever you can.Because the soil was probably the biggest investment that i made in this garden today.And if you are going to invest in soil, you’re not really.
Sure after seeing all the tests which is the best, get different soils.The ones that you’re considering, the ones that look the best to you, and get a bucketful and do a pot test.So like get a bucket of this soil, a bucket of this soil, a bucket of this soil, grow a tomato or maybe a radish or some arugula in the pot and see which one really grows better.I mean, if one withers and doesn’t make it then you know, hey man, shit, i better not buy that one.But if you tested different ones you could compare it at least against.
That crop you specifically grow, and hopefully that’s one you’re going to want to grow, to know how it does.And that’s the way you really know.Because people email me all the time, john, is this good compost and they could, i see the name and maybe it’s a little write up on it, i don’t know man, i got to feel it, i got to touch it, i got to smell it, i got to, i got to see it man.And so i really can’t even tell anybody.
How good a compost is unless i’ve seen it, right so anyways, with that, let’s go ahead and see how this compost is.Alright! we’re dumping out this all natural raised bed compost right here.And to me, this looks pretty nice, rich and black, which is, you know, one good thing.Also smells like some composted manure.The other thing, it’s pretty rich, it sticks together little bit.But there’s a lot of pieces of sticks and chips and stuff in there, you know, a few more than i would definitely like.I’d like to have this screened out a little it.
More.You could take and do that yourself but, you know what they’re trying to get rid of wood chips in the compost.And, i mean, they do play a, they do play a role in the compost.I’m glad there’s not an overly excessive amount.There’s some clods that we’re breaking up, you know.A good amount of the perlite in there.I think i’m pretty happy overall with this mix, for what i got.Next thing we’re going to do is we’re going to go ahead and start unbagging these.
Guys and blending it all up.So i got that raised bed mix all spread out.You know, seems pretty good.I mean, it’s just a standard bag mixture.Seems pretty rich though for what it is.You know it’s definitely better than the stuff i originally got from kellogg’s myself, which is i think i got like vegetable garden soil.This is definitely a better mixture than that.I think i paid around $3.33 a cubic yard, so it’s probably worth another buck or so to get this stuff.Next we’re going to go ahead and dump out this soil mix by.
Soil mender.Take it in there, just flip it over and dump it out.And alright, so this mixture looks like a lot of soil with some compost.And this is basically a filler, because i got these big raised beds to fill.Also this adds some nice clean organic soil to the mixture, that will be a good thing.So we’re just going to go ahead and spread this out evenly and try to do my best to mix it all up.I am the human mixer.Alright! next we’re going to go ahead and add the sustainable organic triple power compost.
By gosh.This stuff, because it did rain, it’s a tad bit wet.Definitely not a lot of material in the bag.Definitely pretty good, definitely it’s nice and black, smells really neutral, really good.The challenge i see lots of, you know, particulate, a little bit more than i like to see optimally.But we’re just going to go ahead and mix all this stuff up.Alright, so now i got that mixed up.We’re just going to go ahead and add another bag of the soil mender.Which i kind of see as a filler.Would i buy it.
Again yeah, i mean, it’s probably cool.Add some organic soil and some additional compost.It’s a nice blend, you know.One of the things i really like to do is not just use any like all the raised beds soil.Because then whether that soil is good or not good, that’s what you got.And there’s a limited scope of nutrients in that raised bed soil, based on whatever the formulation is out of.So i want you guys to have like a wide spectrum of different composts.I mean,.
Get 10 different composts if you guys can.In my opinion in most cases that’s going to be a lot better than just getting one kind because every different kind of compost is going to have different bacterial levels, different levels of nutrients, and made from different food stuffs.And likewise, you know, when you guys eat your diet.I don’t just ever recommend you guys eating mcdonalds all day and eat that every day.You’re getting a small assortment of foods.But from the produce department of your, you know, grocery.
Store and eat one of every different kind of food.Or if you’re eating from your garden, you know, eating a little bit of everything out of your garden, you know.Have everything to get the most amount of nutrients in you, you’re going to be the healthiest and likewise with our soil.We could, you know, maximize the amount of things that go into make it.I believe it’s going to be more healthy.Alright, let’s add another bag of this triple power.And then i get to be the human mixer.
Again.Alright! john kohler! human mixer! wait, where’s my dump truck alright! so i got that stuff mixed up pretty good.All incorporated and, you know, we used one bag of the raised bed mix, two bags of the soil mix, and 2 bags of the triple power.We’re almost to the top.Well, not quite, we probably got about a quarter way of it left to the top of the first bed.I was originally told when i was buying these raised beds, the measurements were 6 inches deep, and i measured them, they’re actually 7 and 12 inches deep.So i measured.
Out for, you know, 12 inches of soil.The beds are actually 15 inches.So they’re not going to be completely filled to the top.There are pros and cons for the bed height, you know.12 inches is what i like to have optimally.The challenge with that is that it may cost you more money to get that much soil to fill it up.One of the things you can do is use cheap filler soil, cheap inexpensive compost, maybe some clean manure you get locally to line the few inches on the bottom.Then fill up the top with the more expensive stuff.
We’re going to go with the taller beds because it kind of just looks more solid like a real garden, and also gives you more flexibility because the soil, the water holding capability will be more, the roots cold go deeper if they want, you have more flexibility to grow deeper root crops like carrots or gobo or radishes, daikons, they get really deep.That’s what we’re going to go with it.So i guess we’re going to go ahead and add the last of the ingredients.The kellogg’s raised bed mix.Next bag of the soil mender! and then, final bag of the triple power.I.
Know you might be thinking, john, what about the worm castings and the rock dust yes, we got those coming up next.The rock dust i got right here.We’re going to go ahead and cut this baby open, and we’re going to add half the bag, about 20 lbs to the top half of this, these last couple things i’ve put it.I don’t want to bury the rock dust too deeply.Try to evenly distribute this, about half the bag.Best to wear a dust mask when you’re putting all the rock dust.
Luckily, some of the soil is pretty moist so we’ll get it all moist, it won’t blow away that much.Now i get to mix.Alright! got this all mixed up.Leveled it off.I think we’ve pretty much got like maybe 11 inches worth.It’s fairly deep but we still got a lot of edging here to go.I personally don’t like generally to plant out my beds when they’re kind of like this.And there’s pros and cons to it.I mean, there’s pros and cons to everything in life.
I’d like to raise it up to the top so there’s more soil for my roots to grow.But raising it up and planting it, you know, not all the way up to the top, you know, some of the cons are you’re missing soil.But some of the pros are maybe you have some wind protection, maybe you have a little bit of sun protection, some shading protection.So that’s kind of cool.I don’t have enough soil to raise it up all the way.So this is what we will.
