My Top 20 Youtube Garden Channels (and a brief tour) || Black Gumbo

My Top 20 Youtube Garden Channels (and a brief tour) || Black Gumbo

In my gardening education, YouTube has been the best tool overall. If I could have one resource, it would be fellow gardeners. In this video I will tell you how I watch videos, even those that are very far removed from my style of gardening. And then I will list out for you 20 channels I think you should check out. These are the folks I learn from.

Not everyone on this list does it your way or my way. Not all are great in production value. Some are not real polished on camera, some are highly skilled on camera. Some have nice equipment, some have their phone and a tripod like me. But ALL of them have much to teach us. We can glean much wisdom and knowledge here. This is MY list, and there are dozens more friends I watch and comment on regularly, but for the past year or so (and more for some) this has been the top bunch of resources to improve my gardening skill.

— Experimenting in Ireland, Red Gardens with Bruce Darrell
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq9U-gJ1LtDCE4W5BhEDFSQ

— Jess and Miah at Roots and Refuge
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTZN3HhejW1tOiRdLGUCGGA

— The No-Dig sage, Charles Dowding
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB1J6siDdmhwah7q0O2WJBg

— My favorite channel because of his unorthodox ways, David the Good
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC208478ECji1rdkDDbB0vHQ

— Dirtpatch Heaven, Julianne is homesteading and has serious garden skill
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2GQkhnB8tQ_9P6p3lUYsfQ

— Ariel at Fy Nyth, a tiny house and large gardens in the high country
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaLQEHLG8SPlICSdxyCGCXA

— Gary at the Rusted Garden, one of the most comprehensive gardeners
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCptL6_qMImyW_yZwiMjQdpg
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAPRtyacJ69AUdb7o-TZLSw

— Greg Ison at Ison’s vinyard, just a few vides but here’s the Muscadine Bible.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy6iKgFjtnQ3lDjoa-hCPxQ

— Relax, chill and learn some tricks from the delightful Kaye Kittrell
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo4aT9hGe42svHHAiRG1WTQ

— Another comprehensive gardener, MIgardener:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVGVbOl6F5rGF4wSYS6Y5yQ

— You have to love Charles at Old Alabama Gardener, great fellow
https://www.youtube.com/user/OldAlabamaGardener/videos

— If you like figs, visit PA Figs:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTHuEttYttbJrO6NyCWAZyA/videos

— And more figgery at Ross Raadi’s channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCh4xi7vaYdiuljzcdr4pBw

— The encouraging and always smiling Mark from Self Sufficient Me down under.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJZTjBlrnDHYmf0F-eYXA3Q

— Life in a Yurt with this delightful family, The Fit Farmer – Mike Dickson
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgrA2BxbEwkStpOefAMYH_Q

— Experimenting and doing good things, especially known for her pepper pruning videos. Check out Veronica:
https://www.youtube.com/user/veronicavflores/videos

— Prairie Plantgirl knows far more than most. Well worth subscribing:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFodKNzWU-NXZCsGhHE51jg

— Down to earth honesty with Danny and Wanda at Deep South Homestead
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn0P1Q-lAsIwnIM8wDPCg_g

— Green Deane teaches us what weeds to eat:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLRDaR2ywG1APiwUzeTwrJw

— SkillCult – Cutting edge homesteading, great tools to glean here.
https://www.youtube.com/user/1sustainablehedonist/videos

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50 Comments

  1. duckhunt11001 on July 7, 2021 at 1:39 am

    You have to check out One Yard Revolution. Love your channel.

  2. Shane West on July 7, 2021 at 1:41 am

    I realize this video is a couple of years old but I’d just like to say that I really liked it. I learned a ton from Gary at TRG, I’ve seen all his videos.
    If I may recommend a channel to you then check out Jeff from " The Ripe Tomato Farms " in Canada, he’s such a great guy who has much to teach.

