How to Build a FREE Plastic Crate Raised Bed Garden

This is John Kohler from
We have another exciting episode for you we are right here in Houston Texas.. Yes the
lone star state.. actually I am sweating because I am not used to the high humidity here, but
it’s definitely nice weather we’ve been having and Houston is one of the best place to actually
grow a garden because you can grow all year around. Just the other day I actually saw
a garden that had papaya trees in the front yard, growing things like dinosaur kale or
red russian kale and a whole bunch of other hers and things like that. So why I am here
today is because you know, as you can see we are just in Suburbia. There are lawns and
lawns and lawns and not many people are growing their food here. So it’s my mission to help
spread the message of growing food in your front yard, in your back yard, wherever you
can… And a my friend’s place that I am visiting today is currently renting, so we can’t just
like dig up the whole front yard and plant a garden and maybe can’t even… dig up and
plant a garden in the backyard. But what we are gonna make today is a portable raised
bed garden out of a commonly used… and a thrown out resource that may be available
to you. So anyways actually let’s go sit on the stoop, and share with you more about how
we are going to make a garden today. Now I am sitting on the stoop, and I like that word
because I don’t think that we have too many stoops in california but we got a stoop here
and that’s like the front-stairs to the house or a landing or something like that. But anyways
now I am going to show you guys what I am gonna be using to build this raise bed, because
once again he is renting and he can’t like be digging up the garden and all this kind
of stuff, so… building a raised bed; like I am gonna show you guys today an excellent
way whether you — rent, whether you own, whether you have commitment issues, because…
this is a not a big commitment because you can literally lift these guys up and move
your garden wherever, plus, there is so much flexibility in making a garden like this because
you can arrange it in any shape you like. Plus you can move these it to get more sun,
to get less sun, if you don’t like where to put it you can move it around. So this is
a really… cool way to garden as the first time I set up a garden like this because you
know, wherever I go, whenever I am looking for, place to garden, how to grow; I am like
taking many factors into consideration okay… how much money does he have to spend to like
buy materials to make the raised beds, can he buy wood, can he use concrete, you know,
or any resources locally available that he could use for free or inexpensive, to build
a garden, because I always want you know to be able to , Grow a garden in a the most affordably
and meet their specific needs so his needs. hey john I might move in a little bit, I don’t
want to be tied down, I don’t want to mess up the yard, for the owners or whatever. So
this is a least non-committal way, but to get excellent growing result, that we are
going to use in, what that simple is, these guys. We got this little plastic bins here
so these plastic bins is what like the produce comes shipped in to like different grocery
stores I have seen them often time to the back of the Mexican restaurants because they
get tomatoes and onions are.. I go to the Wholesale produce terminals they often just
have these laying around that they are going to throw away, but these are great to reuse
you could also use like something like the milk crates that the milk comes in, off course
you shouldn’t be stealing you should like try to buy or ask what they do with them when
they are used up or whatever , and this are the crates so these crates are actually particularly
good because the holes are actually quite small so that means there is not going to
be whole lot of dirt running out of it and ah.. if you are concerned about and you do
get a crate that has larger holes, like the milk crates size holes are larger if you get
more like coconut coir or ?????[3:37] in your mix it will tend to stick together and clump.
But even then it still might run out so then you can line it with some aa.. landscape fabric
maybe some newspaper or cardboard which will help contain the soil or ????[3:48] better
or you can use something like the.. coconut coir kind of sheeting stuff to keep the soil
in there. So, there is options to keep the soil and if you think you need that, in this
case, the holes are so close together, I don’t think we really need that, and if the soil
comes out just put it back in.[pause] the other thing is that you do need some drainage
in these as these can’t be solid bottoms and you can’t just use like some plastic storage
crates with no holes because that’s not ????? [4:12] gonna work good. Now the main benefit to using
this is that these were free.. free 99 as I did like to say. So aa.. he got these for
free, aa.. you know and we just would be able to literally fill this up with a good soil
mix and literally just start planting in it. By far soil is the number one thing that you
would want to pay attention to, and that’s where you would definitely put your money.
If you don’t put your money in the raised bed or the place that is gonna hold the soil,
you want to put your money in the soil, because the quality of the soil you use is the quality
the plants you are gonna grow. And I mean, everything that the plant is comes from the
soil because it pulls the nutrients out of the soil. That’s what we are going to do.
We are going to go ahead and pick up the soil. We are gonna go ahead and… get the soil
