Planning a Small Space Garden, Containers, Soil, Veggies//Small Space Garden Series #1

Planning a Small Space Garden, Containers, Soil, Veggies//Small Space Garden Series #1

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hi everyone welcome to the small space
garden series I am so excited about this series and I’ve been feeling a lot of
energy from you in the comments of the preview video about this series as well
now I’ve been hearing that a lot of you have struggled with growing your own
veggies in a small space maybe you’ve even given up well you’re in the right
place because this series is about growing a lot of food in a little bit of
space we’re gonna do it in a quick simple inexpensive way and it’s gonna be
a ton of fun now this first video covers planning your space
choosing the right container the right soil and what type of veggies to grow
first what we’re gonna do is explain what I’m doing here I’ve taped off a
seven by eleven area of my deck and we’re gonna plan a garden in this space
and we’re gonna do it together so let’s get started then we’re gonna maximize
this space the best that we can and also make a nice relaxing space that we can
hang out in as well so we’re gonna use the railings we’re gonna use the square
footage we’re gonna grow horizontally and vertically we lots of fun tips and
tricks along the way we’re partnering up with smart pots for this series and
we’re going to be doing several giveaways the first one is for five of
these five gallon smart pots containers and a two pound bag of vermis tera worm
castings and the cool part is look at this guys I’m super excited about this
smart Potts has embroidered my logo on the container so here’s how you enter
after you’re done watching the video make a comment about something you
learned and you’re entered in the drawing now the drawing is open to us
residents only and we’ll be picking five winners on Monday April ninth in our
livestream at noon pacific time so make sure you enter and good luck now the
first step to getting started is to measure out this space that you have so
I’m gonna get all this furniture out of the way we’re gonna measure the space
and then draw it out well the first thing we need to know is
how much space we have I mean raise your hand if you’ve gone to the
garden center and bought everything in sight without even knowing how much
garden space you have guilty as charged I’ve done that a lot of times so the
first reason why you need to know how much space you have is so you don’t over
buy supplies the second reason you need to know how much space you’re working
with is so you don’t overcrowd your plants look small when you plant them
but they’re gonna grow and you need a room to walk between the containers to
tend to your plants to water them and you definitely don’t want to overcrowd
your space the third reason why we need to know exactly how much space we have
is because if it gets overcrowded and you can’t even reach your plants or walk
through it or work in it you’re not going to enjoy
it so by knowing exactly the space we have allows us to plan our garden space
in a way that we can enjoy it and you know that’s where the magic happens here
we go we’ve got about 11 feet here and about seven feet here so we’ve got about
77 square feet so we’re gonna draw a rough sketch on paper now we’re not
going to be an architect for this but we just want to get an idea of how we roll
a the space out so I’m just drawing this out on graph paper here again doesn’t
have to be super fancy but graph paper will help me measure out the space you
want to get to choosing my containers I’ll lay it out here on my graph now
don’t worry about being too fancy here I mean we’re not architects it’s just a
visual to help us plan our space well the next step in the planning process is
to choose our containers that we’re going to draw in here when you’re
growing your small space garden choosing a container is the biggest investment
and probably one of the most important decisions you can make there’s so many
different containers to choose from I’ve grown in five gallon buckets before
we’ve all grown in the containers that you buy at the garden center and how
about the grocery store cloth fabric bags
now once I started growing in smart pots I was hooked I tested them out before I
even made my first smart pots video now one reason I love them so much is
because the fabric is so durable it’s breathable they water drains right out
of it so your plants don’t get waterlogged and the roots err prune
which is absolutely amazing now when you’re growing in a plastic container
the roots tend to get wrapped around and root bound and the plant is not able to
take up water and nutrients but in the smart pots that doesn’t happen because
the roots err prune they branch and grow laterally and form a nice fibrous root
mass which is still able to take up water and nutrients and that’s one
reason you can grow so much veggies in such a small space in a smart pots so
I’m super excited that we’re partnering with smart pots for this series so one
reason why I’ve chosen smart pots to grow here on my balcony is because you
can grow so much food in these containers they are like growing
machines not only that they come in all sorts of sizes shapes and even different
colors to fit your growing space now what I’m going to do is draw out my
smart pots containers here in my garden space so what you need to do is head
over to smart pots comm and check out all the sizes they have and see which
ones you want to choose to fit your garden space and I’ll put a link in the
video description of the specific smart pots that I’m using here on my deck so
here’s what I got now be honest are you surprised at all the white space in here
we’ll remember we don’t want to overcrowd our space because I want to
leave room to relax and leave room to work in between the plants and room to
enjoy we’ve got a couple of 20 gallon smart pots that are 18 inches in
diameter we’ve got a long 6 foot raised bed we’ve got my red table here which is
where I’m going to sit and have my coffee and my tea I’m going to stack up
some smart pots to grow vertically we’re going to build a tower out of crates and
I’m also going to use the deck rail space by utilizing some Wallace outer
plane so we’re growing horizontally we’re
growing vertically we’re gonna put some trellises in we’re
gonna maximize this space that we have and grow a lot of veggies here well we
got to get busy we got a lot of work to do next I’m gonna lay out the containers
here onto space and fill them with soil I’m so excited we’re finally laying out
