5 Steps To Create A Successful Container Vegetable Garden

5 Steps To Create A Successful Container Vegetable Garden

Ready for Container Gardening? Set up your container garden complete with pots, saucers and drip irrigation lines. Learn how to easily set up your container vegetable garden and plant some vegetables in your pots and containers.

We begin with the layout of our containers. We then move on to the choice of potting soil or potting mix you need to use for your container garden. We then set up a main drip irrigation line to water the pots or containers and finally we plant some vegetable plants in the containers garden.

Setting up a container garden (or growing in pots) is easy. All we are doing is getting resin based wine barrels and using them as containers. Resin is very resistant to the elements and will last for many years. Its also safe.

For the soil mix you can use a bagged potting mix or make your own potting mix using peat moss/coco coir, perlite/vermiculite and compost/worm castings.

For setting up the drip irrigation line we are using half inch drip tube as the main line and quarter inch tubing as the emitter line. We are using the fan bubble emitter. This provides great coverage while being inexpensive.

Finally we plant our vegetables in the containers or pots we have for a wonderful vegetable garden which will last for many years.

A container garden will expand your growing area and will give you lots of space for you to grow your fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Happy Gardening!


  1. Big Papi on July 27, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Regarding your comment on growing pepper plants here in So. Cal. After a few weeks in the ground apply a P-K type fertilizer like Grow-More 0-50-30 or Alaska Mor-Bloom. That really helps!

  2. Abubaco Mach on July 27, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    can you tell me what size of these containers?thank you.

  3. Shri Vrindavannath on July 27, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Have seen many of your videos. You are doing great, thank you so much for sharing all this videos and info, I’m in Mexico and I’m starting project on getting some plants or trees that are not very common here but they are in India. Specially curry leaves, we can’t get them here so I’m getting some seeds, hopefully some day we’ll have enough curry leaves for everyone here… I was searching for any video in your list of Amla growing. Do you have any project on that? I do have so many other questions but will be doing them with the time. Thanks again!!

  4. Anna Vi on July 27, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    New gardener here. Thank you for this great video! I see that your main line on the video is 5/8” but on the Amazon link you recommend 1/2”. Which one should I use?

  5. lalitha pinnaka on July 27, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    Can we grow spinach in these barrels?

  6. Supriyabk on July 27, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    Amazing video.. loved it…. Do u have money plant at home??

  7. eliki dQ on July 27, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    Those are fake whiskey barrels

  8. Late Grower on July 27, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Very informative as always.

  9. Jon C on July 27, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    You might want to check the pH of your DIY mix. I have the same PremierTech peat and I’m getting pH ~5.3 alone, so I use 5 mL aglime : 750 mL peat to get it to 6.2. Even with compost, the mix might be too acidic for some plants. PTech’s commercial mix (ProMix) comes with liming agents included to up the pH, that’s why it says not to keep the bag wet. Plus you get the extra CalMag as well.

  10. Kannan ROSHAN on July 27, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    my egg plant are flouring but the flours are dry so what i do

  11. California Gardening on July 27, 2021 at 8:53 pm

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  12. Jitha Joseph on July 27, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Could you please share the size of the container? Is it 25"*15"?

  13. Supriyabk on July 27, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Kindly Make a video on all garden tools u use or one should have in their garden..

  14. Leafar Dimalanta on July 27, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    Can you do what vegetables will grow best on 12” containers? Or can grow in 12” containers? I have a really tiny patio, and I really want my own vegetable garden.

  15. Gabriel Gonzalez on July 27, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Great video. By far my favorite gardening channel.

  16. Susan Anuskiewicz on July 27, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    I grew ghost peppers as well, super hot!

  17. Mathur Ramaier Balakrishnan on July 27, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    As a beginner I like your videos especially because of the descriptions provided for a quick look. Keep it up

  18. msjinabina on July 27, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    have you used dry stahl for your container vegetable garden? can it be used in place of perlite and/or vermiculite?

  19. Samantha .Palomino on July 27, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    So helpful! I love this!

  20. Andrew Goldfish on July 27, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Thanks for helpful video. We’re trying cloth bags for the first time this year for potatoes.

