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Examples of Container Gardening, Raised Bed Garden, Vertical Tower Garden at the Great Park

November 20, 2019

This is John Kohler with
that have another exciting episode for you. We’re here in Irvine California and we’re
here at the Orange County Great Park here at Irvine, California. Now I did come to the
Great Park prior about a year ago to make an episode on their demonstration gardens
here and today we’re back to show you of what’s growing on here. So besides the carousel,
which is actually free, and the hot air balloon ride that you can go on that is also free,
which is actually closed today due to high winds, which you may be hearing in the mike,
they have an edible garden section. So if you come here, you not only want to visit
those attractions, but also be sure to visit the gardening area where they will teach you
how to grow your own food at home. Anyways, next, let’s head over to the gardening
area to show you how they’re growing food, and how you can do it, too.
Now we’re here at the farm and food lab at the Orange County Great Park, and this
is where they have their demonstration, raised bed gardens and also show a variety of techniques
that you can grow some food at home. In addition to what they’re showing here, they also
have regular classes where they teach the public for free how to grow food. And actually,
they had a class just this morning on planting out the summer crop, because now it’s just
about past the official frost date for Southern California, and you can start planting out
your tomatoes and peppers and other crops. Now, Northern California and other parts of
the US are definitely soon to follow, so I’m really excited about that.
To learn more about the classes here at the Orange County Great Park, visit their website: Now, what we’re gonna do is, we’re gonna
go into the farm area and I’m gonna show you some techniques that they’re doing that
may be able to help you grow more food at home.
This is the farm and food lab, and it’s growing the farm from 2 acres to 100 acres.
This farm and food lab is currently 2 acres, but they have the plan to expand this to 100
acres. And it says here that they “celebrate the agricultural heritage by bringing food
production back to this land”. Now, think about it: Orange County back in the was like
all orange groves and a lot of farmers here, but now the farmers have moved and the big
cities, and people, and Disney Land has moved in now. So this area is teaching people how
to their food, and they’re going to expand this. They’re gonna have a lot of “demonstration
gardens, agricultural fields” and even a tree farm. I think I saw some fruit trees
planted in an area in the drive up. This is my second visit to the Great Park,
and actually maybe an episode about a year ago I showed it. But we’re gonna show you
some new things that I didn’t cover in the last episode, that’s new since I last visited,
and also some other cool techniques that are gonna help you grow more food at home.
So first, let’s go over here and check out some of their raised beds. In this raised
bed, what they’re teaching is what I teach: this square foot garden method. Now, this
is an oversized square foot garden. It’s probably, like, 8 feet by 16 feet. I recommend,
definitely usually, like, starting out with a 4 foot by 4 foot, or a 4 foot by 6 foot.
So, 4 foot by 6, 4 by 10, 4 by 12. I like to make my beds 4 feet wide, because if you’re
on either side of the 4 foot wide, you could reach in and reach in two feet, so you don’t
have to get into the bed, and step on and compact the soil.
In the Square Foot Gardening method, we planting things closer together than what’s recommended
on the back of the seed packet, so you can grow as much food as possible. And that’s
what I’m really into, you know. I teach production, home gardening. Not like, you
know, a garden for a hobby. I’m teaching gardening so that you can actually eat out
of it and eat every day from, like the episode just a few times ago where I’m teaching
you how to grow sprouts that you can eat and harvest on it every single day to have easily
one pound of sprouts a day in your own home, even if it’s not spring time where you live.
In any case, in this raised bed garden, looks like they have some great things growing.
Look like they got some broccoli, cauliflower, some celery, some cabbage, some different
colored chards here. Oh, here’s a neon glow chard. Actually I wonder if that glows in
the dark. Some fennel, and other things. Oh, and another thing I want to cover today is
the unique, trellising ways that they’re showing here. Especially if you’re growing
the square foot method, you’re gonna pack the plants in really tight and close. So that
means you want to let them grow up because you have a lot of air space and you may not
have a lot of real estate to let the plants sprawl out like they would like to if they
were growing in a field. So, here’s a really easy trellis system
you can use. They basically sunk just two sticks in the ground, one on either side,
and they’re using some concrete remesh. The remesh is very inexpensive at your local
Big Box hardware store, and they got the remesh fashioned to the stakes with just some simple
zip ties. So this makes a very quick and easy trellis that you can put up to support your
plants at actually relatively low costs. Let’s move on and check out some other trellises
they’re using here. So here’s yet another trellis system they’re
using to trellis up their grapes, but you could easily use a system like this to trellis
up your tomatoes, or even cucumbers. Once again, they’re using your standard stakes.