before we get the plant because the soil is much more important than the plants you grow
although ????[4:57] in season that can be grown at this time we will talk more about
that in a little bit. So I think next aa.. you know I found this cool local place you
guys saw that was mentioned last episode. Aaa… with Jacob, and we are gonna go up
to the ground up to get a good aa…. Vegan compost mix and it is actually called the
raised bed mixed up with a bunch of other good stuff. So, aa.. I guess next.. get some
compost. Now we are getting the soil. Now the soil is the number one key component to
grow a successful garden. Thanks to Jacob of a Houston urban farm co that’s
he led me to this place here. It’s called the ground up. And the have beyond organic
mixes. so I am really having ?????[5:30] vegan plant based mix that they mix in all kind
of other things to make the perfect raised bed garden mix. So that’s what we are here
to do today and it’s kind of uncommon for them because both of ????? [5:50] by the bags
which is really expensive. But you come here, by the, by the yard or half yard. And I recommend
you to come here buy it by the by yard because the half yard in most places would sound it
for 50 percent of the price of the four yard but they charge 80 percent of the full price
so definitely by the yard is the best. So what we are doing today is we are buying it
by the yard and we are gonna have it dump it on a big ????[6:12] pit actually into the
middle containers that we are growing so actually I think that they are doing that now so let’s
hit over there and check it out. This is where they have all brought their different mixes
and different mulches and different vegan compost for what we are getting today is the
raise bed mix. Now that’s what I would recommend if you are growing in a raise bed or even
a container this will be a good mix to reuse. Now when I buy this stuff in California, they,
they are used to me, and my place, they know my compost, so if you are in California you
know that ????[6:38] California, check my past videos on that. but uhh.. here most people
when they buy up here, they buy in bulk, by the half yard or by the full yard and you
just drive up with your truck, and they dump it in the truck and you drive off. That’s
the best way to do it. Unfortunately we don’t have a truck today. So we are gonna do it
a little bit differently. So what I do in California. I just get a big tarp, and I tell
the guys, “Ok guys. Dump the load on my tarp, and then I’ll worry about bagging it up in
a little feed sack bag, which I also have a video ???? [7:06] transport half a cubic
yard in my volkswagen golf. And up here, that’s all the new concept ??[7:13] because I guess
most people don’t garden as John Kohler does. And you know they don’t… most people have
trucks ????[7:17]doing their stuff. So, we have an SUV, and we are going to haul the
compost in SUV. And so the idea here was to lay out the tarp, like I do it in California,
and then we are gonna lay out the little aa.. bins that were growing in, and then they are
supposed to dump all the compost into the bins and on top of the tarp and will brush
it off ??[7:39] put up the bin, put it in the car. And any leftover residues that is
gonna be on the tarp, we’ll fold that up and then take that with us also. But instead they
have the bright idea to actually to just shovel it from the loader into the van. So that’s
what they are doing. Now so aa.. let’s check it out. As you can see, we got the loader
here and the guys were helping us to fill this stuff up. You know, they are definitely
not used to doing this and they didn’t seem too friendly helping us out. Well I do like
the soil, I definitely don’t like the customer service here, thought they could be a lot
more pleasant and nice. You know, helping us out with all this stuff. So we got about
half of this stuff loaded and we are going to fill up more but unfortunately looks like
we got a lot of extra compost that we may not be able to take with us. So we are gonna
diligently work, and get these into the, the S.U.V. and see how much more we can take.
Here we got nine of the twelve bins in here and it’s working very well. Once again we
got abandoned by the people that were helping us but that was all right because we did rather
do it ourselves and, you know, that just in my opinion they should have took our advice
and if you come here and demand to do it, like i am going to tell you now because this
is going to be far more efficient than the way we did it. So what we want to do is, you
want to make sure you have two nice tarp, one to protect the back of your car because
, let me tell you, dirt will get everywhere. It’s like trying to have sex on a beach and
you know you have sand right. So dirt gonna get everywhere so get a nice tarp and, aa..
we were gonna use sheets and but I highly discourage that against and get the tarp and
definitely glad we did because the dirt would have got everywhere so you goanna have one
tarp to protect your car one tarp on the ground and set these beans on the tarp and that way
you are goanna get all the dirt instead of having at fall all over every where its goanna
make it much more manageable if you don’t have the beans to put the soil in like we
did today then I encourage you guys to go by a feeds, feed store and get the empty feed
sack bags that’s only the best way to fill the soil up and then put it in your car to
able to transport it back home or off course run a truck, get a truck or find a friend
with the truck it will prior make this a lot easier sure you lift with your legs and now
