Low Budget Terraced Garden Build

Low Budget Terraced Garden Build

I have a spot near my garden the gets excellent sun – but it’s on the the side of a rocky hill with useless soil. In this video I show a way to make a terraced garden on a slope using basic tools and materials.

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  1. Tahlie L on July 22, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Thankyou for keeping it real for us real folk who don’t have tractor dollars!! I do a lot of dragging and carrying and barrowing. It’s great for the body, and coming up with inventive ways to move stuff is great for the brain!

  2. GreenEyedFlower on July 22, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    This is what I admire so much. Good old Nova Scotia ingenuity. You don’t have a tool, can’t afford to buy that tool, you make it yourself with what you have, or what you find for free. Thanks for the video Greg, I’m keeping this lesson in my brain library for future use! πŸ™‚

  3. Candice Tipton on July 22, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    Omg! This man reminds me sooo much of myself by utilizing his surroundings for his landscaping designs and physically hauling his material himself while using his hands as tools for creating and building his gardening ideas. He even took the words right out of my mouth when he stated that tractors aren’t cheap! Lol

  4. Shirley G on July 22, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    You can stop the pegs from shredding by taking a knife to the edge that you hit. Just round the edge a bit.

  5. Ronda Corkhill on July 22, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    steel toed boots would be very helpful during these kinds of builds. LOL

  6. Lori Neid / Tiny Toad Farm on July 22, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    I have some beds to build this fall Might just try the logs, we have a bunch too lol. I may hire a guy down the road & his tractor lol I can not move a log on my own πŸ‘΅ Nice job πŸ‘

  7. Mary Steen on July 22, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Love love love your tamping tool- log with a broom handle. Why remove the lousy clay soil and replace the bottom layer with exactly the same material? I just keep adding each year bags of garden soil, yes it will take years before the soil is at best level for gardening. I’ve put up quarts and quarts of Tomatoes from my 2020 garden, this year I’ve going with ALL flowers. I am sick of the critters, stink bugs eating my summer squash, zucchini and cukes. You can also go one or two higher with your terracing for more garden space but based on the long shots of your property, you have plenty of garden space already. Mine is the rear garden of a townhouse in Maryland, south of Baltimore. My ONLY objection is my DAD would have had a FIT if I threw our garden tools around like you did, but you have the ability to repair them. LOVE YOUR VIDEO, I have a steep pitch of a share lawn space in the front so I am using cinder blocks to terrace. There is NOTHING on the net to assist me, but a little common sense goes a long way.

  8. Sacred Cow BBQ on July 22, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Another great video! Appreciate how you do low cost, low tech. Cheap is a compliment in Nova Scotia!

  9. Martin Andrews on July 22, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    I’m dealing with erosion right now. My issue is I already have veggies planted so I can only fill in with soil as the garden gets bigger.

  10. denise sergeant on July 22, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    great video! It makes me think that it would be interesting if you did a video of your tool cache.

  11. carrie strongman on July 22, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    theres a guy thats on face book the weedy gardenthat makes soil bacteria adding to his compost its ready in 21 days he is also on u tube only i at the moment lives in aussie he is a photographer and cant move around at the moment i enjoy watching you however you are inclined to put yourself down i live in nz keep up the good work

  12. Rachael Pohlman on July 22, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    Thank you again for another amazing and practically useful video. You really have a gift for empowering the average person. As a woman, that is so amazing and freeing. I don’t need machinery or an engineering degree to be able to transform my land and take more control of my food supply.
    I have so many areas on my land that are wonderful growing areas but, they are on hills. Like you, my opinion is to use it for space hogs and crops that I don’t want in my main garden. And selfishly, I’d like to avoid having to mow those awful slopes!
    I’ve been using logs since starting to watch your videos. I’ve been clearing and processing logs through the fall and winter, and am looking forward to test out my terracing skills.
    Thanks again.

  13. AVS on July 22, 2021 at 9:12 pm


  14. Debbie Gallett on July 22, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    Spruce is what they use for airplanes.

  15. StuckinTheCity on July 22, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    I’d like to do this on about a half acre of slope. Except I wanna plant bamboo on the terraced levels. And turn out my goats on it a few times a week for grazing

  16. Maura on July 22, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    I really appreciate this video! Love the attention to accessibility. This will be my first time creating a terraced garden, so I appreciate how you broke down each step and also gave tips along the way!

