6 Food Growing Examples in Birdies Beds with Epic Gardening

6 Food Growing Examples in Birdies Beds with Epic Gardening


G’day, I’m Mark from
Self Sufficient Me, and in this video I’ve joined forces with
Kevin from Epic Gardening to show you what we’re growing in
six Birdies raised garden beds. That’s right, this is going to be one of the most
epic self sufficient gardening videos ever. Let’s get into it! We’re in winter here now, so it’s [brrr], quite cold and it’s too cold for corn, but not in the USA. So let’s throw first to Kevin where he’s going to
talk about some Silver Queen that he’s growing. Thanks Mark. I figured why not kick it off with a classic summer bed of
corn, eggplants, and onions. So this corn here is Silver Queen I’ve planted in blocks, 3 rows, 4 corn per block because corn is a wind pollinated plant. You can see
it’s already starting to produce some tassels here. Once those ears really coordinate with the tassels, I may
even go ahead and do a little bit of hand pollination And it’s just so easy being 6ft4, or 195cm it is really easy for me to stand and work in
a bed, even though corn grows pretty tall. That extra 15 inches on the Birdies bed really does help out. But that’s not all I have going on in this bed. In the front of the bed here, I’ve got a couple of Ichiban Eggplants on each side so two here, two there. You can see we have
some gorgeous flower production already and a couple onions in the front just to round it out. And Mark before I toss it back to you, and I hear you have
some awesome potatoes for us, just one more note on this bed. So here in the Northern Hemisphere, south, this
direction here, is our best direction for sun access and so what I decided to do, which
I would recommend everyone do is plant your taller plants on the north side of your bed,
and plant your shorter plants on the south side because the last thing you want
to do is block access to sun. These eggplants, these onions, they
want a lot of sun just like the corn does so the last thing I’d want to do is
plant the corn in on the south side and plant everything else on the north side. Alright back to you, let’s hear about those potatoes! Nice eggplants mate, but check out my potatoes! Woah, look at this! Hey? What an amazing crop, what a fantastic specimen. They are loving it in this
raised garden bed here and this is one of the best and easiest
ways to grow potatoes, I guarantee it. What I love about these raised beds
is that they’re so easy to manage. All I’ve done here is left this
garden bed sink down a little and then when I’ve prepared the bed,
I haven’t filled it up totally. I’ve planted the seed potatoes down
probably a good maybe 10 inches and then I’ve covered it over and I’ve left plenty of
space in the top of this round raised garden bed for me to be able to backfill as the potatoes
are growing, and check out the progress. This is going to be one bumper crop. I’m looking forward to bringing you
‘How to grow a ton of potatoes.’ And you know what else? These are flowering. These are
some of the best flowers I’ve ever seen on potato plants. And you know what flowers do?
They attract pollinators so let’s buzz back to Kevin
to chat about pollinators. Epic potatoes Mark, but I don’t know if you
knew you were talking to the potato master. All jokes aside, I’ve got a little
pollinator bed going on here in kind of my back section
of my front yard garden. This used to be a bean and peas bed,
and I quickly switched it out to get a little bit more friendliness
for my hover flies, for my bees all of my beneficial insects and pollinators. So the way I decided to do that was a mixture of a classic
herb that we all love, basil and then some annual flowers
that I’ve started from seed. So one of my favourite varieties in this
bed is this African Blue basil right here which can be perennialised in my warm climate so that’s going to be a great all year pollinator. I have a Pesto Perpetuo basil here a Greek Yevani, a Greek Columnar,
and a Thai basil right there and then I’ve gone ahead and planted
some flowers I started from seed. You’ve got all sorts of different
flowers: Cosmos, Zinnia, Achillea. And once this bed really fills in, it’s going
to be a gorgeous bed for those pollinators. I’ve got to be honest, sometimes I can undervalue
the pollinators because I have such small space but I finally bit the bullet and dedicated
an entire bed to my pollinators. I may not even harvest much of
this basil for use in the kitchen just preferring to give my
pollinators a little bit more love. And speaking of pollinators, Mark,
let’s hear about those blueberries. Thanks Kevin! And you know
how much I love my pollinators. You can never have too many. Great stuff! And without pollinators, this Birdies bed
of blueberries just wouldn’t be happening. We’re still a good month away from spring yet but these blueberries are already
starting to flower and form fruit which means they’re very happy here in this
round raised garden bed from Birdies. And you know what? The key reason is that I planted
them in here, not just for easy management and grouped them together so they can cross pollinate
because these are different types of blueberries but one of the main reasons is
