Growing Large Vegetables/Fruits in Containers #1- Tips for Success

Growing Large Vegetables/Fruits in Containers #1- Tips for Success

Growing large vegetables and fruit in containers IS possible in a deck or small space. In this video, I share some tips for success so you can grow tomatoes, squash, eggplant and watermelon in containers no matter how little space you have! See below for links for the supplies used in this video.

CaliKim Seed Collections:

FREE growing guide “Grow 3 Vegetables in 6 Weeks”: 

-eBook “Growing 5 Warm Weather Vegetables Made Easy”

My E-Books

-Garden Coloring Book

My E-Books

Thank you, Smart Pots for partnering with us, and for supplying the containers for this project. Visit, use my code “calikim” for a 10% discount.

Thank you, Ecoscraps for suppling the soil for the containers. Ecoscraps soil is available at Target, Lowes and Home Depot.

1. Support my channel – it helps keep the garden content coming! Much appreciated!
-Smart Pots Container, 20 gallon:, with code “calikim” for a 10% discount.
-Worm Castings, Worm Tea:, (10% off with code “calikim” at checkout).

2. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
-Seed starting supplies:
-Garden fertilizers:
-Garden disease and pest control:
-Grow Lights:
-Garden Tools:
-Amazon lawn & garden supplies:
-Amazon general search page:

How to Install Drip Irrigation for Containers:

How to Automate Drip Irrigation with a Timer:

DIY Tomato Cages:

Feeding Your Garden Series (worm castings, worm tea, organic fertilizer):



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  1. b3lg4r4th on June 22, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    That is not a pitchfork, it is a garden fork,  A pitchfork has longer, thinner tines and is used for shifting hay/straw.

  2. Amelia Rocha on June 22, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    essas plantas foram plantadas com tanto amor que com certeza vai produzir com abundancia sussesos pra voce

  3. Massoud Sohrabi on June 22, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Thank you for this informative video . One sees , what you do , you do it with love . That´s why you are so succesful in what you do . I enjoyed watching this video .

  4. Weird Wint on June 22, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    I grew my 5.91 pound California State record tomato in a 30 or 40 gallon smart pot. my plant was limited to 3 feet high and fertilized weekly. given compost tea. started early like in February in a greenhouse. Mycos and azos help as well. be prepared to spend the moolah if you want size. my seeds are also pedigreed from award winners. it was the 15th largest tomato in 2018 in the world. it was 2 feet around.

  5. Thunder on June 22, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    I love that little backyard garden. Can’t wait to buy my own house with a backyard space to plant.

  6. Grant Bayley on June 22, 2019 at 1:15 pm


  7. keysrawk on June 22, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    If you do this much container gardening, what do you do with the soil at the end of each growing season? I’ve struggled with finding enough places to hide it. I’ve also tried making my own compost tea and re-activating the soil by watering with it. Buying new bags of fresh soil for all the containers each year starts to get impractical especially when living in the city.

  8. Metro Renovations & More! on June 22, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    1st. Comment. WHY can’t I find a girl like you in real life??? 2nd… Aren’t those the most EXPENSIVE Zucchini, Watermelon etc… When all is said and done???

  9. Mademoiselle du Sfonctionelle on June 22, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Hi. In your raised beds I can sometimes see a few red spiral shaped piping used as bottomless (I presume) containers. What are that kind of pipe called? And where do you get hold of it?
    Kind regards, Mademoiselle du Sfonctionelle

  10. Dixie Cook on June 22, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    I add soil moist to the soil helps retain moisture

  11. Magalys Aviles on June 22, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    This is my first year using smart pots and I’m a litter concern about put them in a pool of water so I’m going to try putting a medium plastic pot plates ( 4 for $1 from Dollar tree) filled with Peat moss in the bottom of the smart pot and then fill with the rest as usual with soil. I hope this will work. I’m pretty new gardening but most of what I have learn is from your videos. Thanks.

  12. TheCrankydragon on June 22, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Camera person is having a lot of trouble controlling their camera lol

  13. Maria Perez on June 22, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Would have liked to see how you added the connection of drip from one pot to another

  14. Animal Talk on June 22, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    HI I need drip irrigation to grow fruits and veggies in Miami, Fl?? Its usually very humid here..Also…last year, I planted cantelope seeds that grew like crazy, until the whole plant died before it grew any fruit.I dont know why that happened and would like to know why it died?? Also, when u grow a cantelope or watermelon plant, does it stay alive forever, or will it eventually die out? Thank u…!!

  15. Louie Olmos on June 22, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    so what do you do once the items are growing? how do you support them with the wire cages? any follow up videos?

  16. CaliKim29 Garden & Home DIY on June 22, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    CaliKim Seed Collections:        
    Worm Castings, Worm Tea:, (10% off with promo code “calikim” at checkout). Thank you!

    *As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
    Seed starting supplies:                                  
    Garden fertilizers:                                          
    Grow Lights:                                                        
    Garden Tools:
    Amazon lawn & garden supplies:
    Amazon general search page:

  17. Ms. Byrd on June 22, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    No offense but what I never see is anyone actually MOVING those containers into another location. Do the ‘handles’ really STAND UP to being ‘moved’?

