How I Would Grow a Vegetable Garden in the Northeast Gardening Consult

How I Would Grow a Vegetable Garden in the Northeast Gardening Consult

John from goes on a field trip to New Jersey to share with a friend what he believe she should do to start growing food at her residence. In this episode John shares with you how he would start growing food if he lived in New Jersey aka the Garden State. In this episode you will learn:
The best place to place the garden
How to best protect the garden from animals
How to best make compost to enrich your garden
How to grow on a wooden deck
The best self-watering container garden to maximize food production
and so much more.

After watching this episode, you will have a better understanding of how John would start an organic garden in New Jersey. This will help his friend, but may also give you ideas on how to start a vegetable garden or inspire you with some techniques that you can use to grow more food at home.


  1. GLFH on October 23, 2019 at 4:41 am

    ComposTumbler is made in the U.S.A. with a warranty superior to the Joraform.

  2. Ryan Cook on October 23, 2019 at 4:41 am

    Rain Gutter Grow System – up on the deck, now that would be BEAUTIFUL !

  3. Alex Nielsen on October 23, 2019 at 4:41 am

    so bummed! wish I knew you were in NJ. where was your presentation?

  4. nikonmother on October 23, 2019 at 4:42 am

    John, seriously, we need you in maine too. dont just shoot from the hip! let us know where you are so we can expand your trip and cover a wider audience. I have a plant that is tasty, green and hot but i dont know what it is and even if i planted it…but i have been
    eating it. If you were here, i could ask you what it is. thanks a bunch!

  5. n2thai on October 23, 2019 at 4:43 am

    Larry Hall altho’, informative is a "Chatty Cathy."

  6. BalconyGrow on October 23, 2019 at 4:45 am

    Hi John. I always enjoy your videos. I have a question about watering. I live in Rosamond, CA (high desert). Is it better to water a vegetable garden more frequent for less amount of time or less frequent for longer time? I know they always talk about less frequent with longer watering time for deeper root development but my plants don’t seem as healthy when doing it that way and bugs attack more.

  7. Navyforeveryoung Jean-Philippe on October 23, 2019 at 4:48 am

    Your voice and the way you speak is so stressful. Breathe and take your time and stop pressing your throat

  8. Garden State Greens on October 23, 2019 at 4:48 am

    Thanks for this!  Long time fan and first time commenting (now that I got my own page up) I’m in the northeast Atlantic coast. Please let me know if you’re speaking anywhere in the NJ/NY area.

  9. D R on October 23, 2019 at 4:50 am

    You had a lot of ideas for this homeowner. Being from the northeast, I would stay away from doing a wooden raised bed close to the house. The reason: termites and insect pests. Although the sunny location is under the house overhang, I believe I saw a oil tank fill spout. I wouldn’t put my food too close to that. Best idea is container gardening, both on deck and below, as it allows for movement of the plants as necessary. And grass, well that is beneficial to both cooling and erosion control.

  10. Josie Lee on October 23, 2019 at 4:50 am

    I’m so happy that you came to my neck of the woods! I hope you come back so I can  hear you speak and meet you! I’m such a BIG fan.

  11. mto61 on October 23, 2019 at 4:54 am

    Nice to see somebody else from the Antelope Valley on here

  12. Sean Cleary on October 23, 2019 at 4:56 am

    New Jersey IS NOT the Northeast.  Folks from the northeast mostly HATE New Jersey, which is the worst of the Mid-Atlantic States, if not all of the states. 

    Jersey short didn’t help.   But FYI the Northeast starts at New Yorks Southern Border. 

    New England starts at Connecticut and RI’s southern border. 

  13. Natalie Nicolaou on October 23, 2019 at 4:57 am

    Oh good God $299. for that joraform tumbler john mentioned. that’s for the smallest size AND on sale! $339 on jora’s website. Yikes. Looks top notch though…

  14. Chris Fietzer on October 23, 2019 at 4:58 am

    I was thinking the same thing. Why doesn’t John ever talk about about the RGGS? Been growing organically in it for several seasons and would never go back to any other system. John seriously needs to go visit Larry Hall and get him on this program!

