A Complete Guide to Digging & Planting Your First Vegetable Garden: Tomatoes, Peppers & Herbs

I thoroughly cover all the aspects of starting your first vegetable garden. From selecting the right location & tracking the sun through planting, fertilizing, staking, watering tomatoes and peppers. Plus I show you how to start cilantro, dill and basil from seed. This is great video for first time gardeners. It is a complete guide to help you join the world vegetable gardening.

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Table of Contents

0:00 Introduction
0:48 The Basic Size for Your First Garden
1:33 Basic Principles to Turning the Bed & Adding Bagged Soil
5:00 All the Basic Materials for Your First Garden
7:04 Picking the Right Location – Details on the Sun
8:28 Picking the Right Size for Your Garden
8:54 Cover Your Garden Space with Cardboard (4-6 Weeks)
9:38 Where to Plant Your Plants Based on Height & Shading
11:02 Creating a Weed Barrier with Cardboard
12:46 Using The Garden Soil Bags to Build Your Soil
14:04 Planting the Peppers: All the Steps
16:45 Tomato Spacing and What Indeterminate Means
17:30 Planting Tomatoes: All the Steps
21:38 Planting Chive and Oregano Transplants
23:44 Planting Basil from Seeds
25:24 Planting Dill from Seeds
26:10 Planting Cilantro from Seeds
27:26 Top Dressing with Fertilizer and Staking Your Plants
30:14 Conclusion and Watering Tips

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50 Comments

  1. I Am Tochina on March 18, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    This video is so helpful, so informative! It has me hyped to start my first garden. Thank you ☺️

  2. Ketema Tullu on March 18, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    What is the best season to make raised bed?

  3. Sharon Peek on March 18, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    When I was a kid (in the 50s and 60s), we didn’t call them cherry tomatoes. Everyone called them "tommy-toe" or tommy-toe tomatoes. I still call them that.

  4. Chanelle on March 18, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    When he didn’t take out the weeds hehe 🙃😜 ocd

  5. Xo Xo on March 18, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Love gardening BUT I am extremely afraid of bugs 🐛 🐜 🕷 🐍 😫

  6. DIEGO NIGHTS on March 18, 2021 at 10:42 pm

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  7. That Gardener on March 18, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Very helpful to get your thoughts on setting up vege garden. thanks.

  8. Kimberly on March 18, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    This was excellent, thank you

  9. Caoimhe Grainne Kelly on March 18, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Hi Gary, what if you have very heavy wet clay soil? would you try and remove more of it and add more garden mix? I havent started yet but I dont think it will mix as easily as the soil in your vido

  10. Kay Ruth on March 18, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    You can make any space look so nice , praise YAHWEH ❤️ our CREATOR ALMIGHTY YAHWEH AND MESSIAH KING YAHSHUA ❤️ JESUS’S REAL HEBREW NAME THAT MEANS YAHWEH SAVES ❤️ has really gifted you Gary. I passed this along to my children they want to learn to garden too❤️🙂 thank you so much ❤️ it looks really nice 🙂

  11. Melissa Jones on March 18, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    such a good video thank you so much

  12. Vegetable garden Groch z kapustą on March 18, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    what a beautiful harvest , I have been a gardner for 10 years now and I’m imprest of Your garden. I had also a big harvest in my garden aspecialy zcchucini and corn. Step by to my channel and tell me what You think 🙂 @

  13. Ditri Tegara on March 18, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    I’m Ditri Tegara from Indonesia, I’m learning to grow vegetables and fruit at home. Please help with corrections or comment if there is something wrong on my channel, because your comments really help me when I am learning to plant, thank you 🙏

  14. The Learner Gardener on March 18, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Awesome Video 😍😍 great advice thanks

  15. TheDayDreamer on March 18, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Great videos, I have a question, I am in FL, does it make sense to have your tomato plants alive in december and try to get them through the winter to produce again? Or should you not plant at all, kill them off and wait until feb or march to put the plants in the ground, it seems my tomato plants that made it through the winter have become disease ridden. TY again Gary

  16. Amanda Hines on March 18, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    That was amazing!

  17. Ebony sowhatchonameis on March 18, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    When is the best season to plant your veggies.

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  19. b.b./fins/clara on March 18, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Thank you. I feel that with your instructions i am going to to grow a green thumb haha! 😜 Grateful for your knowledge.