Be going with today.Now the last thing i’d like to say is, you know, as i had been mixing this compost i found a few things, including these guys, sticks.These are probably one of the largesr size sticks.There’s a lot of smaller pieces.Sticks and little stones.So you know, the old nursery nursery you used to sing,’ sticks and stones can break my bones but names will never hurt me that’s completely false, man.We’ve been lied to all these years.Sticks and stones they can break your bones, but words also hurt.So i implore you guys,.
Whether you’re making a youtube comment, talking to somebody in person, writing them an email or whatever, think about what you’re saying and think about the other person and how they’re going to feel when they read it.Specially some of my comments hurt my feelings sometimes.And it’s quite sad.So yeah, please, you know, use and choose your words carefully to be more compassionate on the planet with others.Alright! so now i’m going to start filling up the second bed.And we’ll see you on the other side when i’m done.So just about got both these guys finished.Last thing we.
Got is the worm castings.I wasn’t able to get too many of these.So i’m going to try to stretch them.Let’s see, i’m going to use probably one third the bag in each bed.Nice, rich and black, how they should be.One third in this bed.And then we’re going to save a third of the bag to actually put a little bit in each of the planting holes.You could also mix in some of the rock dust in with this mixture to put in each of the.
Planting holes as well.Another thing you can do with the earthworm castings is actually brew those with some molasses or some sugar in a compost tea that you aerate with like an air stone from a fish tank but an oversized one.So now what i’d like to do is actually go over what i thought of the different soil bags, soil products i bought, one at a time.First, earthworm castings.I mean, they look just like earthworm castings, so that’s pretty good.They’re finely sifted out.Good deal on that.Let’s see, soil mender minerals plus.This was the rock dust that.
I got this time.It’s a texas company here.What i think about this stuff, i think that it wasn’t finely ground.There’s a lot of little pebbles and things in there that will break down over time.But i don’t think that they are broken down as much as i’d like them to be.I would have preferred to get the azomite, which was also available at the brite ideas hydro that i went to.But this stuff was like $25 for 40 lbs and the azomite was like $36 and i’m kind of already over budget, so that didn’t happen.But.
That’s what i would have done.And optimally i would have like to put like 1 bag, 40 lbs, per bed.That would be a good sizable investment in rock dust and you probably wouldn’t have to do it again for many years.Next, we got this stuff.This is the tripe power compost.This is the only product that i found small bits of plastic in.There wasn’t a lot, i know some of you guys are really plasticphobes and stuff.But there’s a few bits, not that bad.It is a fairly woody material,.
Nice rich and black, broken down, fairy neutral smell.I like it a lot except for the fact that it just wasn’t broken down as much as i’d like.Maybe they could have used a smaller size screen to screen it out.That would work.But they’re probably not going to do that because once again they’re just trying to move material out.And if they have the material on the lot to break down into smaller particle size, they’re losing money.I don’t blame them.Let’s see, next, this guy is next.The soil mender soil mix.And it says it’s, on the.
Bottom, you know, it says ideal soil for raised beds and container gardening’.You know i would not use this solely for raised beds or container gardening at all.I mean, this could be part of your mixture like i did.That being said, after getting it out, looking at it, it’s a very inconsistent product.I mean it, there’s some, you know, composted cotton burs and organic top soil in there but there’s some other composted items in there as well that i wasn’t quite sure, and the color would vary batch to batch.
So i was quite curious about that as well.Next time i might buy like maybe 2 bags of this total, one bag for each, or maybe 3 bags, 1 12 bags and 1 12 bags.I think i got a little bit too many of this this time but it was a good price and i needed something to fill up the raised bed.And potting mix by kellogg’s organics, what i think of this product, you know, this is probably one of the better mixes that i actually put in.You know, it was fairly a good mixture.
Fairly well broken down but still too many chunks for what i’d like to see, too much wood product in there, but a good value overall at $5 a cubic foot compared to like, you know, the $3 or a little bit less for that, and $4 for this stuff.I mean, i definitely think this is better.But once again i like to blend and mix everything.Now i wouldn’t just solely fill my raised bed with this stuff.I would like to also add other things.So if i was to do this again, had access to a truck, i would probably go down to organics.
By gosh, their yard, and just buy like a dump load of their compost, the good stuff maybe, the triple power that i got.And then actually blend up some vermiculite and some coconut coir andor the peat moss from the hydro store that i went to.I think that would be a much better mixture to like try to do the one third, one third, one third mixture maybe, because the vermiculite is kind of expensive.I think it’s like $10 a cubic foot.That’s why i just couldn’t get it.I would really like to add that to this mixture because this mixture.
I mean, it seems pretty good, but for a raised bed mixture like we want more potting soil, light and fluffily consistency, not too light.But this is a little bit heavier than i’d optimally like.But i didn’t have the funds to do that this time.And, you know, what i’d like to say is that gardening is a learning experience, you know.And as you, as you grow like, you know, you learn.So like, i learned about these products this time, how they are to feel, to touch them, to mix them, to see what they look like.
And i’ll know next time to do it maybe a little bit differently.And specially after this season of growing and how this grows, then i’ll know better if this stuff was really good or not, right and that’s what’s life is all about.It’s about learning, right if you, if you’re a little baby and you’re trying to walk and you fall over and you crawl because you can’t walk, you don’t continue to crawl your whole life, everybody walks.And you just need to learn how to do it.And just like gardening.I know.
A lot of you guys that are watching this are new and never set up a garden before, and you will make mistakes.But embrace your mistakes, man.That’s the fun of life.You get to learn what to do, what works, what doesn’t work.And you get to change what you’re doing so that everything you’re doing in your life works, including your girlfriend or boyfriend if that’s not currently working.So just realize it and maybe make some changes if you need to.I know there’s those of you guys that are out there that are in a.
Relationship that’s not maybe quite working as well as you’d like.But yeah, i’m not here to give relationship advice, i just do gardening advice.Relationships man, that’s too tough.Luckily i’m in a good one.But anyways, yeah, learn as you grow, right.Learn as you grow.Very important.And yeah, don’t be afraid to experiment, and try to get the best stuff you can.And if it doesn’t work out then change it up a little bit, you know.Optimally i’d like to add some vermiculite to this.I’d like to add the rock dust instead.
Of the other stuff.I’d like to add an extra bag of worm castings like one bag for each bed.I’d like to add some coconut coir also.It just wasn’t in the budget this time, so it didn’t happen.I’m going to go ahead and get mixing this stuff up and then we’re going to be back at you and we’ll install the irrigation system next and show you guys how easy it is even if you’ve never done it before.So i just got done mixing in the worm castings like just right up on the top level.And then.
I was thinking about it and i was like this, you know, the soil not coming up to the top or even close to the top, i mean, it’s, it’s pretty far down, maybe 6 inches down.It was just bothering me a lot, man.So i just had to go out and get some more soil, on my own dime actually, to fill this up, to share with you guys, you know, like the proper way to do it.I mean you guys could do this if you guys want.I’m not going.
