How to Start Your First Container Tomato, Pepper and Herb Garden: All the Steps to Get Started!

How to Start Your First Container Tomato, Pepper and Herb Garden: All the Steps to Get Started!

The keys to successful container gardens are sun, container size, the right container mix, fertilizing and water management. I show you all the steps to grow container tomatoes, peppers and start herb seeds. Container gardening is easy once you understand the basic. This is a great introduction video.

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50 Comments

  1. Micah Welch on September 22, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    How do other plants like cucumbers and peas do in container? Any suggestions?

  2. Yvencia Simmons on September 22, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Great video and thank you for sharing!🤗🤗

  3. Ruth Sanchez on September 22, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Those containers don’t need wholes, they already come with a reservoir, notice the bottom plate line on the bottom.

  4. Craig Cook on September 22, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Great advice ! Love your vids ! I live in Central Florida and I have a ton of ceramic pots that dry out quickly,. Last year I painted the inside of the pots w/a high quality latax gloss emamal paint,. Now they don’t need watering so much. I hope this helped some people out that have clay pots,……. PS. I’m thinking about painting the outside of my pots for even for evaporation protection. Enjoy!

  5. Kimberly D on September 22, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Why use the two different soils? Is it just for the cost? Thank you for these videos!

  6. Veronica on September 22, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Now this gardener/videographer has commitment! Not seeking medical attention to continue his instruction. These are the friends everyone should appreciate. When times get hard you know they will not run away. Gary, you’re a man of character. 🙂

  7. Ashley Garcia on September 22, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Hi Gary, I was looking online for new containers for my pepper plants and I came across Vivosun grow bags. Have you ever tried a grow bag? And do you think they’d be better containers? Thanks for making such informative videos. I don’t think my plants would’ve made it this far without your help!

  8. Sheri Fuchser on September 22, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    This was so cool as I’m in Nashville, too!!! Ive had large gardens for years and this year am only doing containers. So I wanted to freshed up my container garden knowledge. Thanks for the video and hope your hand healed up nicely!

  9. Sheryl Williams on September 22, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Hope your finger is ok

  10. Lilly Rose Pinheiro on September 22, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Can I do a starting 12 in for a smaller tomato plant and then transplant into a 20 inch pot (Indeterminate brand)

  11. stuntard on September 22, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Great introduction to gardening, thanks for sharing 🌱❤️👩‍🏫

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  13. OCFam on September 22, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    This was very helpful, thanks!

  14. Pro Grammatron on September 22, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    For Basil, if you cut off the incoming flowers it will last a lot longer. Sometime years, and will not get that bitter taste.

  15. Leah Hudgins on September 22, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Great video to the point very helpful. Didn’t even notice you had a bad cut hand your video footage was great. cant wait to watch more!

  16. I am Joy on September 22, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    what about Critters like, mice, birds etc that may be around? I have a small backyard with 2 oak trees.

  17. Shontelle H on September 22, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This is everything I needed to know in one video!

  18. Kathy Ryan on September 22, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Can you use osmacte granulars instead of organic veggie fertilizer?

  19. I’m Awesome on September 22, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Great video! 👏🏽 Thanks a million!

  20. Eddie Foy on September 22, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    I had tried growing some basil indoors. Wasn’t looking good at all. Tossed it out on the deck to die. End of the summer it grew so big it had bark.

  21. talkingducksrgreat on September 22, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    nice work! thank you! great info.

  22. BirdSaver2000 on September 22, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Informative video. I am a beginner gardener. Thanks.

  23. James McCormack on September 22, 2019 at 9:28 pm

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  24. Too Many Hobbies on September 22, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Thanks for the video very helpful. I only get about 5 hours of Sun at best because of all the trees in my and my neighbors yard however I had wonderful Cucumbers,Tomatoes and Red Bell Peppers and Kohlrabi from my little Garden. In Ground. This year I am going with some containers and will use your video as reference. Thank You

  25. Droolpuppy on September 22, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    You shouldn’t be trusted with power tools. They can be dangerous. If you’re gonna drill into your finger, maybe ask your wife (ex-wife?) or son to help you.