They got them sunk into the ground, probably about, I don’t know, 6 foot spacing, or
5 foot spacing between them. And around the end here, they’ve got a hole basically drilled
though the middle here and they basically put some bailing wire through it and they
run it all the way down probably about every foot, and right here once again they drilled
a hole right through the stake and they feed the wire through the hole all the way to another
one where they drilled yet another hole and then finally they go round and feed it through
the hole and wrap it around. So in this way, you can make a very simple and affordable
trellis to grow your produce items vertically with some stakes and only some bailing wire.
If you want to take it a notch up, you can go ahead and get something like this. This
is, like, the galvanized piping. They would use this kind of pipe for, you know, plumbing
and whatnot. The piping is definitely going to cost you a bit more money, but it’s definitely
a lot more durable. As you can see here, they’re just using some eyehooks, with some holes
in there to hold the wire. The top has, you know, just some connectors with a real pipe
to hold this a lot more stable. So on this one, they have an apple tree growing espalier
style. So, you know, the apples may get a bit heavier than the grapes, so this is a
more heavy-duty construction. What you chose to do at your house is completely
up to you. If you have a lot of money, if you want to look it nicer, more maintenance
free, then use the metal. If you don’t have quite as much money and want it more temporary
– so you’re renting a place – hey, just do the stakes and the bailing wire. That’ll
definitely last a long time, too. In this raised bed, they’re currently planting
out for the summer time, because, you know, now it’s past the frost date, so they’re
planting things like peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes. But what we’re gonna look at is
over by this bed. This is the ethnic garden. So the two points I want to let you guys know
about is, you know, number one is, you want to grow ethnic foods, or different varieties
than what you’re used to. You know, if you wanna get iceberg lettuce, you can go to the
grocery and buy iceberg lettuce. But what about deer tongue lettuce, or red speckled
lettuce, or, you know, all the different kinds of lettuces? They’re over, over a hundred
varieties, and probably even more varieties of lettuce that you can grow.
And every plant is like that. There’s many different varieties of peppers, tomatoes,
and other things, and even ethnic varieties of crops. So in this area they have some of
those. See, here’s one called Sierre red lettuce, here’s some cauliflower, here’s
one of my favorites, that prickly pear cactus. These have some nice spikes, you can use these
spike as toothpicks. But I like this plant for the cactus right there. The cactus fruits,
they’re rich in antioxidants and are really good. Some people say they may be good for
diabetes and things like that. Here’s some lemon grass,(unknown), here’s ginger. That’s
amazing. This ginger has probably been in the ground over the winter here in Southern
California. Dwarf Greek oregano, even a pomegranate tree growing in a container inside this raised
bed as well. The other thing I really want to touch on
is this fencing around it. So, you know, even if you have a raised bed, you have cats, you
know, or rabbits or other small little vermin that would get into your raised bed and eat
your crops. All it takes is this, you know, some chicken wire. This is about two feet
tall, and some stakes. And, once again, they got the handy-dandy zip ties to tie it together
and just to put a fence around it so that cats and other small animals won’t get into
your raised bed to eat the food you’re growing. Besides the regular raised beds in the ground,
right, they have easy access gardens. And I like easy access things. These happen to
be easy access raised bed gardens. So these are literally elevated off the ground, you
can see they built them with some four by four posts and they got the bottoms on these.
So this is a nice height, so, like, if you’re in a wheelchair, can’t bend over, you know,
these will take a bit more time and energy in materials to build than a raised bed in
the ground, but these can be beneficial if you don’t wanna bend or have things like
animals or, you know, bugs and pests get into your raised bed.
So, once again, this is about maybe three feet, four feet wide and have a variety of
things planted in here. And it’s about a foot deep. So, in general, I recommend you
make your raised beds a foot deep on average. Could be less but it could be more, but in
general 12 inches is definitely deep enough. So, I like that they’re showing, you know,
all these different ways of growing food. Next, let’s show you one of the most unique
ways they’re growing food here at the Orange County Great Park.
One of the coolest they’re doing here is they’re using these guys to grow strawberries.
These are literally planting towers. Now they’re growing strawberries in here but I see that
these could also be used for other crops such as herbs or lettuce. I wouldn’t grow any
like tomatoes in here, but maybe even some small peppers would do well in a system like
this. Basically, this is growing smart. This system
will allow you to put literally 30 plants in just a, you know, few square feet of space
by using this setup. You know, I’ve shown other systems like this made out of Styrofoam
when I was in Florida, but I like this one, cause it’s made out of plastic, and they
have some nice holes here that you can actually run your drip tubing into. And you basically