To tell you what you should or should not do in gardening.But i have a way that i like to do things.And damn it if i’m installing a garden, i’m going to do it my way even if it’s not covered in the budget, out of my own pocket.So that’s what i did.I went out and got a few more items.I had to spring for the best stuff.And, you know, this is just stuff that i’d recommend for you guys.You know, if you don’t want to screw around.
With like crappy soil and if you got some money, because this stuff will set you back a pretty penny, this is the earth’s pot of gold premium potting soil.So this is what i use to fill my raised beds.If this is a bit too much, what i might do is get the other earth’s product they have and this is available at home depot.This was $12.97 or whatever.They have a cheap one for like $9.97.I would have probably went and opted for the.
$9.97 one which is pretty similar to this one, and then actually added my own vermiculite.The ingredients on the back of the bag are forest humus, fir bark, peat moss, pumice, earthworm castings, kelp meal, alfalfa meal, soy bean meal, seaweed extract, aloe vera, yuca extract, oyster shell and dolomitic lime, endo and ecto mycorrhizae and beneficial soil microbes.So that’s why i like this because it not only has, you know, a spectrum of different ingredients which is going to add fertility to your soil, but also it has beneficial bacteria.
As well as the mycorrhizae.And this is the bacteria and the fungi that will help, you know, your plants, convert the organic matter into nutrients.And, you know, while some of the other products may have that, this one they add them in there when making the product, which many don’t do.Yeah this have some extra special stuff, like the castings already built in, that many places won’t do because it does cost more and they figure people are cheap.But i know some of you guys out there want to buy quality, want to buy.
Good stuff, and that’s why i like the earth’s.So we’re going to go ahead and cut this open.Now we’re just going to go ahead and dump a little bit out, to show you guys or maybe we’ll just show you guys.But look at this stuff.If we like lay it on the soil, compared to the stuff that we already had put in the bed, this stuff is nice, rich and black.If we go through like with my hand like this, you know, this is all fine stuff.I mean, yeah there’s a few like, you know, pieces of wood in there.But.
It’s hardly none.We pick up the stuff it is, i mean, there’s a lot more woody substance and bits in there.So i really like the consistency of the, this, you know, earth stuff.And if you want the best, this is the stuff you’re going to want to buy the earth’s for sure.Now i do know they formulate this regionally.And i did have a batch, you know, in my region and it was excellent.And, you know, i don’t know when they formulate things regionally.
If they had the quality control that they have in, you know, out in the west.Hopefully they do.But i guess time will tell.I know the owner, spoke to him personally, of this company and, you know, he has a very high ethics and morals and he is there to help people, just like i am, to grow healthy foods.So i applaud him for that.If i could have afforded it i probably would have bought like, i don’t know, 46 bags, to top this up all the way to the top.That being said, i’m on a budget myself.So we bought one of these,.
We bought two of these, one for each bed.And then when i was at home depot, you know, one of the tricks if you guys want to save money, is you always want to look for the ripped bags.So we got this bag.This is a ripped bag.And sometimes they’ll have like a cart with ripped bags or a pallet with ripped bags that say ripped bag product 50 off.Most of the time they have mulches which are dumb.But sometimes they’ll have soil.They didn’t have any at this home depot but i know the deal.So i went out to the, you know,.
Employee and said hey do you guys have any ripped bags and he said yes.And he, i said what’s the discount, he said well it depends on the bag, why don’t you show me.So i showed him one.And i’m like, he’s like yeah that bag is ripped but we could tape it up, ain’t no discount on that one.I showed him another one and he’s like alright well the discount on that one is like 10.And that was actually another earth’s but the rip wasn’t that big.I’m like that’s still kind of expensive.And then.
I showed him this bag.This bag had gotten a nice chunk out of it like here and here, i mean it probably lost maybe 8 of the product inside.And he said oh we’ll give you this one since the bag is ripped pretty good, for 25 off.I’m like i’ll take it.He pulled it out, he put it on the cart, he started pushing it to the checkout and then he went and he took this and he kind of ripped it some more.I didn’t do that, mind you, he.
Did.He’s like we just got to make it look good.I’m like alright whatever you got to do, man, thanks i appreciate it.So we got this stuff.This is, you know, the kellogg’s all natural garden soil.Now i do not recommend using any kind of garden soil mix for a raised bed unless it’s just one of your ingredients, you know.This could be like the compost ingredient.And the one third compost, one third vermiculite and one third coconut coir, or some peat moss, sorry.Because what’s in here, it says, this product contains recycled forest products,.
Composted poultry manure and organic fertilizer’.So, let’s go ahead and dump some of this stuff out.And i’ll probably put half the bag in each one of these beds.And i’m going to mix it very well.So well, the cool thing about this, this is two cubic feet, after the 25 off discount it was like 5 bucks.So that means i got each cubic foot of this stuff for $2.50, that’s you know, a really good price for basically some organic compost that’s hopefully pretty good.Let’s go ahead and check it out.
Alright, this stuff is nice, rich, black and dark, really nice.The challenge i see with it is that there is a lot of the wood chips matter in there, you know, the earth stuff is a lot better consistency.I know you guys can’t really see that on the camera, but this is just like this would fit through a smaller sieve size.I’d probably say a quarter inch.And this might be going through like the half inch screen right there.But nonetheless, it will help us to add inches to get us up closer to the top.So probably going to end.
Up mixing one cubic foot in here and here, and then i’ll probably, you know, mainly put this up on the top.Now, for shits and giggles, i went to lowe’s to check out the lowe’s deals because, you know, i want to check out all the big box stores because these are the stores that you guys probably have near you to see what is available, and see what people do sometimes.And i like to do that.So i’m not familiar with this area and kind of like the regional compost that are available here.So i found this one.This.
Is by the company, hapigro by hope agri products inc.And it says 100 organic compost.Let’s go ahead and move this up, show you guys what we got.So this one, 100 organic compost, and it says ingredients, it’s made out of composted bark fines.So this is probably, you know, they’re probably getting the bark fines from like when they mill wood to make the 2 by 4s to build the beds or whatever, you know, they got all the bark on the outside they got to do something with.Because the.
Virgin wood on the inside, not the bark, is used for construction.Bark fines is probably go to a place like this that hopefully composted fairly into a nice product and then they bag it and then sell it for you.So let’s go ahead and take a look and see what’s inside here.Now, the only reason, and i will stress this, the only reason why i bought this bag is because this 2 cubic feet of product was like $3 and 40 cents after tax.So that’s like a buck fifty a cubic.
Foot, which is an insanely good price.But, you know, if we go ahead and open this up and we dump some of this stuff out.And because this was from bark fines, this may adversely effect your ph.You know, we got some, we got some what they would call compost, you know, but what i would call mulch.Like if they sifted this out maybe through a half inch, quarter inch screen, we might have some compost.But this is kind of more of a mulchy material.It’s not like chips or anything.I mean it is kind of broken down a little.
