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Nature Punishes Gardener

November 6, 2019

Jeb Gardener Presents My name’s Jeb I’m going to grow some hydroponic celery So I’ve just cut some holes in this storage tote These little plastic things are called net cups You can get them on the internet or at a grow store Right now I’m editing this video And I’ve lost 40 pounds (18 kilograms) since it was filmed I wonder what tomorrow will be like This spongy material is rock wool And these are 3 inch (76 millimeter) net cups So I got to stuff in some Scraps to get a good fit It’s kind of awful stuff But it does give the seeds a great place to start I’m going to add just a little more hose water before I put the seeds in Week 3 So far these seeds have just been sitting in fresh water To get started Week 8 I added fertilizer to the water a couple days ago These fungus gnats have been going wild on the algae that has been growing in the rock wool Get out of here! Week 9 Most of the gnats are gone now because the rock wool has dried out The water level drops over time Week 10 I’m making it rain under this plastic lid Take that nature! Week 11 Week 12 Hey that Beethoven knows how to make some music, huh? New growth has filled in where the hail damaged these plants This way of growing plants is called the Kratky method You can see the water level is slowly descending Week 15 Here you can see some of the rapid growth That hydroponics is well known for Algae grows in the tote because Sunlight penetrates the yellow lid Week 16 But now that it’s being shaded by the plants There’s a lot less of it However It’s still coating the roots Week 18 When it’s hot and dry the plant transpires more than usual And that can bring up too much nutrient into the leaves But that’s not the problem I’m worried about Week 19 Celery doesn’t like hot weather either It turns the plant bitter and sets it to flower early So I’m going to sample one of these stalks and see what I have It’s a little fibrous It’ll taste better when the plant matures Adding fertilizer in the heat is risky But so far I’ve only topped off with fresh water And I worry that the algae has been using up the nitrogen Week 20 This plant has all the water it could ask for But it’s still struggling in the heat The reason is The roots are dead One day later I think that algae died on the roots And a fungus came in to decompose it Unfortunately fungus grows great In hot moist environments After it finished with the algae it moved on to the roots Week 21 I tried trimming away the dead material To give the plant a chance to recover Of course I know this is futile The power of nature is unstoppable Week 23 Week 24 Drops of water Fall like tears from my plastic tote lid Of course that rotten plant smell Reminds me of a compost bin Gives me an idea of how to Turn this situation into a positive First we can’t let this nutrient water go to waste And I got to play in the dirt a little To get back to my roots Will a phoenix rise From this fireplace ash? My plan is to keep this topped off with water And when the smell goes away Maybe I can grow a plant in this So what do you think is this going to work? Let me know Thanks for watching Share with a Friend!


  • Reply Almosta Farm September 26, 2018 at 2:07 am

    What about copying God and just using soil? There's a lot going on in soil that we don't even know about yet. The magic of soil is cheaper. And easier. And more complete for nutrition. Plus the beneficial soil bacteria that our gut needs. Soil could be the way to go.

  • Reply Tarkus September 26, 2018 at 2:33 am

    This is what happens when you pick a fight with nature.
    Jeb Gardner: "I'm making it rain under this plastic lid. Take that Nature"
    Nature: "Have some hail bastard >:("

  • Reply Latte Llama September 27, 2018 at 1:33 am

    are these my pores

  • Reply Mark Cubano September 27, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    my new fav gardening channel !!

  • Reply Babyjohn September 29, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Celery leaf salad tastes wonderful. 😊When those leaves were so pretty you could've made a beautiful, fresh, crisp salad. I enjoyed your video, sorry to see that the celery roots died.

  • Reply phood September 29, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    i like that song because it was in war thunder but now it doesnt exist there anymore :,(

  • Reply pforce9 September 29, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Beethoven? That sounded like symphonie fantastique by Hector Berlioz to me.

  • Reply Sharee Clifton September 29, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    Very nice

  • Reply Lukia The Dino September 30, 2018 at 4:00 am

    His humor is dry, the content is WET

  • Reply LagiNaLangAko23 September 30, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Take revenge and punish nature.

