3 Gardening Upcycling Hacks for Growing in Small Spaces Ep4 S1

3 Gardening Upcycling Hacks for Growing in Small Spaces Ep4 S1

This episode shows 3 great gardening hacks of upcycling ways to repurpose items for growing food in small spaces.

The 3 x examples of growing food using upcycled materials are: vertical grow wall using old pallets; old jars; and a mini greenhouse made from recycled plastic containers.

This is the fourth episode in our growing food in small spaces series ( see Ep1 here https://youtu.be/Nh0ol-eAN2U and Ep2 https://youtu.be/jkWWB9O2wQ8 and Ep3 https://youtu.be/RUpR6nGLFmw )

This episode and video series were created with the help of Creator Queensland (a QLD Govt and YouTube initiative) and Griffith University.

The following student crew from LiveLabs helped create the “Growing Food in Small Spaces” series as part of their film course final assessment:

Scott Nolan – Director
Emma Adin – Unit Manager/2nd AD
Karlee Catalano – 1st AD
Sophie Cross – Camera
Phoebe Ireland – Data Wrangler
Tom Davison – Camera
Kenny Waterson – Sound Recordist
Hugo Hood – Production Assist
Patrick Mahon – Continuity

This series was certainly a great learning experience for me as well as being a fun project to help create – thanks to all who made this possible.

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  1. artettina on July 1, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    I would love to do that palette wall with nasturtiums

  2. Meg Davidson on July 1, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    What kinds of fruits and veggies can I grow in these walls?

  3. Sean Boyle on July 1, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    I love the army references and when you bust out the ET.

  4. Sarah Callingham on July 1, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    Thank for the awesome tips. Can’t wait to use them

  5. N Kemp on July 1, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    Woah that walk up camera work in the first shot was class

  6. C J on July 1, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    You’re super sexy

  7. Martha A on July 1, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    So jealous of your climate, in Norway our growingseason is just may to september…

  8. Gwen Brown on July 1, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    Love the pallet wall! I’m definitely going to try that one!! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Ian LukeMitchell on July 1, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    These videos from Mark have inspired ideas I’m definitely gonna use.
    He’s also like a happier friendlier chonkier Russel Crowe

  10. Camlobes Vtec on July 1, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Are you not entertained? ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!

  11. Matthew Goodman on July 1, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Your forearm is jacked

  12. Charles Parker on July 1, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Do you have a video on doing the mulberry cuttings? I have tried a few times unsuccessfully myself

  13. Amanda on July 1, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Pallets are on for a year or so but we had one sitting in our yard (used to have bricks on it) didn’t get rained on over section it was fine, the section in the weather it rotted and the nails rusted…. Not good to have rusty nails in the yard… So when you’re pallet dies, get rid of it

  14. Emil Mellow on July 1, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Great ideas!

  15. Taylor Adams on July 1, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    The gabby sausage holly suppose because joke contradictorily twist till a grumpy bottle. spiritual, hanging estimate

  16. Gary Cooper on July 1, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    Drilling a hole in the bottom of a jar gives better drainage than putting rocks in the bottom. Use a glass and masonry bit, and go slow.

  17. Calvin Smith on July 1, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    Good drills soldier, took me back to kapooka

  18. Lukeandmel Reynolds on July 1, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    Mark how many bags do you think would take to fill 1 pallet ? Great idea just doing the engineering behind it before I try

  19. zeenasworld on July 1, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    Ok Mark you got me. Can you give us some anchovy recipes please. And the name of the anchovies let you get in those beautiful jars. Thanks.

  20. Spider-Man and his amazing friends! on July 1, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    I wonder if Australians have any clue how happy "g’day" makes us non-Australians

  21. khamir49 on July 1, 2021 at 8:13 pm


  22. Self Sufficient Me on July 1, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    G’day Everyone! Hope you are enjoying this series if you have any comments or questions on this episode whack’em down below and I’ll try my best to get to them! Cheers 🙂 P.S If you haven’t seen the first 3 episodes here’s a link to the playlist https://goo.gl/ef3jNt

  23. Woden The Wanderer on July 1, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    "weapon fails to fire"

    Brought back some memories

  24. Antoinette Capell on July 1, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the pallet wall!

  25. Michael Taylor on July 1, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    I would love the growing season you have, the growing season here in Canada is only a couple months.

  26. Faith Fortajada on July 1, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    Amazing absolutely!

  27. Michelle Macagba on July 1, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    How do you keep the pallet from falling over?

  28. Dylan Holley on July 1, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    Bob Ross has been reincarnated as an Australian gardener.

  29. Kirsty Gibbons on July 1, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    Love this video mate

  30. Heather Mason on July 1, 2021 at 8:29 pm


  31. Rick Turner on July 1, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Gold. Pure gold!

  32. Ram Wall on July 1, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Do not use any type of plastic container that had non-food grade material in it

  33. Melbourne Guitar Academy on July 1, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    how do you stop the soil dropping down between layers?

  34. Gene D. on July 1, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    Lock and load!

  35. Anthony Kumar on July 1, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    This guy has got legs for hands

  36. Ram Wall on July 1, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    I don’t know if you mentioned it or not but only bottles should be used that food come in any type of plastic that had any plastic that had like antifreeze in it bug poison fertilizer anything that is poisonous should not use the bottle they came in some plastic buckets are marked on bottom whether they are food-grade arnott

  37. Denise Doodles on July 1, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    What part of the Mulberry tree did you take the clippings from? Does it matter?

  38. angela Lazon on July 1, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    As I was watching you a little over halfway there was a snake hanging out by the orange container behind you

  39. Fran Fran on July 1, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    Love the pallet idea. Think I’m gonna try that. I predict the strawberries are going to spread and take over the top though. Any suggestions for what will grow well together in a pallet in a hot, south-facing area? (Northern hemisphere)

  40. kayleen soden on July 1, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    If someone in the northern hemisphere (zone 4) were to plant strawberries this way, the roots would die off in winter, wouldn’t they?

  41. Barbara - Pigeon Bray on July 1, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    Great ideas ..especially like the pallet garden : }

  42. MiroBilja Barisic on July 1, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Od dudova dobra dudovača rakija!

  43. Caterjunes on July 1, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    Such great ideas. Thank you!

  44. Spraymantis89 on July 1, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    “Cock lock and look in!" God that takes me back!

  45. VisitOxford Tours on July 1, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    2 minutes 25 seconds in. Mark, what a legend you are!!

  46. Pam on July 1, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    I didn’t really understand how he trapped the soil in the pallets, I like that idea though..

  47. Dorothy McGee on July 1, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    Love the video, but one question. How do you anchor the pallet so it doesn’t fall over from wind?

  48. Amy Decker on July 1, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    I may put strawberries in a pallet. I really like that idea.