Bit, but not much.And some people always ask me, john, i know in your original tutorials man, you filled your beds with the 100 organic compost.Can i do that too’ and, you know, like this is my caviar.I like, if you get the same compost that i filled my beds with 100 organic compost that’s broken down to a nice fine structure and nice consistency, then yes you absolutely can because it worked for me.That being said, unfortunately sonoma compost went out of business, so you can’t do that anymore with their compost.But you.
Could probably get their, you know, something like their compost at other places.But you sure as hell can’t do it if you get this compost because, i mean, this stuff is like a mulch.I mean, you could grow certain things in mulch but certain things ain’t going to grow.So that’s why i don’t necessarily recommend growing in 100 organic compost.It depends on the compost itself, right.That’s the most important thing that when you’re selecting soils.I mean, i know a lot of you guys are cheap.I’m freaking cheap, man.I would.
Like to fill up my whole beds with this.But it’s not, you’re not going to get the best results in my opinion, right.So, i mean, yeah, this stuff is like a dollar fifty per cubic foot.This stuff is already premixed with everything you need is i think around $7$8 a cubic foot approximately.And yeah, this stuff is really nice stuff.This stuff is cheap stuff.You guys get what you pay for! but some places will try to rip you off and then you won’t really get what you pay for.So that’s really sad.But yeah, i said.
Everything out with, with soil and everything previous in this tutorial.So listen to that.I encourage you guys, you know, not necessarily shop at your big box store to get your bag soil.Number one, it’s going to cost you more money.Number two, you know, the quality may or may not be there depending on the product you get.And i haven’t checked out every product in the market, let’s be serious.I try to when i can.The other thing is get a mixture, you know.If you’re kind of cheap like i am, you’re filling beds that are.
Like this tall like i am, yeah, get one of the, one bag of this stuff, right one bag’s not going to hurt you.I mean, i got like, i don’t know, maybe 20 bags of product maybe so far, close to 20 bags of product so far in here.One bag which is 1 cubic foot, in this bed, in this bed, evenly mixed throughout the whole thing is not going to really mess you up.Although there is probably already bark fines in all these products that we’re looking at, to a much smaller degree.So raising that quantity up a little bit.And, you know,.
That’s why i really like to use a mixture of ingredients.The more kind of mixture of things you have and the higher quality of each of the individual mixes you guys got, you know, the higher probability of success you’re going to get.And i like to have a lot of different mixes because every different mix may have different nutrients and beneficial microbes in there for your plants.Anyways, i’m going to go ahead and getting a mixing this and the rest of these things into this bed and will come back at you when i’m ready for the next step.
Alright, so as you guys could see, my forehead’s like a waterfall, dripping with sweat, lots of good workout today.I encourage you guys, you know, i mean when you garden you get a lot of good things, right.You get sun to make vitamin d, you get some exercise, you get to move your body, specially move your body and some positions and things that you don’t normally do, which is good to stay active and fit.And, yeah, it’s fun.You get fresh air.And you’re going to get food to eat later!.
So, i just mixed up all that stuff and it took a little bit of energy but i’m good.And i’m good to go for some more.And next thing we’re going to do is going to go ahead and add in the last two ingredients.So like as i said, put your best foot forward.I bagged up some of the, you know, couple two inches on the top back into these bags here.So we’re going to dump this off.This is the stuff that i added like the worm castings in, you.
Know, previously, because i didn’t want to just bury all this good stuff.So we’re going to dump this out.And knock it down.Make it like level.I’m really glad i went and got the extra couple cubic feet.Maybe like three and a half cubic feet for each bed.It really is going to bring it up to the top.And look a lot nicer.And plants are going to have more space to spread their roots.And also they’re going to have some really nutritious stuff because i got the earth stuff here.
Alright, next let’s go ahead and dump the rest of this earth stuff.Nice, rich, black, man.If i could have i would have filled the whole bed with this stuff.But not in the budget.So what i’m going to do is i’m going to spread this along the top and go in to the second layer that i just kind of like put in a couple top inches, and just kind of blend these gently so i have some of the best stuff for it, so that the roots are quite happy.
Alright! got this all mixed out.And we got it all pretty much leveled off.I like everything looking nice and level, nice and neat.I would probably could have went to like another cubic foot of stuff.But i’m glad we added the 3 and 12 cubic feet to bring these raised beds up to like within an inch or two from the top.Looks a lot cleaner, a lot better in my opinion.Plus, we got some really good stuff here up at the top.Now if i was to do this soil blend over again, i think i’d pretty much do everything similar.
I would add probably at least a bag total of vermiculite.That would add another $40 to the cost approximately.To both beds add a good percentage of that.Since we didn’t really have any of that stuff, we got some perlite and some pumice in there with some of the mixes.And then the other thing i’d do, i’d probably add maybe like, i don’t know, two cubic feet of coconut coir to each one.And of course, i’d also try to source some higher quality compost locally if i was able, based on and made out of fruit and vegetable.
Container Gardening Tips Plans Shade Conditions Container Gardening Tips Ideas Advice
Hi! my name is scott reil and on behalf of expert village, i would like to talk to you about container gardening.When planting containers for shade, there are some things to keep in mind specifically with shaded plants.I like to try and do this with all my containers and all my gardens really but when i come in shaded areas, flowers become harder to come by.If you look at the plants in the woods, you don’t see as many flowers as you do on the plants that are out in the sun.Because of that i try to look from foliage.
Colors that are going to be there and really stand out.Things like colias which you can see a variety of different colors and shades that we can work with are great.Here’s a begonia that won’t flower but who needs flowers.Look at the marvelous variegation on there.There are 4 or 5 different shades of reds, greens and silvers in there.That would contrast really well with this new guinea impatiens again, this isn’t for full full shade like some other impatiens that we know of.This one wants partial shade but that.
Reddish coloration is just really going to stand out famously.Here’s another begonia and you can see a little bit of a flower power to him but this begonia again with that shiny dark green foliage, that’s going to be a great contrast than ours.Another thing to think about when you are in the shade is ferns.Ferns are a natural shade lover.They look great, they offer a wonderful foliage contrast and it is a plant that is usually taken care of in the shade.It’s not to say that there are no flowers in there.We already talked.
A little bit about impatiens.Everybody does those but this is torenia.This is a shade plant not a lot of people do know about and it’s a great one.It’s a little taller than the impatiens and roughly at 10 inches, where a lot of the impatiens is sort of in an 8 inch range.It’s got a pretty little flower on it.Again the flower power is not huge on any shade plant but in the torenia’s there’s a lovely range of pinks into blues.Now mom wanted pink this year, so that is what we are doing but next year who knows.
Maybe some of the blue ones.But in choosing plants for your shady container, remember don’t think so much about what you can do with just the flower power, think about the different foliage contrasts and colors you can work in to make that container look pretty special with just a few plants.There’s not a flower around there but i guarantee you this will be a container that gets oohs and ahs from everybody that come into my yard.Look around, check out the plants that work for you and you like together, put them in.