blueberries like a very acidic type soil different to a lot of other fruit and veg. So instead of trying to grow them in a
location where they might not quite like it I’ve given them their own round raised garden bed so that they can be all nice and
happy with their specific soil type. Other veggies and plants probably
wouldn’t grow very well in this soil mix but blueberries are on their own,
with their own soil, happy as! See? You can just about grow whatever
you want in these raised garden beds. Speaking of whatever, let’s go
back to Mr. Epic Gardening and see what he’s growing in his ‘whatever’ bed. Couldn’t agree with you more Mark,
blueberries are a wonderful container plant. I don’t have mine in a Birdies bed but they’re doing quite well in this acidic soil mix
in these large terracotta pot containers. But, that’s not what we’re talking about.
We’re talking about my ‘whatever’ bed. So this is the whatever bed. and this is a bed that I didn’t even know
I would be able to fit in this space. So first of all, let’s take a look
at the dimensions of the bed and then we’ll crack into what this plant is,
and what I’ve got growing down below. First thing you might notice about this bed in comparison
to the corn bed we saw earlier, is that it’s a different shape. So this is 0.6 by 1.8 metres, or around 2 by 6 ft fo
r those of you over here using the imperial system and you might be saying, well this bed is
clearly different than this bed – it’s actually not. Well all I did was I took the panel out of the
side here, and added it to the side here. So we just created a different dimension and it’ really the only way I could’ve slotted
a bed into this very thin patch of my garden. First thing you’ll notice is I’ve got some rosemary and
thyme on this edge of the bed with some beautiful herbs and then I have some pineapple
sage as well as oregano here. So both edges of the bed are a little bit herby. And I will say pineapple sage is a beautiful
variety both for its prolificness, it grows like crazy, this is actually coming somewhat
near the end of its useful life, it’s also a great pollinator plant. So in the middle of the bed I actually
have a bit of a strawberry patch going. These are some everbearing strawberries that have
been producing throughout the spring and summer. They’ve slowed down a little bit,
but they will start picking up again and then I have a really random and whatever
plant in here, which would be longevity spinach which is not a true spinach variety,
but it’s a great heat tolerant green here in the summer here in San Diego, which –
it’s hard some times to grow greens. But the pièce de résistance Mark, is: The loufah gourd. Check this out, as we
move all the way up my garden arch. So the loufah like I said, my
favourite plant in my whatever bed, and it’s growing all the way up this garden arch which
actually chains over to another Birdies bed right here and just a really fun plant. There’s a lot you can do
in a Birdies bed, or really any container garden Just to show you, this was a really random one and there’s some great suggestions from you as
well Mark, the blueberries, the potatoes etc. so, thanks. Looking forward to seeing
what you’ve got going on this winter. What a great mix Kevin, so versatile mate. But not to be outdone, check out this mixed bed! We’ve got black spanish radish here, rocket a pumpkin vine that’s gone all the way around. Queensland blue, got some onions here and along here is some American Purple swede. What a great mix hey. And also, we’ve got a little bit of
verbena herb right at the end there. It’s dying back a little bit in winter, but hey,
just pick a few pieces off, that’s all you need. So what a great combination. Sometimes one or two raised Birdies beds is all you
need to grow a good mix of vegetables in the backyard. So if you’ve got a small yard, or a small courtyard,
or somewhere that gets just a little bit of sun don’t think you need a big garden like mine,
or a huge veggie patch to grow food because that’s just not the case. Even one of these Birdies raised garden
beds can produce a lot of food and certainly keep you self sufficient in
several good veggie crops or herbs. Well that was fun! Now if you’ve been watching
my videos for a while, you’d know the backstory about how long I have been trying to
get these Birdies beds into the USA due to the amount of messages I was
getting from you guys in the states. Long story short, Birdies teamed
up with Kevin from Epic Gardening and these beds are now available from his website. So if you want one or more, links are below and when you use my code you’ll get
5% off, and I think that’s a top deal. Well I hope you enjoyed this video. If you did,
make sure you give it a big thumbs up. A big thanks to Kevin from Epic Gardening,
it was great fun working with him on this collab video so make sure you check him out
on YouTube, and also Instagram. Thanks a lot for watching. Bye for now! And I tell you what, for a winter’s morning this is a glorious day to get into the garden. An epic day to get into the garden! Woah, look at these tomatoes. My goodness. Oh there’s some eggplant. Yeah I knew I had some growing. I think mine are bigger than his.