the garden here it’s gonna be so much fun
ooh I wonder who’s gonna win one of these so I’m just looking at my drawing
here and I see in the corner I’ve got two of the 20 gallon containers now
these are a lot of fun because they’ve got handles so they’re portable and you
can move them around if you need to so I’m going to put two of them right there
in the corner now this is going to be fun because we’re gonna put some
trellises here in the corner and grow some peas some things that’ll grow up
into the space and look really really beautiful so I’m super excited about
that now I love these wall saddle planters these are so much fun because
they drape right over a deck rail so I’m gonna put one right here in the corner
kind of move my little onions out of the way and this is gonna look so pretty
with something spilling over the edge maybe some lettuce in that one this is
getting exciting now this is one of those smart pots containers that I
absolutely love I mean look at this look at this thing it’s six feet long and
it’s a rectangle so you really maximize your growing space can you guys tell I’m
really getting excited about this it’s just so much fun there’s lots and lots
of growing space in here I think it’s six feet long by about 13 inches wide so
we’re gonna be able be able to grow a lot of yummy vegetables in here now this
is one of my favorite ones it’s a purple little mini raised bed this is such a
fun color I mean you guys know how much I love colors now right here we’re gonna
build a beautiful little Tower you might see my flower tower in another area of
my garden well that’s what we’re gonna make right here so we’re gonna stack up
three smart pots right here including my fun little calico garden and homesmart
pots and then a smaller little one to top off
right there so that’s gonna be a lot of fun we’re also going to grow here on the
rails so there’s another spot we’re going to put our wall saddle planters
I’m gonna add three of those right here on the rail look at these nice little
pockets they’re gonna grow all kinds of fun stuff in it so we’re going
vertically right here vertically right here and oh I forgot we’re also gonna
put a trellis in our 6-foot raised bed and grow vertically right here so we’ll
really be able to maximize that space a couple more wall saddles and max having
a good time too long as he doesn’t get into my veggies some wall settles here
one more on the deck rail so we maximize all that space this is gonna be so much
fun now one more thing I’m so excited about
this one you guys have seen my strawberry crate towers well we are
gonna make another tower out of crates right here in the corner now the cool
thing is smart pots has these little crate liners so this is going to be a
perfect way to grow their strawberries some lettuce let me just cut a hole in
the fabric and poke plants right in you can grow a ton of plants in these towers
so we’ll just stack them up put the little liners in and we are good
to go an instant garden you guys get excited well before I feel the
containers with soil I have to put something underneath them to protect my
deck or if you live an apartment you definitely don’t want water dripping
down on your neighbor’s balcony that would not be good so under the long big
bag raised bed here I’m gonna put a piece of plastic down and it’s really
important when you’re grinding your containers on your deck not to overwater
them so you’re not damaging your deck or again dripping down on your neighbor’s
apartment max get out of the way go over Mac he wants to be here in the garden
with me so I’ve got a piece of heavy-duty plastic to put down under my
six foot and there’s a couple different options that you can do under the round
smart pots a couple really inexpensive options I found are these little plastic
plant liners and these I just found at Home Depot so this will work really well
for some of the medium-sized smart pots now I had a hard time finding something
to put under the 20 gallon smart pots but this is what I found it was super
excited I got these on clearance I think it was at Walmart for a dollar 75 these
are the wreaths storage containers that you use at Christmastime so this was a
dollar seventy-five and it gave me two little big plant saucers under my 20
gallon containers and another thing I thought of you can use is like one of
those big trash cans like the outdoor trash can lid that would work well also
so just be creative and use the resources that you have to figure out
what to do here but look this fits perfect under the 20 gallon so a dollar
75 apiece not bad for to plant saucers
so I’ve got a couple more up it over here under my purple little mini race
bag and I think this last one should fit perfectly for the create hours we’ve got
our container set up the next step is choosing the soil now we’re growing our
garden here in a quick simple inexpensive way however there are a few
areas where you’ll need to make an investment the containers is one the
soil is another now the type of soil you choose is so important we want to grow a
lot of veggies in the small space if you choose a soil that’s going to get
compacted the plants won’t grow well you’re gonna have to water a lot water
it a lot and it just won’t be as effective so I’m gonna go grab my soil
I’m gonna be using good dirt soil now I’ve grown in a lot of different soils
but this is by far my favorite type of super light two of these bags myself
it’s light and fluffy its aerated it retains moisture what I found when I
grow in ginger I don’t have to water near as often my plants just grow
beautifully now another reason why I love good dirt is because it lasts for a
long time I can plant in this soil for about three seasons before I need to
replace it so it saves me money saves me time and it grows a lot of veggies so
what I’m gonna do now is pre moisten my potting mix in this plastic storage bin
and the reason why I’m pre moist in it is because it’s super dry when it comes
in the bag and you want to moisten it so your plants have plenty of water right
off the bat and get off to a really good start so you can see how nice and light
and fluffy the good dirt is I absolutely love this potting mix
that’s a special ingredient called Bob bits let’s get the soil a lot of
porosity and also provide it with some good organic items so I’m going to mix
it up in this plastic storage container here rather than putting it directly in
my smut pot that way all the water doesn’t run right through but it
moistens the soil really nicely for me add some water and mix it up okay lucky
