How to Dig Your First Earth Bed Vegetable Garden & A Cherry Tomato Hedge: All the Steps in Detail!

It takes you through all the steps to build your first earth bed vegetable garden. I cover size, fertilizing, peat moss, mounding, general principles and show you some planting ideas. I also turn my space into a cherry tomato hedge. You can use this type of garden as you wish!

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50 Comments

  1. kenny Alonge on September 24, 2020 at 11:38 pm

    Thank you for the awesome videos. Over the past months I have learnt everything I know today about gardening from your videos. This is my first time planting anything. I started my seeds indoors. Peppers, tomatoes, jute leaf & water leaf

    After this process would I still need to add double shredded wood at the top?

  2. Pa. Fish Preacher on September 24, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    what is wrong with 10 10 10

  3. Sunkiss homestead gardens on September 24, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I did my bed the same as your. My tomatoes are growing crazy wasn’t planning on growing them as a hedge but they grew that way but I think I will trellis them in the way that you did I believe that will work out great

  4. Linda Johnson on September 24, 2020 at 11:41 pm

    Hi Gary, I liked learning about the trellising method you are using for the tomatoes in that one bed. QUESTION: were the tomatoes all indeterminate or determinant? The reason I ask is because in my short 2 years of experience any cherry, pear or grape tomatoes were all indeterminate so I will be watching how you grow these tomatoes on so short of a trellis.

  5. Melissa Todd on September 24, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    Live in upstate New York here it’s crazy

  6. Christopher Marzella on September 24, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    Please cut down on how many times you ask us to subscribe to your channel. We are subscribed.

  7. Ghada Hammouda on September 24, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    Thanks to you I wouldn’t have started my first experience of growing any vegetables, I have the transplants outside some not very happy and more happier ones. My question is the soil is hard and rough to the touch but not dry

  8. RykersFist on September 24, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    HD and Lowes always has Garden soil on super sale Memorial day weekend every year. Also sometimes 4th and Labor day Weekends. 5 bags for $10 .

  9. Parvathy Jayanthi Venukumar on September 24, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    Great video. Very very informative. Thanks for uploading.

  10. Melissa Todd on September 24, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    So once I dig I don’t have put the dirt back in just put soil and not to deep dig?

  11. Sara Wisher on September 24, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    hi Gary! Love your channel, have you tried Brads atomic grape, black cherry or the black prince tomatoes? Sooo good! I’m trying out a few wild boar farms tomatoes this year and am soooo excited to try them! Anything you’re most excited for?

  12. SupHaters on September 24, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    I’d recommend no till for new beds. It’s easier and doesn’t scar the Earth. Or, do raised beds for numerous reasons. This doesn’t seem like the route to advise.

  13. Robbie G on September 24, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    Could you have avoided all this expenditure if you did a soil PH test?

  14. angela anderson on September 24, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    Gary, what type of grass did you have growing? I have bermuda grass. Any remaining stray root will evolve into a full blown lawn.

  15. Ryan K on September 24, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    Do I absolutely need to use fertilizer?

  16. Ingeborg Anne Rakvåg on September 24, 2020 at 11:51 pm

    Thank you for the step-by-step! Very useful stuff 😀

  17. Saltydog on September 24, 2020 at 11:54 pm

    I don’t know what you do for a living but it’s obvious that you’re one of Americas finest, a farmer.

  18. Daniel M on September 24, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    Hey mate, your videos have finally convinced me to create my own homestead here in Australia. Let me know what you think.
    https://youtu.be/cc2aakUG36Y

  19. Mariana Munoz on September 24, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    Oh my goodness!!!… all these tomatoes! 😋
    Huge Cherry tomatoes Hedge for sure!

    Red currant
    World’s smallest
    Yellow pear
    Pink cherry
    White cherry
    Red pear
    Early cascade
    Riesentraube
    Sweetie
    Chocolate cherry
    Sugar lump
    Tommy Toe
    Matt’s Wild

  20. Metcraft on September 25, 2020 at 12:02 am

    I planted my garden on the side of a hill because its the area of my yard gets most sun after seeding it we had heavy rains washed my seeds everywhere now i have a forest of tomitillos, tomatoes, and peppers.

  21. Talk Nerdy To Me on September 25, 2020 at 12:03 am

    @The Rusted Garden – would you try coconut coir? Peat moss is easy but we need our peat bogs desperately and I like scotch so…. 😀 I’ve found that one large brick (like kempf coir) makes about as much as one of those peat moss bales for $10-$12 dollars per brick. Sustainable is attainable!!! Thank you so much for your channel and for the awesome seeds!!!!

  22. Two One's Tanks on September 25, 2020 at 12:04 am

    I can plant immediately after digging? Compost & all?

  23. Filipina Farming in America on September 25, 2020 at 12:05 am

    Nice tomato bed.