REAL Apocalypse Shelters FAK 24
The greenbrier is a forbes four star, aaa five diamond award winning luxury resort in west virgina.It’s also the site of a massive underground bunker meant to serve as an emergency shelter for the us congress during the cold war.What the fak.The facts and knowledge on real postapocalyptic shelters vivos is a privately funded network of underground shelters with a location in indiana and another in kansas.The indiana location costs $50,000 per adult and $35,000 per child, it accommodates 80 people for a minimum of one year without having to surface, and can withstand a 20.
Megaton blast.The kansas survival shelter is a massive 2 million square foot area that is being outfitted now.It’ll be able to accommodate 5000 people for a minimum of one year.Located 130 feet below the surface of a mountain and carved out of solid limestone they plan to preserve one out of every million human on earth’s, artifacts, dna and reproductive cells, as well as books, data, and more.The adirondack missile silo is an old military atlas f missile silo converted into a luxury underground shelter.Located in upstate new york, there is a 2000 square foot log home.
On the surface of the structure.The underground shelter is a 2300 square foot 2 story luxury home.The silo tube is 52′ in diameter and 185 feet deep.The security doors are able to withstand a 2000 lb blast.They plan to continue to renovate and make it into a larger survival condo that is able to accommodate multiple people.But it’s for sale as is right now for 3 million dollars.The luxury survival condo is also built out of an atlas f missile base that has undergone massive cleanup and restoration.It accommodates between 36 and 70 people for 5 years completely.
Off the grid with 54,000 square feet of underground protected space.Each buyer has the ability to own a half floor unit designed for 35 people or a full floor unit designed for 610 people, equipped with a five year supply of high quality freeze dried food.The facility has a water filtration and reservoir system that insures the water supply is safe as well as hydroponic gardens and aquaculture to provide residents with fresh vegetables and fish for food.For just $10,000 per person atlas survival shelters will build and install a galvanized.
Corrugated pipe shelter in an undisclosed location of your choice.They’re buried up to 42′ deep and have a lifespan of 200 years.Each unit comes standard with removable floor boards for under floor storage, bunk beds, air filtration systems, blast valves, and an emergency escape hatch hidden underground.You can even get one of these boulders to conceal your escape hatch.The underground city, located in china, is a bomb shelter built in the 1970’s in anticipation of a nuclear war with the soviet union.Built by 300,000 local citizens including children,.
It was mostly dug by hand.The tunnels cover 33 square miles and is 2659 feet under the surface with 90 entrances hidden in shops along the main streets.It opened in 2000 as a tourist attraction and is kept up by the city, but has been closed for renovation for a while.I’m gonna leave you with this blast door.Where is it, how heavy is it and how large of an explosion can it handle before we go here’s last tutorial’s winner.Be sure to subscribe for more vsauce2 and as.
Backyard Organic Container Vegetable Garden Perfect for People Who Rent
John alright, this is john kohler with growingyourgreens, today i have another exciting episode for you and this is a visit to a viewer’s house.I love when i get to go on field trips and visit viewers, that are also growing food.Actually it was really cool to know that i’m inspiring many people out there and maybe even you guys out there and that people are growing food because of me.But not only that i love visiting viewer’s houses to see what everybody’s doing, because everybody might not grow exactly like i do.What i do works.
For me, but there’s many ways to grow food, and at this homeowner’s place, well they’re not growing in their front yard, actually this is the best side of the house to actually get sunlight but the problem with the front yard is that they have a few trees here that they don’t wanna cut down.So i’d probably encourage them to at least hack down one of the trees to grow some crops in the place where its gonna get the most sun.So what they’re doing instead is growing in the backyard and uh you know, if you’re a homeowner.
Generally you don’t have a problem building raised beds and you know putting in and making improvements to your land to do what you want with your property and you know they didn’t necessarily wanna do that here so actually they’re growing in all containers which is quite a unique thing.Now whether you’re renting or owning you can always grow in containers they’re easily moveable and you know they have a few reasons for doing this so what we’re gonna do next is actually head into the backyard and show you guys what’s growing.
On in this viewer’s house.Now we’re inside the backyard and here is the garden you can see behind me and literally all it is, it’s in 15 gallon containers and you know its on top of pallets and this cool structure for a trellis.Now you might be asking yourself john, why would homeowners have a garden like this, it’s just in pots.Well there’s a few good reasons for that, number 1 say its may and you should have had your plants in already, and you wanna grow a garden but you don’t have to like start building the raised beds, constructing.
Them, screwing, drilling, sawing.Then you gotta worry about filling them up and you know you might have to make one too big and it might not be just the right area that you want cause the sun might not hit it properly or whatever.So what they came up with, as a solution is this! they’ve literally got 15gallon pots and filled it up with soil cause each pot can be moved to where the sun is if they needed to.They put it on top of pallets so that you know the grass wouldn’t grow up through and the roots wouldn’t grow.
Down into the grass.And so they could also move the pallets and they get it off the ground to you know uh resist the insects, the slugs and snails, which are pretty prevalent in this garden.They say they haven’t had any damage to their plants because it’s off the ground, and in pots, which is really cool.And so and they’re growing a lot of stuff.So what we’re gonna do next is actually show you guys just some of the things that are growing.Its pretty much the end of the summer season, they’ve still got a few things.
Hanging on, but mostly we’re gearing up towards the fall and winter garden.And here in northern california, you can definitely grow yearround.And you wanna grow your greens, just like my channel name growingyourgreens! you wanna grow your greens in the wintertime you can easily grow greens all throughout the winter here in northern california.So let’s take a look at a few of the summer crops that are hanging on and all the winter greens and varieties, a few i’ve never seen before that’s happening in this backyard.Alright, i know you might be thinking, john, what’s that crazy structure here that they’ve.
Got happening well this is a unique trellising system that they came up with.You know it’s basically a fairly inexpensive, and once again disassembleable and moveable system, just in case they wish to do something later with it.They’re basically using some standard, construction grade 2×4’s nothing special.They’ve got a couple simpson strongties to lock in the corners, so it’s a nice stable structure.I don’t know that i’d climb up there, but its definitely gonna hold the support beams up there.And then they basically have this stuff right here this is the nylon trellis netting that i like so much.I’ve.
Had previous episodes on it.It comes in a little package and then it unfurls into a four foot by i don’t know eight or a fifteen foot or even thirty foot section and usually i use them going the other direction but they’re putting them up all the way.And you can see here they’ve got some nice japanese cucumbers growing up the trellis here.Two plants, ones actually topping out and still flowering out here.They have already pulled out their tomatoes this year and still got some peppers hanging on here.We’ve got probably another month.