  3. *JEN JEN* G on July 7, 2021 at 1:43 am

    Home Grown Veg is a great channel as well 😄

  4. Kaye Kittrell Late Bloomer on July 7, 2021 at 1:44 am

    Thanks so much for the shoutout, Scott! Congrats on your channel taking off!!

  5. Marissa Matsuzaki on July 7, 2021 at 1:47 am

    The rusted garden!! Yes! I also watch migardener and mark at ssm. I love Rainbow Gardens. Thanks for sharing some others I hadn’t heard of yet.

  6. Home Gardeners on July 7, 2021 at 1:47 am

    Love from Bharat (india) ❤️

  7. Leticia GR on July 7, 2021 at 1:48 am

    Great video. Have you ever watched California gardening? If you find the time you should check him out.

  8. Z E on July 7, 2021 at 1:48 am

    Scott Head should do collaborations with @leadfarmer73

  9. Arkansas Woodcutter on July 7, 2021 at 1:48 am

    Awesome video. One of your best.

  10. Dee Winston on July 7, 2021 at 1:49 am

    Thanks Scott, you mentioned several gardening channels I watch and several I haven’t watched yet. The YouTube gardening channels have taught me so much, you included. I appreciate your advice. God bless.👩‍🌾

  11. Gary Klingelsmith on July 7, 2021 at 1:49 am

    The Rusted Garden is where I learned all my gardening when I began. Basic down to earth teaching. Very similar to your approach.

  12. unsalted tomato on July 7, 2021 at 1:49 am

    I’ve found "i am organic gardening" runs some neat experiments, too, and he has some interesting ideas. It seems like he does a lot of research

  13. AtHomeWithSheree on July 7, 2021 at 1:50 am

    Thanks for this. Several are on my list of must watch but over half are new to me! I’ve also learned a ton from YouTube and books. I am a chemist by training so I’ve been studying the science of soil also. My first year garden was so incredibly productive and I still learned so much. But that’s the fun of this gardening hobby-live and learn and figure out what actually works best for your specific microclimate. YouTube is definitely filled with so much great info!

  14. Martin Dohnal on July 7, 2021 at 1:50 am

    👍

  15. Nancy Ates on July 7, 2021 at 1:51 am

    I like john kohler Growing your greens channel.Old Alabama Gardener, roots an refuge, an Deep South homestead, mi gardener, Doug and Stacy, Rob Greenfield, self sufficient me. Justin Rhodes, So many good ones.

  16. 2 Birds, 1 Stone, Backyard Gardening and Living on July 7, 2021 at 1:53 am

    I gleam to get ideas but always watch knowing their are many ways to skin that cat! Too many variables to carbon print copy ideas. Just started my own channel and using it as a personal notebook…two birds one stone.

  17. Ocean Bound on July 7, 2021 at 1:54 am

    Shout out to Gary @therustedgarden what an awesome mention. I would argue most influential gardner on you tube❤️🌱💚

  18. Chivan Sieberichs on July 7, 2021 at 1:56 am

    I really enjoy watching Hollis and Nancy’s Homestead. The two of them have great spirits, very detailed explanation on how to plant and build and fellow Christians who in every episode share the Christ’s message.

    Enjoying your channel as well! Blessings

  19. Kaye’s Cottage on July 7, 2021 at 1:57 am

    I was hoping you had some channels for me that were more on the English garden – flowers,herbs….. relaxing.

  20. Green Indore on July 7, 2021 at 1:59 am

    I have inspired myself from your gardening and made my own channel. please see. https://youtu.be/yZVy1f7oP3A

  21. vicki perkins on July 7, 2021 at 1:59 am

    Great video ! Thanks for sharing and God bless you from another Christian 🙏

  22. SkillCult on July 7, 2021 at 2:05 am

    Thanks for the shout out Scott! Our mutual friend David the Good let me know about this. If I were to write a gardening book, it would be on non-dogmatic gardening. There are a huge number of tools and techniques available to us, but frequently we are sold systems that may or may not apply well to our contexts. The process of learning to garden in the modern age with so much information is essentially a never ending experiment. I think one of the best adjustments anyone can make in gardening is to learn to be curious and adventurous and embrace experimentation. If we consider knowledge gained to be more valuable than food grown, which it often is, the game completely changes.