you are back we filled our 12 little [9:44]here and even one /five gallon bucket but one of
my motto is no soil left behind if you go to buy the soil at the local nursery it’s
like 10 bucks for one or two square feet but we get all the soil that we paid for they
dumped it on the ground so now. We are shoveling all this stuff up into the tarp here so that
we can take it we got a bunch of tarp up and then take that wood thus because you know
what everyone on two cubic feet of this feet is worth 10 bucks and you know there is no
substitute for soil in your gardens using the best soil that no 1 key to success in
my opinion now we are loaded up and let me tell you this is the easiest way to build
the raised bed because we got the crates full that all we got to do is take these crates
out and set them in a place and literally plant the …[10:26] I mean it really is that
easy we goanna head home alright now we are carrying the compost and you know I could
carry it with two fingers so the stuff you know looks nice easy workout for two strong
guys so next we are goanna start actually a mineralizing and adding some worm casting
to our already good mix to make it better. One of the cool things about using one of
the plastic crates to build the garden is that we put the soil in here and we transport
in here so that’s really cool and the bad thing is we got to add some supplemental things
we are not in the standard mix that we got so the first thing we got overhear is rabbit
hill farm organic worm castings and the reason why I like the worm castings is not because
it’s like really nutrient dense ah.. mixture which we have in a compost reason why I like
it is because microbial aspects like the beneficial microbes in here that are goanna now be in
your soil and help basically make the nutrients bio available for your plants so what we are
goanna do now is take a blue solo cups and we ran out of red ones and all we are goanna
do is we’re goanna take a couple of scoops of this stuff and check out this stuff I mean
this black gold right here this is dark nice and rich wow this is really castings and it
really doesn’t smell like much but you know don’t tell anybody that this is literally
worm poo.. especially when you are playing with it so we are just goanna do like may
be I don’t know two, two and a half scoops on there and then just we are goanna kind
a mix it with your hands the other thing we are goanna do we got to add to do every been
as well and this is the thing that’s super important if you don’t get anything else you
can leave the worm castings out but you have to get this one if you just get the soil and
this stuff you are golden but I definitely recommend the worm castings you want to get
this stuff right here what this stuff is the minerals plus now I normally get this stuff
called azomite or gaia green glacial rock dust or some other wide spectrum trades mineral
segmentation but in this area in Huston I wasn’t able to find anything like that but
we were able to find the mineral plus so basically the minerals plus is wide spectrum of different
trace element that’s we are looking for mean all life exist on earth because of minerals
I mean as we know plants are normally fed three minerals n,p,k but there is a spectrum
that should be in the soil that was in the soil before the man came the top soil re-rotted
this kind of stuff so when you add minerals back into the soil the plants are goanna be
healthier they are goanna produce more they are goanna taste better there goanna be more
bug and disease resistant so in this particular minerals plus it has decomposed granite, sand,
lava sand, granite sand, basalt, soft rock fast[13:13] with collateral clay, humate,
green sand and [13:17] so what you know for basically not been having find of anything
else its pretty good but I still prefer the rock test overall but once again we are goanna
go ahead and add this to each bean like two, two and half cups now the general recommendation
for when you are adding things like rock dust and the minerals you want to add one pound
per one square foot of space so this crate is about, you know, two square foot approximately
on the surface and we are goanna add about two pounds and once again and we are just
goanna go ahead and mix that along with the worm castings and if you don’t mix this all
the way down to the bottom it not big deal you just want to definitely get it mixed in
so that it’s just not blown away in this strong Huston winds so once you do that these are
all ready to be planted as you guys could see we got all the bins enriched and we got
it all setup and check out what does it look like it looks like a raised bed garden made
out of crates and I mean that’s how easy it is to set up a garden and the next thing we
are goanna do is that we goanna top this off we got a extra bucket here for the mix and
we are just goanna top it off and we all got to do is plant the plants and that’s how easy
it is to start a garden in your backyard with some crates we visited several different nursery’s
to buy the plants we are goanna plant today now before you even getting to the plants
one of the things I want to talk about is you know hey john should I plant my new garden
from seed or from the plant starts so know there is pros and cons in each one in general
if you are a new gardener how’ll I encourage you guys to plant from the plant starts it’s
much easier now if you do want to plant from seed it’s important to plant the right seeds
at the right time you might be thinking john how do I know what seed to plant when well