mount all this to a standard pipe that you could get at your local home improving store.
So, it looks like they’re growing two varieties of strawberries. They’ve got the San Andreas
variety and the Benicia variety of strawberries, and just check out all these plants. And some
of these plants loaded up with strawberries. So, if you want to have a strawberry garden,
this is definitely an excellent way to do it.
And here’s what one of these containers look like. They’re just like this. They’re
a pot that you could basically stagger and stack. So, as you stack them up, you have
more growing space. And I’d probably go maybe six or seven tall to have 36 or 42 growing
sites. To learn more about this product, that I’ve seen for the first time, you could
visit their website: They’re in Paso Robles, California, 88866253-48. So
yes, like these a lot, and maybe they’ll even sponsor me and send me a couple kits.
So here’s another garden I want to show you guys. It’s called the hay bale garden.
It’s very simple to make a hay bale garden. All you simply do is, you take some hay, you
basically make it into a square, you fill up the center with some hay or some compost.
Then you water it, you water it good for about 10 days. It’ll start breaking down and decaying.
Then, what I would do is, I would throw some additional compost on top and then plant in
that compost. And as you can see, in this garden here, they have a variety of crops
from broccoli, chard, marigolds, oregano, spinach, onions, and it looks really great.
And they have just a soaker hose in there, all just soaking the area, to water all the
plants. And in addition to the animal protection, they put some stakes, once again, with some
chicken wire, some zip ties, and over the top, they put some standard bird netting to
keep all the animals out so that their crops will remain safe.
They have some nestersions in little containers here, and then they have a little trellis
that it grows up, and then onto this big, larger frame with the, built by 2 by 4 and
4 by 4 posts and some remesh. Once again, remesh is very cheap and an easy way to give
you the rustic look if you wanna grow vertically in your garden. Now, I’d highly encourage
you to grow something like the nestersions. Not only will it attract the beneficial insects,
like the bees, but these are also edible. You could pick the flowers, are great to dress
up on salad. They have a nice spicy flavour, and what many people don’t know is that
you can also harvest the leaves. If you’re gonna harvest the leaves, I would encourage
you to harvest the young baby leaves, and they’re actually a lot more spicier than
the flowers themselves. Wow, and it’s actually an incredible scent down here. And there’s
many varieties of nestersions to meet all your colour specifications.
So I’ve saved the best for last, and that’s their container garden area. This area lets
you know that you can grow even in small spaces. Say you have a patio, or you rent an apartment,
you don’t have a lot of space, you can still grow food in small spaces. And I’m gonna
show you next how you can do that. Here’s just a standard wine barrel, or half whiskey
barrel. And this is a Valencia orange tree planted in the half barrel here. And you can
see, I mean, this is Orange County, after all. This thing is loaded up with a whole
bunch of oranges. So, while container culture is not optimal
for trees, certain trees will do well in small containers. So you wanna check with your local
tree farmer or nurseryman to ask them what trees are gonna grow best for you in a container
if that’s what you need to do. Anyways, let’s move on, and check out some
other containers they’re growing in over here. Even something as simple as a little
bucket, you know, that you’re maybe gonna wash your car with, whether it’s metal or
plastic, you can grow some food. I mean, this is like, almost like one square foot of space.
And in here we have some lemon balm. The lemon balm is growing really well, and if you are
growing in small containers like this, I would generally recommend something like herbs.
Herbs are pretty much gonna do well wherever you put them. And also, don’t forget, you
need to pop some holes in the bottom for drainage. But, I wouldn’t necessarily put any rocks
at the bottom, but I may put some kind of fabric so that it, the holes don’t get clogged
up. In addition, here’s just another galvanized
pail or bucket here, a lot larger, maybe a smaller, like, watering trough, or something,
for animals. But they got a little, mini garden in here. They got sorrel in here. Now once
again, this sorrel is delicious, has a nice lemony flavor. Besides the sorrel, they got
some lemon thyme, some sage, and some onion chives. And this is only a small container.
So remember, you can grow a lot in even a small container.
Over in this side, they’re showing how you can just grow a few strawberry plants in a
similar sized container. In addition, they’re showing some animal protection. So this thing
they made very simply out of some welded wire, and they strapped on some, like, bird netting
on top with some tie wraps, form this to the shape of the container, and they can easily
put this over the container so that the animals can’t get in, or the birds can’t get in
to eat the crops. So if you have cats or other animals, you could always make something really
easy like this to keep the animals out so that you’ll get to enjoy the fruits of your
labor. Normally, I’d talk about a raised bed garden
as a four foot by four foot, but maybe you don’t have four feet by four feet, which
I would recommend. Say you only got three feet by three feet. Well, hey, that’s alright.
You can build a three by three garden, and that’s what they’re showing right here.