  17. Neil Anderson on July 22, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    That is a thing of great beauty. You done a power of work to get there, well done! Wish I had as much land as you, but I rent and only have my garden to work on. It’s enough for me all the same. You strike me as a good man and it’s great therapy to watch you hard at work. All the best from the far West reaches of Europe (that’ll be Scotland).

  18. Michael Lippmann on July 22, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    As usual my friend great job….I can see you likely will not stop expanding your garden. I am reworking my grden bed layout this year and I calculate I can get another 200 square feet of garden area! Looking forward to ripping into that after the garden is harvestted and put to bed!
    Garden on brother!
    Mike πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ˜πŸ‘

  19. carrie strongman on July 22, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    the weedy garden

  20. Simply Garden & Home on July 22, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    Nice expansion there. Like you, I’m always looking for open spaces to plant my sugar pumpkins

  21. Kathryn Kidd on July 22, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    How is the new Ruth Stout potato patch coming along?

  22. N S on July 22, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Haha, that bit about your son had me cracking up! Constructive and creative way to impose a consequence for behavior. I have memories of that kind of consequence from my childhood!πŸ˜‚ Builds character!

  23. Mide Allen on July 22, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    Such a great video learnt so much

  24. Cynthia Smith on July 22, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    This video is exactly what I was looking for, to fix up our slope behind the chicken run. We live in south western Nova Scotia and have 17 acres of woods and clay soil and rocks. And not rich. So your suggestions are very practical and now I can’t wait to get started

  25. Wendy's Garden on July 22, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Nice! "She didn’t know when to stop gardening sometimes" could be my epitaph if I croak this year! ; ) And the fruit trees aren’t in yet…

  26. siege919 on July 22, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Really feel ya on this one. I do enjoy some of the homestead YTers, and I can see some expenditure if it were an entire extended family undertaking IF you had the means to do so. I do wonder how someone can do all these things AND still have time to vlog it.
    I’m always amazed at how many gifts are sent to them by subscribers. . Like I’m just getting by, and these people have high tunnels and tractors, and order stuff without a second thought. It’s never occurred to me once that I should (or am in a position to) "help them out."
    But I’m an average Joe cheapweed like you, who likes to grow stuff.
    Thanks as always for the very enjoyable (and relatable) vids.

    P.S. They may fall under your umbrella term of "fashion gardener/homesteader"

  27. Kath's Gully Garden New Zealand on July 22, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Watching you from New Zealand Greg, we are deep in a rainy winter, so awesome watching you and building anticipation for my gully garden

  28. Debunk TV on July 22, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Nice video 😊

  29. Lauren Jacobsen on July 22, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    I so enjoy your videos. Thank you for sharing them.

  30. luckychicav on July 22, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    Hello Greg! I Love your new terraced bed. I think it’s just all the natural materials you gather to make it. May it be very productive for you, thank you for sharing, much appreciated. πŸ˜‰

  31. Tom Martucci on July 22, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    This video was fun to watch. Lots of great safety tips.

  32. Bobby Smac on July 22, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Way to keep the expense down. Great video as always. Adding three beds this summer and doing the rustic log construction because they’re free works for me. Will you incorporate that mulch into the soil, or just keep adding mulch as you go?

  33. michael boom on July 22, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    I really like that set up…can see you doing more of that!

  34. Linda Sands on July 22, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Great watching someone doing heavy work. Much better than having to do it myself 😁😁😁😁

  35. Dwayne Brown on July 22, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    I remember your story about the crowbar. Two and a half weeks ago I dropped a pitchfork on my left foot been to the emergency room three times it’s finally healing up. This year I pulled sciatic nerve left leg and drop the Pitchfork left leg I will never stop gardening.

  36. lime on July 22, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    super nice video! Making some back breaking parts look easy lol, but amazing overall

  37. pink slippers on July 22, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    This was so relaxing to watch and listen to….in a few years that hill will look like the terraced gardens of Peru !

  38. Bhagat Pradhan on July 22, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Hats off to your will power and hard work! castle did not built in a day

  39. Martin Andrews on July 22, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Also what if i wanted to turn what u call ur standing area into another row would that work. I have a good bit of corn and I think doing smaller rows would be better than one big row. I’m opened to ideas. It’s basically a 20 x 40 area and it’s kinda divided into sections like 4 rows of corn 4 rows of tomato and pepper. Then the right side is squash cucumber zucinni and oakra. When I was hilling my corn for the first time I kinda made little terris rows bc I built up the soil around the corn and made idk what to call it ? Gullies? Basically a way to have water run. But it doesn’t work to well bc the running water washes away the high parts and after a rain I gotta go back a rebuild it up

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