A Complete Guide to Digging & Planting Your First Vegetable Garden: Tomatoes, Peppers & Herbs

A Complete Guide to Digging & Planting Your First Vegetable Garden: Tomatoes, Peppers & Herbs

I thoroughly cover all the aspects of starting your first vegetable garden. From selecting the right location & tracking the sun through planting, fertilizing, staking, watering tomatoes and peppers. Plus I show you how to start cilantro, dill and basil from seed. This is great video for first time gardeners. It is a complete guide to help you join the world vegetable gardening.

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Table of Contents

0:00 Introduction
0:48 The Basic Size for Your First Garden
1:33 Basic Principles to Turning the Bed & Adding Bagged Soil
5:00 All the Basic Materials for Your First Garden
7:04 Picking the Right Location – Details on the Sun
8:28 Picking the Right Size for Your Garden
8:54 Cover Your Garden Space with Cardboard (4-6 Weeks)
9:38 Where to Plant Your Plants Based on Height & Shading
11:02 Creating a Weed Barrier with Cardboard
12:46 Using The Garden Soil Bags to Build Your Soil
14:04 Planting the Peppers: All the Steps
16:45 Tomato Spacing and What Indeterminate Means
17:30 Planting Tomatoes: All the Steps
21:38 Planting Chive and Oregano Transplants
23:44 Planting Basil from Seeds
25:24 Planting Dill from Seeds
26:10 Planting Cilantro from Seeds
27:26 Top Dressing with Fertilizer and Staking Your Plants
30:14 Conclusion and Watering Tips

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  1. Sally Ride on March 24, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Oregano has fragile roots. You really mangled that plant! I have Lady Gardener hands. I am much more gentle. I only use brute strength when I change a tire!

  2. William Wynn on March 24, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    You make that look so easy. I have watched several of your videos. So, I go to the place with the helpless hardware people. I tell theses Ace’s I want a fertilizer with the NPK , Sure enough I get the deer in the headlight look. So, I ask for 10-10-10 , kind of like what you had in one of your video’s then cut to 1/4 or 1/2 . He hands me this $8.oo can of, 9-58-8. These garden idjets , I mean experts, said they have never heard of NPK an 10-10-10 fertilizer was mainly for growing grass. Yeah, I was thinking perhaps they skipped the gardening class for a toke break. Or were they talking about a lawn grass ? Seems every year I spend a couple hundred dollars, work my butt off an end up with next to nothing. So I am going to follow your example an see what happens. You got some Great video’s.

  3. Sher on March 24, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    I bought seeds twice from you and you are very generous with your seeds, they germinate fast that’s why i love them. Thanks, Gary. Great video!!!

  4. Balconygarden on March 24, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Thank you Gary, great start to finish video.

  5. Platinum Investing Group on March 24, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    I half to put new dirt in my garden. Because my dirt is clay.😩

  6. redredwine1277 on March 24, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks for sharingπŸ‘πŸ½

  7. Antara Khan on March 24, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Very nice videos.

  8. Patricia Russell on March 24, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    great video, just love listening to your words of wisdom, thanks for sharing….☺

  9. Bravo Luca on March 24, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Super video. I can’t do raised beds because I have Bermuda grass. I’ve tried covering it with cardboard but the grass just won’t die. And you can’t get rid of Bermuda grass unless you spray with roundup. And I don’t like to use chemicals in my yard. So I do my garden in containers.

  10. Lorann Harris on March 24, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    I haven’t been a Newby for years but I totally enjoyed this video. Started my beds the same way, with cardboard.

  11. Jaz on March 24, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    thanks for the video πŸ™‚

  12. Camirra Williamson on March 24, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    this is very informative!! thanks for this

  13. Dave Sterchele on March 24, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    I would suggest planting oregano and chives in containers. My fear is that they will take over the area and choke out everything else.

    We had some oregano in a container overlooking a flower bed drop seed and it just took over. Chives we got a division from a relative that my wife threw into a container and forgot about for a few years. When we went back and found them they looked like someone had added rocket fuel fertilizer to them they were so dense.

  14. Trieu Huynh on March 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Good video. One thing I am concerned that your soil touches the wooden fence, they will rot out quick.

  15. acs197 on March 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    I’m planning on constructing raised beds this year and adding bagged topsoil, garden soil & compost. Last year I planted in the existing soil (amended around the plants) but where I live in Pennsylvania the soil is a heavy clay with many stones. Very difficult digging. Congratulations on the new house and property!

  16. Gary Schmelzer on March 24, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    What can I use on my sweet potatoes they are growing well. Something is eating leaves. Instructions on liquid 7 says dont use on sweet potatoes

  17. Shelley G. on March 24, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    I just love your gardening videos. They are so full of useful information.

  18. Krystal Chavez on March 24, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    So much valuable information! Thank you soo so much 🌞

  19. Agusta Sister on March 24, 2019 at 7:49 pm


    Solarization also doesnt really work in the south…NOTHING KILLS BERMUDA BUT CHEMICALS AND JOHNSON GRASS..OMFG…IT JUST MAKES ITNEASIER TO SPREAD….THE one with placING A HEAVY uv blocking PLASTIC can work if on for an entire season…but it stinks..is expensive …AND HARD TO FIND.