this is absolutely beautiful I just love getting my hands on this stuff another
good option for mixing your soil might be your kitchen trash can just use
whatever you have on hand so now that I’ve added some water to my potting mix
I’m gonna mix it in here so all the water absorbs into the soil now one
reason why it’s important that soil is porous and breathable is so that your
roots can breathe and take up the water and nutrients so if you soil that gets
compacted your plants just won’t like it so the combination of the smart pots
that are breathable the good dirt soil that is porous and breathable is a great
combination that’s going to grow a lot of veggies for us I’m going to add more
water until our soil is nice and moist like a crumbly brownie mix I’ll just keep mixing it in and here you
can see the soil is nice and moist it holds together in a little ball when I
squeeze it it’s absolutely perfect the next step is filling the containers
now prepping the soil is definitely the most time-consuming part of your small
space garden but once that’s done it’s getting the plants in and it’s
definitely a step you don’t want to skip it’s gonna fill our containers and then
the exciting thing is we’ll talk about the plants that we’re gonna grow you
taste those veggies now can’t you and don’t worry about if things get a little
bit messy I mean that’s all part of the fun well I got a bunch of a soil
pre-moistened here I’ve got my kitchen trash can full and a couple of my
outside trash cans full and were gonna get these containers all filled up well
I need it so much soil for my garden here that I filled up my outdoor trash
can pre moisten the soil so I could dump it in quickly now the six foot long
raised bed starting to take shape I love the look of it it’s got a couple nice
little dividers to help it stand up but that it’s a good amount of growing space
and I love how it just fits up nicely against my deck rail and it feels so
good and it’s really taking shape well it’s time to relax for just a few
minutes while we talk about what vegetables we’re gonna plant so I’m
gonna grab my red table remember how I talked about relaxing in the space
that’s why I like to leave it open in the middle there so we have room to sit
down and enjoy the work we’ve just done I started my seeds for my small space
garden indoors just a couple of weeks ago now if you’re not sure how to do
that I’ll put a pop-up link to the video from the spring garden series on seed
starting so you know exactly what to do well the next step is choosing the
veggies that we’re going to plant now this is very important because we don’t
want big huge vegetables that are going to completely overtake this small space
so I’m gonna be growing some seeds for my small space garden collection now
these are really special vegetables because several of them are nice and
compact yet high producing are going to grow beautifully in container
so let me just share with you some of the vegetables we’re going to be growing
first off we have this beautiful bean plant now this is just not just any bean
plant it’s called a dwarf Taylor bean it’s a smaller sized bean but it’s still
high producing produces beautiful cream-colored beans that have little red
and purple flecks on them so it’s gonna be perfect for our container gardens now
next there’s nothing like a home grown cucumber and this is called a space
master cucumber I mean it’s still a little seedling right now but this is a
smaller sized cucumber nice and compact but again still high producing so it’s
going to grow us a lot of veggies in this little bit of space and next here
we have a blue Scotch curled kale kale is both heat tolerant and cold tolerant
it’s gonna be gorgeous in our vegetable garden here we’re also gonna be growing
some herbs as the Genovese basal there’s nothing like the smell of bass let’s so
tasty and pesto’s and sauces and this is one of my favorites again still a little
baby seedling it’s called a little marvel pea it’s a small pea plant but
these pack high producing vegetable and pack a big flavor punch so those are
some of the ones we’re going to start with we’re also gonna grow some
different types of lettuces and we’re just gonna create a beautiful garden
here right behind me oh and I forgot we’ve got some peppers over here that
we’re gonna grow these are golden California wonder peppers now I’ve
talked about California wonder peppers how beautiful they are these ones are
golden and they’re absolutely beautiful peppers they’re gonna add such a pretty
color splash here in our garden and there’s one more very special plant
we’re gonna grow I’m going to talk about that in just a moment now
it might a small space garden collection there are 10 varieties and you can pick
this up over on the Cali Kim website and that way we can grow the same vegetables
together and it’s gonna be so much fun so the last special we’re going to be
growing and one of the vegetables I’m the most excited about is this tiny Tim
tomato this is a compact tomato it grows to about a foot or two tall in a
container I mean look at these Tomatoes they are absolutely adorable so it’s
super high producing it’s gonna be beautiful in our container garden I
absolutely cannot wait to taste these Tomatoes also here in my small space
seed collection don’t forget to enter the giveaway for one of these 5-gallon
smart pots containers a 2 pound bag of worm castings all you have to do is
leave a comment about something you learned in the video thank you so much
smart pots and good dirt for partnering with us and providing the supplies for
the small space garden series you can learn more about them by going to the
websites on the screen I’ll also pop links in the video description for all
the supplies I’m using in the series in this video we went from this an empty
space to this a small space garden with a little careful planning the right
containers the right soil and the right veggies this is going to grow us a lot
of vegetables and it only gets better from here now what I want you to do is
plan out your garden space pick your containers choose your soil and get some
seeds planted because next week guess what we’re gonna be doing we’re gonna be
getting those seedlings that I started indoors planted in the containers it’s
gonna be super fun and we’re gonna talk about how to water your seedlings as
well so comment below let me know something you learned and let me know in
action you’re gonna take as a result of this video thanks so much for watching
we’ll see you on the next video

