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  1. Excellent!
    I just tried doing Hugulkultur myself for carrots in a tall pot. I plan to do the same with the rest of the veggies we’re starting off with. We’ll see how it goes!

  2. Yrs ago I learned a trick for taking up space in lg containers which is to literally throw in newspaper, cardboard, organic filling like leaves about halfway up, then fill with soil. It works very well. BTW those metal containers are $199 each…..ouch

  3. I garden in 9 galvanized horse troughs since they are plentiful here in Montana and I fill them with local renewable peat moss from a small pond bed along with branches, leaves, aging apples from our orchard, grass clippings, and cardboard/newspaper. We have a dairy nearby that has a methane digester putting out wonderful compost which we buy in pickup truck loads. I add worms when I find them in my garden. I just put together my first water-wicking trough after learning from Gardening with Leon. Now if it would just warm up. I don’t know what I would do without all you generous Youtube teachers.

  4. So I am assuming that as the junky stuff at the bottom decomposes and turns to compost then you would just top it with at bit more of the packaged top soil to amend the older soil……need to start using this method…..especially when I buy one of your planters.

  5. depending on what you use and grow you can go higher with the filler. In one bed I actually had sticks and twigs and leaves just bellow the surface and it caused no problems. Some plants even seem to like this. Not recommended for most root crops though or not at least until it breaks down more.
    Thanks for a great video
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  6. I’ve been doing this for years. Totally a money saver. Basically use bottom half of your bed as a compost pile and cover with raised bed mix to plant in to. Works like a charm. Great video!

  7. I would not want to waste a container of that depth on shallow-rooted plants. I’d save it for shrubs, bushes or a very small fruit-bearing tree that need the depth for their root systems (maybe even line it and use it for hydroponics). If I had to use that container for small herbs and vegetables, I’d cut it in half and attach a new bottom on the open half and then place them on a raised platform, if I wanted that height.

  8. Another money saver: call local dairies and horse farms and ask if they have any composted manure available. It’s rich in nutrients and the farms sometimes offer it free or really cheap. You can mix that into your potting/raised bed soil and end up with that much more fertile soil to grow in while cutting your costs. Another option is to contact your local arborists and ask if they can drop a load of wood chips in your driveway. They usually are happy to give you wood chips because otherwise they may have to pay to dispose of them. The wood chips can go in the bottom or on top, or both. 🙂

  9. You can prevent wasting so much plastic by getting you are gardening products bulk… grab n grow is a soils place near us…. cheaper by far and NO PLASTIC

  10. You really should mix in sand in the organic mix at the bottom, it will improve drainage over time and improve the quality of the soil over time.

  11. You can also add a layer of sand or even pebbles at the very bottom of your raised bed for drainage, as well as take up volume so you don’t have to use so much compost. Rotted tree limbs and such are generally very easy to find along the road side in most areas or at a creek bed or such. I am assuming that you do have drain holes in the bottoms of your raised metal garden containers. Nice video and information.

  12. Ty for sharing your videos and information with us ALL. I am glad I found your channel today. New friend here now. GOD bless us ALL

  13. There are alot of different types of mulch. What kind of mulch should you use are your edible plants? An the best place to purchase these mulches?

  14. Did you make the metal planters? Apologies if this is explained in an earlier video, i just dropped in, thanks so much for feedback!

  15. Hi, how about half with soil from my front yard, like sandy soil? I have too much left over when i started paving part of my front lawn.

  16. Thank you for the amazing videos and tips – I live in an area with a LOT of pine trees and end up with a ton of dead pine needles, can that be used for the cheap bottom base matter or would that be too acidic???

  17. Totally agree! It can be way to expensive. I have a lot of cubit feet to fill so I spoke to a tree trimmer and he brought me a day’s work worth of tree branches FOR FREE. He said I was saving him a trip to the dump and I happened to know that those trees are fed organically. I filled the bottom of my raised beds, watered it and let it settle for a couple days then added another 6 inches of branches and leaves before I filled the rest with native soil, vermicompost, homemade compost, and potting soil. I still have branches and leaves left that I’m drying to feed my future compost pile and mulching for bed cover for when the summer really gets going in SoCal.

  18. Excellent 👍. The organic material will hold the moisture and you will be watering less. logs and branches will also feed the soil.

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