what you want to do is you want to find your local extension office and I found that actually
here in the Huston area and actually and there is a two organizations that can help you the
first one is this, this is actually called the agrilife extension from Texas a&m they
have a vegetable garden planting dates so this tells you the time you can or you should
plant your plants now just because it says these dates on here can you plant, plants
at other times absolutely will it work optimally probably not but it might so you could see
here it tells you know for asparagus crowns you want to plant them between like mid January
to mid February may be you could go down for mustard greens you can plant that from all
the way from April through July so you know through the hot summer there I mean you can
plant like southern peas you know that’s like April all the way through middle of august
and its different shading so it says ideal planting time, marginal planting time so this
is available at many different university extension offices available near you to find
your local planting times if you don’t know but in general if you are buying plant starts
at the nursery they are only goanna generally sell you what’s good to plant right now next
also is we have another lsit from the agrilife extension here at texas a&m for umm..harris
county which is where we are in Huston and this recommends a certain varieties of plants
that they have tested that grows fairly well here so for example if you want to grow carrots
they recommend you grow danver 126 carrots, scarlet nantes [16:40] and betasweet now these
are the ones they have trial tested in that, that reliably produces well. You know there
are many varieties of different plants seeds and I always encourage you guys to try different
ones because you may get once a [16:55]or you might want to grow red atomic carrots
and that’s not on the list, does means that I cannot grow it? Absolutely not you. I didn’t
encouraged you guys to try everything and see what happens. You might grow [] and the
red atomics and the red atomics might kick the [17:06] butt in yield and how well they
grow. But more importantly how well they taste to you when you’re eating them because you
grow your garden to eat, hopefully. So here you have all the different varieties of corns,
kale, garlic and eggplant, cucumber, peppers, squashed tomatoes that they recommend for
this area. So while we did took a look at this list and we do actually have a couple
of plants they recommended, we actually got some cool other plants that actually aren’t
on their list because they might be aa.. rare, different or unique. So let’s go over there
next. In this garden we are planting things that would be considered annual and things
that would be considered perennial. So you might be thinking if you are new to gardening
jargon, what’s annual and what’s perennial. The easiest way to look at this is aa.. annual
plant is a plant that you like, aa.. plant every season or every year and, you know,
you got to keep planting it. So for like example, tomatoes are annual because once it freezes
they are gonna lose their live and you have to start again next year. A perennial plant
is a plant that you could plant it just once and it will grow day after day, year after
year, literally forever until you don’t water or don’t take care of it or something happens.
Sometimes perennial can also be classified as plants that you plant once then it actually
flower grows to seed and drop seeds and stats re-growing on its own. So we got a good mixture
of perennial and annuals in here and this is important especially because, you know
what, my friend here wants to have food year around and some of these are gonna be year
around. Sources of food and some of are just going to be more of a seasonal for like the
summer season here. So I guess without further ado let’s get into the different kinds of
plants we got. Of course we got some different basils, we got like four different variety
of basil. This here is dwarf bush basil and one of the coolest things when we were selecting
out the plants, I took my friends and said, you know, “Hey there is six different kinds,
there are ten different kinds of basils. Try a little pinch of a leaf and see which ones
taste good to you.” They ask, ” John which ones should I grow?” and I am like, “I don’t
know. Which ones do you like to taste.” So they tasted all the little ones and ones they
liked the taste they bought and that’s what you guys might also want to do if you are
buying them from the plant [19:10]. Four different kinds of basil, in addition to the basil we
got some mints. So the mints are gonna grow in their own specific bins because the mints
can actually aa.. root out and spread. But in this way they are gonna have little mint
leaves to flavor up their smoothies and juices and even chop it up and put it in the salads,
definitely gonna be good. This is actually unique because when I haven’t seen it actually.
It’s called red stem apple mint, has a nice color to it. They also have one of my favorite
mints called the chocolate mint. In addition to the herbs they got or the things like the
oregano, so when I plan up this garden I’ll try to [19:43] plan things in sections. So
I am gonna have a section of the garden towards the house which gets a little more shaded
out in the late afternoon with the herbs and the part of it which is definitely going to
get the full sun is gonna be like the tomatoes and some of the peppers. As you guys know
I am really off on my greens. Growingyourgreens is the name of my channel and I want to guys