This is a three foot by three foot garden. And these are just using, like, fence boards,
you know, to build a fence out of. And they got some two by two as the corner brackets.
So, very easy and simple construction, very easy to do. And they have this sectioned off
in this square foot gardening style, so they got these little pieces of wood here to denote
each square. They got nine squares in this garden. And in each square they planted something
different. Here’s they have terracotta. It looks like
it didn’t do too good. Lemon thyme, garlic chives, oregano, sweet marjoram, sage, and
hopefully these purple oregano. Actually, I grew that one. It took over. Here’s one
rosemary. So say you don’t want to in the raised bed. You could actually just put a
pot in your raised bed and use the same drip irrigation that feeds the rest of your crops.
In addition, they have a nice large pot in the middle to make this look real pretty,
and they’re growing some yellow calendulas in here for looks, and also to give this garden
some depth. They’ve also added some accent on the side, like some little fence posts
just for decoration. What we’re looking at now is a blueberry
orchard. Yes, and the blueberry orchard is all in pots. These pots are eighteen inches
by eighteen inches by eighteen inches deep and that’s a minimum width and dimensions
I would recommend if you wanna grow blueberries in a container.
Now the reason why they are growing blueberries in a container is because here in Orange County
and here in this spot, they have alkaline soil, and the blueberries like acidic soil.
So if you, if you have to grow something that needs a different soil type than what you
are, you could basically put that soil type in a container. So, you could keep it acidic
so these blueberries will thrive. These blueberries look really nice. They’re pushing out lots
of flowers and are probably gonna have lots of fruit on them. But the big problem with
blueberries is the birds, so I’m sure later this year they’re gonna come up with some
cool bird netting setup to keep the birds out so that they’ll be able to enjoy their
blueberries this year. But here are the last two raised beds I want
to show you guys. And this here, this could be considered a raised bed garden, but also
a container garden. You could easily build something like this and put a bottom on it
to grow it in your patio if you can’t grow it in the ground, or even just put it over
concrete if you have enough soil depth. This is basically a two by six garden made out
of some two by sixes. Stacked up, one on top of the other, so we got a depth of 12 inches,
and with some two by two posts on the edge, and really, this is a two foot by four foot
bed. In addition, over by this raised bed, once
again, this is a two foot by four foot raised bed. This is showing an easy way to keep the
animals out, from whether it’s cats or skunks or rabbits. You know, you can easily build
a framing out of the two by two with some standard bird netting and staple it all together.
And when you want to work on your raised bed you could literally just move this off. And,
you know, you could build one two by two, or even, you could build one four by four
if you’re having problems with animals getting into your raised bed. And when you’re done
working on your bed, guess what? Just put it back down to cover your raised bed to keep
it all safe so that you’ll be enjoying your food, and not your local wallaby.
There are many things you can grow food in, one of which is just an old wheelbarrow. So,
this wheelbarrow has a flat tire. So, maybe they got another wheelbarrow, maybe this was
going to be thrown out as garbage, but guess what? The wheelbarrow, once you pop a few
holes in the bottom, is a great space to grow plants in. In this one, they’re actually
growing a whole heap of onions. The onions are doing really well in this wheelbarrow,
and I want to encourage you to always literally think outside the box, outside the raised
bed box, and use things around your house that will hold soil that you can grow food
in, whether it’s an old laundry tub, whether it’s an old dish tub, whether it’s an
old igloo, or, you know, old storage thing that you’d store your clothes in underneath
your bed. Basically, as long as it will hold soil, you put some holes in it, it’ll grow
some food as well for you. The last thing I’m going to show you guys
today at the Great Park is what they’re growing against their hurricane fencing that
leads to the outside, to the parking lot, actually. And what they’re growing along
their hurricane fencing are some, this is apricot trees. They’re growing these espalier
style on a single plane. So instead of the trees branching out in this direction, they’re
having them all go one direction. And I always wanna encourage you to use all the available
space in your garden whether it’s your fence space, or whether it’s your space inside
your garden, you could always grow something. And fruit trees are excellent to grow. They’re
relatively much lower maintainence than planting a vegetable garden, and you could also train
them how you want them. But it does some work to train them properly to make them grow up
this fence. Now, if you do have fencing, I would encourage
you to put up some kind of fencing that has holes in it, because that lets the light through.
Solid wood doesn’t let the light through and things might not grow quite as well.
In any case, I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode here at the Orange County Great Park,
and you’ve learned a few things that will help you grow more food at home. Once again,
my name is John Kohler with We’ll see you next time, and keep on growing!