100 thoughts on “Planning a Small Space Garden, Containers, Soil, Veggies//Small Space Garden Series #1

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  • fairyflour f Post author

    Don't crowed your garden. Plain first so you don't send a lot of money. Smart pots can grow a lot of food. Pain for a space to in joy. Follow kim too get thing done right the first time..

  • Denise K Post author

    I appreciate this video series, being a new gardener myself I am trying to stay small so I don't get overwhelmed. Would love to try the Smartpots. 🌱😁

  • Sally H Post author

    WOW so informative! I learned how to plan out my deck in a smarter more efficient way…❤the saddle bags…Thanks for making it easier to grow🌱 and fun!

  • Michelle M Post author

    I learned that good Dirt has bogbits and I learned about a dwarf bean variety I'd never heard of before, Dwarf Taylor bean.

  • Samantha Shelton Post author

    Hi. I learned that no space is to small for garden, also the was you plan out your space the better you can plan for the space you growing in.

  • H Desai Post author

    This series has come right on time. My seedlings are all growing well and will be ready in a couple of weeks to transplant outside. Since I am a first time gardner and am planning to keep it all in containers the tips from this series will be super useful for me. From this video I have already learned the correct container and soil to use. Thanks Cali Kim! Can't wait to learn more.

  • Eric Muenks Post author

    I learned the importance of careful space planning. I intend to follow this guidance as I plan a new area on the side of my house to locate my sustainable grow bag garden & orchard. Thank you, Kim!