to grow your greens because it’s one of the most nutrient dense food on the planet. So
because it is, you know, later in the spring time here it’s actually past the ideal time
according to planting guides. To plant leafy greens, we couldn’t actually find the [20:14].
So we did find a few and those two are actually right here, one they call in this area is
called “rub raw spinach” or I actually call a “red malabar spinach” which many of you
guys may bought the seeds from me. And this delicious, edible, succulent leafy green,
it’s not related to the standard spinach so it doesn’t have the oxalic content that standard
spinach does. And we also got “sorrel” which actually does has some oxalic acid content.
But this is also delicious, leafy green to eat. So those are some leafy green in addition.
Some other things we got were the other standard of course, the peppers, tomatoes. We also
got some of the [20:55], so the [20:56] are already flowering and hopefully put out some
fruits pretty soon. And let’s see, we are going to wound this up by talking about the,
this guy. This is my favorite oregano, this is actually called the “hot and spicy oregano”
so it doesn’t taste like the standard “mountain oregano” or the “hilltop oregano”. They got
it’s a lot more hot and spicy. It’s like I like to use these instead of using hot peppers
if I don’t have hot peppers. Now then they got that’s really cool is the stuff right
here. They actually call this “Vietnamese mint” or actually I would call it aa.. [21:24]
or [21:25] and this [21:25] isn’t like a mint family. I like this actually a lot too. It’s
actually high in Omeg-3 fatty acids. And of course we got the “cilantro”. So check this
out. We got three different kinds of cilantro, with [21:38] two different kinds of cilantro.
So we got the standard cilantro here, and this is “cilantro confetti” and check out
the leaves on that, how like different they look than the standard cilantro. So I’ll encourage
you guys to grow different kind of the same plant. I mean we got different varieties of
tomatoes, we didn’t just got cherry tomatoes, like five different kinds, same thing on the
cilantro. Now what you will learn is that you might like one flavor better than the
other they all quite taste pretty similar. But what you also might learn is that one
grows faster than the other, that means that, you know, these, these plants, the cilantro
lifecycle will be done much quicker than any of the either plants in here. But they bought
these two and then I found while I was shopping at an Asian market, I found this other one
here. This is my favorite cilantro over all, especially for the summertime for one main
reason. Actually this is not even cilantro, it’s actually called “culantro”. So the culantro
here has like the some really nice jagged leaves like a weed, if you don’t, you know,
what it is. But these leaves actually taste like the cilantro next door. But these fair
far better in the hot summer than these guys because these guys grow really fast and these
guys are, you know, meant to grow on the tropics, like the summer weather here in Huston with
a, with a nice humid weather here. For another herb I like this one, it’s actually called
the “cuban oregano”, a nice succulent that should may be a potentially be a perennial
down here if it doesn’t get too cold. We got this one. It’s actually called the “mexican
marigold”. And of course my favorite and I wish I was growing this right now, I should
probably take a plant right back with me. It’s actually called the “gotu kola”. This
has a nice unique flavor and oh man, it’s even really flowering. That’s really cool.
The gotu kola has a unique flavor and gotu kola is kown more like a medicinal type of
herb if you go to the health food center, they will sell gotu kola in little pills and
they say it’s good for building your memory. But I like to just eat it like a saladry with
a couple of leaves mixed in my salad. This guy is a spreader so whatever little container
I have planted it in, it may just take over the whole container, which is a good [23:42]
to have because you will have an endless supply of gotu kola leaves. In addition to we got
some stevia here, so stevia here is the plant that tastes like sugar without the sugar.
So if you are diabetic this is definitely good for you. And I recommend, you know, pick
it, put in some of your juice or in the smoothie to make it sweet without adding sugar if you
are sugar sensitive. And let’s see the final thing that we are going to talk about today
is aa.. I always like to make the garden look pretty. Now besides making the garden look
pretty with these marigolds here, were going to inter plant these which may help with the
insect challenges. Also many people do not know that these marigold leaves are edible.
They actually contain lutein and zeaxanthin that are helpful for eyes. So every time you
make a salad, pick a flower petal and sprinkle it all on your salad so that you can get some
lutein and zeaxanthin in here. Hmm.. has a unique flavor if you are not used to it. You
might not like it so much so just add a few. Well I think the next thing we are going to
do is I am going to go ahead and get these guys planted out, I mean it’s not too hard
to plant these out. Dig a hole, put it in, cover it back up. Most of the things I am
going to plant at the same level they came with. So you know, these aa.. cuban oregano,
I am just going to plant it to the level of soil in there. On something like tomatoes,
you know, I am going to actually plant the tomatoes like up to here and this is gonna