  • Reply iwasborntobefly March 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

    the "ethnic" garden is a bizarre concept.

  • Reply Mick Scarborough March 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Excellent information

  • Reply Gehenna71 March 25, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Is it really mold or white traces of what's in the tapwater? Sorry I'm dutch, don't know the exact word. It might be the tapwater, it leaves white powdery substance on the soil and pot. Turns yellowish after a while. This can be avoided by using rain water.

  • Reply Gehenna71 March 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Thumbs up! (that button don't work for some reason)

  • Reply Paul Pellicci March 25, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    great ideas, thanks…..

  • Reply nerdmom920 March 25, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I used that "plastic bottle method" to protect some seeds I was starting and sprouted tomatoes in my 6a climate! Thanks for the tip.

  • Reply Donny B March 25, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Great video! I loved all the information!

  • Reply Crystal Tweeboom March 26, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I think you mean lime (kalk)

  • Reply RonSommers Guitar March 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    The reason they 'yell' like that is because they think they're 'creating the news'. In reality, they have to make a lot of noise because they have no talent and try to disguise the fact.

  • Reply bufunga March 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    when its season you should makea trip out to the pacific northwest more specificly wa state. the climate ispretty different here and im wonderin what you would do here.

  • Reply Gehenna71 March 26, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Absolutely, thanks 🙂

  • Reply lefty0mtl March 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    That was a GREAT tour! Lots of fantastic ideas. Also, I had no problems with the sound quality. Cheers from Canada!

  • Reply potteryworks March 26, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    John what was the name of the stackable planters? Eggrow?

  • Reply Ronnie & Minh March 26, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Hey John, Congratulations of getting 6,000. views in two days! Keep up the good work.

  • Reply RVFreeDa March 27, 2012 at 7:09 am

    John, Do you ever have a problem with earwigs and what do you do if you do?

  • Reply Jonathan L March 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I can not find asbestos free vermiculite in my area. The only product I can find is from Sta-Green. If the bag does not say asbestos free, can it be in there? I really don't want to mess with this stuff if any level of asbestos is in it. Can I use a substitute for container tomatoes?