  21. Swathi Soman on July 27, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    I have 14-15 containers plants☺️

  22. aiman kay on July 27, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    How often do you water them?

  23. L O F E N O I A L O F on July 27, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    Why would strawberries that I have in 5 gal grow bags not be fruiting ? They have lots of leaves but not fruit ? I water daily and feed occasionally with wi castings. Thank you

  24. L O F E N O I A L O F on July 27, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    How often do you water and for how long ? Thanks !

  25. narmu nayak on July 27, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Hi sir, I want to know how to cure tomato blight

  26. Shilpa on July 27, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    can you please provide the links for buying whiskey barrels or mention the place you bought them

  27. Gardnertino on July 27, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Hello! Finally put a raised bed garden in, and although I lost my spinach, everything else is doing pretty good. For my first time anyway. Question on dill tho…. it’s been thriving. It has gotten extremely tall with thick stalks. Not very bushy (I’ve been trimming back the little sprouts that stem off of the stalk but nothing is growing back bushier. Can I cut the gigantic stalks to let it start over?

  28. orlandogreengirl on July 27, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    As i watch this there are 5881 views. You have encouraged 5881 people to use peat moss. It is not sustainable. Please don’t use it or suggest using it. Coconut coir is sustainable and just as good if not better.

  29. Marcus Aurelius on July 27, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    hi! just watched this video today. did i miss something? i mean this might be common knowledge to most but many need to know- how to orient your garden in terms of sunlight. thank you for the very informative video!

  30. Shellie Massick on July 27, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    I noticed that you are not putting rocks or bricks in the bottom of the containers, under the soil. Would that be a good idea for drainage?

  31. Usha Balachandra on July 27, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    @California Gardening Hi , can you please let me know the size of these containers? Is it 13 in. or 20 inches? thanks in advance. Usha

  32. Rajeswari Venkatakrishnan on July 27, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Excellent inspiring videos. Thank you so much. If possible please give some ideas on vertical gardening for those who have less space and use balcony for gardening purpose.

  33. Sherry Dee on July 27, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    I don’t store my food in plastic, so I’m not growing it in plastic either! I water by hand daily because I prefer to hover & inspect each plant on a daily basis. In fact, I now check them several times a day for pests, or any other signs of damage from squirrels, birds & lizards. I switched to fabric bags & the only plastic I use is a milk crate that I put the grow bags into & I can easily move them when the sun gets too hot for the plants. Just sayin’ & not trying to be judgemental. I know my way isn’t your way. My entire crop was ruined a few years ago from these plastic costco planters getting too hot & frying the roots of my plants! They smelled funny too. They make better worm farms in my opinion.

  34. Satish Vennelakanti on July 27, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    What is the next location to place the containers My backyard is on the north east side of my house I generally will not get direct sunlight after 3.00 pm I live in north CA

  35. Nita Blackwood on July 27, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    best gardening videos on YouTube. been watching you for years now. love the videos

  36. Lorena Lara on July 27, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    hello. how do you set the timers for your irrigation? do you water all the plants the same amount of water?

  37. Sharmi R on July 27, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    Very nice! I’m also starting a veggie garden with fabric grow tubs and a few containers this year!

  38. Amanda Torres on July 27, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Yes would love to see more videos on container gardening . I’ve started a container garden

  39. Akki Avasthi on July 27, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    How you Give water to Drip irrigation? Pls Make full guide video.

  40. Psychology & Health on July 27, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Fed up with tiny pests in soil.

  41. Courtney Kim on July 27, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    I’m a new gardener so your videos are helping me so much! Thanks for the tip about the city compost. I live in Irvine, too and went to pick up a few free bags today from Tierra Verde. 🙂

  42. Tammy Luu on July 27, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    How you have compost from city ? I live in Texas how can I get compost from city

  43. mamta sawant on July 27, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    Always love your videos, good information, masta

  44. Big Papi on July 27, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Excellent video. It took me years to learn all the items you’ve presented in this short video. I can’t think of anything you’ve left out. Follow this to a tee and you will be successful!

  45. Fehmi Abbasi on July 27, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    You are. Master of the gardening