  18. Yen Griffin USA on June 22, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Your video is very helpful. I am new here.Beautiful garden. Nice to make friends and I will watch more your videos to learn from you. 😃

  19. Patricia Russell on June 22, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Started a container garden this year.Not as fancy,but fun!

  20. Ali Mohammond on June 22, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    very nice ,I’m sitting in my garden drinking coffee after 8 months of winter in Michigan, there only to season here, winter and summer nothing in between!

  21. The Girl Who Speaks on June 22, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    You have made all things possible! Thanks

  22. stuntard on June 22, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    What’s the warm tea watering recipe? Thanks for the tips, great video.🌱❤️

  23. Don Pettinger on June 22, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Another great video. Keep up the good work….

  24. Polecatt Genetics on June 22, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    We are running "smart pots" for the first season ever, decided on 50 and 80 gallon white versions. We needed far more soil than I ever imagined, what would you suggest as a additive to our soil mix to ensure it does not dry out too quickly, I cannot decide between vermiculite,perlite,coco or a mix of all…From your exp with these pots what do you recommend?

  25. donna mcgowan on June 22, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    The cheaper to buy organic

  26. ray bon on June 22, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Yeah you couldn’t be more right plastic stinks.

  27. LATOYA RUSH on June 22, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Just the video I was looking for. I live in a small apt. in L.A. but I’ve always wanted to try growing veggies and fruit. Thanks!

  28. Sandra Wong on June 22, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Does mold grow under the bags if it is constantly moist and doesn’t move?

  29. Carl Taylor on June 22, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Great video as always, Cali, but I can’t help thinking that those pots would be the ideal situation for using ollas instead of drip irrigation. Have you ever tried using ollas? I think they would work better.

  30. veronni estelle on June 22, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Loving your enthusiasm. I’m inspired. I’ve planted my first containers. I’ll see how it goes.

  31. Gaurav Sharma on June 22, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    nice work

  32. Beaner Schnitzel on June 22, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Oh this information is Fantastic and the drip looks easier than I thought, I really appreciate your personality and helpful fun videos, growing vertically is just what I need for my very small backyard. Take care

  33. Adrian N. on June 22, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    I planted a tomato tree on balcony but it’s not getting enough sun. Will artificial lights help.

  34. Lenie Arthur on June 22, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Where you buy the bag an soil. Is a good idea.

  35. Add Love!™ on June 22, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Awesome Video! You are an Expert; and SO Graciously generous; with your knowledge. In what Zone are you located please? Thanks A Million & Perpetual Success to You!👐😄❤👑

  36. Cheryce Campbell-Davis on June 22, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Thank you so much! I love that you are mindful of those that don’t own homes making this a possibility! 😘😘😘😘

  37. Bridget Wright on June 22, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    How long would one expect to wait to harvest the watermelon varieties you potted?

  38. Benja's Uber 1337 Hobby on June 22, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    I am very interested in seeing how the watermelons turn out! 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🙂

  39. Annastasia666 X on June 22, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    I am here because of the Rustic Gardener. This NJ’er is happy to find you!

  40. Adam Murray on June 22, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    If you want them to absorb the nutrients you should be PH penning your water. Best PH is between 5.6- 6.0. And when your 2-3 weeks from harvest you should be flushing the soil from salt and nutrient build up. for freshest and tastiest results. And look up a company called Mykos for Micro bacteria it’s the best! Thanks for the video and keep it up lil momma.

  41. Stanly Laruan on June 22, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Such a warm personality you got there. The way you speak is very encouraging

  42. Megan Rothgerber on June 22, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Are there alternatives to marigolds to pair with the vegetables? My husband tends to have asthma flare up around marigolds.

  43. Vanessa Gardner on June 22, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Where can I buy those kinds of bags wow I like that idea

  44. The Natural Nook on June 22, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Cali Kim quick question. If I have a bunch of worms in my raised bed already are the worm castings neccessary to get? Have you ever put worms in your containers? Thanks!

  45. Julie Michael on June 22, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Aaaahhh I need this leaf mulch

  46. Teresa Brinkman on June 22, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    How DO u keep critters out of your veggie pots??

  47. Dianne Hittle on June 22, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Thank you for this video! I was so impressed by the Smart Pots that I went to their website and bought some. I forgot to use your coupon code though.

  48. alvin soriano on June 22, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Hi! Can banana be planted there or avocado?😊

  49. nery colon 1 on June 22, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    I put 3 tomatoes in a small pot and when the roots came out I put a bigger pot under the tomatoes. Here we use gates in the balcony and the doorway and I decided to put them in my balcony and let it go over the gate and it started to go down the gate. This was a experiment but it worked great. Since I’m in a wheelchair now I don’t have to get some to one get my tomatoes I just put my hand through the gate and pick them myself. June will be a year and it gave me all year round since we live in the Caribbeans. .

  50. Skully333 on June 22, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    New urban garden any suggestions

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