Added by on 2015-08-17

This is an update to my video on how to make and use a free DIY grow bag for growing vegetables .Make free DIY self watering grow bag for vegetable gardening Larry Hall inspired. I got the idea of grow bags from Larry Hall who uses 50 cent Walmart bags and also rain gutters to grow his vegetables. I could not get any Walmart bags so made a tool to poke a ton of holes in my bags of dirt and used them as grow bags and set them into troughs of water made with plastic garbage bag liners and PVC. I think this method is working out well and can not think of a cheaper or easier method of growing plants on my balcony. The bags of dirt only cost at leows. If you try it, be sure to sue a dirt with lots of organic matter so it will wick the water properly. I don’t get much sun on my balcony as it faces east, so I am experimenting with different vegetables and plants to see what will grow the best in my situation. I have been eating the sweet potato leaves as they grow very well and will be growing more ginger and have bought some Malabar spinach seeds to try . here are some of my other gardening videos you may be interested in. part 2 sweet potato leaves for food on the balcony experiment -algae & plant growth Hester Martz tightwad potting plants method Balcony vegetable gardening with grow bags made from landscape cloth and glue gun Make free DIY self watering grow bag for vegetable gardening Larry Hall inspired. balcony vegetable garden experiment update https://www.youtube.com/edit?video_id=eF8dO5ellxs&ns=1 Related PostsCentral Florida Gardening – Fall Vegetable GardeningMake free DIY self watering grow bag for vegetable gardening Larry Hall […]

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20 Comments

  • didanhtennis 2 years ago

    This is great.

  • Anna Hermali 2 years ago

    Hi, I will appreciate to get some info how and soil composition and size of planters to grow sweet potatoes and ginger. Thanks.

  • Elizabeth Jaitu 2 years ago

    Very encouraging and gonna try that in my balcony, but why have you inserted those PVC pipe (apart from those used for trellis) inside of the bag, was that to keep the soil moist, and how do you do that ??

  • swampmammytheone 2 years ago
  • Lori Eldridge 2 years ago

    To get tomatoes to pollinate indoors just shake the branches with blooms daily. I also use a heating pad under the pots/bags as tomatoes like heat (i'm in the cold NW). The leaf mold is usually caused by lack of water so you might try increasing the amount of water. I'm enjoying sweet potatoes also – make an interesting house plant.?

  • Toni Bartling 2 years ago

    You should self pollinate with a paint brush~?

  • marthachillin 2 years ago

    Your plants look great ! However being that they are on a screened patio

  • Night Hiker 2 years ago

    Super tool.Thanks!?

  • nery colon 1 2 years ago

    Great video. I also grow it from my balcony. Loved and Subbed.

  • didanhtennis 2 years ago

    Rob, how do you eat the leaves of sweet potatoes?

  • Garden Sheds Devon 2 years ago

    I believe that these methods will surely work out and I am sure as well that this is really nice for our balcony. This self watering grow bag is really good and I guess this is very economical. I got your ideas and I will give it a try.

  • Robb's Homemade Life 2 years ago

    eating home grown will spoil you though.
    it is hard to eat store tomatoes once you grew them, same with eating fresh caught shrimp, I used to net them off of the bridges and eat them the same night, which made it impossible to eat most other shrimp afterwards.

  • Chef Buck 2 years ago

    We're not gonna be in a spot long enough to invest in plants in a garden anytime soon–or at least that's the plan–I envision a nice herb garden somewhere in the future; it's so nice just walking out the door and getting something to eat that you grew yourself

  • Robb's Homemade Life 2 years ago

    thanks imstillworkin. it is fun to see what will grow in the small space and limited sun and the lazy tendencies of me the gardener. I am learning a lot from the plants and you guys too. Susan, if you get the time, check out a youtuber named Mugsyjeff, he and his wife Wilma are in Australia and he grows very interesting plants and cooks many dishes with home grown ingredients and is an experimenter like you.

  • imstillworkin 2 years ago

    Your plants really look great. I bet you do an amazing job with a garden.

  • marthale7 2 years ago

    Great job!. Looks great.

  • ItalyPaul - Art In Fruit & Vegetable Carving Lessons 2 years ago

    Nice !

  • Robb's Homemade Life 2 years ago

    Thanks Trace. I grew them a long time ago when i had a yard and got them to grow for a long time in the warm weather we have down here.. I am still experimenting with what can grow in the limited sun I have. I will be growing more parsley and swette potatos and ginger and have ordered some malabar spinach seeds. I had back luck with the onions, lettuce and even mustard.

  • Robb's Homemade Life 2 years ago

    Thanks Joyce.

  • Joyce B 2 years ago

    That is a pretty good idea. I hope you get lots of produce and have a great time growing it.