root more and grow bigger in the long run. So we will come back at you when we have got
this whole project finished. I just finished out planting out this bed with some help from
my friends. And as you can see, everything is nicely implanted out and the space [25:13]
and he could have got a few more plants, plants because I am John Kohler and I like to pack
the plants in there and get maximum growth and maximum food out of my garden. But this
is first time gardening so, you know, he didn’t buy as many plants I would have bought, but
that’s all good. Plus the selection was a little bit limited this time of the year because
we could not find a lot of greens and I really wanted to plant in a lot of greens. So we
planted, you know, a lot of herbs that you can use as greens and a lot of [25:27] perennials,
of course got the standard tomatoes and peppers and [25:43] and we got some of the malabar
spinach which he can eat as a green. But, I also wanted to plant in some more greens
for him. So we are gonna plant some arugula which should work pretty much anywhere and
it is really fast to grow. And I brought him some of my very special tree [25:58]. So I
left one little bin here open so I so I am going to plant the tree [26:01] and the arugula
in this bin here. In addition they wanted to plant some beans, so they got some organic
yellow golden wax beans. So instead of green beans you got some yellow beans and, you know,
they got some different nutrients which are benificial for you. Before I plant out my
seeds, the thing I want to talk to you guys is about is this raised bed mix. As I have
mentioned before many times in my show, that soil is the most important thing that you
want to invest your money in because you want to have the highest quality soil. Not like
the soil in the yard here which is mostly like, “Man it’s hard as a rock.” Probably
doesn’t have good microbial action in there and we got the raised bed mix here which is
so far so good but when digging through it, I found a whole bunch of different rocks and
things like that. And actually wouldn’t bother me it’s just rocks. But some of this stuff
looks like, it’s actually like a broken up concrete which is rather interesting in there.
Now some rocks would be acceptable to me but, you know, these are far too larger rocks we
have in a raised bed mix, they are probably just fill in just old aggregate material in
there to like dilute it down and make cheaper to produce. Let none of the less I want to
go ahead and read you guys what is in this premium raised bed and square foot garden
soil. It says, “Light weight and custom design for growing a raised bed and create amazing
raised bed garden perfect for planting veggies, fruits, herbs and perennials. Create ultimate
raised bed grow and plant top dressed raised garden. Build an edible garden, introduce
new plant transplant or propagate one cubic foot bag or in bulk.” And they have a little
coding system here with little different colored dots which means it contains certain things.
So there are premium raised and square foot garden still contain handcrafted vegan compost,
dark aged pine bark, [27:56] expanded shell, large grain angular sand, coconut fiber, vermiculite,
specially reserved green sand and finally the microbial foods and essential minerals.
So, you know, I think overall that sounds like a really good mix, I wish I saw the [28:15]on
it. I mean just after working with this stuff I, kind of, still prefer my [28:19]compost,
I am a westie at heart, for those guys who know what I mean. But I am happy that my friend
was able to get this stuff. This mixture is far better than any mixture that you would
find it like a big box store or home [28:30] or anything like that. And I will always encourage
you guys to support local companies. Nonetheless I wish they were a little bit friendlier when
we picked all this material here. As you know you guys could see, I have done planting out
the seeds, planted the plant [28:43] and I watered them in and it’s all ready to go.
Actually I got a jet off, and have to catch my flight back to the west coast here. But
I want to let you guys know that there is always a way to grow your garden today. Hey
that’s a poet and I didn’t know it. But anyways what we used today were these standard plastic
crates and we produced the garden as you see it right behind me. Now if you look really
close you can see it might just look like a standard raised bed. You know this was free
material and the coolest thing is because of my friend here rents he could literally
pick up [29:16] carry up with them when he moves to have his garden aa.. have a portable
garden so I think that’s totally amazing. You know this thing is a amazing free resource,
whether you want to check [29:27] check behind grocery stores or ask [29:31] for some of
the produce or just go to the produce terminals. See if they are just disposing off these plastic
crates. You can get some crates, fill it up and start growing in it. Whether your paddy
or a full on backyard. Hopefully by next year when I come back, he has rows and rows of
these and this will be the backyard crate garden and this was inspired by me. So you
know, I always enjoy bringing you new and different ways of thinking new and different
ways of growing foods. And hopefully this was inspiring to you to let you know that
there is always a way to grow some food at home because I definitely believe that everybody
should be growing at least a small portion of their food at home instead of depending
on this system for your food. Once again my name is John Kohler with
and we will see you next time. And remember keep on growing.