  23. SexyBulldozerMan on July 7, 2021 at 2:05 am

    This guy is awsome, hes helping the channels and helping us to for some more cool channels

  24. Country Homestead Preacher on July 7, 2021 at 2:06 am

    New to your channel, looking forward to watching your videos. We watch several of these channels already but look forward to checking out some of these others!

  25. Anita Murphy on July 7, 2021 at 2:07 am

    I already watch most of these channels and heartily agree.
    If you want to deep dive and learn, YouTube creators are pure gold.
    Going to check out the others on your list that I don’t know.

  26. Jay Gordon on July 7, 2021 at 2:08 am

    Charles Dowding channel is great. Compost master

  27. Jeff Hiatt on July 7, 2021 at 2:09 am

    this was really helpful. i found several channels which are interesting.

    One thing that would help, is to list the agricultural zone for each. I live in 6b and while you can indeed glean from gardens everywhere, i would also be interested in finding channels that have to deal with similar weather / conditions as myself. thanks and take care.

  28. Soul Train Garden on July 7, 2021 at 2:12 am

    Hey Scott, enjoy your thoughtful, articulate and easy going presentation style. Love the fact about learning from everyone and I am just getting started with my videos, but you make it feel like a sense of community or being part of the same tribe if that makes sense. Its very heartwarming. Love learning from you and all the best to your family.

  29. Elizabeth Myers on July 7, 2021 at 2:14 am

    Great list of channels. There were several I had never heard of and will check out. I’m so glad I found your channel. I think I may have herbicide poisoning in my raised beds and that’s how I found you. I put in six raised beds this year and purchased organic raised bed potting soil to fill them. I’m getting some of the same symptoms you got on your tomatoes. But I’m still not sure that’s what it is. I emailed the two companies involved to see if they in fact test their product to ensure no contamination. We’ll see if they respond. I was nice in my emails lol and I don’t blame them. Sounds like there are farmers out there using these herbicides and not reporting it.

  30. Napoleon GARDENING FARMING TV on July 7, 2021 at 2:14 am

    A very good advice sir. I also like and watch Selfsufficient Me. That is a very nice principle of learning!

  31. Diana Woodward on July 7, 2021 at 2:15 am

    My top gardening channel…humm..Black Gumbo Southern Garden.

  32. fiona priddin on July 7, 2021 at 2:16 am

    I’ve been watching your Chanel for all of 2020 (you’re amazing and thank you for all your wisdoms!!)…. but boy you threw me just now… no hat! 😱😂🤗🤗🥰

  33. Seattle Stevie on July 7, 2021 at 2:17 am

    My approach to gardening is very similar to yours, which is why I love your channel! I’ll follow some basic guidelines but I really love to experiment and just see what happens! Often times my experiments tend to get more successful results than if I follow traditional principles. Thanks to your channel, I’m growing some okra up here in the Pacific Northwest! It’s not something I ever would’ve considered but I figured, why not? I planted a few seeds in a large container a couple weeks ago and they germinated/sprouted beautifully. We’re hitting some cooler weather in the next week but things will start heating up again in July so I’m excited to see how they do because I LOVE okra! I follow several of the channels you listed but will definitely check out the others. Jess and Miah are one of my favorites, too. Jess is so knowledgeable and I’ve learned so much from her, but I also just love their videos of life on the homestead. I’m a back/frontyard gardener like you, but I do enjoy the videos of the large homesteads as well. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge! YouTube is such an incredible platform for all of us to learn. Happy gardening!

