My Community Garden Plot Episode 1: I Finally Got It!, Fencing, Vinegar Brush Killer & Weed Block

My Community Garden Plot Episode 1: I Finally Got It!, Fencing, Vinegar Brush Killer & Weed Block

welcome to the rustic garden today is the 12th April and after a couple years of waiting I finally got my community plot and I want to show you what the area looks like certainly an excitement and beauty here that I think only kids and gardeners can really appreciate I think it may look a little bit chaotic to people but I think it's really cool seeing how people have raised their community plots so to speak in so many different ways let me go show you where my plot is and it was a little bit overgrown it has fencing that needs to be replaced so today I'm going to show you how to do that and I'll give you some tips and secrets and I'll do a lot of cutting in this video so that I say my salaat was all the way down the end of the path I had two choices one was in a low area it had more Sun but it was really really waterlogged and this one gets about eight to nine hours of Sun when the trees back there I get their leaves I'm gonna lose a little bit of it but I'm excited it's a 20 by 25 foot plot it'll be plenty of room for me to grow some things that I can't grow over at my place and just really the experiment so here is my plot it was framed up in these 4 by 4 raised beds the soil looks like it's dropped down I'll have to replace that it was fenced in with this green plastic stuff it's all dry rotted and yesterday I did get some work he started I put the fencing down the side it's galvanized steel I did both sides but I have to put in a gate right there I have to get rid of all the weeds and I'll show you I mean basically what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna spray the leaves with some vinegar you can use a grass killer if you want to use that the vinegar will kill off the leaves that won't acidify the soil I'll get into more details found the fence up yeah I found a gate that I can use and if you have a home garden you can get 50 feet of this 14 gauge galvanized steel fencing and you also have to buy these posts and you can really frame in an area and this would be to keep rabbits out and deer out and I'll show you how to do that but you can see lots of overgrowth in here one of the problems is all these brambles have come in I'm going to really pour vinegar in there to kill out the root system my plot slopes down this way so it's not gonna pull vinegar and acidity in towards the bed but it's one way to really kill out all these brambles without using a lot of poison so I'll get started and show you my progress here's the last part of my fence and one of the problems that I mentioned is there's all kinds of trees vines brambles growing in there that I don't want I could cut them back but if you don't get to the root they're just gonna come back and it would end up growing through the fence and I think that's the problem that person had before my solution you could use a brush killer or a poison I don't want to do that I'm just gonna use plain old 5% distilled white vinegar and I'm just going to pour it right down the line just like that all the way across that will really make the land the soil along there too acidic and it will kill off a lot of this I'm also going to drop the fence in front of it I think this way I can deal with the brambles over time but the Viggen the vinegar will work perfectly fine it will just make it so acidic not much will want to grow and again my property my plot slopes this way so that the vinegars not going to interfere with my 4×4 plots that are right there two gallons of vinegar was poured under brambles and the trees I wanted to show you the defense posts I have a four foot tall 14 gauge I believe galvanized fencing and you buy these posts that have sort of a flare at the end you want to make sure I didn't put it all the way in but you you want to hammer it in till that flare down there goes into the soil you might think oh it's gonna be real easy you just drop the fencing into these but it hasn't lined up at all for me so what you want to buy are some of these black zip ties they look just like this so you'll be able to get the fencing on a few of these but not enough of them and then you'll just use the zip ties to secure it on this way to get started is to overlap it by two squares I only did one because I have room for it to connect right in there but two squares over and you're gonna connect connect that into the fencing you're gonna need two tools you're going to need some needlenose pliers because you're gonna have to bend all this wire and you can't do it with your fingers and you're going to need wire cutters that will cut well I don't want to cut that one let's cut this one that will cut 14 gauge wire pretty easily and you just overlap it there it did secure one time that keeps it in place make sure most importantly that it goes all the way down to the bottom and then you just roll it out pass the posts and then I have a little post there that's just securing it and I'll secure the length of this all together and it's not pretty you can see I have all different sized posts I'm recycling what is here but it's good to be effect that was up the role of the fort foot-high galvanized steel fencing was I think $37.99 450 feet I had to buy two rolls I'm gonna make tomato cages out of the rest of that so it's really worth the money spent recycle the post that we're in there it's not pretty but it's effective the other thing that I had to come up with was I needed to make a gate and I kind of like to just go to Home Depot and find what's available this piece right here is called summer squirrel fencing or fence panel and it was $15 and it was a perfect fit a couple of wood posts those are oak they were two bucks each if I didn't mention it this was $15 I also bought some 23 inch velcro ties three of them they were used to secure the well the gate now to the oak and some string and I think that was like 4 bucks are actually rope that's I'm a synthetic material so there's a last for a while but I set up my gate cost me about $20 and it works really really well and it even closes on its own it's weighted so what I'm going to do next is take back the paths between via planting beds and I'll show you how you can lay down weed block and now I'm going to start taking care of the paths between the beds basically you take a weed whacker and just chop the weeds down as far as you can go almost to the dirt and you should spray it with something if you're going to use the roundup you want to spray that when you have no vegetables in the garden and you want to wait at least seven days it says three days or you can spray it with vinegar vinegar will burn the leaves out of the plants and just weaken them do not soak the ground down with the vinegar you don't want to acidify the soil where you're planting so the weed black will go down those are garden staples right there you just press them on the black plastic and that will secure it down the wheat block is down this is good to get mulch time not going to show you that on the video but I'll show you next week when I take care of the raised beds I'm going to amend the soil put in fertilizer and some other interesting things but the weed block is down if you want you can cut the edge or you can just fold it over like I did and basically these staples are really worth the money I think was about 12 bucks for a box a little expensive but it makes a difference you just put them in right on the sides I went every three feet all the way down they going real easy you just put it where you want to press it in with the palm of your hand and that will secure the weed block again this is going to get mulched I'm gonna take care of this pathway the pathways over here to the left work on these beds next week get them planted and I'll slowly show you how I build my garden plot and what I plant in here over the spring and over the summer hope you enjoyed the video please check out my blog at

