42 thoughts on “Backyard Urban Terraced Vegetable Garden in Oakland

    Nexington Caldwell

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    I understand about sound but all of your videos appears as if you are speaking extremely loud

    Ruth P

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    Thanks. I love the Bay Area episodes!! Come to Santa Cruz!!!

    thesupermom1975

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    In regards to building soil, rather than buying bagged manures, people could get in touch with local farmers via Facebook or Craigslist. I am a small scale farmer that loves LOVES to experiment in the garden and therefore have not only the gardens to grow my food but also other beds to try new things in. Despite all the manure needs I have, I still have lots and lots of manure that I give away. I'm in Facebook groups like Louisiana Gardeners and when people close to me find out I have goats and rabbits and chickens, they start inquiring about buying some manure from me. I tell them, bring a shovel and some bags and you can HAVE it. It's helping me out by getting it out of the animal pens. People need to share their resources, their seeds, their know-how more readily and I would love to find a site dedicated to connecting growers with local resources….like a Craigslist for veg-lovers!

    Mandy Pruitt

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    John is awesome.  Bet that dude's blood is green from smoking so much kind herb.

    Dinesh Kumar Takyar

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    Thanks for sharing such interesting ideas!

    Jeremy McReynolds

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    RON PAUL!!!!

    Sean L

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    NEVER edit down your videos John. I love all your jokes and humorous analogies. Wealth of information. Love this backyard garden. Great utilization of space!! Chickens in Oakland? I live in Sparks NV and I cant have chickens in my backyard!! Bees also!

    sassyleochick

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    If you built me one of those seed bank storage thing-a-ma-jiggers i'd buy them from ya. As a matter of fact you should sell your own little system with the labeling and all.

    melos pappas

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    love the ron paul sign in the back ground and as alway great info from John

    SimpleHumman

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    You rock, thanks!

    POSSUMTOHIDE

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    Thank you for the video

    Mister Tango

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    That is SERIOUS ambition! WOW!

    Ashley Wolfe

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    I love your enthusiasm!

    frzzlfry66

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    Cool video… I use very similar composting and seed storage techniques/systems. What I like most about this gardener, however (other than him being a Ron Paul supporter, lol), is his creative efficiency in designing the layout of his back yard… very impressive (such a nice, peaceful, secluded oasis to escape to).

    Mama Loves the Beach!

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    I believe the jars are violet glass (maybe blue) not amber. Thanks for another great vid John!

    quad2004

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    Hi, are they the one dram clear glass vials w polypropylene caps ?

    Diane Mumm Garden Videos

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    fun video, really love the seed sharing share. thanks John!

    Jeremy Wheeler

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    Yeah, I took it back and they gave me my money back thankfully. I went and got some super soil after that from a different place. They told me not to grow in straight compost, that it would burn my plants. I wanted to tell them that "John does it", but I didn't.

    Kapow2323

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    I liked this video!

    Claire

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    Good video, but I really wanted to see how water is managed in a terraced garden. Wouldn't it all just flow downhill and leave plants at the top drier? Raised beds aren't really terraces, are they? Don't terraces have some way to manage water? I'm wondering because I have a sloped backyard and finding it difficult to keep plants at the top watered as well as those at the bottom.

    william cryts

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    his garden was very professional looking,usually people just have some miraculous boot legged Frankenstein contraptions in there yards when they make them,but his looks like he just bought them in the store, if anything he should make a stand at one of the markets/conventions and sell stuff like that lol

    Ronnie & Minh

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    Great video, great garden!

    BigganStinky

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    Hey John, I have a large organic garden in my backyard. After watching your videos, and reading the book "Teaming with Microbes", I have learned the importance of having great soil. I am brewing compost/worm tea to increase the amount of beneficial bacteria and fungus in the soil, but am wondering if it is a waste of time due to the fact that the water here in Martinez is treated with chloramine. Obviously I don't use this water for my tea brews, but my drip irrigation system does. Thanks.

    cherepahashka

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    Hey, John! Thank you for all your inspiring videos!