  • Reply chemical mike September 30, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    all you had to do was give the plants some shade, and maybe change over some of the water. wwwwhhhhhhhhyyyyyyyyyyyyhyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?!??!?!?!?!?!??!!?!! ;p

  • Reply Friedrich Wilhelm October 1, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    lol using war thunder music….

  • Reply rocksinmouth October 4, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    looks like you are attempting anoxic composting, I don't think that will work for you. Anoxic conditions preserve organic matter. Need oxygen to decompose them. Once you uncover that thing it will rot.

  • Reply Kade illustrations October 5, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Your abilities and knowlage will be usefull when the nuclear fallout comes ;P

  • Reply urlocaldevilbaby October 7, 2018 at 8:49 am

    I thought this was just gonna be some shaky, low quality gardening video like most but,,it turned out being such a surprisingly amazing experience. I'm emotional.

  • Reply Ferrum et Rosa October 11, 2018 at 7:27 am

    RIP celery

  • Reply just a vibe😉 October 13, 2018 at 1:59 am

    Your bedtime stories must be off the charts!!

  • Reply Lex Macdougal October 14, 2018 at 3:17 am

    Jesus christ the dramatic tension is killing me lol

  • Reply TuEsStercus LoquorLatinam October 14, 2018 at 8:16 am

    The music is so exylerating

  • Reply Camilla Geiger October 19, 2018 at 10:37 am

    This sounds like poetry

  • Reply Ed19601 October 21, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    One wonders if an airstone would have helped here

  • Reply icu mofo October 24, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Thought I was watching old yeller or somethin with that music

  • Reply TheTorontoTickler October 26, 2018 at 4:28 am

    Maybe trimming the roots when algae forms then re filling the tub with new water/nutrients? I'll admit that I don't know if plants can survive cut roots, however I cannot think of another solution. Perhaps using a black colored, or reflective lid or surface like a space blanket on the lid will keep the light away from the water, preventing or slowing algae. Using chemical Algaecide will probably hurt the plants as would fungicides.There's probably a solution to this that's simple, I just can't think of one.

  • Reply Annette Sturgess October 28, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Hose water ! Ha!

  • Reply Tiny McPoop November 2, 2018 at 2:38 am

    After so many videos like these, why doesnt jeb ever learn from the many mistakes me makes? Yellow top lid? No hydroton? Mixing powder notes?

    If jeb actually wanted to grow some plants the correct way, it certainly wouldnt be too hard to research the information for a much, much more successful outcome.

  • Reply 한다식 November 5, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    항상 잘보구 있어요. 비록 무슨말인지는 몰라도 아버지가 식물 기르는걸 좋아하셔서 매일 보면서 알려드리고 있어요. 무슨 말인지 몰라서 항상 햇갈릴때가 많아요.. 한국어로 자막을 넣어주었으면 좋겠어요.. 자막 추가하면 한국에 계신 어르신들도 재밌게 참고하면서 시청할듯해요~ 영상 항상 재밌게 잘 보고가요~

  • Reply Видели Знаем November 8, 2018 at 5:04 am

    Hi, Jeb! This is Uppercut again. Another amazing story. Sad, unfortunatly. Is there some hope for rise some watermelons with 'Kratky' method?

  • Reply TheSneznik November 10, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    This is one of the best channels on yt. I hadn't been even close to haveing any interest in plants, yet I watched most of your videos from start to end. Bravo maestro!

  • Reply Jack K November 11, 2018 at 4:04 am

    do you like Gustav Holst?

  • Reply whatsmy nameagain November 12, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Did you want to add any water to your algae and mould

  • Reply MDRstudi0s November 19, 2018 at 7:09 am

    gz on weight loss, im tryna loose weight me self

  • Reply Etienne philima November 20, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    next time spray paint they tellow things black so light dont go inside

  • Reply Selman Hassen November 23, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    "My Name Is Jebb" 😂👏👏👏👏👏

  • Reply Salvatore FT November 24, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Try to make the water run!

  • Reply pablo Hill November 25, 2018 at 2:12 am

    It's wasn't nature it was you. You just don't know what your doing, rock wool shouldnt be near water full time because it hold water highly efficiently and need time to dry out so you don't get root rot, never put nutrients directly into your plants and you should change your water probably every feeding, you also need to check water temperature, ph and ppm and make sure your roots are getting enough oxygen because when you lift your lids I don't see any air disturbance on the top of the water

  • Reply tangobayus December 3, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Garlic juice may help hold down algae and fungus. Try growing it on the north side of your house.