Of growing here depending on the weather for the summer crops.But aside from that they’ve started planting out their wintergreens.So what we’re gonna do next is actually go over how they have this system laid out including the irrigation because that’s very important for you guys.I encourage you guys to make a full complete system.So that you have the greatest possibility of success when growing your own food, so what is a system, a system is something that’s gonna work no matter what.If you show up or not.I wanna job where.
I can shop up to work or not! anyways, so uh what we’re gonna do next is, we’re actually gonna start actually at the uh hose bin and show you guys what they have to control their system and then we’re gonna show you the specific drip irrigation that they have happening to make all of this get watered, whether they’re here or not.When putting in a raised bed garden or even just a container garden like this one i highly encourage you guys to put in an irrigation the first time otherwise you gotta come home.
You gotta water you gotta remember to water and you, basically you’re married to your garden cause you can’t go on vacation, because if you don’t water, who is gonna water so, something like this, a drip irrigation that’s gonna save you water and actually water automatically is very important and critical to have in my opinion.So you can see here they’ve got this standard hose bib and this is their hose, when it comes out bit you usually put a hose in here to hand water which they do have.It goes through.
A pressure regulator, this is very important for a drip system to regulate the pressure.I personally do with ball valves or you could just get a standard pressure regulator that will drop down the pressure to say 25psi and then they have basically a converter to basically take it from one into four so they can have one into the hose and one into a water timer.This is a very important device that controls when your watering system will come on so that you don’t have to be around.Just make sure to change your batteries every once in.
Awhile, you know to keep it running cause you know if your batteries run out then the system won’t work anymore.Sometimes they use a 9 volt and sometimes they use the double a’s and actually i prefer the water timers that have a ball valve, they are a lot more uh durable than the ones that have the other kind of valves, the diaphragm valves.So uh, basically the water comes in there’s a little valve in here that controls the on and off there’s the little batteries and when its time it will go on and then the water will.
Go out this blue hose here and transfer into the drip system.So let’s go ahead and shows you where it transfers out here out of the blue line and then into the drip system.How it does that and how actually also, something else they have in line that you may also wanna buy as well.So they have that blue hose that goes through like a particulate filter and then it goes into a green hose which is this guy right here.And actually they’re using some good quality hose i discourage you guys from using stuff like vinyl tubing.Vinyl.
Tubing is made out of pvc or polyvinyl chloride, not a good hose to be using.I highly encourage you guys to use rubber hoses whenever possible.My favorite rubber hose is a standard craftsman rubber hose they have a stainless steel end.They’re very indestructible and they have lifetime guarantee.In any case, it goes out of the blue hose into the green hose, and then they go into this guy right here.This is actually called the garden grow’ garden dechloronator with replaceable cartridge by rain shower’ so i had one of these.
Guys or filters on a recent episode, i don’t know about four episodes back or what not and these guys can rang in price anywhere from 40 to 100 dollars, the one that i recommended a couple shows ago was about 40 bucks and i think this is an excellent device to have.Its gonna basically take out the chlorine out of your water, now these things are effective with chloramine, that’s a different thing entirely.But these are effective with chlorine, they take the chlorine out, cause the chlorine is added to the water to disinfect it so that.
We don’t get waterborne diseases like amoebas and cryptospridium and bacterias and whatnot, so we have sterile water, but the problem is the chlorine can negatively impact your soil and your soil microbes and beneficial fungis and bacterias in the soil.So we don’t want that so, we definitely wanna get a garden dechloronator.In addition on their standard line, on this side, which is their standard garden hose, they also have a dechloronator also.So i highly recommend you guys to dechloronate your water and filter your water before putting it on your garden for the best results and.
You don’t have to do this but i highly encourage you guys to do this.And i filter all the water the goes on my garden because my garden is that important to me.They have after the filter here is where the hose goes in and then out of the filter it has a little adaptor that is just a standard threads for a garden hose but then it converts it down into the drip emitter tubing and i think they’re using half inch tubing and then this tubing runs to the different beds or their containers that they have.Each bed is like one pallet.
Or a set of pallets that they have stacked up together.So next we’re gonna show you guys how that runs, and then how it actually runs into each fifteengallon pot.We’re following the irrigation which is this pipe right here.This is actually not a pipe it’s an edging which actually runs out right here and then their tubing goes right here and you know pretty much just like when you gotta plug in a few appliances you have know like a uh multiple outlet strip well with hose irrigation you’ve got splitters,.
So basically you t’ this off, this is literally a t’ and uh they t’ it off right here, it goes and continues on this direction.And goes over to the beds over there with those containers.And then they uh t’ed off and this goes this ways and they have an uh valve on it, so like if they wanna turn off watering this bed cause its getting enough water for whatever reason they could do that.So i highly encourage you guys to do that, to use some valves in line so you could turn off certain beds when needed.
This can also reduce the pressure and flow if you don’t want to water as much this is a ball, ball valve, so you can turn it all the way.All the way is off like that and if you turn it like that direction its gonna reduce the water pressure a little bit.But uh we’re gonna leave it on cause that’s the way i found it.It then goes over and then goes up into this bed, as you could see and then basically this is the main feeder.
Line.So they’re using the halfinch and then the convert down into the quarter inch spaghetti tubing.Now, while i don’t like this tubing, they found it to be the best for their specific application and this spaghetti tubing has built in emitters every six inches.And uh this seems to be working great for them.And they have different spaghetti tubing going for each separate row, and then in the case like this, they pop the spaghetti tubing up and then it goes, up, up, up, up, up, up over and then they bend it over each of the.
Lips here of the container, the fifteen gallon containers and then they make a little circle loop thing.So this little circle loop thing is probably i don’t know about 14 inches in diameter and then there’s little drip emitters every six inches here so it actually makes a good radius and actually will drip this one container fairly well.And basically all the lines that they have here, here’s where it t’s off again.One goes one way and one goes the other way and they’ve got a whole bunch of these t’s.
And they’ve laid it out pretty good and once again, doing this above ground, as long as you don’t kick it and it doesn’t get knocked or anything is definitely a good thing to do because it’s a you know it’s a noncommittal garden.If you have commitment issues you can do the aboveground drip emitter just don’t kick it or trip over it and it should work out fine for many years.And once again you can see here they’re just t’ing off and going up with this spaghetti tubing and have that little circle here.And then they’ve.
Mulched conveniently with leaves and that can definitely conserve water in your garden.So you guys just saw how the irrigation system was put in now water is probably one of the most important things for your plants just to keep them alive, just like we need water, we’re 75 water, plants also have a very high water content, so we gotta keep them watered.And i highly encourage you guys to put in an irrigation system.So aside from the water, we’re gonna show you actually how they’re doing it here and how they’re.
Growing all these beautiful vegetables in the backyard.So the first thing they is they actually decided where they wanna put it and figured that out, and then they got some cardboard and this is a technique called sheet mulching’, literally you’re mulching with cardboard over sections of grass to basically smother the grass out, so the grass doesn’t grow through the cardboard.Then they laid down a standard shipping pallet.These may be available on craigslist for free or maybe your local work has a ton of extra pallets they don’t.