  15. KOSLOWSKI FAMILY FARM on October 23, 2019 at 4:59 am


  16. Greg Mitchell on October 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

    It was raining "literally" cats & dogs, huh?  Learn the definition of literally.  You are literally an idiot.

  17. Deb Brunell on October 23, 2019 at 5:01 am

    So sorry we missed you! Thank you for talking about gardening in NJ!

  18. FrostPlutarc on October 23, 2019 at 5:01 am

    Hello John, Since you were talking about different containers I have a question. I was wondering if you have ever used Fabric Grow bags? If you have, mind sharing your thoughts.

  19. Navyforeveryoung Jean-Philippe on October 23, 2019 at 5:01 am

    The neighbor using pesticides is really bothering me

  20. Anaid NO on October 23, 2019 at 5:03 am

    Hey I love your channel, youre so wise I love your channel, but i think its time for HD video PLEASE

  21. Poppy B. on October 23, 2019 at 5:04 am

    A few things you must take into account when selecting a garden site in your yard is latitude and average sunny days. 6 hrs sun is fine for fruiting crops in places like Florida and California. However, in New Jersey, or anywhere along the North Atlantic I would do like John suggests, and GROW MORE GREENS! Take advantage of that cooler weather, since you guys can grow leafy greens further into summer than those of us in the hotter, more UV battered climates.

  22. SL Parenti on October 23, 2019 at 5:07 am

    Good stuff as usual John "The Garden Whisperer" Kohler!!

  23. Alissa Gardenhire on October 23, 2019 at 5:08 am

    You’re awesome John!!!

  24. Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens on October 23, 2019 at 5:09 am

    I water my desert garden more often for less time. (especially important during the heat of the day). Ensure that each cycle is long enough to get good penetration if you know what I mean.

  25. Natalie Nicolaou on October 23, 2019 at 5:10 am

    John, so sick I missed your talk. I’m from Jersey and was so psyched to see a vid on our climate and critters! Wish I could have met you. You are my garden GOD! I love your videos and are always my go to. Thanks for everything. Wish you could have videotaped your talk. Do you have any plans to be out this way again?

  26. JC Journey on October 23, 2019 at 5:11 am

    I think you can use less expensive composter , and try to insulate it by yourself.

  27. Ian Wynne on October 23, 2019 at 5:14 am

    Cut the trees down, that lawn isn’t even nice to look out on too shady even for grass

  28. ______ on October 23, 2019 at 5:17 am
  29. Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens on October 23, 2019 at 5:19 am

    I did announce my talk in NJ in the seed giveaway video. I hope to have a web site one day where I have a place for announcements.

  30. PDuffy1337 on October 23, 2019 at 5:19 am

    agreed…..but have you looked up the patents to the stuff they are spraying over out heads every day?? or the fluoride in the water? the growing effects of Fukushima…..I will take my chances with ink toner as little as there is going to be, over the above listed toxins any day….but I do understand what you mean…..but even john said in this video…newspaper 4:49 …and it has ink…probably a lot more too.

  31. Natalie Nicolaou on October 23, 2019 at 5:21 am

    Ah, my bad. Remember he mentioned that too… Hmmm wonder why he said different in a previous vid. I guess it depends on the ink used. As for all the other stuff…(Puts hands over ears…LaLaLaLaLaLaLa I Can’t HEAR Youuuuuu).

  32. Courtney Sniderman on October 23, 2019 at 5:21 am

    Hey John, suggestion:
    There are several comments from people wishing they had known about your talk in NJ. I remember when you came to Cleveland I was also really bummed to have missed you here, not knowing. Can you PLEASE announce ahead??! Or put your schedule of appearances in the description of your vids?? You never tell us until after the fact! Love your vids!! Thank you!

