Make Money by Helping People Grow Food in Raised Bed Gardens

This is John Kohler with
! Today we have another exciting episode for you. We’re here on yet another field trip,
and all the way in Houston, Texas. So, hey, howdy, a big Texas hi to all my Texas growers
out there! This is going to be a very exciting episode for me and hopefully for you guys
too. Why I am here today in a suburb of Houston is to actually share a company with you that’s
doing amazing work. And as you can see we’re in suburbia, you know, there’s all these
lawns, you know, a lot of chemicals and water goes in to keeping your lawns green and they
pretty much play no functional purpose. I mean, yeah they look nice and I don’t even
see kids playing on any of the lawns. But what we’re going to do today is we’re
going to actually interview a company called Houston Urban Farm Co, and that’s at
. And Jacob, what he does is he’s wanting to change all that. What his company does
is his company installs a raised bed gardens, 4 foot by 4 foot, 4 foot by 8 foot, 4 foot
by 12 foot, or however large you want it. He’ll come in and install the garden for
you, bring in the soil, build it and even plant it out in seeds or the starter plants.
In addition, he also does edible landscaping for your front yard. So, today actually they’re
just arrived and are going to install, so we’re going to actually film them on their
install to share with you guys what they do and how they do it.
Another reason why I think this episode can be so important is because, you know, one
of the things I think about is that Americans need to create their own jobs. We can’t
worry about, you know, other people creating jobs for us, you know, whoever it may be,
you know. I like, you know, I’m an entrepreneur at heart and when there’s a need you need
to fill it. So, you know, the need that Jacob is filling in the greater Houston area is
allowing people that wouldn’t normally plant a garden to basically he comes in, builds
it all, does it all for you, and all you got to do is come out there and water it and harvest
the food. So, I think there’s no better joy then picking your own food and eating
out of your garden. And he makes it happen. And just likewise, you can start a similar
business in your city to help other people grow their food. Whether you want to do an
install for them, or whether you want to do an install and then, you know, come back every
month or every week and check up on it, you know, have a maintenance program where they’re
paying you to come back. I mean, you’re literally creating your own job and you could
just further expand this into starting your own seedlings and then selling the seedlings
to them and all this stuff. So we’re going to get to talk to Jacob at the end of this
video to, you know, learn more about what he’s doing, how he’s doing it and how
he’s going to build his business and how you can build the business and create your
own job by helping people grow their food. John: Alright, Jacob!
Jacob: Howdy ! John: Come on out. Now we’re here with Jacob,
an urban farmer. And Jacob, why are you here today?
Jacob: Well, we’re here installing a 4 by 4 raised bed garden in the back yard of this
suburban house. John: Alright, great. And so why did you get
into installing these raised bed gardens for people?
Jacob: It initially started as just a hobby of mine, just like most gardeners, I just
kind of put a couple in my back yard and then started reading a little bit more and, you
know, just kind of reaching out to people, started installing for friends. And then I
realised, you know, oh I could actually get paid to do this. And then also spread gardens
all over the Houston area. And so, that’s kind of the initial get go on why I started
it. John: Wow, that’s great. So, so you’re
going to install a raised bed garden in here, so what are the steps you have to go through
to, you know, put it in and, you know, how long is this going to take?
Jacob: Generally with me and my co-worker, it takes us about an hour to install a garden.
And with that we have, we start with the, you know, we have our rough cedar wood that
we use. So we’re going to construct a box. We choose a place in the backyard where the
sun path is good, and then we throw in our soil and we also have our weed block already
set. And then we plant the seeds and line out the square foot garden and then we introduce
the customer to gardening. John: Wow, that’s very great. So we’re
going to get to show you guys actually part of the process today on what Jacob goes through
to do an install. So hopefully whether you’re doing your own install or want to hire Jacob
if you’re in the Houston area, or even start your own business to do installs in your neck
of the woods so that more people could get growing.
So I went back and saw the back yard where the raised bed is to be installed. And now
we’re going to have Jacob actually go over with you the materials he’s using to build