Need.And what the pallet does, this provides a layer of, number one air circulation, but number two it’s a layer of protection so basically the grass and things can’t grow up into the pot and the things in the pot, the roots and what won’t grow out of the pot and then into the ground.Also it is really beneficial for isolating your plants from uh bugs and pests.They say they don’t get any bug or slug damage because it is isolate off the ground like this.So i definitely think that’s very smart and i haven’t.
Seen it done like this anywhere before.Next they have your standard 15 gallon nursery pot, if you go to like a big box store these guys can be very expensive but if you order them online or go to a specialty nursery store you can often times get these for very inexpensive.Even better yet, call up some local landscapers and in your area and ask them hey what do you guys do with the uh you know some of the pots you put the trees in after you plant the trees out, can you save em for me.
And you know a lot of those guys burn through trees cause they’re putting in landscapes and they have all these extra pots and a lot of times they just chuck them out but maybe you could get them for free and literally have a free garden that way.Some of these pots are really nice, they hold 15 gallons and when you’re growing for vegetables basically you need a nice wide diameter pot as wide as possible and you really don’t need it that deep.These are probably actually too deep but these are the closest size that they.
Could find probably with a good circumference and also not too deep of a depth.You pretty much don’t need anything more than about 12 inches in my opinion and anything over that, these are probably i don’t know uh 18 or so that’s alright but you may be wasting extra soil cause the plants aren’t necessarily gonna root down that deeply.So they’ve got a 15gallon nursery pot, nice wide diameter and what they’re growing in each pot is a little bit different.This one actually they have brussels sprouts, a nice healthy.
Looking plant here and along the edges around the brussels sprouts which are growing up in the middle, they’ve got some beets growing so this is a very good way to basically you know maximize the use of your space by growing on thing in the center and other things around, looks like they’ve got around six beets around the outside ring and one collard green in the middle.I guess over in this next container here they got a tree collard, with two swiss chard plants growing and each one has a little bit different things happening in it.
Next what we’re gonna do is show you some of the varieties of things that are growing here in these containers very successfully.These containers this is part of their summer garden still and some of these guys right here these are pepper plants and they’ve got these cool trellis system here, just a very simple plastic trellis system.This guy looks like its got some really nice, large california peppers on there, bell peppers, maybe some california wonders something like that.And this container or 15 gallon pot has one plant in it.The one behind actually has two plants in it.It looks like those.
Are actually doing quite well.You might even be able to fit three pepper plants in here, if you space them right i think that’d probably work pretty well.And this one just has a single pepper plant here.Now its very important when growing in a very small confined, tight space, to put a trellis on right when you put the plant, the plant start because if you put it on later it might be a pain in the butt, it might not even work that well and you might even end up breaking the plants.So they’ve used some trellises very well.
Here.It looks like it’s about the right height that it needs to be, so that’s really cool and then another thing that they’re using is, they’re using some mulch.So they’ve got different wood chips on top for the mulch, also tree bark and leaves.In this container they probably had some other thing from a summer crop, probably tomatoes for example and they’re starting to plant the fall slash winter garden they’ve got some brussels sprouts in this one.So if you’ve got a hankering for some brussels sprouts, plant.
Some! they’re already starting to plan out for the fall and winter which is definitely a wise thing to do now while hasn’t gotten too cold yet.If you wait too long to plant your fall slash winter garden its gonna get too cold and things aren’t quite gonna grow as fast.You really wanna get that winter garden in now especially if you live in northern california and you know things will have about a month to grow really well and get to a nice large point where its photosynthesizing a lot cause its got a lot of leaves before it.
Starts to get really cold and not as much sun.So yeah establish your winter garden now like they’re doing here.This is some brussels sprouts, you might be thinking hey john, that doesn’t look like the brussels sprouts because the brussels sprouts you know and i know look like little small cabbages right in the store but when a plants young it just has some leaves like collard greens and guess what, even though this is brussels sprouts that doesn’t have the sprouts on it you can still eat the leaves and they’re.
Brussels sprouts greens.I like to juice them or actually blend them up.Over in this area what they’ve got are actually some of my favorite crops in the whole wide world and that’s this guy right here towering up above everything else.These guys are probably about three or four feet tall, and these are the tree collard, these are the perennial tree collards, they’ll grow year round here and they’re getting quite tall.At some point they may want to top them off that will actually encourage more side shoot.It looks.
Like this plant does have a lot of good side shoot coming out to produce more leaves.In addition you know making the most of your space is really important whether you’re growing in a raised bed or even containers.So while many might just have one tree collard per 15gallon pot, not only do they have a tree collard in the middle, they also have celeriac or celery root along the bottom.They’ve got one, two, three, four, five plants along the bottom here, and this is basically the celery root.And the celery.
Root you can eat, that’s also called celeriac.But you could also use the celery just like celery and the celery that you’ll get, if you’ll notice on the tutorial there its nice dark green leaves like if you go to buy celery in the store its always almost like a yellowish color and i don’t know that’s up with that cause celery should always be this dark and really rich in chlorophyll.I consider celery another really good leafy green you can eat.Now while i don’t like eating the celery leaves, they have a funny flavor, i.
Might juice them up, but i like to harvest them, these celery stalks, i like to chop them up or just eat them straight off the plant.They taste so good like its just like how celery should be tasting.Not like the flavorless stuff you buy from the grocery store.That’s just yet another reason to grow your own food.Besides all the containers in this back yard they also have a preexisting raised bed that may or may not have been growing vegetables before.So they literally filled it up with.
Some good organic compost and made some amendments like the worm castings and they’ve grown a lot of stuff in here as well.Looks like they’re spacing things out really well here with the square foot garden method.They’ve got some tat soy here about six plants and literally just this few square feet.They grow really close and that’s another excellent winter vegetable they should be growing now.Looks like they’ve also got things like broccoli and kale and collard greens and chard and herbs and even some lettuce down there.
Too.And i like that there’s, there’s actually a humming bird down there getting some nectar from the borage plant and they’ve got some nasturtium crawling up along the trellis along the house.Another reason they may be doing the containers and on the pallets to get them off the ground is because they have some dogs and as you can see the dog is currently digging in the ground there making quite a mess and if raised bed, if the dog would jump in the raised bed and start digging up all your plants that’d be no fun so definitely having them in some.
Containers off the ground will definitely keep your pets off and i know for you guys that have cats.Like cats will use your raised beds literally as a litter box, you know if there’s nothing growing in there.Some ways around that are basically grow things in there and grow them densely so they won’t go in there, or you could use the welded wire fencing over the top cause then they won’t you know climb on that or you could a fence around the perimeter as well.Next we’re gonna take a look at some more crops they have growing in their containers.
