Added by on 2017-03-17

In this episode of Around the Home, I show how to construct a garden barrel capable of housing 50 plants in a four square foot area. It includes a worm composting tube as well. I originally found this idea in the below video and it is well worth the watch. I am hoping it is a compact way to grow organic vegetables and compost at the same time. Check out the June 2014 garden update video. The Half-pint Homestead Video Related PostsDiY How To Make A Vertical Self Watering Garden From a 55 Gallon BarrelMaking the Garden Tower 2: Sampling the Compost Cap — 4 DAYS LEFT on KickstarterOrganic Patio Farming: The Making of the Garden Tower ProjectHomemade Self Watering Container Gardening Construction using a Rain BarrelBuilding Aeroponic Barrel GardenALERT Wall” Around Fukushima Nuclear Plant Melts in 2 Places Following Powerful Typhoons

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20 Comments

  • Brian Smith 5 months ago

    Great video.
    A few tips:
    – the material of the barrels is not PVC, it is High-density polyethylene (HDPE).
    – The right tools help.
    – after drilling the holes in the corners of the pockets, plunge cutting with a circular saw is faster and neater than a jigsaw (if you know how to use one).
    – A 1400 watt heat gun is quicker and is safer than a torch. Heat the outside for 30 seconds, the inside for 30 seconds, back to the outside for 30 and you are ready.
    – a shaped 2×4 is a good pocket opening tool. Rounding the edges of the wood helps with the insertion. Take the other end of the 2×4 and cut about 8" of the length to 2×2.5 with a 30 degree angled point. Put this in after you open the pocket and hold it as vertical a possible. The 2.5" block rounds the pocket out nicely.
    – a large towel dipped into a nearby bucket of water and squeezed just so it doesn't drip, is good for cooling the HDPE within seconds so you can move on to the next pocket.

  • Kathy Goodwin 5 months ago

    These holes close up if you live in a hot climate. I used a light blue water barrel and the side facing south closed up so much that they killed the plants.

  • Anita C 5 months ago

    Love this idea. I live in the northeast what do you do with the worms for the winter? Put them in the ground after growing season?

  • chrisdokken2 5 months ago

    thank you for sharing!

  • Russ Cataldo 5 months ago

    excellent presentation. Russ Cataldo from Knox, Pa.

  • Miguel Capelo 5 months ago

    Container lets too much light through…. imo!

  • Mark Sims 5 months ago

    Great idea !

  • Nelson Dacosta 5 months ago

    nice work

  • Hitomi Lillecrapp 5 months ago

    it might be good to have some wheels on the bottom so you can rotate to catch the sun especially if its on a balcony.

  • Mat Tuk 5 months ago

    Nicely done ..thanks for sharing…..i made some worms towers for my garden, basically just the tube parts in the center about 2ft long buried which i put a sm flower pot over to keep cap it to rain & critters out…I put food scraps & compost in them along w/ worms to start out i also have worm bins so just planting them all over the yard is agood thing worms visit for food and get out under my plants to do their business….I would suggest more holes in your tube make it easier for worms to go back n forth …i think i may just have to make a couple of these for strawberries

  • Joe Dasilva 5 months ago

    "Bead of silly-con!" LoL I'm DEFINITELY making this!!!

  • Joe Dasilva 5 months ago

    "Bead of silly-con!" LoL

  • Cửa gỗ công nghiệp 5 months ago

    I'll try some system. Thanks!

  • Barry Anderson 5 months ago

    This is a very useful video for making a vertical garden barrel.

  • Blue Lotus Organic Red Wine 5 months ago

    Could you take the plugs out and flip the barrel and cut the bottom for the top…then you have 2 drain holes…

  • THESHOMROM 5 months ago

    This is a great project. Thank you for the video.

  • veronica oneill 5 months ago

    gonna try this…thx 🙂

  • Jose Ayala 5 months ago

    At what setting did you have the heat gun and did you have the fan on it slow or fast?

  • pf1950 5 months ago

    how do you get the worms out so they wont freeze in the winter

  • Alpha Wolf 5 months ago

    6:58, no talking needed, just show kids this and they know what the birds and the bees is!