  • nutterxue Post author

    Thanks for the giveaway! Never pre-moistened my soil before so that’s a great tip! 👌🏻

  • LJ C Post author

    Thanks Kim, I learned about Smart pots and the plants ability to air prune in them.

  • mznurselady Post author

    I learned the first step to starting a garden in a small space is to know how much space you have to work with. So I'm getting ready to head outside with my measuring tape.

  • dizz reacts Post author

    I can make it for todays livestream i dont have school

  • Erika Skinner Post author

    Thank you for showing me how to utilize a small space to grow vegetables.

  • Donna Hulstein Post author

    Thank you Cali Kim for this new series, I have a new paver patio, and now new vision for what I would like to do with it! I think mapping it out is what I took from your video, had planned on just putting a few things out there, but I think I will have better results with your suggestions, I do not have rails so some suggestions on open spaces would be appreciated. Have learned so much watching your videos. I started seeds in the peat pots and am really liking that also so thanks for that info as well. Look forward to the next episode!

  • Brittney Sherman Post author

    Hi Kim! My daughters have had so much fun learning about gardening and we started a little berry garden for them, it would be so fun to let them grow in the smart pots! I learned about the different dwarf variety cucumber, I never knew that existed! Very cool.

  • Simone Hall Post author

    Importance of planning the space and soil type for
    container gardening. Also your Logo has been embroidered on 😊

  • Jeanne Fisher Post author

    Great video – I learned about worm castings !!!! Amazing

  • Kevin Flint Post author

    Thanks for the great channel! Excited for my Strawberry tower this year!

  • Diana Carrillo Post author

    Hello ! I love your videos they are always very informative!! I learned to measure out my small space, in this case my small deck for container gardening. I learned that I should utilize the deck railing as an area to grow as well. Lastly, the smart pots containers allow roots to grow laterally and allow for more nutrient absorption. Thanks again for posting – can wait for it to get warmer to start my garden!!!

  • LJ0301 Post author

    It's good to make a plan. I think it's important that you talked about the type of soil you chose to use; although, I don't think my local stores have "Good Dirt". I like the layout of your new small garden space.

  • leny moreno Post author

    hi i just subscrive and am trying to make a garden and i just learn about those smart pots i hadnot seen those before lolz do they sell them at any local stores?

  • crystal goetz Post author

    I learned a lot. I love the new long smart pot and the idea of stacking smart pots to grow more in a smaller space, This video was so helpful. I didnt know about the crate liners too! That will make my strawberry tower work so much better than the plastic I have now. Looking forward to watching this series!

  • Bryon Franklin Post author

    I learned how to wet the dirt to look like a crumbly brownie.

  • Renea Burnside Post author

    I learned choosing the right plants for growing lots of veggies for a small space. And the one you planted sound wonderful.

  • Linda Jerrels Post author

    Do not over buy plants for your space and choosing container size for each plant.

  • Colleen Driscoll Post author

    I learned how to use vertical space too in my balcony garden!! I had no idea you could use crates like that to stack plants– Definitely going to add this to my tiny garden soon!!

  • Living Loving Life Post author

    I learned that smart (fabric) pots air prune, therefore doesn't get rootbound.

  • Jamie Balser Post author

    I learned that you don’t need a lot of space to grow veggies!!! Question: when does direct sunlight start?

  • Joann Her Post author

    WOW, planning step by step & turning it into a masterplan is key!

  • TheRealJayGutta Post author

    I learned how to make your pepper jelly, which I made last night using my jalepeno harvest and 8 sweet red/orange chili. I am also continuing to learn to maximize my 4x8x5 organic indoor garden from you. I've managed to start an avocado, a granny Smith apple tree, Spanish limes, 3x cilantro, strawberry,blueberry and raspberry plants along with some house flowers to plant at my great grandmothers headstone garden bed. I'm super grateful for your show and all you've taught me so far. Thank you!!

  • Sewin and Growin w/ Connie Post author

    Hey! CaliKim. I have been following your channel for a while and have learned a ton of useful information. I was so excited to hear about your new CaliKim seed collection. Congrats on that!!! I have purchased the majority of your seed collection and have already started my seedlings. I was so excited when you came up with this series for growing in small spaces as I live in DC and I have a 18'x7' patio space and this will help me our tremendously. I really need to organize my space. I have an instastory up right if you wish to check right now if you wish to check out my space @sewinangrowin . Thanks again for all you do!

