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


  1. CaliKim29 Garden & Home DIY Author

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  2. Stella Luuk Author

    I have tried container gardening in the past, but never knew what soil to use or how to feed the containers. Knowing the right size container to use also helps. Does this soil mix drain well? You didn't add any perlite.

  3. Esperalzi Esperal Author

    Wow! Watching all these gardening videos, including YOURS< really get me excited to start gardening here at my home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I have already started seriously at gardening a couple of weeks ago.

    My yard isn't big, being in an urban residential area of Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia's capital and largest city of few million people). But I have a front yard, a smaller back yard, and outside of my home gate is a piece of public land by the main residential road, all my neighbors are already gardening on the public land by the roadside opposite their houses. I will garden at the public land opposite my house too.

    Couple of weeks ago I started planting BORNEO EGGPLANT, OKRA, MALABAR SPINACH, SWEET POTATO (I am focusing on the leaves which is delicious as a veggie) and BRAZIL SPINACH.

    Of course, much earlier I planted SCREWPINE (an aromatic leaf used in many Malaysian dishes), LEMONGRASS (used a lot in Asian cooking), VIETNAMESE CORIANDER (used in Asian cooking), CUBAN OREGANO (we use it as a seasoning for spaghetti sauce), CHIVE, TURMERIC (we use the leaves for cooking aromatic), SUJI PANDAN/Dracaena angustifolia (for its green coloring for food especially desserts), CURRY LEAVES (for curries and many other dishes), KAFFIR LIME (we use leaves like Americans used bay leaf), NONI (I harvest leaves as a veggie, sometime I eat fruits for medicinal), KADOK/Piper sarmentosum (as veggie/salad), TORCH GINGER (aromatic for cooking) and PISONIA (leaves used as veggie).

    Today I just ordered from Lazada Malaysia the following: SWISS CHARD, ZUCCHINI, CURLY KALE and ITALIAN DINO KALE. I am so gardeningly excited!. Your video is very helpful and informative. Tqvm.

  4. SoJeanGarbo Author

    man, I wish you was my mom or grandmother. My grandmother was the only one in my family that had a garden but because she was so selfish, self centered and narcissistic she refused to teach me how to garden. Fast forward 10 years later and i'm just now really trying to garden.

  5. Plant Mage Author

    Great advice! Im going these ideas to practice at home this season! Starting my own video ms but mostly to keep track of what i do! Thanks!!

  6. Beaner Schnitzel Author

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

  7. Massoud Sohrabi Author

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

  8. Magalys Aviles Author

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

  9. nery colon 1 Author

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

  10. Adam Murray Author

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

  11. Yen Griffin USA Author

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

  12. Metro Renovations & More! Author

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

  13. Mademoiselle du Sfonctionelle Author

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

  14. LATOYA RUSH Author

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

  15. Dianne Hittle Author

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

  16. Cheryce Campbell-Davis Author

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

  17. Weird Wint Author

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

  18. The Natural Nook Author

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

  19. Polecatt Genetics Author

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

  20. Animal Talk Author

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

  21. Ms. Byrd Author

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

  22. Add Love!™ Author

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

  23. Carl Taylor Author

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

  24. Ali Mohammond Author

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

  25. keysrawk Author

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

  26. San Diego Tropical Garden Author

    Thanks for sharing your container video I also plant in containers and I have been successful with planing blueberries in black bag containers as I’ve shown in my Channel. Thanks for sharing 👍👍

  27. Noelani Branco Author

    Hi! I live on the big island of Hawaii and I’m starting to plant some large veggies in pots, it’s my first time doing this so this video is very helpful Thankyou!

  28. Amy Gage Author

    I just love your videos. Great advice and really great explanations of how you do things. Also, your voice is really soothing and easy to listen to.

  29. Elizabeth Klinke Author

    Hi Kim. May I ask how you keep your container grown plants from falling over in storms/winds? I'm in Philadelphia, PA and I've woken up to a massacre at least twice so far.

  30. LizzieDalai Callie Author

    I love everything about this! And, look at those Collard greens back there!😳 Love the fabric pots…so happy I found your site….I will have to do all my vegetables in containers, due to space & ground has so much rock. This video is so helpful, thank you for sharing! You are beautiful, also.🌺

  31. Molly Wheeldon Author

    I just started gardening and I love these videos! But I kept hearing you say that warm tea is good for your plants so I watered my plants with warm tea… I've only just realised it's 'worm tea' in an American accent! Oops!

  32. SUNNY DAY Author

    We live i England we are unable to get the Worm castings or Tea..If any of you guys from England have found a place i can order please could you leg me know x

  33. John Mckell Author

    Watching for a couple years and I am inspired by your advice and information. Question: Are you at liberty to divulge the name of the smart pots that you use. I find them quite easy on the eyes. Thank you…

  34. Petit Suisse Author

    Such an awesome video. Switched to bags after watching this. They're so much easier to store, lighter to move and my plants seem happy – most of all I seem to have solved my "overwatering problem" too.


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