100 thoughts on “6 Food Growing Examples in Birdies Beds with Epic Gardening

  1. Mark, fantastic collaboration vid! I've subscribed to Kevin's Epic Gardening. I do hope you could hookup with an organic grower in the Pacific Northwest because unfor…. fortunately… I'll be moving from Hawaii to Washington state by next year. The environment will be SO different from the subtropical climate I'm used to and will need help growing a new garden.

  2. I think Kevin's corn needs water, the leaves are curling. Anyway here in Iowa that's what the corn does when it needs water.

  3. That guy is getting hammered by too much sun and heat. He would be better off reversing the orientation of the tall stuff to protect the smaller plants from baking. He also needs some mulch unless he wants to water three times a day.

  4. Love this! Got two of them as soon as they were available and looking forward to ordering more. I love them! Going to replace my grow bags at the end of the season.

  5. What do you think about green manure? I'm in the Melbourne suburbs, and don't have my own compost. I've got 2 very depleted raised beds, and I was thinking of buying some compost, and then planting some legumes to fix nitrogen. 6 weeks from planting seeds, cutting down the crop and digging it in?

  6. Epic video Mark and I didn't know that kevin live where I was born San Diego I'll check out his channel thanks for sharing๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    โœŒpeaceโœŒ

  7. Cold, the man says, in his t-shirt. Here in Norway, we can get -20 and even -30 degress celcius sometimes. None the less; I love your videos. I live in a small apartment, but I've decided that if I ever buy a house, I will try to garden like you. For now, I'm left with a few pots in my window sill

  8. That must be an extraordinary t-shirt to protect you from all that… cold ๐Ÿ™‚ (Canada here)… I guess it's cold here, as well, we're all in t shirts, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. It seemed to stiff and was more like a forced presentation that turned into a commercial for Birdies….ย ย  ๐Ÿ™

  10. So cool to see two people that I subscribed to you on YouTube making a collab video together! I love you both and love everything that you are giving to the World Community!

  11. Can you do a video on what to plant in August in Ipswich or Brisbane or even south east Queensland

  12. Corn.., Eggplants, and onions…
    im gonna go out on limb here and suggest that that three combination, (Corn, Eggplants, onions), might be akin to the First Nations's Three Sisters approach to growing their primary foods.. ==> Corn, Beans and squash
    Cheers from Kona ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. I watched your videos and started burying kitchen waste into the soil, plants are loving it and growing like on steroids. Waste is not waste anymore, thanks mate.

  14. Great video guys, especially since I follow you both ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the raised beds that you're using – so much easier on the body than trying to kneel in the dirt.
    When I was in Melbourne I made pumpkin pie with a Queensland Blue pumpkin for the Aussies to try it as a 'fruit' instead of a veggie.

  15. could you do(or have you done) a video featuring fruit/veg that grows well in shady/low direct sunlight areas?

  16. not sure what this is all about… I don't watch your videos to watch someone else.

    and that guys pollenater bed is sad looking, just grow some borrage. you're really thinking dedicating an entire raised bed to a few sad basil left to seed is great? that's just plain wasted space.

  17. is this an ad?

    omfg it is… you have a code. bloody sellout. $140 too lmao… just buy a digging fork and a few bags of manure, it'll cost you about $40-50.