100 thoughts on “How to Build a FREE Plastic Crate Raised Bed Garden

  1. Nice crates. Haven't found any around here. Any suggestions to look online besides Craigslist??

  2. love this idea. but around here stores hate giving them away. im not one to steal, but it seems like the only way to get them

  3. if he did more gardening and less talking , 90 percent of your videos are all talking very boring it would be better if ou put all our talking into actuall show how to do things

  4. Ty for sharing with me how to build this raised bed. I have been having a hard time dieciding how I was gonna accomplish making a bed and now I wont have to. I'm a senior citizen and can't pick up that much so this is perfect.

  5. Hello John, I realized this video is about 4 years old nonetheless this was so informative. All the questions I had have been answered by this video. Thank you 🙂

  6. Sorry I had to fast forward through 90 percent of this just to get to the point. Good idea, just torture to listen to.

  7. Hey John, I have a question. first time I'm growing my veggies at home and i just noticed all my plans have leaves with pieces that some insects are eating them. what can I do or use non chemicals to get rid of the bugs? I checked every plant and I don't see any insects. do they come at night and hide during the day? please help!!!

  8. To make life easier, rent / borrow a truck, buy an unloaded from Harbour Freight for $40, have compost dumped in truck, then wind the compost off truck into your bins. You should not expect workers to shovel the compost into your bins for the same price you pay for compost only.

  9. I believe this video could've been handled in about 1/2 the time.  Just move on and cover the essentials please. Thank you.

  10. So my big question would be with these crates, plastic planters and even with the black containers that trees come in is how about the heat in places like Phoenix where I live? Someone told me that they are too thin and the heat just bakes the roots of plants and that is why people use clay planters in the southwest. Can I use things like this in Phoenix?

  11. sixty thousand dollar tractor, three employees for a thirty dollar sale? maybe they should carry the buckets from your car too. you expect way too much and try to shame them. the shame is entirely yours.

  12. I just got a great idea. What if you used sand bags to gather up the compost? You can reuse the bags, close them, pour them out in smaller quantities for smaller bodies or beds. And if worst comes to worst, you have sandbags to use for hurricanes here in Florida. BOOM!

  13. Come to Australia… you would find that you can not only grow year round but also grow things like Tea and real hot hot peppers, if you want a place that has most climates of the world, come to Australia, you can grow wine grapes, hops and even grow all the ingredients to make the booze, or you can grow to feed your family (or 3).

    We have so many climates and minimal frost, no permafrost and just a beautiful landscapes. but I am talking about from a growers perspective if you want to get excited about gardening… Australia is where you should visit

  14. hello
    im a women and i live in france,i love what all you did,but its not easy for me to did all what you say 1: tray if you can took moor slowly ,2: i dont know where to order for alot of things beacause we dont have this things in france, such as the tomatos tawers ?or we dont have some fruits or vegtables that you show on youtube;hope that you understand what i want to tell you ,and that you have a slutions for my problemes,thank you and keep be our teacher

  15. No its rude the way you call workers out. Go to the owners and complain not on a video. Makes you look bad. And stop repeating yourself soooo much. You could be more humble too. Ok information.

  16. Well, my suggestion to everyone who gardens is to establish a worm bin and recycle all of your vegetative and fruit waste from your kitchen through it and let the worms turn that into liquid gold fertilizer. Mine is a 27 gallon DMX rectangular plastic container for $10 at Home Depot. I drilled a hole in one enc near the base & screwed in a valve & filled it with bag soil & shredded newspaper and a bag of soil & some "Red Wriggler" composting worms (available on Amazon) and some kitchen scraps. Then every morning I pour about 5 gallons of water through it and catch the runoff in a 5 gallon bucket. And then I cut up about 10 of my Comfrey Leaves into the bucket & hit it with a water jet every morning and after a few days, the leaves are dissolved and the remaining liquid is the best Natural and Organic Fertilizer you could ever wish for.

  17. Thank you John for your time and work.. I am going to try this God willing.. God bless you… 🍎🍇🍉🍋🍏🍒🍐🌴🌽🌻🌸🌹🌲🍓🍍🍄🍌🍠🌳🌺🌿🌾🌽☀

  18. Why didn't you bring the worm castings etc to the compost place and mixed it in on the tarp on the ground, then added it to the crates. Then it would be ready for planting when you got home… Just a thought… ☺️

  19. moving to houston soon i can not wait to meet this guy so he can show me i am traying to do organic life style awsome man strong too that is how you you should spend your life live to the fullest instead of behind the computer 24 hours he so hard working respect this people like him

  20. Is this garden going to be watered w/a sprinkle system or will he be home to do it manually daily especially during the heat?…

  21. Here is a tip I learned for tomatoes. Take your seedling, the size like the one in your video. Take off most of the leaves, up to the top cluster. Dig a shallow trench, about 6-10cm deep and as long as the plant up to the last leaf cluster you left on. Then plant the tomato horizontally in the trench up to the cluster of leaves. Cover it with soil like you normally would. The tomato will grow roots along the entire length of the buried stem and will be much more vigorous.