the raised bed. I mean, it is, this is very simple. So, Jacob, what material are you using
today to build the raised bed with? Jacob: Alright, well, first of all the frame
is made. We use 6inch deep, 2 inch thick rough cedar. The rough cedar is prime choice because
of its longevity. Out of this you’re going to get, you know, five to seven years, maybe
even more. And plus it’s just a natural deterrent for a lot of wood destroying insects.
Plus it also looks cool. I mean, a lot of the rough cedar has cool little knots in it,
so you know, I like seeing vegetables grow but also like to see, you know, that it is
planted in something real nice. What we do is we buy it in 8 foot length. Again it’s
2 by 6, we buy it in 8 foot length and then we cut that 8 foot length in half. Most of
the gardens we install are 4 by 4s. And again, we use the square foot gardening method so
we’re able to plant sixteen different plants, right, there. So that’s the frame. Another
important piece is how you’re going to hold that frame together. A lot of just normal
house screws aren’t going to work. What you need to have is a good decking screw.
For putting it together we use 3 inch decking screw, they’re brown screws, and they’re
not going to rust and they’re going to last a long time as well. And then, that’s as
far as constructing the frame, it’s that’s simple. I mean, it really is a very easy thing
to do. John: So Jacob, so why do you use the rough
cut versus the pre cut, so like that must be kind of hard to find, like you can’t
just find that in your standard Home Depot, right?
Jacob: That’s a good point. You actually can find it at Home Depot and at Lowe’s
a lot of the times and there’s very few of those stores that it’s actually in. Most
times we get it from a lumber yard, because they always, almost always, have it in stock.
However there are a few, especially if you’re here across the Houston area, Home Depots
and Lowe’s that both carry 2 by 6, 2 by 8, 2 by 10 and they carry them in 8 foot lengths,
10 foot lengths and 12 foot lengths. So you can find it. And I prefer to use this first,
they’re more smooth. Because a lot of places will have the 1 inch, but I want it to last
a really long time. That stuff is still rated for a really long time but I just like the
look more than anything with this rough cedar. John: Yeah, I would definitely agree. The
rough cedar, the rough cut is the way to go. It’s also thicker and it just has a nice
rustic finish. So you’re actually getting more wood that’s going to last a lot longer.
So, have you ever had any customers that requested like using something else besides like real
cedar wood? Jacob: No, I haven’t had any requests, anything
different. As far as, you know, how I would receive those requests I’m not too sure
because I’m very confident in this style cut right there. I know there’s some other
stuff out there. I might have even seen it on a certain video somewhere talking about
another company out of the North West, out of Oregon, with some other type of wood. But
as far as availability, this is the good one to go, and I will do what I can to educate
the customer so they do choose the rough cedar verses anything else.
John: How about using like something like pressure treated wood?
Jacob: I don’t use any pressure treated wood. I want everything as natural as possible.
There’s a lot of theories out there that, you know, as the chemicals can leak out into
the garden themselves and affect your plants. A big ideal of mine is I want my food as natural
as possible. And so going with the rough cedar, you’re completely untreated, it’s as natural
as you can get. And so, yeah, I highly recommend it against any pressure treated, anything
that a chemicals in and then enclosed to. John: I would totally agree with that. So
I think, yeah the cedar wood is good, or red wood or like even like a juniper wood, which
is I think the video you were talking about. Jacob: Yeah
John: Alright, so the next step is we’re going to carry some of this into the back,
the wood, the screws and then the lock he put over this drill. And we’re going to
build this thing and then we’re going to fill it up.
Alright, so Jacob shovelling the soil mix, the soil blend that he’s going to be using,
in the wheelbarrow to wheelbarrow it back in. Before I talk to him, because I don’t
want to disturb him, he’s busy concentrating on work, the question I’ve got for you guys
is how do you guys know that you’re in Texas? Well, besides the Texas license plates, you’re
going to see stars, you’re going to see eagles and flags everywhere! Yeeha!
Alright, Jacob, so what are you filling in the wheelbarrow here?
Jacob: Alright, so this is a high quality soil. It has a mixture of between, it has
a lot of different stuff in it. It has little bit of compost, grain sand, and just it has
about eleven different items put in to this, which is key to having a good long standing
garden, you know. You got to start off with a, your base has to be right from the get