    I am new to gardening and I have been watching all of your videos to learn all of your methods and gain knowledge.

    Your videos give me me so much motivation to get out there and grow my own greens! Thank You!

  • Reply Belle Blue March 27, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Love your vidoes John – I eat 'em up with a big spoon! Just want to say I sure hope you use a good SPF (50 or better) on your exposed skin as you are out of doors SO MUCH – a hat would be good for you too. Sunglasses are a must to avoid Cataracts.

  • Reply Gabe Jacobs March 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm


  • Reply Naughty Goat Farm March 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Those prickly pear cactus is considered a noxious weed where I live in Australia. All the country roads have hundreds of them growing wild. Can you show us how to harvest and use the fruit.

  • Reply PatRedstone March 28, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Great video. Thanks. We're in San Diego so I'll have to stop by Irvine to see the park.

  • Reply Dawn Suiter March 29, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Fantastic thank you for the tour!

  • Reply denna serda March 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm


  • Reply denna serda March 29, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Hey John ~ I work for the company that makes the AgroTower.
    Please check your email for our response to your recent inquiry.

  • Reply phoggee March 30, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Can someone please point to me to the video for a tower he said he showed how to build similar to the AgroTower in styrofoam

  • Reply Teresa Fawkes April 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Hey John – You've inspired me! I live on almost an acre, have a ton of unused garden space, never got around to supporting the grapes that are huge out back. I'm ashamed! Thanks for the ideas, I see how easy I can make this.

    I have almost no money right now, so I'm going to start with salad stuff in the ground, supporting the grapes with an old swingset frame I found. Thanks!

  • Reply mobetterpown April 1, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Thank you for the video! We found it awesomely helpful!

  • Reply Hareldones April 7, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    try not to repeat useless information like "this is the farm lab" okay, that's great. but we don't need to hear it multiple times because its not information we are looking for. 😛 youtube can replay if we miss something. 🙂 just a suggestion

  • Reply Chantellejeane April 8, 2012 at 12:33 am

    I just found the vertical tower pots in the 99cent store today, but you would have to make your own holes.

  • Reply Heather Twist April 20, 2012 at 7:11 am

    BTW, the Agro Tower is awesome. I ordered one, and wow! I mean, I've experimented with dozens of other systems, and this is about the most practical, and the most plants per square foot. And can go anywhere. But what really got me is: that is some GOOD plastic. Plastic in general is often quite flimsy. This is not. Not cheapo overseas lowest bidder stuff.

  • Reply AnOldeSoul Soul April 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Prickly Pear actually, not 'pair'. I grew up in SW Texas, and man, it's hard to think of that stuff as anything but "that damn cactus"

  • Reply dkbrinlee May 11, 2012 at 3:17 am

    thank you very much for doing this for all of us.

  • Reply hahamysnscooler May 12, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Thank you for making these videos! You've inspired my boyfriend and I to each start our own container gardens! We're so excited about growing our own food and being able to share it with people. Your videos are much appreciated! I also really like the episodes where you meet up with subscribers and other diy gardening enthusiasts.

  • Reply Stevegardens85 May 16, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Very good video. Please check out y channel it's about container gardening and raised beds. And how I do it in an urban area.

  • Reply Bercola1 May 17, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Great video, I have a question ok I started a wonderful ground garden I grew cabbages, onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes little did I know my area is full of gofers so I want to start over as cheap as possible do you think I could make a slightly raised garden out of a kiddie pool and put some weed net on the bottom

  • Reply Melody Lub June 4, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Fabulous video. Great job!!!

  • Reply sundogforlove June 10, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Who is filming you? So you do have a girlfriend? Does she like to cook?

  • Reply PennyQuest June 12, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Great video, John, thank you! But, with videos like this, I'm not getting any WORK DONE!!! 🙂

  • Reply lumpiathief July 6, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Great video John! thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Stacey Mackey July 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Love your energy and passion. Helpful and informative as always, thanks!

  • Reply NCHollop July 25, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Do you have a job? Im not being a wise ass either. Im just wondering if your making a living doing what you love.