In the back yard.Over here they’ve got some parsley.Now parsley most people consider it an herb, i consider it a leafy green vegetable and actually i’d come and harvest a bunch of this parsley and just chop it fine and mix it in with some guacamole maybe some garlic and sprouted buckwheat and actually call that a salad.In addition they’ve got some purple cauliflower here i always encourage you to grow your foods of color besides cauliflower being white i’ve also seen green, purple and even like cheese colored or cheddar cheese.
Colored cauliflower so uh they all taste about the same but they’re definitely cool to look at.I love visiting viewer’s houses, especially when i find new plants that i was not aware about and can share them with you guys and actually here’s one of them.I don’t know if you can see it on the camera there this is dinosaur kale you may have known about dinosaur kale also known as lactosino kale or snakeskin kale.Its probably one of the most nutrient dense kales out there cause its just so dark leafy green.It has so much.
Chlorophyll in it.But if you’re thinking this doesn’t look exactly like dinosaur kale you’d be right, it looks a lot shinier like they’re literally spraying something on it to make it maybe bug and insect repellant but they’re not actually.This dinosaur kale is a special variety called shiny diny.And the shiny diny dinosaur kale is actually shiny and actually a darker leaf than the standard dinosaur kale so this ones really cool.I wanna definitely get some seed from this and actually start growing it out.I’d like to grow shiny diny and regular diny or regular dinosaur kale next to each other to.
Show the comparison.Plus you know it would look kinda cool as a visual element as well and it’d trip people out and i like doing that.Another crop that they’re growing that i’ve never seen before is this stuff right here its actually just called frizzy kale and this stuff is actually quite frizzy.Now this is definitely cool and a novelty but i tend to not to like frizzy leafy greens because there tends to be bugs that will get stuck in all the frizzies.Luckily here they have a good.
Program with some good soil and some good natural controls and it actually doesn’t look like they have any bugs here.So in this situation its not a problem but yeah frizzy kale definitely another good one you wanna try and you know every different kale whether it’s a frizzy kale or a dinosaur kale or a russian kale or a white siberian kale or a regular kale or a winter kale, they’re all a bit different they all taste a bit different all have a different spectrum of nutrients and they all have different growing conditions.
The red russian and the dinosaur kale are two kales that i grow in the summer and also grow in the winter some of the other varieties i find tend to bulk very fast especially in the summer time when it gets some heat so those are definitely good to grow in the winter.And this one it looks like they’re just starting them for the winter season here and so far so good.I’m always looking to glean and i don’t mean glean in food in viewers gardens when i go, but i’m looking to glean information and things that could help me and also you.
Guys out there in youtube land.And here’s a very valuable thing you can do that’s super simple and super easy, and i’ve learned from visiting the viewer’s garden today.And what they’re doing is they’re using the standard blue tape, or this is blue painters tape and this is the easy release tape so it doesn’t leave marks on your container.And they put some tape on here and this one just simply says worms’ and this one says nightshade 2012′.This is a very good way you can mark your black containers,.
Cause its hard to you know write on your black containers.Basically they put some tape on, they use an indelible marker to put worms’ and why worms well that means they took compost they made on sight with worms, and then took the finished compost that had some baby worms and small worms and put it in the container so they know when they’re digging through this, there maybe worms in this if they survived and proliferate and they know that when they dig through here.And they’d be more careful about that.In addition you could also use.
These tags to label your soil mixture.Say in this one we’d used sonoma compost, vermiculite, perlite and coconut core and then in another one you could put the mixture that you’d used and every basically container you may have a little bit different mixture and you’ll notice that certain containers do better than others.Maybe this one has the azomite and that one doesn’t cause you’re trying all these things that i’m teaching you guys out to see if it really works for yourself or not.Now a lot of the things that i mention.
On my show, i mention for a reason cause you know they do work and i’ve used them personally in my garden and i encourage you guys to use them as well.Another thing they’re doing is you could actually label these with what you had in it.So you could put brussels sprouts in here now so you’re growing brassicas in here, they put nightshade 2012 which means they grew a nightshade plant in here cause maybe in 2013 they don’t wanna put nightshades in here cause they’re maybe you know diseases in the soil from the previous year and so.
You could do basically rotation and crop rotation by labeling it so you remember what was in there the year before so that’s definitely a couple of valuable tips we can glean from this garden.One of the questions i got when i was here was john, how come my sugar snap peas aren’t doing so well and you know i took one look a the plants and there’s some you know white powdery mildew on there and the plants don’t look super vibrant and super healthy and you know basically my answer was well in generally i don’t generally plant the.
Sugar snap peas like late in the summer time or i when its really hot outside cause they don’t necessarily like the heat too much.What i normally do is i plant them in the fall or maybe starting in about a month or so or even now maybe and get them established so that they’ll basically grow through and very slowly into winter if you’re not having any freezes or major freezes.And then come like february or march they’ll really start to take off in your garden and don’t forget to put your trellis up now but once again.
That’s what i do and i always encourage my viewers to try different things at different times of the year and see what works for you and make note of it.Maybe even make a tutorial about it to share with others in this way you’ll become better as a gardener in what works in your specific situation and one again in many situations.I’m just sharing with you guys what works for me in my situation.So i’ve saved the best for last and actually the best is in this pot right here.This is.
A 15 gallon pot and there’s a little plant tag and it says j.Kohler tree collard’ so i never knew that i had tree collards named after me and so what’s that they’re growing right here and when they got these tree collards they weren’t actually looking super healthy but they’ve been totally revived and you can see the growth here on the tree collards nice thin stem but then it just started spurting out and now the stem gotten a lot thicker and this is actually some of the tree collard starts that were picked up at the heirloom.
Expo just a few months ago and man this has much more substantial growth then the ones that i brought home that i didn’t sell and that’s cause they’ve put this in a larger pot and fed it and watered it very well so that’s definitely really cool.In addition, they’ve got some j.Kohler red sorrel’ so some red veined sorrel or blood dock another plant that i iove to grow, a perennial and both these guys are perennials and you know a lot of the crops that are growing here are annuals.But i definitely think that a move.
To growing more perennial crops is a smart thing to do because that’s like the lazy man’s garden.The plants you can plant just once, they continue to produce year after year like the tree collards or on the red veined sorrel that’ll actually go to seed, drop seed and then you’ll have them come up as weeds everywhere.So that’s definitely really smart and another technique that i encourage you guys to use in your garden, so pretty much the day is at the end and i’ve showed you most the things they’re doing.
Here in this back yard hopefully this has given you some ideas on what you can do in your backyard and especially if you have commitment phobias like many of us do.Get some containers, sheet mulch, raise them up on pallets, put drip irrigation system in, you can move them you can take them down you can build a raised bed later if you desire or anything you want it really is that easy to grow some food and they’re doing it here and you know how to do it too.Once again my name is john kohler with growingyourgreens we’ll see you.