go, and if we are to have a very successful garden. And so we always choose a real high
quality soil to start off our customer’s gardens with.
John: Wow, and I just want to agree with Jacob on that point. Like the number one place you
want to put your money, whether you’re building a garden for somebody or if it’s in your
own yard, is your soil. Because the plants you’re growing come from the soil, and if
your soil is depleted, the soil doesn’t have any nutrition in there to feed your plants,
your plants are not going to grow up healthy wealthy and strong. Well, I don’t know about
the wealthy part. But at least they’ll be very nutritious for you to eat and they’ll
taste better too. So Jacob, I’m sure if someone like hears
that live in Houston that aren’t going to utilise your service want to know what this
special mix is, because I would definitely approve it and use this mix in my garden
Jacob: Yeah, well this comes from a company here in the Houston area called The Ground
Up. They have three different locations over the Houston area. And this particular mix
is called ‘Raised bed and square foot gardening soil’. Therefore it is formulated just for
what we do. And it has, you know, vermiculite, it has it all in it. So yeah, The Ground Up,
I think it’s , you could look it up.
John: Great, so the point I want you guys to remember is not to short change yourself
or if you get into business installing the gardens, don’t short change your customers.
Because, you know, by using the right stuff, and yes it will cost more, you’re going
to get better growing results in the end. I think we’re going to go ahead and wheel
this to the back, fill the raised bed and then we’ll come back out here when Jacob’s
going to be seeding it out and we’ll talk more about the seeds that he’s using today.
Now we’re in the back yard and Jacob and his posse, or his one helper here, got this
raised bed built and filled within about 45 minutes. And they even put the string on.
You got to have the string as the touch, once again they use that those same deck screws
that are treated with some standard garden string. I might use nylon that’s going to
last longer, this will probably last at least a season. And you could compost this stuff.
This is actually made up of jute fibre I believe. And they’ve put on the little squares too
to make it look nice and finished. And I encourage you guys to put the string on, so that you
guys could easier lay out the square foot garden.
So Jacob, I wanted to ask you, I mean, you chose this side but you’re telling me later
that the reason why you chose this side is because of a special tool you have. What is
that special tool and how can my viewers get one of these?
Jacob: Alright, it’s real high tech. I have an iphone and on that I have an app called
Sun Surveyor. And the Sun Surveyor, there’s an optional on it, it’s called A R View.
And what it does it allows me to look up in the sky, first of all I get to select my location,
it just automatically detects it, and then I find the sun and I trace the sun’s path.
And it will show you exactly where the sun is going and that’s really how I use it
to check where I want to plant the garden. John: Wow. So in this way he’s ensuring
that his customers are going to have the optimal sunlight and then they’re going to be optimal
production. I mean, that’s why they’re hiring him for vegetables to do this. And
once again, whether you guys are growing a garden for your own personal use or going
out and building someone’s garden for them, you want to use an app like that to find the
optimal location to get the most sunlight. Because more sunlight means more growth, more
growth means more food to put on your table, instead of coming from the grocery store.
So, Jacob, besides you know, building the bed, filling it up, putting the string on
and all this stuff, you give the customer the selection of different seeds. I see you
have a full myriad of seeds there. Do you know how many different varieties of seeds
you have in there? Jacob: No. I probably have, probably about
30, 30 different ones. Some are yet to come out because that part of the season’s already
over. But, and then I’m about to add some more because we have a new season kind of
approach, and not really a season but some more availabilities, some more hybrids that
we can plant now. John: Wow. So I even see you have like some
Seeds of Change. Do you prefer like, you know, organic or heirloom or hybrid seeds or any
of those? Jacob: Yeah, I prefer personally have chosen
to go with Seeds of Change. They, first of all, their availability for us as a company,
they have a large stock, so I’m able to get that a lot. I prefer to grow things that
are USDA certified which Seeds of Change are. And yeah so I mean that’s really, most of
the company is built off of my personal preference, but because I’ve already researched it and
decided what would be good for my customers. I’ve never had any problems with these seeds.
They’ve always grown. And they always have made me happy so far.
