Cheap and Easy Container Gardening: Step by Step

Cheap and Easy Container Gardening: Step by Step

No space? No problem! This week, Ben takes us step by step through the process of making a BIG impact in a small space. Grow an abundant container garden and have fun repurposing old objects. Fear not! You’ll have tasty pickings in no time!

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  1. Chez P on November 18, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    Really enjoyed this video, very helpful info. Enjoying the direction you’ve taken your videos 🙂 🌱

  2. sonya Galligan on November 18, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    Hello thank you for showing this episode about potting your veg as i think its tydier and you can care for the vegtables easier. i thouroughly enjoyed and got alot of inpsration. please can you do an episode on chives garlic and shallots ect. as im interested to know more Thank you

  3. Nay Nay 77 on November 18, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    I’ve stumbled upon your channel and as a first time tomato/strawberry container grower, I’ve found some great tips. However could you tell me of I need to be spritzing with a soapy water solution on both as to prevent aphids?? Thankyou

  4. 33billbert on November 18, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    Breathing in that perlite dust does not feel good. I gotta wear a mask now.

  5. Stephen L on November 18, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    You do NOT want to inhale perlite dust. It’s like tiny shards of glass. You must always wet it down first or wear mask.

  6. Aisha EXO-L on November 18, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    I can’t afford clay pots, they are way too expensive, I can only spent in plastic, nursing pots.

  7. Mr MacGregor's Homestead on November 18, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    Used an old dresser. Lined the drawers and whallah. Was quite lovely!

  8. song lyon on November 18, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    Yep if you got $ for costly soil, seeds, plants and organic pesticides, coco peat, you can do this. Actually it is cheaper just to buy organic food…

  9. Anthony Doyle on November 18, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Thankyou , straight to the point, concise and informative. Too many gardeners think that we want to hear about their lifestyles and spend more time waffling about other things rather than gardening. Good tips here and I’ll be back.

  10. siennas2011 on November 18, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Your fur baby is so stinking cute 🥰 I loved the close ups. Love your videos so informative. I have been going around my town collecting wood pallets to make raised beds and sewed some grow bags. I live in an apartment but have a small porch so taking notes on all these tid bits you have provided ☺️💖

  11. Ivana Peck on November 18, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    So, wonderfull and practical… I want to plant cucumber in pot, so what is your recommandation for size of the pot?
    Thank you very much

  12. Lazar Lazarevic on November 18, 2022 at 9:46 pm


  13. oldgloryhillfarm turtlewoman on November 18, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Why should one not use peat?

  14. Black Bamboo on November 18, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    I’m growing a Japanese maple in a super massive pot. It costs around $50 to fill that with potting mix. The first year I did just that. Subsequent years however I just lift the entire tree out of the pot, it pulls out in one piece including all soil. Fill the bottom with brown stuff out of my garden, kitchen scraps and then more brown stuff and then just plonk the tree right on top of that. It’s thriving and I’ve not bought potting mix for a couple of years now. I also do the same for a crepe myrtle that’s underplanted with miniature roses. I’ve got more blooms on those roses this year than any other. The material composts as the trees grow into it, they like it and the next year it’s all been consumed by the plants and they are ready for another feed. It’s usually the skins off my pumpkin harvest which end up under the trees.

  15. Spain Insider - Lailandi Adventures on November 18, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    I live in a flat with a balcony and last year I tried my hand at growing veg. Despite being a complete novice, I grew chili peppers, courgettes, beans and tomatoes. One thing I tired to increase my tomato yield was to have cherry tomatoes grown in upside down 5l plastic bottles and it worked a treat. This year I feel I’ve learnt a lot and with fantastic videos like yours, I feel more confident of a bumper harvest. Thanks for your great content and useful tips!

  16. Rosie Gold on November 18, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    Excellent video and information! Thank you 😊!!

  17. geert calu on November 18, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    aldi bags

  18. irishkazolotse on November 18, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Very interesting and entertaining, now i would like to see if anything grew? Did you have lots of potatoes in tlyour container? I tried last year, it did not work whatsoever…

  19. NekoBazu on November 18, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    I haven’t tried this myself yet, but I’d like to have a go at growing potatoes in a sturdy cardboard box – no chemical risk, free material if you use one that came in the post, no need for drainage holes and it can be composted once it’s done with! As long as it retains the soil I reckon it’d be a winner

  20. Md oreneb on November 18, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    I live in Mesa, AZ and it gets hot. My BLACK POTS were getting too hot! I cut silver insulation that you put around a hot water heater, to reflect the suns rays. It worked!!! You could also use a sun visor.

  21. Heather Bovelle-Cordwell on November 18, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    Great videos, learning a lot from you. Thank you. An old butler’s sink with a variety of flowers, which my husband say is not unusual, an old 1940’s style mop bucket with tomatoes and a split 100L water butt, sawn in
    2 halves for melons and pumpkin. The latter two grown for first time this year.

  22. Арина созвездие Лебедь Крышень on November 18, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    Сделайте пожалуйста русский перевод субтитров , то о чем вы рассказываете .

  23. Black Bamboo on November 18, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    I purposefully use large black pots for raising seedlings in. I never had luck with trays as their small amount of soil is tricky to keep evenly moist and plants outgrow them too quickly. But a big large tub will heat up in the late winter, early spring to provide evenly moist soil at the perfect temp for raising all kinds of summer vegetables and herbs. I grew a dozen chili plants from seed over winter just by placing these pots on the concrete stairs next to a brick wall where their warmth radiated onto the plants all winter helping them to thrive. My capsicum plant which I raised as a seedling in winter is now full of fruit months ahead of it’s usual growing season. Containers are also a great way to utilise sunny spots where the ground is no good. I have such a spot, the soil is hard like concrete, impossible to dig in, but it’s a sheltered spot that gets the meximum direct sun. Perfect for all those hot weather veges and heat loving herbs.