  34. nagasvoice on July 7, 2021 at 2:19 am

    Great list, including folks new to me, who will be fun to watch while it’s raining me out here! Among the ones I know, I really appreciate them. I particularly lean on SkillCult for ideas on pruning my trees, his apple breeding efforts can be exciting. I maintain hope of great red-fleshed apple varieties from him.
    Just wanted to mention two more channels you might like. As a market gardener Josh Sattin is changing gears just now and doing some more how-tos on setups that I may never have room for, but interesting nonetheless. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHynVrKVZtTXf3hndd2ZR4A
    An expert British gardener I find inspiring, partly because I also have heavy clay as my native soil, but also because he’s so low-key about handling tough stuff: "So the water only got up to here, where I’m standing. We’ll just wait for the flood to go down from the lower part of the garden and see how things came through it." https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn39Tlja_nTt1wbNi_pkfrw
    He’s on a December hiatus but his older videos are a resource on how to grow lots of different things. His place always looks very clean and tidy and organized – not like me at all . Gotta say, your garden looks so clean and organized too!

  35. David The Good on July 7, 2021 at 2:21 am

    Thank you, Scott. I am a big fan of your channel as well.

  36. Caribbean Spice on July 7, 2021 at 2:21 am

    I needed this info and just subscribed. 🙏🏼🌱🙌🏼

  37. anonymous on July 7, 2021 at 2:21 am

    putting an egg in the hole when I plant doesn’t work for me as the racoon dug it up!! ("needless to say the racoon ate the egg.") In spite of early frost, and critters eating my plants I still LOVE gardening and so enjoy watching how others do their gardening!

  38. Grafting Tactick on July 7, 2021 at 2:25 am

    Good varieties of vegetables in your garden, great video 👍

  39. Cloud Gardener UK on July 7, 2021 at 2:27 am

    As a new channel.. this was really useful! Thank you for this ❤

  40. Harry Paul Dean on July 7, 2021 at 2:28 am

    I agree

  41. Karen Zieba on July 7, 2021 at 2:30 am

    Great video and recommendations!

  42. Ocean Bound on July 7, 2021 at 2:31 am

    Don’t forget Robbie and Gary❤️ awesome technique for growing what you eat, also very relaxing 👍

  43. Debgalls Garden on July 7, 2021 at 2:32 am

    love your channel and your advice!! Thank you

  44. Gardening In Canada on July 7, 2021 at 2:34 am

    I should have started my science of gardening based channel sooner. I would have been a serious contender 😉

  45. Quel Gardener on July 7, 2021 at 2:34 am

    Hi Scott. I found your channel while searching for channels based out of my area (Corpus Christi). I know you are a few hundred miles from me, but I think we are still in the same zone. Anyway, thank you for the list of gardeners you mentioned on this video. I subscribed to most of them and have watch a few of their videos. Very informative. Maybe I’ll start a channel of my own, though just thinking about it seems too daunting. Don’t know where to start.

  46. JuicingGardener (Sheryl Mann) on July 7, 2021 at 2:35 am

    I birthed my gardening passion 7 years ago watching youtube videos. I am so grateful to all the food growers out there that took the time to make good videos. Thanks so much for this list! There were a couple I had not heard of yet. Love your videos as well!
    Sheryl 🙂

  47. Gary NorCal on July 7, 2021 at 2:36 am

    Love your approach..
    I too, am a hobbyist backyard gardener. I love watching your backyard.
    🙂🙃🙂😉

  48. The Garden Lane on July 7, 2021 at 2:37 am

    One of my favorite channels for sheer beauty, relaxation and inspiration is actually a foodie channel but it’s garden to table and includes some absolutely breathtaking garden scenes and landscapes and she grows so much of her own food and installs so much of her garden structure that half of the videos are about gardening and rural life. It’s the "Liziqi" channel, a young woman in China who is rather amazing. You must check her out, you will become a subscriber just like the millions of others who follow her.

  49. rumrunner13 on July 7, 2021 at 2:37 am

    Migardener? Khang Starr? Pretty solid list of gardeners even though you missed the two I mentioned. Btw, David the Good is king! His books are so helpful.

  50. Misskat on July 7, 2021 at 2:38 am

    Thank you for this list, I’ve learned so much from you.

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