  • Christine Jones Post author

    I learned about those saddle planters which I'm so buying. I also learned about the tiny Tim tomato which is just darling:) thank you!

  • Anna Eva Post author

    I love your videos! I learned how to maximize my space!!

  • gypsyvanneraddict Post author

    Love the logo

  • nula678 Post author

    I learned about air pruning in fabric pots. Can't wait to try it!

  • msfannyxie Post author

    I learn that planning is key and it’s important to not overcrowd the space. Use the correct size pots accordingly and make sure soil is prepped.

    Thanks for all the tips!

  • Siris Sil Post author

    So glad I was able to watch this 1 video in the series right before your 2nd video in the series today! Thank you for helping us small space gardeners!

  • Marcela Lira Post author

    Thanks for the tips Kim. I never thought about drawing a layout with the space that you have. It makes sense so you won’t over buy supplies. Will definitely be using this tip to have an idea of what I want to do and how much to buy. Also thinking about how big my plants are going to get. Thanks for the video. Can’t wait to start planting.

  • jrohan LA Post author

    Thank you so much for the videos. I have learned so much. I really like the idea of planning out the space and not overcrowding the plants to maximize the space and still allow space to enjoy the work.

  • LisaLageman Post author

    I can't wait to watch your container garden grow. I have about 1/4 of the space you have. I never thought about pre-moistening the soil before putting it in the container. But then, I don't really have that option since I don't have the space to do that! I knew that planning is important, but I never really realized how important it is. I'm also looking forward to seeing which varieties you put in each container and how many in each of the containers.

  • rick waters Post author

    Leaned about the space… Excellent   and don't over crowd,,   so don't plant to much !!!Thanks

  • Susan Johnson Post author

    Your videos are awesome. I love the new crate liners from Smart Pots. I think I might give them a try. That big bag long raised bed looks really nice on the patio.

  • Germania Yuill Post author

    I learned two important things that helped me identify some of the mistakes I made when I started my garden. Choosing the right containers and dirt help the vegetables get the right nutrients and the space they need to grow properly. Loving all the ideas and the links showing where to get everything you need for your garden!

  • debbie young Post author

    Love your videos! They are so informative. Prepping soil was something that I haven't done and I will definitely do that in the future! Thanks!

  • JennHeg Post author

    Well I definitely learned to map out my planting on paper! I’ve never done that before

  • J Tran Post author

    I’ve learned that it’s important to measure and plan out your area before heading to the store to buy supplies. I also learned that you should plan for space so you can enjoy your garden and easily tend to your plants. That’s something I didn’t do when I first set out my garden. I’ve been working on removing plants and containers to make more space. It’s a balance and struggle to fit as much as you can without overcrowding! Haha.

  • Calvin Brey Post author

    I love every single one of your videos! I’ve learned that you can grow in cloth bags as well as 5 gallon buckets! Measure your space, and do NOT overspend! Make sure your roots don’t get root bound so they can get plenty of nutrients and water and the smart pots are the way to go! Thank you for all of your information 😊

  • Shawn Phelps Post author

    I love your ideas on high producing compact container plant. I grow my garden in containers and and going to add the smart pots to my garden.

  • Amanda santos Post author

    I have learned about the 6f smartpot, I didn't know they could be so big.

  • Linda Risher Post author

    Wow! So excited about this video. The thing I learned that I am most excited about is pre-watering your soil. I started seeds indoors a few weeks ago and did not do this and of course when I watered them, the water sat on top of soil for a while, took a while to sink in and probably moved my seed around. That was kind of a "V-8, slap your head moment" for me, ha! Thanks!

  • Alma Rodriguez Post author

    I love your videos so much. I have learned so much from you and now growing in small spaces wow! Love how organized you are. I learned that prepping your soil is more important!

  • mike bailey Post author

    Was this the video I should have commented on for giveaway?

  • 2sexymichael Post author

    Hi CaliKim, Thanks to your informative video, I learned the importance of measuring and making diagrams and also that there are specific varieties of vegetables that are both compact and high producing. This will help me grow a great deck garden.

  • Lili Bakan Post author

    Thanks! I learned about Good Dirt and why I should use smart pots instead of regular plastic containers to grow my best container garden ever.