John: So I can see this customer today they chose a bunch of cucumbers and beans, peppers.
And you know, do you plant whatever they want to plant or what if there is something that
like might not do well at this time. Because we are here in March, and you know, some people
might be saying isn’t like starting tomatoes from seed right now kind of like too late
maybe? Jacob: Right. It’s not too late at this
time. We’re getting on the cusp of it. The only things that we plant are things that
will grow in the season. There is a great resource here in the Houston area. It’s
a Texas agricultural extension of this, and they have a great calendar, planting calendar,
for the greater Houston area. Because our area is so different than, you know, most
of the other regions, and so I use that calendar to give me an idea of what can be planted.
The last thing I want to do is plant something in someone’s garden and it either tastes
bitter or it doesn’t grow or it grows for a second and then it dies. So we only plant
things based on what could be planted at that time. Some of this stuff, you know, we go
up until the edge, until the last, you know, week or so and then we cut it off, we take
it off our site. If a customer’s already ordered a garden with that in there, we tell
them when we get there, ‘sorry, you can plant it if you want, but it’s not going
to you’re not going to get the benefit from it that you want’.
John: Wow. Yeah, so once again I recommend if you guys are going to either plant your
garden or put one in for somebody, do your research. Many cities and states around the
country have extension offices that have these kind of pamphlets and brochures letting you
guys know when to plant what things or not. And if you’re not sure and you can’t find
that information near you, ask other gardeners or join a gardening club. Ask others farmers
because they sure as heck know what to plant, when to plant, because they’ve been doing
it for so long. Another thing I noticed you’re doing here
Jacob is you’re very methodical in not only building the bed, it’s really squared off
nicely, this is a really professional installation here, it’s built up with some good quality
soil, I can tell you’ve done all your research and that’s what your customers are paying
for, you know, why did you choose to go with the square foot gardening system by Mel Bartholomew?
Jacob: Sure. Seeing how we work in urban environments, we need to get as much production as possible
in the smallest space. You know, whenever we’re out in the suburbs it’s, you know,
families have their kids they still need all their greenery and their grass and their back
yard. And their entire back yard can’t be taken up by plants, fruits and vegetables.
And so that’s why I initially started doing it. I grew up on a farm and I had 25 acres,
I could plant stuff all over the place. But once I got my new my 7500 square foot lot,
I realised I can’t do that. I need a smaller area to do it. And I still want a lot of stuff.
So that’s why I have chosen the square foot gardening. More production in a smaller space.
That’s what it comes down to and that’s what my customers need as well.
John: So here’s the end of the job, as you can see we’ve got a nice built raised bed.
I mean, this is growing you greens John Kohler approved, soil mixture is good, planted some
good seeds and got it delved in and the thing I’m amazed the most is that the team whipped
it out here in under an hour. They got this all installed, ready to go and now they’re
off to their next job. I mean, how many of these did you install on Monday?
Jacob: Seven. Seven on Monday. John: Wow. So seven more families in the US
are growing food because of this man. Hopefully seven more families are going to grow food
after this video. But Jacob, you know, is it really that difficult
to install a raised bed like you do? You make it look so simple, under an hour, I mean,
you know, some people might take a full weekend. But see a lot of what people are seeing is
that you’ve done a lot of the research and legwork. You’ve picked up the compost already,
you had the wood pre-cut, you had your batteries charged in your milwaukee , you know, I mean
, you’re just, you had the right seeds, you know the spacing, you never had to look
it up. So I mean, is it really that hard and , you know, do you encourage people to do
it themselves instead of hire you? Jacob: Yeah of course. I mean, you hire us
so you don’t have to sweat on an actual construction. You don’t have to go out,
like you said, get the stuff. I mean, we come prepared, we do it under an hour, but do it
yourself. I mean, it’s not hard work as long as you know exactly what you’re doing.
You know, like he said do your research, everything like that. I mean, this is it’s a 4 by 4
box or whatever size you want to make it. You put some good stuff in it and plant the
seeds and you water it. That’s about as simple as you can get. And so, yeah, I mean,
