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 â€œJohn, why would homeowners have a garden like this, it’s just in pots.â€� 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, â€œJohn, what’s that crazy structure here that they’ve got happening?â€� 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.
Grow 53 Plants in 4 Sq Ft with a Garden Tower Vertical Container Garden
This is John Kohler with growing your greens . Today we have another exciting episode for you. I just got a new toy in the mail it’s the right hear check it out. This is actually called the garden tower project and it’s known as a garden tower. And what it is basically, it looks like a 55 gallon drum with a heavy modification to grow food in. But why I like this so much is because it has 45 planting spots all up and down through this whole barrel. In addition you can plant some plants up the top so you can plant over 50 plants in just 4 ft.Â² off space. So literally, that’s a lot of planets for it just a small area. So this is especially good if you have a patio, deck, little apartment or a condo and you.
Don’t have a lot of space. Maybe if you just have a little bit of space on your patio outside. You could grow a lot of food in the sky. I have seen other tower gardens, which I don’t particularly care for but this guy let’s you grow a lot more and he lets you roll it in soil. Plus, this is very intelligently designed. It’s part of the best vertical tower garden system I’ve ever seen. Let me go ahead and explain why. Besides the 45 planting holes, what’s unique about this system is, it’s got this Center tube hear in middle and what they do in the center tube is your going to put food scraps and red wiggler worms or composting worms. The worm is going to eat the food scraps, break it down, spread the worm compos or Vermeer.
Compost all throughout the unit to help fertilize the plants in there. Plus on the bottom of this unit is a place that you can actually take out the food scraps out of the bottom. So that’s really cool. This vertical tower garden makes its own fertilizer. You can’t say that for other ones. Another thing is that this is water conserving. So water is a very precious resource especially depending on where you live in this day and age. And this one conserves water. How does it do that? Well Very simply. You pour the water on or water up to the top while the plant will get water the water will drain down all the different plant planted in all of these pocket things are going to get water then the water goes.
To the bottom, once it get to the bottom it’s basically funnel out certain whole and you’re going to put little buckets underneath and all the water that goes through, now your going to have it in a bucket. You can reuse this water to water it again so that there is minimal water loss. Many just standard garden pots or whatever. You know you will just water and it just run out on the deck or down below. The excess water on your deck can actually ruin your deck. If you live on a threestory apartment building and you have to water your plants. When you over water them the stuff will drip down to your neighbor which isn’t cool either. This you could collect the water and reuse it. So this is a well.
Thought out design so I’m happy to be setting one up and sharing this up with you guys and showing you how it works and how I’m going to set it up. So this just came to me as you guys can see there is a US Post Office label on there. I mean it literally came shaped like this through the mail without even any raping. It was not damaged our anything. It looks totally perfectly fine. So in this tutorial what we’re going to do is to set this guy up and show you guys how easy it is to set up. I’m going to make a specific potting soil mixture. I’m going show you guys that as well. Plus you’ll see me plant out my plants. And by the end of his tutorial you’ll see how easy it is to set one of these garden Tower projects.
Up if you want to grow avertable At home. So I guess with that, let’s get into unboxing and assembling. So let’s see what we got in the box here. Sounds like some hard work so construction is super simple super easy. I think pretty much what were going to need to do is to bolt down a few legs and put a couple of bolts in there. In the box you get some instructions. It’s definitely important to follow the instructions. I might read them or look at them but I’m just going to just do my own thing. Looks pretty basic. Next we got some stainless steel hardware. If you use standard hardware on something like this outdoors it’s going to rust, not cool. I like the providing of heavyduty stainless hardware.
In addition we have the wood legs. These stand it up off the ground so that you can put a bucket underneath to collect all the water. Plus it also allows you to garden whether you’re sitting or standing. So if you’re in a wheelchair you can still garden in this garden tower project. So definitely really cool. There’s three legs and look to be a nice hardwood here. In addition we have two more parts, a standard pot looks like it’s made out of pbc, and the top basically goes on here. And it doesn’t set all the way down. It kind of just sits on the top; it doesn’t go all the way down because in the end you wouldn’t be able to get it back off. The top has some holes in it for air ration. And you.