  24. E. W. on November 18, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    I lost half of my fence during the last winter storm; so I had the whole thing replaced with hedge bushes to make a natural fence (in a few seasons). The gardener was so amazing to offer me all the pots that the shrubs came in. Saved me over $200 on equipment and I’ve got more pots than I had in mind to fill. So nothing strange yet, just bushels of gratitude 🙏🏻

  25. Leonora Perron on November 18, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    How identify what is "food grade" and what isn’t? All plastic is not equal! What about Styrofoam??

  26. AA Home Gardening on November 18, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    great video

  27. Riv Rhi on November 18, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    Using Bonemeal, wear a mask. Always what I was told by my Boss Mary, years and years ago.

  28. The good life on November 18, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    Ayy geeza, I got a herb potted garden I just started last week and salad trio I got from lidl, Love it. I’m just trying to get lavender plants back to health any ideas on how I can revive them, snipped the dead bits off slowly coming back. But it’s hitting 25 30 degrees where I’m at.

  29. Myriam 99 on November 18, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    Hi thank you for your videos
    As for me I have in my balcony tomatoes, potatos, beans, salads, coriander, parsley, some blueberries pepper and I have also planted 3 apples and a pot as it just germinating and that’s it and I am quiet proud of my work and also lavande, roses and little orange tree it is my first time…
    Love for everybody

  30. Steve Yackel on November 18, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    I used a county recycling tub to grow potatoes once and the yield was awesome.

  31. Madison Nanda on November 18, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    you are such a good teacher, i enjoy your videos and i always learn something new. When my refrigerator and freezer died in the same week, i drag them in the front yard and as they lay on their back , i thought wow what a great planter. i now have 14 refrigerators that i have covered with repurposed wood . i fill the bottom with wood chips then leaves and on top good soil and compost.
    it is insulated both from heat and cold. if your fridge dies, rejoice you have a great planter , use it in your garden. Thank you for sharing your knowledge

  32. Laura Stout on November 18, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    Love your videos 😍

  33. Kati Mäkinen on November 18, 2022 at 10:15 pm


  34. LADY ELA on November 18, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    I covered my dark pots with Reynolds aluminum foil with the shiny part deflecting the sun rays. Hopefully, the planters will not overheat and damage the roots of the veg this way; it gets upwards of 95F here, so I had to try,

  35. Aisha EXO-L on November 18, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    You and self sufficient me are my favorite channels! 😊

  36. Barry Bridgeford on November 18, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    I’ve found that vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers growing in 5 gallon pail containers can shed a good downpour of rain out and beyond the rim of their pail, thus keeping their soil relatively dry! This "canopy drip-line" effect can also apply to similar large-leafed vegetables growing up a trellis in a raised bed. The problem occurs whenever the plants’ leaves divert the falling rain beyond the limits of the soil, in which they grow .. like pails, planters, raised beds.

  37. simon on November 18, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    I love your videos – so practical and clear! I have a bunch of traditional terracotta and plastic containers and a few felt grow bags for mostly lettuces and herbs so far this season. Do you have any advice for using Blumat watering pods? I have them set up in groups with a 4 gallon drinking water container.

  38. Jennie Davis on November 18, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    I put up turned small plastic pots in the bottom of my deep planters as they take up the space and add drainage too.

  39. Riv Rhi on November 18, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    Comfrey…….younger leaves carcinogenic. Use older large leaves only. Comfrey can heal…….bones.

  40. nameisscorpion on November 18, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    This is a good video too…

  41. jeanette Parker on November 18, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    Hi Ben, great video, I’m watching it again & learnt more. We have about an acre to plant on which we started to do 3-4 years ago. We put in fruit trees, first plantings were in pallet raised beds, which we moved to another location, we now have concrete block beds which hubby insisted i had to have. then along the way, he got the bug & right up the back he’s planted tomatoes in 6 old wheelbarrows, 2 potato beds made of a 1000 litre buckled water tank cut in half. Strawberries last year in our old bathtub, now growing cabbages in it. he dug up the potato harvest & is hooked! You do the best videos, I would love to know what part of the world you are in. We are in S E Queensland, Australia.

  42. julie breedon on November 18, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    I once used an old pig feeder to grow herbs in……. i stuck an umbrella over the top, when it rained, as it was made of iron and had no drainage holes. Apart from that, it was stunning to look at.

  43. Zhippidy Doodah on November 18, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    Old toddler swimming pools for ornamentals and flowers.

  44. Baron Bar on November 18, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    A cheap and effective substitute for Perlite is charcoal, which has the advantage that it forms a habitat for soil bacteria. It is a component of Terra Preta.

  45. María Beatriz Espinosa on November 18, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    What variety of citrus is the one that appears at minute 3.30? (
    I want to plant a very productive one in my garden!

  46. Dolly Perry on November 18, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    You didn’t mention herbs. I have chives in a large pot that has been there for years!

  47. MK Moody on November 18, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    I used a laundry hamper two years ago to grow potatoes. Did pretty well!

  48. Sumi Kamal on November 18, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    We’re still using the back of an old television my seven year old carted home.

  49. Patricia Graham on November 18, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    Thank you for your inspiring video. I have strawberries growing in the inside tub of an old washing machine (just the tub part). I have two more for planting something else. I also use old twin sized bed springs for trellises for cukes or other vining crops.

  50. Dede P on November 18, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    Beautiful video; but how about ceramic pots instead of plastic.

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