  33. b8bpattson on October 23, 2019 at 5:22 am

    In the Northeast, a good way to build up the soil is, in the fall lay down 8 inches of salt marsh hay (no weed seeds), and cover it with 6 inches of manure and then sow winter rye grass on top, and water in thoroughly. The winter rye will grow about 2 1/2 feet high before the freezing weather kills it the dead gras and roots will hold all the moisture in, so in effect you are composting in place. If you till in the spring you will have great soil.

  34. George H. on October 23, 2019 at 5:24 am

    Hello John, you are a great help to many of us, I have a question for you please don’t think me stuped, when I was very young my dad would make me the best tasting scrampled eggs ever they were bitter and being from france used a very little bit of rubarb leaf, I know that to much could really put a person in the ground , do you know of another leaf that would work,again you really have the knowledge we all need,Thanks,George

  35. Margarite Olmos on October 23, 2019 at 5:25 am

    I was lucky enough to hear John’s wonderful talk. Great information shared in a generous, open manner, as one expects with him. Thanks for all you do to encourage and inform us!

  36. Donovan Pockrandt on October 23, 2019 at 5:25 am

    Yea I would never use news paper or any paper with ink on it.

  37. Virginia Hillegass on October 23, 2019 at 5:25 am

    Absolutly love my home state of NJ. Miss my Jersey fresh produce. Any tips to make my tomatoes taste like a Jersey tomatoe in Kentucky?

  38. eatmyface1234 on October 23, 2019 at 5:26 am

    woot woot! go new jersey (my home state)!!! you should come back here again and make a video with the group i volunteer with; we are called mevo (mahwah environmental volunteers organization). we have a farm to live program and we get a lot of land donated to us for various farming projects. i been working with the honey bees all summer!!!! for real make a video with us! we love your videos!!!

  39. Srd1126 on October 23, 2019 at 5:27 am

    Interesting episode but I think you are far too worried about a neighbor using pesticides. Such a thing is not the end of the world. At most you would get a small amount of drift, and what was not washed off by when you clean your produce.

    I was in pest control for 7 years, too much of this nation is scaring itself to death.

  40. joseph tucci on October 23, 2019 at 5:29 am

    Hey John I been a Big Fan Of yours. I have 7 total raised beds from 4x4x12 to 8x16x12 here in NJ my neighbor behind me also has two raised beds. next time your here in south jersey stop on by. this you can check out my facebook pictures under josephtucci from Fontana ca. Happy Gardening Bro

  41. 1paintist on October 23, 2019 at 5:30 am

    Just something funny. Right when you were saying about poison oak getting the kid, you were righttttttttttt in front of it! They really need to kill that stuff out! It wont go away on its own!

  42. Teresa Brown on October 23, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Yay NJ!

  43. D Zara on October 23, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Metal in the compost? Is that safe for growing edible vegetables?

  44. Greg Mitchell on October 23, 2019 at 5:32 am

    This boob reminds me of Glen from the movie The Ringer.

  45. Mohanakrishnan Thoguru Vijayarangam on October 23, 2019 at 5:33 am

    Was very glad to see him in person and hear him through. What a simple and a smart man. who is full of gardening knowledge and sharing with everyone interested. Although I was thinking, was it a dream… no no no. it’s dream come true. Really happy after taking a picture with him. 🙂 btw he mentioned in one of his vids about this event guys, which was taken after he broke his arm while fixing his bro’s garage. Anyway the even held @ Ramsey NJ. And he was heading to NJ food festival…

  46. adam heckle on October 23, 2019 at 5:36 am

    Tumbler? Just mix it with a shovel….. Those boxes get so hot they kill off all the good bacteria!

  47. packleader87 on October 23, 2019 at 5:38 am

    Has anyone ever thought of using metal dog kennels to grow a garden yet… I wonder…

  48. Madish Radish on October 23, 2019 at 5:38 am

    How much sun is too much sun?

  49. Rob Rob on October 23, 2019 at 5:39 am

    I wish you would come to my NJ backyard garden!!!

  50. Dumpster Marcus on October 23, 2019 at 5:40 am

    If you are ever around Scranton Pennsylvania you are always welcome at my house!

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