  18. Hey Mark, It would be nice if you could do a presentation of ure farm, you know, animal pens, garden, the farm actually :] Would be nice, Im asking you this because I want to make an idea of how much space in ratio to animals to family I need for a self sustainable lifestyle :]

  19. The America's did fine for millions of yr.s without Euro bees . Some 700 species of solitary bees are native to N. America alone, I sometimes have hundreds of them just in a patch of overgrown oregano with only a few Euros. There are ways to help the natives thrive. Popular wisdom say's we 'all die' if Euro bees fail, I question that.

  20. It's winter for you but you are in shorts and a tee shirt. Winter for us in Virginia USA we need 4 layers and a heavy coat

  21. I don't grow potatoes from one whole potato,what I do is I cut the buds then plant it in soil in that way I can get 4-5 potato plants from one potato

  22. Great fertilizer for your blueberries is bird poo. My grandfather had a huge blueberry bush right under a birdhouse he put up. Quarter size blueberries. Just an easy way to recycle. Makes sense because you said they like acidic conditions.

  23. Hi Mark odd question but I'll post it here in case you see it. Are you familiar with any coastal foraging in QLD? I know you don't live far from me on the Gold Coast and I don't own property so I am a little hindered in growing crops to scale and wanted to look into it as one means of getting out and about and doing more but simple google searches don't bring up much for QLD. Thanks!

  24. Great channel but Kevin's Silver Queen should have been much taller when tasseling out. SQ should be at least 8 feet tall and his were also too dry. Swedes are turnips (American terminology.) Are the Birdies Beds open at the bottom. They look great and are a better buy than most raised beds sold in the US. As a life long New England gardener I can tell you raised beds are the way to go but you have to have a bottom. Roots from trees 50 feet away will infiltrate and take all the water and nutrients because our soil is so poor here, just a tip.

  25. This is the best collaboration video I have ever seen!! I love how you both respond to one another and comment on what was just discussed. So much fantastic information and so well organized!! I just discovered your channel but I'm a loyal subscriber already!

  26. Hi Mark, I watched your video on the galvanized planters. I live in central California, where it is dry and gets over 100ยฐ for a stretch. My concern is how hot they would get and if they would cook the roots. not literally. Lol We also can get cold winter days with frost. Would you still recommend these?

  27. QUESTIONS: Do you find that your website / blog helped grow your YouTube Channel? Is it worth starting a blog for this reason? Did you ever advertise your YouTube videos to help grow your channel? I am trying to grow my channel and would appreciate the advice! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Epic Gardening's garden examples all look like he just bought them and put them in. No wear and tear / story – they all look like a rental agency's idea of a garden. Maybe you need to share the work load due to your fame vs real life things that need your time but Epic Gardening is the opposite of 'an Aussie Bloke' and so it's like going from AWESOME! to SoyLatte.. to AWESOME! to SoyLatte. I'm not a fan of the SoyLatte vibe. More Self Sufficient Me! But if it's just a once of – that's ok.

  29. @Self Suficient Me have you ever thought about making a video about bonemeal? The benefit of using it, how to make it, and different methods of using it.

  30. I agree with the comment below. You have inspired me incredibly and I am in the "older" person category. I am getting a couple of chickens to help with weeds down the back. I have raised garden beds that I can manage and am learning when to plant vegetables in the right seasons of the year. I reckon it would be a great idea if you sent some videos to the ABC and Costa on Gardening Australia. You would be fantastic as a teacher/commentator on gardening techniques for people. Your videos teach so much. Also, have you considered starting a consulting business in your neck of the woods or even online? So many home gardeners and those wanting to prep a bit, even just to save money and make the most of what they have got would get so much benefit from your skills and experience and you could make a living. Please don't stop what you are doing. Your're a great bloke and such a joy to learn from.

  31. Guys sponsored videos should be announced as such in the beggining of the video. Even if you a got as little as free shipping in order to adverstise it should be announced or you might get in trouble with Youtube.

  32. Great videos Mark! I do have a question. The construction of the raised beds is metal correct? If so, with the sun beating down on them aren't they prone to higher temperatures and drying out out?

  33. Hi Mark new to the channel about a week ish, watched a load of vids lol.
    Am a manager at a nursery among other thinks in the UK, love what you do, have you done a video of your water setup (Pump, rain harvesting etc.) If so could you point me in the right direction, or if you plan to?
    Keep up the good work ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Maybe a video on how to keep the garden gardener friendly would be nice, like focusing on plants that repel mosquitoes or wasps/hornets. Plants that do some work for us maybe like good companion plant pairs.