  • Kathleen Helen Post author

    I need to find that Good that it can be used more than once. Big $ saver

  • JOHN NELSON Post author

    I learned the importance of space planning and that i should not be overwhelmed or worried that i cannot grow bigger or vertical growing plants on a deck.

  • 802511 Post author

    Nice video, I loved learning your idea of using the wreath holder as a saucer for under the plants – so clever! ~ Lindy

  • Linda declue. Post author

    What a great thing for such a small space. I would love to try the new bag containers. So excited.

  • Danielle Diakoff-King Post author

    I learned good dirt lasts three seasons and the right consistency is like a gooie brownie mix. There goes my diet. 😂 love the smartpots Long Garden bed.

  • GippyWhite Post author

    I had no idea that those containers came in so many different sizes! That 6 foot one is awesome! If I had that, I’d probably set it up on a bench of some kind and tie it to the railing so it would tip over. So many great ideas!!! I can’t wait until the next video! Thank you! 💙💙💙

  • Judy Jetson Post author

    SP don’t hold any water. In hot weather I had to water all the time. I bought plant liners to put under the SP that I would fill with water.

  • Ronald Feuerstein Post author

    Hi Miss Cailkim.. I have a Question? Epsom salt and calcium in power milk is good for tomatoes. Right? Going to try that.. But now. What about peppers and watermelon? And other plants.. Is that a all around good ideal to do?

  • Michaela Gibbs Post author

    I didn't know you had to pre-moisten the soil but makes a lot of sense. I am going to add containers to my concrete area to increase my planting area.

  • Dee McKinney Post author

    Love want to win, so I can grow my veggies on the paddio… thank you

  • Klamphong Kensy Post author

    Who won? I missed it.

  • Andy Cook Post author

    Hi kim, were do you get good dirt?

  • Mark Smith Post author

    Lots of great tips. I have small space issues, but it’s a yard, so I don’t necessarily need to container plant (but I always supplement with some and will certainly invest in a Smart Pot or two and look into Good Dirt as well). I’m going to check your series, but do you have any videos for a small yard? My growing space is about 8’x8’ with tall (6’) fences and tall buildings going up everywhere in neighboring spaces, so my sun can get limited (some areas get 6 hours direct, others about 4 hours). The fences are white, though, so I get a lot of indirect, reflected light too. Anyway, I’d love to see what you have to suggest about my issues. Also, I’m in Brooklyn, NY, so my growing season is much shorter than yours. Thanks.

  • Darren Way Post author

    I learned to choose your containers wisely and to plan out how much space you will need! I can’t wait to start gardening! 🍅🥦🥒

  • Mervat Ayiad Post author

    Love 😍 the ideas
    I have a small garden and I could use these

  • Pamela Willis Post author

    mind blown, I'm planting a tiny tim in my garden. Those are the cutest little things I've ever seen wow Kim I can't wait to watch it grow thanks so very much

  • Debra Danner Post author

    ​What watermelon do you like most that I might be able to grow in Zone 5b? maybe even in a container…exploring with SmartPots this year.

  • Lila De Leon Post author

    I love all your videos, but this one is special for me because I have a small place too.
    Can't wait to try some of your great ideas in my small tiny garden. Will definetely start some seeds like you, they seem so small little plants, but I know they will grow beautifully. Thanks again, for all the inspiration. I live in Miami, Florida and it is hot here in the summer, so it will be a challenge doing my small garden. Thanks Lili

  • Jennifer Chong Post author

    I recently found your channel and have been watching something from you everyday! I wanted to ask, how come you don't mix in compost with the soil or any fertilizers? I'm starting my small space garden slowly and will be prepping my soil this week. Thanks!

  • Joann Her Post author

    Um nom

  • Emilia Efimova-Nikolova Post author

    You are amazing. Thanks, for me is pleaser to watching your video.

  • Renaissance Gope Post author

    how is this affordable…..the two main things you need cost the most… your channel and ideas but stop saying this one is inexpensive b/c all this would cost a fortune. And another thing, if you are going to mimic small space like condo or apartment you should show using more practical tool not tools like hose and fork that someone in an apartment won't have.

  • QueenlySweetpea Post author

    Is there an update for this small space container garden yet ? Would love to see how the space is looking like by this point ..