  22. I want to grow veggies in the backyard this year but our backyard used to be a brick building that was torn down and so the earth is very fine and sandy and it's also real rocky. i'm not sure how to approach it :O the one time I tried to grow sunflowers absolutely none of them came up which is weird cause I thought sunflowers had a reputation of being hardy and growing even in the most miserable conditions! heh. well we have chickens and a lot of chicken poop and leaves. i've been wanting to start composting but also looking into raised beds. this seems like a great way to try it out 😀 so much to learn it feels overwhelming at times but feel like it's really important

  23. I have a few of these crates and am looking to make raised garden. My question is these boxes are full of holes the dirt would seep right through each time you water…how do you prevent something like this?

  24. LOL. So you're putting really expensive dirt in your free stolen garbage garden… Easy top 10 contender for most confusing/misleading YouTube video title. I'd "abandon" you too if I was shoveling your dirt for you while you talk to a camera. Jus sayin. Really though, a lot of saying buy this, buy that, rent this or that. None of that is free. So if "building" is just putting stolen crates next to each other, well, thats just a colossal let down.

  25. John I'm in the Austin tx area and I need help with my garden. I'm a 61 year old widow, renting and love your idea here. My husband was a Gardner but I don't have the time for the old gardening style he did. I started one on a low budge and I'm fighting weeds now.

  26. You're doing a great job John, keep up the good work, don't be discouraged buy comments that are negative, or seem to be negative. It's like the nose thing everybody has one they are just opinions. And some can be helpful.

  27. I give you a huge amount of credit for gardening in Houston. I lived in North rural Houston for 5 yrs too many. Tried my novice hand at growing a few things. The weather made it horrid. Example: corn was growing beautifully, until the typical torrential rains came. Tried to straighten up the stalks. Red ants were eating me up with my feet in the mud. When corn matured it was pretty rotten. Fighting the heat to grow a load of pumpkins became a lost battle. Oh and I just loved NOT the huge spiders, array of snakes, and not to forget the mosquitoes. I was successful only at growing multi branched sunflowers which gave me joy. Wishing you continued good luck. Enjoyed your videos. Great job.

  28. Californians always remind you that they are from California and that they do things a "better" California way. Great videos though👍

  29. I'm so glad to have found your videos, John. I watch several of them a day because I'm learning just so much I have never heard before. I live in Nw PA where organic gardening just is not here. We have very few places with any of the things you recommend. So we started our own FB page to educate others on organic gardening in our area. And I appreciate your loudness. I hate watching Youtube videos where you jack up the sound and you still can barely hear the person. If it's too loud, you just turn it down. But I'd rather be able to hear you. You just keep being you.

  30. This guy is spot on, the raised bed can be temporary or permanent depending on how long you want it. More people should be looking to grow their own food – advantage you control what is going into your body, no nasty pesticides like is on a lot of shop bought stuff.

  31. [Link Here== ] is exactly what I have been searching for. The photos and text are inspiring, and what makes it that is due to their styles and other things involved. You can use it and decide how you want your landscape design should be.

  32. Thanks for this video. You are an inspiration. I use wood pallets to make grow tables that are a good height for me to garden on because I can't bend over anymore. I use a pond liner to make a 3" deep reservoir that I fill with organic material to create a automatic watering sponge for the grow bags I place on it. It works great but using plastic pallets should work a lot better.

  33. Wouldn’t the chemicals from that plastic leech into the soil in that heat and then into the food? That wouldn’t be organic then…

  34. The guys at the dirt joint probably weren't too happy about tying up their front end loader. They might have gone for the dumping on the tarp, etc if you'd have asked for a quiet corner of the yard to do it all in.

  35. Love his message! Families planting gardens. It's sad how much fresh fruit and veggies cost. I honestly believe if each household planted a garden or assigned a certain type of veggies. Then all families meet up and swap veggies. How much does a pack of seeds cost. Everyone would save money. Plus be able to eat healthier. Hope this makes sense

  36. "If the soil comes out just put it back in." LOL! Love it. Practical and cuts down on plastic in the landfill. Good job.

  37. saved a few deep cabinet drawers and punched the bottoms out. put them on top of cardboard next to a chain link fence and filled with potting soil, topsoil and cow manure that has been composting in a pile for at least a year. trying to grow cucamelons up the chain link fence and transplanted a zucchini in the front of each drawer.

  38. PLASTIC IS TOXIC and I sure as hell am not going to grow something in it. I thought this was an organic gardening channel

  39. John, you are great man ! I learned a lot from you . Now I can have organic garden in back yard even I live in a renting house . If I want to move to new place, I will plant grass before I move 4 months.
    But I did not destroy all grasses in the yard because I need grass for making compost too.

    But before I plant some things, I will ask the owner first .

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