  35. I know they're in the USA, but Mark, what about Canada? We have a lot of space for growing things here and people love to garden as well! I would buy some if they were available here.

  36. I love my Birdies beds! Thank you for sharing with us and glad Kevin was able to get hooked with Birdies to get them here to the U.S! Kevin is a great guy and it was wonderful to buy these through him!
    ๐Ÿ˜€

  37. i'm trying to make my apartment more self sufficient, i dedicated a quarter of my balcony (little over a square meter) to keeping 5 quail hens, and because of the balcony door and composting cabinet (fixed cabinet i can't remove) i can't use another square meter. calculating a walk space i can fit one planting container of about 140×50 and maybe some random pots in the leftover nooks and crannies, any ideas on what to grow?

    unfortunately its too late in season to sow anything here but i can plan stuff for next spring.

  38. Hello… Video very good ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ””๐Ÿ˜

  39. What a great video from you both… Iโ€™m slightly excited now Iโ€™ve just bought one of the birdies beds on sat without knowing ๐Ÿ˜ bring on the spring garden ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒป

  40. Gday Marc. Im from Germany and i use the Hรผgelmethod too. All u have said is true and i rly love that method but over the Time i made one adjustments u might be intrested in.

    1. I build my last Hรผegelbeet(beet is bed i guess) like very wide Steps of Stairs. That helps in serveral things.

    – U need less material.

    – U can more easyli care for ur plants -> less deep beds means its easyer to see trough -> Garden through

    – Every Step got his extra BacksideBoard wich will take Sunheat and extra warms the Plants plus the Soil for the upper Plants (i just painted them experimental with Green Colour) it rly helps the Plants -> they are far bigger on the Downsteps.

    – Extra Light for every Step because plants dont take light from the others as much as if they are planted on level

    If u are intrested -> [email protected] i shot a couple of pictures of the building and planting process.

    I eaven grow Mangos, Peanuts, Red Pepper, Feigen/Figs idk. and Sweed Potatoes in them. Thats nothing rly common in Brandenburg (40 Km in the South ofBerlin)

    Perfect Channel Marc. Greets from Germany

  41. Sunflowers are great to attract bees and bumblebees, they look great and are so easy to grow.
    Lots of seeds for next years. I had a great natural year, some of my sunflowers are between 3 and 4 meters high.
    Very cool. Greetz from Belgium.

  42. Hi Mark, your videos have inspired my wife and I to get into gardening in a big way. I got off my arse and demolished the falling-down old shed in the backyard and have now installed six of the 2.5 metre long Birdies in its place. We're going to try growing pretty much anything that can grow in southern Australia. We're also planning on getting some chooks in the coming months! Really enjoyed seeing Kevin and his garden and hope there are more Australia-USA crossover videos.

  43. Mark, I know that I am an old man but I can also have a wishlist. A Birdies Raised Garden Bed is on the top of my wishlist. I am on a fixed small income (Social Security) but dream everyday just like everyone else. In my dreams I see myself tending my crops in a raised bed like you use. Wow, it is so awesome to see what you do in those raised beds.

  44. Hi Mark, I hope Birdies cut you a big $cheque as you have been a strong promoter of the product and I see Bunnings has now picked them up so business must be booming ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the vids

  45. I have just bought myself today from Bunnings..yep…been shopping there yet again…lol.. 3 large plastic raised garden beds on legs..as much as I would love the ones you use with the layout of my backyard and it being a rental they're not practical. I have got a few veges in pots but have found that a bit limiting so these should do the trick. I may get another one or two yet and I'm looking forward to growing a few more things now I'll have a little more room. thank you for helping me to have the inspiration to give it a go and grow at least a few bits and pieces.

  46. What a great combo – you & Kev. Often find it annoying switching to American vids when not sure what they're saying would work in Aust. You're cheating being in Qld mate. I'm in Sydney but doing alright. Got to check out your vids on organic pesticides as have had something chewing into my tomatoes.
    Thanks. Both are great gardens.

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