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  2. We just got our community garden plot today!!! It doesn't open until May, so I am just waiting with such excitement!!!! It's a 10' x 24'

  3. HI Gary I noticed u started this video series on my bday lol I just turned 24 on the 12th now I'm almost 25 and will b starting my own community garden plot as well! Where I have mine is a local walking trail system that doubles as a plant and wildlife conservation organization the viles arboretum in Augusta maine look it up its really cool!

  4. Congrats for the new "playground"! I am looking forward for the entire season on your plot. Do you happen to have any advice how to get rid of perennial weeds (dandelions especially, they have multiplied like crazy on my piece of land which has been neglected for several years). I would really like to get it back, in an organic way if possible, and maybe plant something on it next year. Any tips are welcome!

  5. Hey I am very thankful for this video because I am in the process of turning a vacant lot into a garden. Do you use the garden for your personal use or for the community?

  6. Great space! Looks like it hasnt been used in a long time…wonder why it took so long. Well, anyhow I wish you all the best with it and as usual I am learning!

  7. I found that the landscape fabric didn't do a very good job suppressing weeds even with mulch on top of it.  If you can, you might want to put down two layers.  I was in a church sponsered community garden for about 3 years before they turned it into a parking area.

  8. Good luck at the community garden. It's a nice experience. I love watching Youtube videos on British allotments too. Similar idea. The fencing you are using for tomato cages I found hard to use as your hand is too large for the holes, or your tomato could be too large to fit through and pruning is harder. My father had those and asked me as a child to get to tomatoes he couldn;t reach from the top opening. Then he used wider squared wire fencing of some sort, but you still get scratched using it and have trouble accessing all the fruit then they rusted and you got rusty scratches.  Now in my opinion the following are the BEST tomato cages. This fellow has a great system of wooden sections you just pound in and tie together, then disassemble at season's end. I made them in 8 foot high pieces because the lumber comes that height, tomato plants grow extremely high and I hate the mess of trailing sections that get broken from the wind or just the weight of themselves. First we made them from 1×2 pressure treated, but changed to a mix of 2×2 with 1×2 so the stakes that get hammered into the ground are stronger. Last year was the easiest and best tomato experience we ever had. You can get at the tomato plants from all directions, the plants are strongly supported with no need to fuss with additional securing with stakes or anything. The plants have plenty of room to grow supported completely. Pruning them was extremely easy. This year I am going to try using the supports to grow climbing vines up as well. Either squash or melons or both. Figure knocking one foot of the 8 foot high section in the ground with a baby sledge hammer and leaving 7 foot of vertical growing space that is strong and secure. Awesomeness!

  9. I can't wait to see future videos on your community plot! Where I live isn't very big and there isn't enough space to really grow much of anything. I didn't know you can actually I guess rent a community plot to garden! I'm definitely going to look into this! But still, I'm very excited to see future videos on this!

  10. That's great Gary, i'm very happy for you.. didn't know about the vinegar trick that's a good tip, now lets get growing some fantastic tasty healthy food.. good luck 😀

  11. Congratulations! Let the games begin!
    Now, if it would just stop raining here in North Central TN, I could empty my greenhouse. The garden is saturated and I'm not sure how healthy is is to transplant up again.

  12. I'll be following with interest.  I had a community garden plot for 2 years til it got to be too much labor for home and community garden both (old age stinks).  You have some good ideas.

  13. Now this is going to get interesting.
    I can't wait to see the progress with your plot, and what you will grow there.

  14. Gary, my 2 year old tore off almost all except the very top leaves of my cucumber plants…they are still rooted. can they regrow leaves or are those plants done? Can I email you the photo? Thanks man

  15. Congrats! I got one this year too. I am planning to use cardboard and covered with old tarps topped with City chips/mulch. Not the best but it works. I may add some chicken wire & patio tiles to stop critters from burrowing in the plot.

  16. Thx Gary. I like the Vinegar Idea instead of using a herbicide.  I am exited for you!  Can't wait to see how you prepare and decide what to grow.  I guess I will have to be satisfied with my two 8' by 12' raised beds.

  17. I'll be following you on this project very nice, do you transplant the tomato's in bigger cups if they start to get root bound my tomato's are 6" tall they look nice and I got the seeds from you, Thanks

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