  • Reply Mister Marlon December 5, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    I wouldn't think the compost water would be good to grow future plants in because it has the same pathogens what killed the celery.  Watering soil planted plants or even better making a dry compost with the water would likely re-digest and overwhelm those bad fungi/bacteria.  One could likely heat sterilize of even pasturize the water (black plastic container in full sun anyone?) then would be safer.  The nutrients are there but would worry about what else is there too.  Hopefully you tried something out in a vid I have not seen yet.  Good on ya!

  • Reply Jorge Guerra December 6, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    use snails or shrimp to get rid of algea naturally… maybe small hervivore fish may work aswell

  • Reply Angie Angie December 24, 2018 at 8:28 am

    I was wondering if I could use expandable clay pebbles without the rockwool in the netcups?

  • Reply Sarahi Morales December 24, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Haha the dramatic music is the best

  • Reply Whatever Works RailRoad December 28, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Your holes will be cleaner if you run the drill in reverse after you get the starter hole

  • Reply kyashidi December 28, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Jeb, what ever happened with the compost bin??? I need the update!!!

  • Reply ScreamToASigh January 6, 2019 at 4:20 am

    What would happen if you cut the roots partially and changed the water? (Asking for a friend 🙊).

  • Reply jaac12000 January 6, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Was not expecting the end of the video. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

  • Reply Shekhar Moona January 16, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    He's Christian Grey, his plants are Anastasia. "I don't love…I grow."

  • Reply Eduard Maxim January 18, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Dude, we made it a tradition getting high out of our minds and watching your videos. They're intense

  • Reply Juan Aburto January 24, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Jeb gardener…can you change the water in the storage container to help it revive?

  • Reply Solrax6 January 26, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Lol the going back to his roots pun

  • Reply LeeHardcrafting January 28, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    it's problem with roots, there is not enough space for them… look at this:,21161.html

  • Reply LeeHardcrafting January 28, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    You must take it out of the "net cubs" before it grows too much.. (sorry for my english, i,m from poland)… Roots need more space and it's edible. You can add this to broth and other soup.

  • Reply BoomerLemon February 4, 2019 at 1:42 am

    Jeb the gardening man

  • Reply Frick-N-Frack February 9, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    I am so so sorry for your loss brother. Only the good die young. I have faith their remains will bring joy in the future.

  • Reply John Winstead February 12, 2019 at 1:42 am

    that's what u get when you screw with nature

  • Reply incognito mode Bl February 22, 2019 at 2:18 am

    i love that knife

  • Reply Christopher Cordasco February 27, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    How does the algae get in there in the first place?

  • Reply paulkazjack March 4, 2019 at 6:52 am

    You must do a water change every once in a while! Fairly obvious that water was stagnant.

  • Reply David Arias March 12, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Am I the only one who wants to know if he managed to grow (the end part)?

  • Reply jonny c 2.0 March 20, 2019 at 3:04 am

    cleeen ur water ever top offf trust me u never had that prob

  • Reply leanatsirk March 29, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Thank you so much for making your videos!! I learn so much and I've wanted to venture into hydroponics so badly but never knew where to start, you've helped me so much and seeing this will help me prevent more mistakes:))

  • Reply Travis Bickle April 3, 2019 at 3:57 am

    Love the music

  • Reply marthale7 April 20, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    I have been having success with comfrey leaves in the tub, and in the net cup I put composted wood chips. I have tomatoes on. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply anand padhye April 23, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    great , it looks very simple but i can see your efforts to keep it for 15 weeks..thanks for info

  • Reply Lyvenex April 27, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Punished Jeb

  • Reply archangel20031 May 5, 2019 at 3:47 am

    Wouldn't a weak chlorine bleach solution at the first sign of algae kill the algae, stopping the whole thing without killing the celery?

  • Reply Study with Bree! May 8, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    OMG Thanks for using 7th symphony 2nd movement its my fav beethoven piece 💖 I'm wierd but i love classical music sm.