of course, hire Houston Urban Farm Co, but do it yourself. I mean, it’s simple.
John: Yeah, and you know, once again one of the reasons besides showing you guys how simple
this is today, and also get a plug in for Houston Urban Farm Co, if you live in the
greater Houston area and you don’t want to sweat in the sun. I mean, I think, ughh
I’m sweating right here man, it’s just nice and hot here in Houston today. Besides
showing you guys how easy it is and that you could sweat and actually burn some calories
in the process and get healthy, get some sun, make some Vitamin D, is, you know, I want
to encourage you guys to once you do have a garden have some knowledge, have grown successfully,
have grown certain crops successfully , start your own business if you don’t have a job.
Even if you’re retired, I mean, this is a great thing to do. To be out in nature and
help other people. I mean, one of the reasons why I make these videos for you guys is to
live in service so that I could help my fellow man here on earth to grow more food because
I do think it’s really that important. You know, Jacob just on Monday helped seven more
families grow food. And that’s great to get them started. Because maybe they won’t
pick up a hammer, pick up a drill and, you know, screw wood together, but now that they
got their bed made, you know, every year hopefully from now on they’re going to be growing
some of their own food because they’re going to taste how good it can taste. And especially
families that have kids, getting the kids involved because in my opinion, the kids really
need to know where the food comes from. It comes from mother earth, not the grocery store
and not the McDonalds. So, Jacob, what other tips do you have for
my viewers, you know, that live in Houston because you’ve been growing for 10+ years,
you know. What tips do you have for them so that they could have successful gardens like
you’ve been doing and you’ve been installing for people?
Jacob: Right, what I tell everyone is pick the right location, pick the right soil, don’t
forget to water it and, you know, pay attention to it. Put it out somewhere, you don’t want
to hide it behind your house somewhere out in some corner, you want to see it daily if
possible. And then go up and hang out with it. Take it out, make sure there’s no bugs
on it or anything like that. And that’s it, I mean, if you follow those things right
there, you’ll have a successful garden. John: I mean, it really is that easy. And
one of the things you’re paying for when you hire Jacob is you’re hiring his expertise
with his gardening experience. Like if this install here they have bugs, you know, they’re
going to take a picture, email them, give them a call ‘hey we got bugs, this is the
issue’, and he’ll tell you how to handle that or deal with it naturally because guess
what? Bugs will happen in your garden, I mean, guaranteed. Right now I got some good aphids
issues happen in my garden, but I got a handle on it. And I’ll have an upcoming episode
for you guys showing you guys my natural way of handling the aphids. But, you know, something
always come up and, you know, it’s like when you first learn how to walk you got to
take that first step. And even if you take that first step, you might fall over but guess
what, you’re going to get back up and keep walking. That’s how gardening is for many
people. Because, I mean, many of you guys or hopefully all you guys know how to walk.
But you guys might now know how to garden yet. And, you know, it’s just another learned
skill that’s really easy that I believe we should all learn in elementary school.
So Jacob, do you have any last words of wisdom for my viewers out there in YouTube land ?
Jacob: Get a garden, get it going, that’s the only wisdom.
John: Alright. So if somebody wants to get a hold of you if they live in the Houston
area to start a garden, you know, they want to hire you, and you do the hard work and
let them do the easy work just water it and check up on it every day and pick the food,
how can they get a hold of your company? Jacob: Just visit our website
John: Alright, Jacob. Well I really appreciate you letting me come out and film your crew
in installing this garden. I’ve had a fabulous time and, you know, once again I want to always
encourage you guys to start growing your own food, help others grow their own food, whether
you’re helping them for free or even starting your own business to create your own job,
your own income that will further allow you to grow more food and do what you love. Because
I strongly believe in that. Everybody need to do what they love because so many people
go to a job they hate for money they don’t need, for food that they shouldn’t really
even be buying and eating and putting in their body when they could just simply be growing
their own food and living off nature. So hopefully you guys enjoyed this episode.
Once again, my name is John Kohler with . We’ll see you next time, and until then
remember- keep on growing.


