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[Total: 0   Average: 0/5]You must sign in to vote John from shares with you what he learned from growing a vegetable garden in Las Vegas. In this episode, you will see what is growing in the Raised Bed Garden and learn which plants grew well, and which didn’t. You will discover the special soil mix and extra nutrients John recommends so that you will also have a successful garden. Video Rating: / 5


  • acousticide 4 years ago

    Can I put these raised beds (not the bag type) directly on cement?? Are there plants that will grow well with very limited sunlight (between houses). I live in Las Vegas.

  • Backyard Discovery 4 years ago

    Seems easy enough. Thanks for the tips.

  • Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens 4 years ago

    Short answer: these circular plastic beds were "kits" that included "plastic locking screws" – ones that are used on cars for holding on mouldings. See the video at for a complete breakdown of how they were assembled:

  • Kayla S 4 years ago

    Hey John, was just wondering how you secured the circular plastic beds that you made. Did you staple it on the ends? I really like that idea and may use it for next years garden

  • homemplantaVEVO 4 years ago


    during early veg you want root promotion, Potash avaliability (rooting requires a lot of P)
    during mid veg you want to have a lot of N going on
    during bloom you want to have a good supply of k

    There's a lot of bennies aside fungi like Bacillus Subtilis, bacteria that will help promote the good health of the rhizosphere.

    You can kind of isolate this and make you buck be spend on the right time, taking more advantage of the peak of development of each strain. imho"

    PEACE!! =]

  • homemplantaVEVO 4 years ago


    So my tip, it's instead of buying the great white, that it's very complete but not that suitable for outdoor crops and will not be so manageable for short cycle crops, aside of being kinda very expensive. Buy different products in big packages, but choose from a wide variety of beneficial bacteria and fungi, trying to get products in a way that you will isolate good things for rooting, vegetative and flowering period, let's say:

  • homemplantaVEVO 4 years ago


    The most common genus it's the Trichoderma spp. that have so many strains, and each one will do different things, create enzymes that will promote the mineralization of the soil, act as bio control agent to fight bad fungi or bacteria, stabilize the ph (some strains grow in any ph o.O, therefore stabilizing it for the plant), you name it. lol.

  • homemplantaVEVO 4 years ago

    @gogogardener Having in mind that exists a lot of fungi species you will want to use a product that it's suitable for your need, at the moment that you expect to have it's benefits and where you want. I suggest you to do a research about Mycorrhizae and take a closer look to what strain have to offer.

  • homemplantaVEVO 4 years ago


    "In my point of view It's totally based in the kind of function that you will be aiming to have in your soil, in other words, it`s a waste of money to use something that will not have the best effect for your type of soil, crop, and time (season).

  • homemplantaVEVO 4 years ago

    @gogogardener Sweet, I do have a more specific approach to the use of fungal symbiosis..
    I received one question about my comment and it kinda like explain why we should manage it, and it can actually be suitable for every crop, in every environment… She asked me "what would be the product that it's cheaper than the Great White?"

    Well, my reply was:

  • Planting81 4 years ago

    Hey John I was wondering if you've heard of Worm Gold Plus worm castings they contain kelp and volcanic rock?

  • 68NYC2 4 years ago

    Cool video.
    I guess it's time to venture to adding veggies.

  • Steve N Vegas 4 years ago

    great video john. I am adding three more planters for next year. I had a great harvest this year and still getting tons of bell peppers

  • Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens 4 years ago

    You can grow in most any soil medium.. as long as the nutrients are right. Growing in sand, drains fast, but low in nutrition (organic matter), so you will need to constantly feed, and water the plants.. I dont recommend it.. unless you have to do it.. You can grow anywhere with the right techniques.

  • Thaneii 4 years ago

    @juicysmysoup Where the hell did you learn how to spell? Your message presents yourself as an unintelligent individual. Learn how to spell, and create coherent sentences.

  • Sj Smith 4 years ago

    1) I use peat moss to help acidify my alkaline soil. It does dry out easily though. It seems to only last a few years. Supposedly, the coconut husk is nueutral (I think). I've never tried it though, because it was so expensive.
    2) totally agree to adding the mycorrhial fungi. Just beginning to experiment and really impressed with it.
    3) Where did you buy the jicama seed? and the mallow? I would love to try a few of the more unusual veggies that you tried.

  • Sj Smith 4 years ago

    @homemplantaVEVO – yes, I too began experimenting with compost with micorhial (sp?) fungi. I abandoned a broccolli bed in the heat of summer (desert conditions 100 degree plus) and the plants never died. No irrigation. However, there are some plants that may not benefit such as onions. Those love our desertsoil pretty much as is.

  • homemplantaVEVO 4 years ago

    They're very complex, without them in nature we would not see trees like the redwood and so many species that need their help to improve theirs nutrient absorption. It's also known that plants (trees) can move carbon from one plant to the other, thru the mycorrizae…

    keep growing =]

  • homemplantaVEVO 4 years ago

    Hi John, I've been using fungal symbiosis for a while now, and there are a bunch of other products where you can find more spores for less money

    They're indeed great, they help not only in the mineralization of the nutrients in the soil but also maintaining the PH balanced, what have direct influence in the absorption of the minerals. They also help the plant by holding moisture in the rhizosphere.

  • Leon Barlow 4 years ago

    Great info, as always! Sometimes I've had tomatoes do better in self watering containers in the heat than irrigated tomatoes. I tried some tomatoes in south Iraq in Earthboxes and they did better in the winter, just too hot there, even under shade cloth. At times I've had individual tomatoes drink 5 gallons or more a day each, crazy transpiration rates. I'm thinking of trying pot in ground self watering to see what lower root temps do, if anything. I've seen azaleas respond really well so…

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