  • Reply Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens August 2, 2012 at 7:41 am

    A Friend is filming me. I do not have a girlfriend. I do all my own food preparation 🙂

  • Reply Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens August 8, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Avocado trees grown from seed may grow into a tree, but may never produce fruits. It will take many years before it may produce fruit, if it does. I see that mostly as a curiosity. If your serious about growing avocados, grow an named variety avocado tree from a nursery if they will grow outside in your area.

  • Reply rcs August 12, 2012 at 4:42 am

    Do they have places in Los Angeles County or the Pasadena area where they have gardening classes too? Orange County is a bit far.

  • Reply Simple Living September 17, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Great infomative video John!

  • Reply David The Good October 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Great video, John.

  • Reply kyle kgi October 21, 2012 at 11:02 pm


  • Reply Gendo3s2k October 27, 2012 at 12:20 am

    OK, you can keep the animals out, but what about the bugs?

  • Reply Gendo3s2k October 27, 2012 at 12:23 am

    lol use the garden to attract animals and shoot them for meat

  • Reply burrochapadogrl November 15, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    aww no girlfriend. your so cute though. I am with someone, but I think your cute ^-^! Good luck!

  • Reply Juan Salinas November 25, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Thanks John.. Greetings Fargo N.D.

  • Reply Omar Didgmen December 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I would like but i wanna keep it at 4 20 great vid

  • Reply MsVivianne1 December 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Such useful information. Great stuff.

  • Reply stevieM82 December 30, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Hi john,
    Great video as always! I've got a question: What is the name of the climbing plant with all those flowers at 11:51 ?
    Thnx! Greetings from europe

  • Reply joe11125 January 4, 2013 at 8:21 am

    you talk ALOTTTT

  • Reply corporatejungles January 5, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Smack those plants! LOL

  • Reply rockabillyrikk January 14, 2013 at 2:00 am

    nasturtiums are the wonderfully awesome climbing flowers that come in yellow,orange and red as far as i have found they also grow very easily from seed and yes they are wonderful in salads i grow them mostly as trailing plants from hangers but i also use them on my trellises to fill in empty spots

  • Reply Suzanne Ramoundos January 31, 2013 at 1:52 am

    Awesome video. Thanks for all the ideas and inspiration. Learn more from one of your videos than the ton of books and magazines on our shelves. You must be exhausted after all the effort in this video but thank you so much!

  • Reply Patrick T Baxter February 11, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Cats always be eat'in my crops . . .

  • Reply TheFrugal Gardener February 15, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Neither could I until I discovered the Rain Gutter Grow System. Search for it on Utube, it'll come up.

  • Reply Bridget Canning February 18, 2013 at 8:26 am

    This is really informative video

  • Reply PlanoPrincess February 27, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I love all the information in this video. I wish you had the link to the growing tower. Also, i know you get a lot of heck for how you present, but it is very hard to concentrate on what you are saying when you are yelling. I also expect you to say at any moment "but wait if you buy now…"

  • Reply PlanoPrincess February 27, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Wow! $95 for 6? I will be getting mine at the 99only store. Thanks for that video also

  • Reply jukes243 March 4, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    John, I'm 61 and think you're as cute as a button. Your videos inspire me. I may just try 'n grow something. lol (btw, you and Kristina make a cute couple. :o) )

  • Reply arcane1872 March 7, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    John,have you had a few drinks? LOL I know I have. I've enjoyed watching your vids. About 300 or more of them.Great job and thanks

  • Reply headlightguy March 9, 2013 at 12:21 am

    right down the street from my house 🙂 if your in the area in the summer come on by and check out what you influenced

  • Reply Robert Gregory March 9, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Another Great episode john keep up the good work, this is my first year gardening and im realizing that its allot harder than i thought.

  • Reply nery704 March 26, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    hello friend would like to know if at least record a video in Spanish as my food I grow vegetables in google times can I translate what is written but not spoken goodbye jajajajjaja only one video please

  • Reply Wontzki Player April 3, 2013 at 5:13 am

    This is awesome place 😀 if you are looking some new awesome stuff to yours garden, look

  • Reply Jamie Jamie April 5, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I want to hear about growing seeds…not a BIG FAT PROMO!

