Is Plastic Bad to Use in a Container Vegetable Garden to Grow Food? and more Gardening Q&A

John from answers your organic gardening questions. In this episode he answers the following questions: 1.How to Preserve F…
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25 Responses to “Is Plastic Bad to Use in a Container Vegetable Garden to Grow Food? and more Gardening Q&A”

  1. I think plastic used for storing food is qualified for plant use. You can check that triangle symbol, usually at the bottom of the container, if it’s safe.

  2. Salt or smoking food (especially fish and meat) works in tropical places.

  3. I saw a guy in Florida who grows some Yams in plastic grow bags around his pine tree, with excellent results. watch?v=qUztGqSBmQE

  4. Have you ever grown stuff in soil that is next to a pine tree? It’s always exposed, hard to dig, and can be acidic, not liked by many trees, especially edibles. This is why it could be better to knock some down, but I do agree to put up replacements. It is just difficult with how the coniferous trees alter the soil beneath them when they get huge. Plus the soil they grow in usually is exposed to the elements, water is more likely to evaporate off the surface of the soil.

  5. Use the wood for the raised beds, but really do not cut any trees before you have replacements already growing. Trees grow slow, and they do a lot for the environment. There are some edible mushrooms that can grow in pine wood as well, so after a few years of growing mushrooms from it, you can then use the spent wood for compost.

  6. Merry Christmas John !

  7. Tree’s = Oxygen

  8. The people with the pine trees everywhere… knock some down on your property, let the logs decompose somewhere, and build raised beds and plant fruit and legume trees in the old pine tree locations, also mulch!

  9. You could build a raised bed from rocks, too. They NEVER rot! They just get eroded over thousands of years…

  10. Question: do vegetable seeds need to be dried before planting them? 

  11. Sounds great, what types of wood should i use?

  12. Do you have a video explaining how to make the phytopods? I’d love to see if if you do!

  13. Hey, John and asker of the question regarding plastic containers for gardening: don’t forget the phytopods, hey! I was VERY inspired by John showing the phytopods at the San Fransico Green Festival (/watch?v=2nyNUNNHspA) and have MYSELF made two phytopods completely for free from recycled garden materials as well as free coffee sacks I got from a local coffee shop (they didn’t know what to do with the huge excess :D !). I’m eating veggies that I’ve grown in one of them now!! :) :)

  14. I live in a townhouse and I have mainline running through my backyard. I am not able to grow my garden in the ground instead I have been purchasing smart pots off of amazon and growing them in there. They sit on wooden benches. I live by the beach so we have a lot of crab grass and I don’t want them getting in my vegetable garden.

    Thanks for the videos John. I really appreciate them!!

  15. Good morning from Thailand! Plastic has ruled and may eventually ruin the world.
    John, I have been one of your website fans since the start of this year. I absolutely appreciate your super passion and energy to present what your believe. Even though it’s not 100% applicable here in Thailand, there are a lot useful ideas. Please keep on doing! One of the advises I gave to Thai people, in a website, who would like to start home gardening is watching your video.

  16. indoorharvestgardens Reply August 30, 2013 at 9:08 am

    nice video on the rock dust vs. azomite, now if i could get some of either, lol ;) -

  17. John gives lots of great advice – just get growing! I nstead of plastic: wooden raised beds, wooden planters, or used wine/ whiskey barrels. In a moist climate, we have had wine barrels (made of all natural white oak) used as planters last 15+ yrs & counting. In addition to concerns re harmful substances leaching into soil… manufacturing plastic is harmful to the environment. Growing under pines? Try plants that naturally NEED acidic soil: cranberries & blueberries come to mind.

  18. Naturally water-proof woods need no waterproofing – if the joints are smooth and tight. They may need to be soaked for half a day or so for the wood to take up as much water as it will, and then swell, sealing the joints. Wine or whisky barrels work great. Fill with water outside first, then empty and bring inside before filling with soil/ compost/ potting medium. Good growing!

  19. John does not recommend canning because canned food – even home canned (or potted as the Brits say) is COOKED. Never mind that humans have been likely been eating cooked food for 125,000-400,000 yrs (depending on which expert you ask). Some healthy foods cannot be eaten raw by humans, but a high % of raw foods also is ideal. Natural pickling, uncanned, provides nutrients ‘pre-digested’ by beneficial bacteria. Those bacterial also benefit the digestive tract.

  20. I actually go to his channel and am currently trying to watch all his vids, I’m still watching things from 3 years ago.

  21. lolol 5:30

  22. CannabisCancerCure Reply August 30, 2013 at 11:53 am

    This year I canned beats, pickles, crab apples and apple sauce. Why don’t you recommend canning?

  23. ThePaleoAgrarianist Reply August 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Hey John, I live in a cold climate (zone 4-5). My local garden supply store only sells manure, which I need to use until I can make enough compost, in the spring/summer. Is it ok to apply manure/compost in the spring? Everywith I’ve read in books says to apply it in the fall.

  24. Is pouring diluted human urine on my veggie garden in the off season a good idea?? If yes what would be to much??