  1. Did they all turn nasty yellow with brown spots? We bought "compost" once that was really mulch. Check to see how much wood debris is in the mix, too much wood means that your plants didn't get enough nitrogen. Do a soil test before you go mixing in additives, or grow a cover crop of legumes, when they flower dig them up. If you see little pink nodules on the roots then you didn't have enough nitrogen, More pink lumps = less nitrogen you had. Cut up the plants and roots, add them back to the bed

  2. any similar service in the bay area for computer geeks who know zilch about gardening but know everything there is to know about monsanto ?

  3. I get a lot of fruit flies.When I water my plants and the water turns coke color. Yes there turning yellow , but the tips are drying.

  4. Awesome!! Wish I had known you were going to be in Texas. I am quite a ways from Houston but would have been nice to have said Hi or bumped into you. 🙂

    – Heidi

  5. Square Foot Gardening is, of course, Mel Bartholomew's creation and proprietary system. He teaches not just how to grow that way, but offers training for instructors (SFG certification) and how to set up a business. Just google square foot gardening. I am starting my own system and business this year up here in Atlantic Canada. I am surprised that neither the garden nor John gave proper credit to him in this video.

  6. Great video John! Did you get any sense of how much he charged for that build? Did he give a reason for not also setting up irrigation for the customer or does he offer that as well?

  7. I find that square foot sizes are great for demoing 1-2 months after planting seedlings but once things grow to their real size (e.g. peppers and eggplants) they require MUCH more than the 1 square foot allocation 🙁

  8. John, could you give us your take on Mittleider gardening at some point? I feel it is an unsustainable method based on chemical fertilizers and does not improve the soil, but would like to know your feelings on it, thanks!

  9. Why would we have to compete? I am out of Oregon City, so I would probably stay focused on SE PDX and Sandy to Canby. I think that it is super cool that more folks here are interested in growing. What part of town are you in, maybe I can send folks your way.

  10. Hmm, I would plant some heavy feeders in it. Try corn and squash/cukes/pumpkins. I would dig a 1 gallon pot sized hole and fill it with plain potting soil and plant into that. I think for corn you could dig a 6 inch deep trench and fill with potting soil and plant the corn in there. That way the plants have some real soil and they can go searching for the poo. Or if you are just done trying to grow, dig in leaves/straw/grass clippings, then water and cover it for a month or two. Composted!

  11. We had the same problem. So… we took a bed layout for a 3'x6' and laid it out in a 4'x8' bed. That made the squares about 16" square. It worked really well.

  12. Thanks John for the input about the greensand…I found another product locally called Execlerite from a company called US Rare Earth Minerals. Says it was mined from a ancient lake bed…is it rock dust and can I use it instead of azomite? Keep up the good work and thanks for all the videos. They are really a godsend.

  13. I would have really like to see how he constructed the bed. I'm sure it's not that difficult but a walk throw would have been great.

  14. Buy my bed is 3 x6, 4 is to wide, I end up not planting that much, last year I had so many tomatoes and egg plants, I also planted garlic it was greeeeeeaaattt

  15. Kongo kill the cat or it will kill you!,, cats and dogs carry a lot of bacteria in their feces, its disgusting! Put down chicken wire the cat will not like that!