  • Reply Thrifty Meg April 8, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Love your videos.. I can't wait till I have a house to implement these ideas.. for now I just have a container garden at my apt.

  • Reply A. Park April 16, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Loved this video!

  • Reply ravndotdk April 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Nice videos and very informative.. But why you should so much??? 🙂

  • Reply Missy Rabbit May 6, 2013 at 5:16 am

    then where do avocado trees come from if they don't come from seed?
    (ie the chicken or the egg question)

  • Reply Rensina van den Heuvel May 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    In australia they grow from seed AND produce fruit. :}}}

  • Reply doublemetaldog May 29, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    nasturium buds can be pickled and can be used much like capers

  • Reply laurice galletta June 1, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Yes, esparlier style….(sp) Just learned about that!

  • Reply IMissLiberty June 1, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Some of the containers are small, and I worry that, especially the metal ones, will allow the soil to get too hot. Are there any plants that have a problem when their roots get hot?

  • Reply besamemucho5 June 4, 2013 at 6:32 am

    i enjoy all your reports(videos) and i am glad to be one of your subscribers…

  • Reply javamanpr June 8, 2013 at 3:51 am

    I'm living in an apartment in S. Korea near latitude 38 degrees. I have east to west exposure in my apartment, so I get sunlight on each side during the day. Can I successfully set up a tower garden and make it mobile to switch it to the source of light during the day? Also, what could I grow? Any help would be appreciated.

  • Reply ChefGiovanni June 25, 2013 at 3:57 am

    nice job

  • Reply Lars Mith July 2, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    AWESOME collection of inspirational information ! My wife and I are nearing starting up a CSA in northern NY. Square foot gardening AND Container gardening would be an incredible fit in our business plan !!!

  • Reply Bren Haas Garden July 10, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Great share!

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  • Reply Bryan Shadu October 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm

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  • Reply Stupcat kesha October 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Ok. I am so envious of my brother’s best friend right now. He has been available for a long time. Having said that, he mind-fucked a part-time model to tell him she loves him in less than a thirty day period. Just how can that be possible? He said to me he used the Cupid Love System (Google it!) I wish someone stunning told me they loved me… I’ve never witnessed him so content. Kinda makes me feel bad.

  • Reply 1mtstewart December 20, 2013 at 8:07 am

    where do we buy those 6 hole containers?

  • Reply TheFatihsengul January 6, 2014 at 12:34 am

    Dude, stop yelling.

  • Reply Randy Watts February 18, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Hey John.  Thanks for making great, inspiring videos!  Gotta say…I really enjoy watching your videos and  I can hardly wait to get out here in the spring ( I'm in Washington, DC ) and get my hands dirty! 

  • Reply 2JobsStillPoorUSA March 20, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Got some good ideas.  Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply James Swing March 31, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    so i noticed that the apple tree is painted white whats up with that is it some kind of fungul protection

  • Reply James Swing March 31, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    oh i hate cats too around the garden they want to bury suprises they dont eat your plants the kill them when they pee  and poop in there

  • Reply sompa reza May 6, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Have you heard the talk about – "Shuzman Awesome Container Homes" (do a google search)? Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my m8 built a great container house with it.

  • Reply Coretta Miller June 23, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Just LOVELY……THanks For Posting……I am thinking of a lot more food to grow…..

  • Reply Wise Student July 20, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    How can you say that part of California is great when you have; Nancy bch. Pelosi, Barbara bch. Boxer and Diane Not so Feinstein, the three wicked witches of the west all in the same bad part of California ???

  • Reply kthomp55 March 13, 2016 at 2:43 am

    I do not understand. You are telling me to crowd in the plants. They will not grow right.

  • Reply GOH BOMBA February 12, 2017 at 3:12 am

    Thanks for the videos John

  • Reply GOH BOMBA February 12, 2017 at 3:13 am

    Loves the green and yummy

  • Reply Jamie Engledow March 16, 2017 at 4:04 am

    Was that onions or Leeks? Looked a lot like leeks.

  • Reply Kristin McInaney August 24, 2017 at 4:54 am

    Thank-you so much for your enthusiasm and your pragmatic way of giving information! Inspiring.

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