  20. chriserony on March 18, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Should you completely remove the top layer of grass and roots or is turning it enough?

  21. Kevin Hartman on March 18, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    me and my family have been plating alot lately,(due to the pandemic and not knowing if food is gonna be REALLY low)! we have been paying so much attention to these videos. IT HELPS ALOT!!! HONESTLY IT DOES> i really recommend trying. trust me, u wont regret it.

  22. Aqulian Jah on March 18, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    How do u keep the sneaky rabbits out of your garden??

  23. Sabrina Simmons on March 18, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    Could you please explain why the tomato plants are so spaced out? How come you couldn’t put a third like you had thought? I am a beginner trying to learn and I would’ve thought that is more than enough space in between.. thank you

  24. ARLITA GARDEN on March 18, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Very nice Video i love Gardening also

  25. Yessica Perez on March 18, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Thanks! Great video 👏👏👏

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  27. Kimiye Mendonca-Lopez on March 18, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    How wonderful for your son to have you getting his garden started. My backyard is all cement so raised beds only for me.❤️🥬🥦🥒🌽

  28. Luka Yuail on March 18, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    you have amazing ideas TY for helping me

  29. anthony torres on March 18, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    thank you

  30. iseeflowers on March 18, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    Do you need to test the soil for toxicity before you start your garden?

  31. Michael Huynh on March 18, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    Hello sir ! I saw on your videoclip plant garden look very nice you did it.Thank you very much.

  32. Lilian Flores on March 18, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    Ok so now i got to re-watch it and take notes 📝 🙃

  33. Chanelle on March 18, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    I love the feeling of touching soil 🥰🥰🥰🥰

  34. Tanya Hanna on March 18, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Your first vegetable garden tomatoes peppers..Karen Carpenter.. prescription..the brothers Grimm..🧙💤🌹

  35. Scott Joshua on March 18, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    He sounds incredibly unhealthy gasping for breath all the time and if you follow his tips you’ll be incredibly unhealthy too

  36. MarkyMooMoo on March 18, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    I’m a kid who just moved to a new house and I’ve never done gardening and my dad really wants me to so.. I came here to see how to get started and this is really helpful. Thank u 😀

  37. jemt1290 on March 18, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    I don’t have a garden. I love the way you teach all this stuff and I really want to grow my own vegetables but the only space I have available is the roof of the builing I live in. Do you have any videos on how to build a garden like this in a wooden planter? Or is it even possible? I want a couple tomatoes and maybe one or two peppers. I might have like a 4X3 space to do it. I’d love it if you could help me a little. Thank you, greetings from Mexico!

  38. Mark Oliver on March 18, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    One green bell pepper in Hawaii cost about 3 dollars.

  39. EvenStar LoveAnanda on March 18, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    It seams like it is cheaper to buy vegetables then to grow them including all the work and watering every day.
    I am not a farmer and this seams to take too much time and work in a small Scale like this.

  40. I am the best on March 18, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Youre from nashville? Thats where taylor swift came fromm omgg

  41. mya alexander on March 18, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    I have no idea where to begin I want to grow my own garden so I can start my vegan stuff as well this will be very fun to do and see how it grows

  42. EvenStar LoveAnanda on March 18, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    How long does it take to grow these plants?

  43. Billy Wenger on March 18, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    It would be awesome if you post a follow up video, so we can see what it looks like at harvest!

  44. Ximena Baughman on March 18, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    Great video as always, very informative and educational. I am e new wanna be gardener this was very helpful. Thank you!!
    Ps would you like to adopt me and help/ direct me to set up my garden? Lol
    Thanks again for all the great videos.

  45. Nick Adams on March 18, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    Great video! Subbed!

  46. Skating Canuck on March 18, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    I have watched hours and hours of your videos, but my seedlings are not as sturdy as yours. How long do you wait before transplanting? They look about 8 weeks old.

  47. Spammy 1 on March 18, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    My garden planting is no problem. It’s the insects. The stink bugs, caterpillars 🐛 and Gnats. They have destroyed my garden before I can harvest the veggies.

  48. Xyril Demir on March 18, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    this was helpful. Teach my children too. 🙂

  49. Leobardo Lopez on March 18, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    Why didnt you just rent a cement mixer..?

  50. Aida Naseri on March 18, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    When you say after they start flowering to spread seeds somewhere else do you mean in the same area? Or a completely new area? Sorry, complete beginner here!

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