  26. Zombie Man R.S. on September 22, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    I live in Florida. We resently went a whole week of clouds and no sunlight. My onion plant died because of it. I hope it gets better now that summer is close.

  27. Livefree871 on September 22, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    If I have 12 inch + pots with miracle grow potting soil and JOBES organic in them ( not alot tbsp or so ) would I ever need to fertilize with say a 1-1-1 liquid fert once a week to every other week with tomatoes, peppers or basil ? Or is that to much and not needed ? All help will be greatly appreciated. Everything is happy at the moment but I heard stuff like this before and it may help it ?

  28. Mrs. Rivas on September 22, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Hello my Name is Angel I wanted to know what do I have to put in my pot to grow my tomato 🍅 plant 🌱

  29. Sheryl Williams on September 22, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    I bought soil that says feeds for 6 months. Is that all I need or should I add anything? Growing a beef steak and carnival pepper

  30. Matthew Coffey on September 22, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Hey Gary
    I have a container garden. My pots are about 15gal in size and I have 20 of them when the grow season is about half over i get a lot of weeds and grass in them and I want to reuse the soil what can I do to reduce this problem season to season

  31. Zombie Man R.S. on September 22, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Is there a way to know if my tomato plant is determinate or indeterminate? Other than waiting for it to grow? My label does not say which variety it is. Only that it is a Beef Steak Tomato and that it blossoms (pretty sure blossom was not the word) from 70 to 80 days. Any tips on how to grow them? My plant is about a foot and four inches tall. About maybe six inches of it is above "ground" and the rest is buried. I have it in a pot.

  32. MaikoZafiro on September 22, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    The expert: For your first container garden, use potting mix from the store. Use the tomato plant from the Home Depot. Grow a determinate variety. Use a plastic container.
    Me: I’m going to mix my own potting soil and grow Black Krims (indeterminate) in a cloth container!! (Admittedly, the fabric is made of recycled plastic water bottles, and I am getting a transplant.)
    Nature: We shall see who wins this battle, newbie gardener.

  33. Jack Dziatkowiec on September 22, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Stitches?! Get your hand fixed Gary!

  34. Fe Rivera on September 22, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    When is the ideal time to start a container garden for midatlantic region? I’m right outside Philly and I’m doing all my research so I can start next year.

  35. Hằng on September 22, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    In Germany I once got tomato plants for 65 cents each. They grew really well 😀

  36. Francine Kupec on September 22, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Great Video!

  37. Sweet Peas on September 22, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Ouch, Gary! What a trooper! I hope you didn’t damage that green thumb of yours! Love your channel. ; )

  38. Heather Way on September 22, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Please, Gary, ouch!! Get your hand looked at.

    Thank you as usual for your wonderful videos. I appreciate you.

  39. Temi Oboh on September 22, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks

  40. Organize Kaos on September 22, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Wow!!! Thank you soooo much! I was searching all over the internet for simple step by step video to start my garden and this was EXACTLY what I needed.

  41. Naomi Jacobs on September 22, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Thank you great information.

  42. michael hancock on September 22, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Love the birds in the background….

  43. Walastik DingRuth on September 22, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    We have very limited space in the backyard. So. on our spare time we plant easy to plant vegetable mostly on pots with just "potting mix." Everyone, check why our Zuccini grew this amazing size! Gary, thanks to your very informative videos!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Csp-RNR8wI

  44. Ashley on September 22, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    I’m starting my first garden this year. I got a plot at one of the community gardens on the property of my work. I’ll also be doing some container gardening at home. Your videos have been so helpful! You can tell you are really passionate about plants and you are a great teacher. Thank you!!

  45. zulma Bontiffe on September 22, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Any tips on growing tarragon?? Love the thing !!

  46. MilkyCookie on September 22, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    that bird sounds like a gun

  47. Becca L on September 22, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    should I put them back in while it’s raining?

  48. Grace Bock on September 22, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Very clear instructions.Really appreciate your help.Just starting out

  49. Lisa G on September 22, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Thank you for breaking it down ,repeating and re stating . This 1st timer lookin forward to growing and harvesting healthy herbs and veggies to help fight off this sickness . 🌱♻️✌

  50. Hobo Gardener on September 22, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    I thought is if you top off the basil plant it will last longer?

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