  16. Yes, we have to be diligent. But it's all fun. Just try to make it a habit, every day go search and destroy. It will all work out. What I have found best is to mix up the garden, don't plant all things in the same area, mix it up, and that too will confuse the bugs. #1 be sure to plant flowers, that attract beneficial bees….etc. And Marigolds. Good luck!

  17. I did plant flowers this year.

    It's odd that I noticed that most of the bees I have seen so far this year have been big bumblebees, and it is only recently that just a few honey bees have shown up during the day. It's kind of scary to think that honeybees are having troubles.

  18. I had the idea to do this a couple years ago and every spring I am reminded of it because building garden beds is what I love to do. You have inspired me to follow through. Thanks Jacob!

  19. Maybe the reason is because I was growing my seeds in straight 100% compost. I didn't know I had to add to the compost.


  21. Great video John! What a neet idea for a business! Good going Jacob!
    You are….be the change….How much to you charge for the whole shebang?

  22. Conpanion planting usely is helpful to keep the pests away. examp, Tomato and basil works well for the horn worms and sun flowers encourage lady bugs.

  23. That's what I'm talking about! Great encouragement to create your own income! Lots of ways to kill it and drag it home!!!

  24. How many square feet would you need to support only 2 people …. ?? dont get me wrong what your doing is good but wow .. Sir Please look into eco systems … you can build them at home … or thats no good ? ok sure but how about green houses that bounce light with mirrors and magnifying lens's ?? there is a better way … but sir you are so much smarter than the average , i commend you∞

  25. how about renter ? you are talking like everyone own their house, like 2008 bubble never happens, like everyone can keep up with their mortgage

  26. I have grown Tomatoes, Peppers, and even Lemon and mandarin Oranges in Containers on the Patio. Don't have to have a large yard.

  27. Check out a bottle-tower garden, you could make it free-standing. Actually, if I was a landlord, I'd easily let someone put in a raised garden, especially if they offered some fresh produce!

  28. It does seem a wonderful way to help those who may be physically limited. This possibly could be constructed 2 ft. wide and double-high for wheelchairs or bad-knee folks. Gardening is just healthy for everyone, my opinion! What a gift this would be for aging parents, customized to their taste and abilities (high-rise strawberry bed, maybe)!

  29. dont get me wrong, im renter n im growing indoor n mainly outdoor too. But i heard the rumor that they will knock the house down to build the new one soon. And just think about all the work to move all the plants … i couldn't bother to do much …

  30. I work for The Ground Up! (the company that provides the soils in this video!) Thanks ya'll so much for the shout-out – we are already receiving calls from around the country!

    Be sure to check out our facebook page – fb/thegroundup

    Thanks! – Ashley

  31. I love how we are taking the growing of food back into our own hands! A business that gives from the heart is certain to prosper. Thank you for helping us!

  32. Johh- Do you get money from the Scotts brand ad on your video? For mulch that 'keeps it's color all year'? Sounds like one of the mulches w/artificial dye! Scotts/Miracle-Gro sells gylphosate/Round-Up -one of Monsanto's flagship chemcials. Scotts/Miracle-Gro spends millions to convince people that they can't have a nice lawn, yard or garden w/out CHEMICALS. Scotts/Micacle-Gro is now selling GMO lawn grass. No doubt this will contaminate non-GMO lawns, grasses eaten by livestock & wildlife.

  33. I just thought of this, and being a Houstonian myself might reach out to Jacob. For real longevity, I wonder about casting a concrete raised bed. I say concrete instead of stone or brick, as those would be far more expensive. But some simple forms and a quickset concrete, he could pour a bed, and fill it, and by the time he was done planting could probably strip the forms…just a thought.

  34. Great vid John thanks! Check out my most recent video on foraging on Vashon Island, WA!

  35. Good thinking Brad, I've been pondering doing a similar scaling change next season but am also determined to move my tomatoes, eggplants and chilli plants out of the beds and into pots, changing focus onto smaller crops in my standard beds.