  24. Sharon Godbout on September 25, 2020 at 12:06 am

    In a word….. WOW! Can’t wait to see those fully grown!! 🙂

  25. Melissa Todd on September 25, 2020 at 12:07 am

    Ty I’m excited I’m gonna start a little vegetable garden be my first time being out work with virus going on in bored

  26. angela anderson on September 25, 2020 at 12:08 am

    Will you put down a mulch around those tomato plants?

  27. La Horteta de Bussy on September 25, 2020 at 12:09 am

    Thanks men.

  28. Tai Phan on September 25, 2020 at 12:09 am

    Do you mean we do not need to water the center, just fill the trenches with water?

  29. Gregory Lovick on September 25, 2020 at 12:09 am

    what is the best treatment for tomatoes cabbage squash plants

  30. hypersapien on September 25, 2020 at 12:10 am

    HOT TIP: Ask your local Home Depot (or equivalent) if they sell ripped/torn bags at a discount. At my local home depot they pile on half a dozen bags of ripped soil bags onto a cart and sell the whole thing for 5 bucks.

  31. Abufaza3_Gam3r on September 25, 2020 at 12:14 am

    I just came by this channel and i love it

  32. Rustified Squeaker on September 25, 2020 at 12:14 am

    which zone you in Gary?

  33. F L on September 25, 2020 at 12:15 am

    Love the details, however how do you control the ground gophers from chewing up your planters and killing your plants, I live out in Riverside CA, and we have some agressive gophers that love to eat up all your hard work. Just wondering what kind of advice I could get from you Sir. I have tried some gopher products, but no luck. Thanks again for all your detailed videos, your channel was the inspiration that made me and my 4 young sons want to go out and start a garden in our back yard. We sit around watching your videos and decide what we want to grow, So far we have a few pepper plants , tomato, cilantro, zuchinni, and cucumbers going. Thanks again, and any help with my gophers would be very helpfull.

  34. Sonia Bowen on September 25, 2020 at 12:17 am

    Hi Gary! I have a question. I am starting my earth garden this weekend. I’m getting it fenced in because last year I tried to plant tomatoes but the deer got to them before I could 🙂 anyway, I noticed that you didn’t use cardboard or anything to prevent weeds like you did in the video when you were preparing the garden for your son. is cardboard only used on raised bed or should I still use them for an earth bed garden? thank you for your time and your very informative videos.

  35. The LongRanger on September 25, 2020 at 12:19 am

    If you need more water , plant inside the valley ,not the top of the mound because gravity takes water down to the lower areas obviously

  36. paulus matusevicus on September 25, 2020 at 12:20 am

    Brilliant step-by-step Gary! Very helpful video. Thanks.

  37. Craftbrewer on September 25, 2020 at 12:21 am

    Hi Gary. Have you found a way to control downy meldew in cucumbers. I. Get it every year here in Denmark.

  38. Edward Dennis on September 25, 2020 at 12:27 am

    Can you plant tomatoes there next year or will you have to rotate your crops?

  39. ezrabrooks12 on September 25, 2020 at 12:27 am

    GOOD VIDEO,EXCELLENT INFO AND HARD WORK!!!!! YOU’VE GOT ONE HELL OF A GARDEN THERE!!!!! WHAT DO YOU DO WITH EVERYTHING WHEN IT STARTS TO RIPEN????? YOU’VE GOT A LOT OF PRODUCE THERE!!!!! EVERYTHING LOOKS GOOD!!!!!

  40. Ingeborg Anne Rakvåg on September 25, 2020 at 12:27 am

    90F this early on! Crikey!

  41. BEARFRUIT GARDENING on September 25, 2020 at 12:28 am

    Great video! I want to do more inground gardening next yr. Im testing it this yr with a few tomato and pepper plants to see how it goes. The squirrels in my area are crazy. Thanks for the video.

  42. Jonny_mazerati on September 25, 2020 at 12:30 am

    Where’s the dog

  43. Tom Bennett on September 25, 2020 at 12:30 am

    Completely wrong, you should look into no dig/till systems, it’ll be easier, more successful, and much fewer weeds. You’ve completely destroyed the soil food web. Leave the grass down and just build the bed on top much better for the garden and the planet.

  44. AlienSource TV on September 25, 2020 at 12:31 am

    Peat moss can acidify your soil. Which generally most plants thrive in slightly acidic soil!

  45. Tufenuff83 on September 25, 2020 at 12:31 am

    Using peat will lower PH?

  46. Tran Trang on September 25, 2020 at 12:32 am

    Thanks so much. Very easy to follow through.

  47. Nik Garvin on September 25, 2020 at 12:32 am

    Nice video! Keeping it simple. Thanks for sharing!

  48. Katrina Needy on September 25, 2020 at 12:34 am

    Always enjoy your videos and love to see how beautifully those tomatoes came right back after some tlc.

  49. Chris Hansen on September 25, 2020 at 12:35 am

    Gary i would like to know where U sourced your aluminum metal tubs for raised bed growing?

  50. Ala D on September 25, 2020 at 12:36 am

    Very helpful video. Thank you😊

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