  • Penny Bush Post author

    Very nice, I have been learning a lot from you're videos. Now I wish I had a patio 🙂

  • jackie hatcher Post author

    love your enthusiasm!

  • Pam Schonfarber Post author

    Kim, I backed myself up and am planning and preparing for next season. My name is Pam. I've left msg's on many of your other videos. I thought I was pretty educated gardener, but I've learned, I'm not. I've watched so many garden series videos this summer, and boy have I learned a lot, I've experimented w/ tips & tricks I did get some cloth planters, and the 1 thing that keeps concerning me is well, I'm in the Northwestern mountains of Maine, is altitude and of course weather is a lot different than Calif. and MI as I watch those videos, as well as Gary on the rustic gardener, I really haven't found a lot of videos in my neck of the woods, no pun intended, hahaha. Anyway, to make it short & sweet, I'm gonna try w/ all tips & tricks and see how I do. I used to have a lot of trees in my yard but w/ age, they just really needed to go, so I'm in like a totally different spot than before, new rules apply, and I think my soil has really broke down over the yrs in certain parts of the yard, we chosen to make an area in the back of the house with raised beds. I also should w/ any luck have a small greenhouse built next yr, out of a shelter king, reuse repurpose and possibly 3 cold beds put in place. Old 3×3 windows from a building that my X husband was tearing down. I knew I could put them to good use. I'm sure I'll still have my deck plants also. But I think I'm gonna get binge watch a lot this winter on your videos, so any tips or ideas you can held direct me with I will greatly appreciate. Thank you for being such a wonderful online garden teacher. You really do make it easy to learn, and I do appreciate you!

  • hope king Post author

    Where do you get th bags? Walmart?

  • Jenice Pye Post author

    Hi Kim, I love your video. I’m a new gardener and I have learned so much from you. I lived in California and would like to know where I can purchased the Good Dirt Potting Soil?

  • Tina English Post author

    You are amazing an inspiration for me and my garden

  • Caroline OBrien Post author

    Can the smart pots be used to plant small fruit trees? If so, how would you maintain and prune it and how to know what size containers to get?

  • GVanet Post author

    Where can I get good dirt? Also how much good dirt do I need for all the vegetables that you planted? Can you break it down, for each container. 20 gallon, wall saddle planters, and the 11 foot, by 7 foot rectangular planter. I truly want to do this, this year but need to know where to buy and how much. Thanks

  • hope king Post author

    I bought a couple smart pots this year!

  • hope king Post author

    Mine did not have handles and I wish they did. I ordered them from Jung but don't know how to order things on line unless your company has a phone number

  • Shining Diamond Stables Post author

    What brand are the peat pellets

  • Karen Session Post author

    Love the Dog!!! 🙂

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  • Olli Entropy Post author

    would love to have a deck like that! and the doggie, too 🙂

  • Angela Tafur Post author

    I love this series!!!! I'm planning my garden with you I have the same space…. thank you 🙂

  • Mio Angel Post author

    So cool! Very organize! Thank you for being such an inspiration!
    This is my third season learning to gardening. I have to organize my back yard, because I pretend I have all the space in the world and I start germinating 100's of seeds beleiving that I have enough space. One good thing is all the seedlings that I don't use (more than I plant it) I put it in front of my house with a sign:  "TAKE IT" LoL

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  • LATOYA RUSH Post author

    Love your videos! I'm new to this and the info. is extremely helpful, thanks!

  • Chephirah Bat Tsion Post author

    Would there be any way you would be willing to do another small space garden series considering it's been several years since you did this one I'm a new gardener and I keep on watching the series but the question I keep asking myself is what new tips and tricks would you have for us balcony gardeners

  • Paul Dominic Post author

    Love the info. and enthusiasm!!

  • Julie's beads Post author

    Thank you so much for the fun video about containers , when we have to move it will be an apartment building for us and I don't want to have to buy vegetables, and wasn't sure how that was going to work for us. I don't know how long these planters have been out but will work great for our space. I am not from the states, but from Canada and am not sure how to find the website for them? Thank you so much

  • Kardayah's Soul Post author

    Todah rabah for your channel. Yah bless. Shalowm.💜

  • Judy Rowe Post author

    Love your series, I’m using your informational tips for our 22 school garden boxes.

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