  • Reply alyssa May 16, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    9:19 am i the only one who thought he was about to shoot the container

  • Reply MrDizuki May 22, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Hydrogen peroxide added to the water early can help fight back against algae and fungus, it boosts the oxygen level in the water without the use of air stones.

  • Reply AsterTI Youtube Channel May 22, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    never thought I could have cried so loud for some plants.

  • Reply Google User May 23, 2019 at 3:02 am

    Couldn’t you hose the algae off the roots?

  • Reply pillow chaser May 23, 2019 at 5:47 am

    He sounds like cryaotic.. Just a little.

  • Reply Thomas Nguyen May 23, 2019 at 8:04 pm


  • Reply newton2013 May 28, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Throw an air bubbler in there or your roots will rot every time.

  • Reply chcken is fod May 30, 2019 at 1:29 am

    One thing I would recommend is to refill the water in case it gets to concentrated with fertilizer and to use a little bit of hydrogen peroxide in the water to prevent growth of fungi and algae

  • Reply Fart Huffington May 30, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Oh yikes that water must've smelled something fierce

  • Reply Southern_Stoner91 June 6, 2019 at 2:02 am

    nice hilfiger shirt man, im literally wearing the same one watching this lol

  • Reply AnyWho June 6, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    could you have prevented the algae with a algaecide of some sort? i know they have something like that for aquatic use but not sure if its hydroponic safe …

  • Reply Henjo29 June 8, 2019 at 11:43 am

    The music adds emotion to the struggle. Very sad.

  • Reply Savannah Perches June 11, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    i just have a question- why, when you see the roots suffering, wouldn’t you switch the water in the tote?

  • Reply Goat June 17, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Featuring hideo kojima and "punished" Jeb Gardener.

  • Reply Justin Marion June 23, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Aeration/recirculating that water would help kill rot/molds. Hydrogen peroxide, honey, or cinnimon would help kill the bacteria or fungus.

  • Reply G Dub June 25, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Root rot

  • Reply Otso Rytkönen June 25, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    What happen to the compost/water mix? Did you win that battle? i'm curious

  • Reply Moe I June 30, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    ive been having the same issue with my totes. HydroGuard is the product you need! I put about 2ml of the stuff per gallon and not only does it promote root growth but the bacteria will kill all other bad bacteria growth in the container!!!! the stuff is magic.

  • Reply Pika Pokharel July 3, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Well, did it work?????? I need to know

  • Reply irish rabi July 13, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Hey Jeb, I'm curious to know what you would do differently next time?

  • Reply mrcmxoner July 14, 2019 at 6:04 am

    You killed it with the fertilizer bro. Less is more.

  • Reply Solyn Cassia July 22, 2019 at 5:17 am

    I got so happy hearing Beethoven’s 7th symphony mvmt 2! It reminds me of simpler times in my life.

  • Reply Vextrove July 30, 2019 at 8:36 am

    When the video is self-referential to the music

  • Reply Сарафанников Денница August 3, 2019 at 12:36 pm


  • Reply The Creature from the Seventh Chamber August 5, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    RIP celery…. you died young but you had a nice life while it lasted.

  • Reply Nathan Goslin August 11, 2019 at 1:33 am

    Well did it compost ?

  • Reply LazyH-Online August 25, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    What grow zone are you in?

  • Reply JOHN Z August 28, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    So Sun Tzu’s Art of War has said that if you see it good, you should harvest it.

  • Reply Camila Canales August 28, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    yeah i cried

  • Reply Steven David September 4, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Whats the white powder u throw in most of ur vids?

  • Reply Pamela Islam September 12, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Then what happened?

  • Reply Amitabha Kassap September 19, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    The power of nature is unstoppable! Amazing monologue!!

  • Reply Charlie Foxtrotsky September 21, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    would it help or harm to add an aquarium pump and air stone into each of the containers?

  • Reply pzpz2135 October 6, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Did you grow a plant out of that fungus compost water, @Jeb Gardener?

  • Reply Attila Rivera November 1, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Hello Mr Jeb.
    The problem was this yellow cover.
    U should paint it on black at the inner side.
    I would paint of white the outside of the containers.

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