  36. Sup, Anyone learned about the Tube Cash Exposure? (do a Google Search) Ive found out some incredible stuff about it and my colleague made a great amount of cash with it!

  37. we have already been doing the same thing , we dont charge for start up just to do weakly upkeep love seeing other peopel doing good work

  38. Space and convenience are the reasons we buy the rolls. It would take more time to accumulate the cardboard and find ways to store it in the compact space of the truck and trailer without the cardboard blowing out down the road.

  39. How cool is this guy? I've only been watching his videos for a few weeks and have yet to see one that I didn't learn something from. He seems to travel around quite a bit, that would be fun.

  40. you could put down cardboard and then over it black large garbage bag. In either case after the cardboard breaks down into the soil all good barley any grass will grow just on the sides maybe. I find that during winter etc you cover them so no sun will shine on them unless you are growing all year long . You might get some little trees growing or cloves in a bunch here and there but as for grass it barley comes up after years of have an up rise bed that is what the three i have ever had.

  41. This guy is awesome and his company as well. Helping people grow food and making some money while doing something they love…awesome.

  42. It's definitely not that easy to do by yourself.
    You will spend many hours researching, shopping for materials, building, planting, etc.

    This guy does it in one hour, because he has done it 200 times, and he has all the materials prepared.

    If you are very short on money, or have a lot of free time – go ahead and do it yourself.

    If you just want to grow vegetables, hire someone like that.

  43. I always wonder how tomatoes grow in a 6 to 8 inch deep raised bed. I think tomatoes need at least 12 inches.

  44. I have been thinking about doing just this! Thanks for a great video and a head start on my new business!!!

  45. I wish you had shown the entire set up (build), edited down to key points. I want to start doing this and really am a visual person. Also, is there anything under the soil? More wood/grass/landscaping paper? Are the corners of the bed angled or nailed just as they were bought? I love your videos! Very knowledgeable 

  46. I enjoy your enthusiasm for growing. We share the same passion. I am into aquaponics. 3 years now. Have an irrigation license. Love being home as much as possible. Growing takes dedicated due diligence. Passion for growing comes from the excitement of seeing beautiful plants flourish due my own valuable labor. I have a large area dedicated to aquaponic growing. And am trying to expand my experience into a green house setting. Like growing indoors as well but its not very practical with hid lighting. Pests in my area are hard to deal with. With fish its quite different than within soil. What experience do you have with that? Thanks

  47. Thank you both. I'm only 21 and am already so tired of working in retail and in call centers. Just started growing indoors a year ago but I'll definitely start up a small business like this in the next few years

  48. Hi John, I have been enjoying your videos.  My husband and I are thinking on making a big change and starting an organic farm.  There are many people who would like to eat organic food but it is not in their budget.  Our goal second if not equal to our desire to own our own business, is to help anyone in our area who would like to eat organically, be able to do so all year.  We live in the midwest so winters are cold. For this reason we thought of a greenhouse system with solar power for heating and water mostly collected in a rainwater system.  Customers paying a monthly rate of $125 per month would be able to enjoy daily access to their greenhouse garden, a space of land equal to their greenhouse to grow in spring and summer months, and walking trail around the 14 acre property. We would offer classes and a co-op (ish) where families can exchange their fruits and vegetables.  I would very much like the opportunity to speak with you and get your advice, or have you create one of your videos.  Do you know of anyone who has been successful with an idea like this?  Thank you so much, Grace

  49. What if you get heavy rain is there anything I can do to prevent over watering sometimes we get heavy rain and scattered thunderstorms I am going to be installing something like this for my grandmother who's in her 70s any advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you for putting up these videos I am also working on getting a greenhouse going as well for myself I've got fibromyalgia so a raised bed like this would be very helpful to me as well. Both of you inspire me so much I am so excited to get started I don't currently have space living in a small apartment but a family member is being generous enough to give me a space for a greenhouse 😀

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