    Can you help me, please? Because of you now i am thinking to build raised beds and fill up them only with compost. It will be good? Or i should add some another components?

    JeremiahJohnson84

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    Nature you crazy! That guy has an incredible garden , great designer. Thanks for the video John.

    ramblin jerry

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    I had the same thing happen to me. I went to a nursery that also sold rubber mulch made from ground tires. This wasn't suppose to be in the compost that I bought but after they delivered it I discovered the ground up tires mixed throughout the whole load. The only thing I could do was discard it since I didn't want to risk getting sick by eating vegetables grown in compost that perhaps was contaminated by the leaching out of the chemicals in the rubber. I would say get rid of it and try again.

    ramblin jerry

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    Thanks for the reply. I'm gonna buy some and put them in the raised beds I'm building. Watching John's videos persuaded me to go with raised beds and implementing the earth worms directly into these beds will save me space and a lot of time. I live in central Florida and the summer heat is the biggest obstacle to get over.

    Jefferdaughter

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    If there is sufficient mositure & organic matter in the soil, im much of the US earthworms will just show up. In colder climates, some find it useful to also keep a worm bin to use kitchen waste when the worms are dormant in winter – or simply for convenience year-round. It's great the way John shows what different people do & others share ideas here, so we each figure out what might work best for us.

    Jeremy Wheeler

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    John, I recently bought some compost from a place close to my house and after they loaded the 1.5 yard of compost into my truck I noticed it had pieces of plastic bags, and other hard plastic pieces in it. Is this normal? Do I need to pick it out or did I just get some crappy compost? If so, I'm going somewhere else next time. I'm pretty disappointed to say the least.

    Davidwhat

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    yeah baby… RON PAUL! 😉

    PennyQuest

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    Hi John, love the tumblers and adapting them to the sloped garden. I do wish there were more tips on gardening on a slope or how to construct a raised bed on a hill. I have a huge slope that I don't even utilize….perhaps focus on that sometime soon, cuz the title really got me with this one!!!! Also didn't see the chickens! lol

    Sj Smith

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    One year I released beneficial nematodes into my garden (gardensalive). The next year I had fewer ants. I don't know if it really did anything. I was actually trying to kill of the bad root nematodes.

    Sj Smith

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    He may have a problem with the parsnips and carrots cross pollinating. I'm not an expert; but I've been researching for fun. If my notes are correct, Carrots are related to angelica, anise, caraway, celery, chervil, cilantro, cumin, dill, fennel, lovage, parsley, and PARSNIPS.
 Most carrot seeds are a hybrid and will not produce the same good carrots as planted. Though, it is fun to experiment.

    impbev

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    I was thinking he should print all the info for the seeds right on the labels just in case he can't use his computer in the future or has to pack up his seeds and move. I will get some water proof labels…love this video.

    Sj Smith

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    Totally jealous. This garden is so well designed. Love the compost & worm bin area. This is one area that hubby and I keep wanting to improve in our garden. I'm also interested in the seed saving ideas. I'd love to see this person share some videos too.

    57924hv

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    Great video. My husband and I are very inspired!

    57924hv

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    WOO HOO RON PAUL 2012 YEAHHHH!

    nolessthanill

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    i meant to save seeds from some of my crops that went through all their stages already. but whoops! I wasn't sure how long to wait, maybe until they were brown and dry on the plant? then i went out there one day and all my broccoli seeds had vanished! perhaps i won't blow it when the cilantro is readyh.

    thanks for the video. I like that seeds system. seed saving sounds simple but actually i find it intimidating.

    have you found that something new has developed in your garden's genetic lines?

    justgivemethetruth

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    Well, except for the Ron Paul poster! 😉

    justgivemethetruth

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    Wow, that soil looks really rich and black … very impressive!

    justgivemethetruth

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    This is very interesting. So happy you are out there finding this stuff out for us John, thanks!

    AeroMECH808

    (December 5, 2019 - 10:17 pm)

    I'm going to use his seed storage Idea. Thanks for the great info, awesome garden set up!

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