  20. Sherry Dee on March 24, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    So much interesting info. I failed last year, so this year I planted in fabric bags & so far I’ve got enough squash to feed 2 adults every night of the week! My soil is hard & red from the native oak trees. Nothing grows in it. I also enjoyed the 13 minute ad from Fender! It was fun to remember my days in the music world.

  21. Pamela Anne on March 24, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Beautiful little garden space but what about soil loss where the stones dont meet up? I hope you do an update video to show the results in a few weeks or so.

  22. TGSureal on March 24, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Right around the 14:15 mark he mentions planting sweet and hot peppers together and the fact that the current years crop will not be affected by cross pollination, yet next years crop will be, with the difference being hot vs sweet peppers. My question has to do with cross pollinating. If I have all sweet peppers….bell peppers, mini sweet peppers, and sweet banana peppers, do I have to worry about the seeds next season or will they all work out because they are all sweet?

  23. Pred Redd on March 24, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Helpfuuuuuullllll thank youuu

  24. Bill Gray on March 24, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Gary, I have 2 new beds just created and waiting for spring to get planting. So far just garden soil. I have lots of coffee grounds and worm castings. My question is should I add the castings and coffee now and let it all sit and absorb over winter, or wait until the spring and add while planting? Thanks

  25. LucasGrowsBest on March 24, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Wasssssaaap Gary.

  26. Tim Sheets on March 24, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    I always have a terrible time trying to start herb seeds. I haven’t tried direct sowing, though. I just always cave in and buy the transplants.

  27. Paulette Cummings on March 24, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Your video is so helpful, and your so knowledgeable thank you for sharing

  28. Mom's Tree on March 24, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    That was an awesome video! Thank you!!! I’m running into a lot of people who are "doing it for the money."" I appreciate you doing your homework.

  29. Presto Ernesto on March 24, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    nooooooooo dont mess up your benifitial network. try a no till bed and see the difference in a year or two!!!!

  30. fishmut on March 24, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    People if you want organic fertiliser , don’t jump on the band wagon of buying garbage fertiliser , use your own and eat healthy plants instead of chemical modernised poison in your food. Your choice.

  31. HomelessHedgehog on March 24, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Based on the orientation that you laid out in the video it sounds like you are planting on the north side against the shed and near a fence on the eastern side with trees on both east and west side of the house. Is that really enough sun? If my orientation is correct that will be pretty limited sunlight since you are getting shaded by the shed on the south. On the eastern side you’re getting shaded by the fence and you’ll be missing out on the pleasant cool sunrise sun. Probably the best sunlight would be in the middle of the yard…..

  32. Arika Kapri on March 24, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Great video and very easy to follow. I will start my garden soon! Live from Leeds, AL🌱

  33. Mark LeMieux on March 24, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Maybe a key-hole garden????

  34. thatpat1 on March 24, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    A question for anybody… how many artichoke plants could you fit into a 4 x 4 raised bed?

  35. chrisjzenteno on March 24, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Hey man, would love to see an update video of your son’s garden!

  36. Gail Greenberg on March 24, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    I’d like to get a raised bed started. My problem is that it will be placed on rock. I live in France in a very rocky region. I’ll bee recycling the soil fro
    Plots plus composts. How deep does it have to be do you think? I’m going to create it with the rocks and stones on
    My property. The depth will be created by the stone " wall".
    Thanks again and keep on posting such interesting videos,

  37. V S on March 24, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    How do I use the left over Organic fertilizer?
    Please respond to the hotmail address, not getting to your responses

  38. SMN Gardener on March 24, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks Gary. Big Fan

  39. Kaho Fotyfar on March 24, 2019 at 8:21 pm


  40. Chassity Stanford on March 24, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    We have a very small and narrow tiller….perfect to this job! Much less labor intensive as well. πŸ™‚

  41. Lady D on March 24, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    This was super helpful! Thank you for taking the time to get this beginner off to a great start.

  42. Gerhard Braatz on March 24, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    I use tomato cages for my peppers. It works very well. I train my tomatoes up ten foot bamboo poles.

  43. bkershaccount on March 24, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Thank you!

  44. Danny Davis on March 24, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks for another great video Gary. Typical Tennessee soil, heavy and rocky!

  45. B. Saetern on March 24, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    My husband sprayed weed killer all over a raised bed in my yard about a year ago. Now, I am thinking of starting a garden. Am I able to use that same soil & add some bagged soil or do I have to remove it all and add bagged soil to grow? Thanks in advance!

  46. Dump Coons on March 24, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Looks great! Thanks for the info. Always helpful.

  47. V S on March 24, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    I got my transplants cheaper, I have a few Amish Greenhouses paid 1.75. Price reduce.
    Using oregano, cilantro, Italian Parsley as animals an bugs stay away. Anything pungent.
    For Deer, chop up Irish Spring soap, zip lock sandwich bags w/ small holes, so the scent gets out. Deer have sensitive noses.

  48. Mumbai Balcony Gardener | Avid Life Observer on March 24, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Thanks Gary πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  49. Liana Larsen on March 24, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Lol Gary, my tidy treats got 10 ft tall!

  50. Michael Wooten on March 24, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Good job!

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