Searching for good gardening videos to include here has revealed a real need – for MORE good ones that teach useful, environmentally responsible and accurate information in a way that people will watch. So we’re encouraging reputable businesses in the gardening world to make some, or make MORE.
Companies that Benefit from Making Instructional Videos (that Get Seen)
Local plant-sellers, the retailers who want good repeat customers, not the clueless ones returning with their newly killed plant asking for a replacement or refund. A few garden centers are making videos, but many are unwatchable thanks to bad sound, shaky camera, et cetera.
Landscape design/install companies. We’ve only found two of them in the U.S. that make videos to show their customers how to keep their new garden alive and maybe even thriving.
National businesses – makers of tools, hoses and nozzles; sellers of seed and branded plants, and more. Teach your customers, build their trust as source of accurate information.
Type of Videos We Promote
Videos we feature here are instructional, not infomercials or straight-up ads. Think public-TV, not QVC. So it’s fine to use your pruners or potting medium in the video itself and show your name and logo on the title and credit pages. Think “Brought to you by” and “Sponsored by.” Repeated mention of a brand name is the sign of an infomercial or ad, which won’t be used here or shared by many people via social media.
Use your videos throughout your own marketing media (website, Youtube channel, Facebook and other social media) and Good Gardening Videos will feature them on this website and on our Youtube channel in the correct category for browsing and also searchable. (Peruse our 17 handy playlists on Youtube.) We also promote videos in our newsletter and possibly other media, as well. Coming soon, “As seen on Good Gardening Videos” graphics to help you promote the videos we select.
Videos don’t have to be expensively produced, just good enough to be watchable (and of course containing no falsehoods or advice that’s environmentally harmful). Read our tips for making good-enough videos without hiring a professional videographer. Scroll down to examples of homemade videos by garden writers, especially.
What Topics Need Videos?
Companies naturally home in on topics that teach their customer base and demonstrate the use of their plants or other products. But some companies are asking what topics they should cover, so here’s our list.
How to plant, with separate videos for annuals, perennials, trees in pots or balled and burlapped, and especially how to unpack and stake vines.
How to water, all plant types (especially evergreens, which don’t show warning signs of impending death). Demonstrate watering of new and established, and during regular times and period of drought. And please demonstrate hand-watering, rather than the slow-drip technique, because most gardeners reject slow-drip as thoroughly impractical. Also, show us techniques that are water-conserving. (Here are the videos we’ve found about watering ornamentals so far, and it’s a discouraging collection.)
How to prune, perennials and of a variety of shrubs and small trees. Include regular pruning done yearly or when problems are noticed (e.g. when branches impede walkways), as well as rejuvenation/renewal pruning and pruning to reduce size. Make short videos for each topic. (E.g., cover each type of hydrangea separately, rather than lumping them all together). Include what to do with overgrown, out-of-control foundation hedges.
How to weeding, favorite techniques and tools of experienced gardeners.
Lawn Care, how/when to mow, edge, start, repair, rejuvenate, fertilize your lawn.
Miscellaneous. Containers for the front porch. Basic tools real gardeners use and recommend. How to hang up a garden hose, then use it again in a way that doesn’t create twists and knots. (Not the official put-hose-away-for-the-winter technique – takes too long – but what gardeners might actually do every day in the summer.) How gardeners should USE hardiness zone information (rather than just explaining what they are).
Company-Produced Videos now on Good Gardening Videos Site and Youtube Channel
Behnke Nurseries (search the name for more) https://goodgardeningvideos.org/videos/how-to-plant-a-fairy-garden/
Al’s Garden Center (search for more): https://goodgardeningvideos.org/videos/how-to-divide-perennials/
Pasquesi Home and Garden (search for more) Pruning Shrubs
Jim Jenkins Lawn and Garden Center https://goodgardeningvideos.org/videos/watering-shrubs-and-trees/
H.J. Benken Garden Center: https://goodgardeningvideos.org/videos/how-to-water-a-new-tree-or-shrub/
Hawkins Corner Nursery https://goodgardeningvideos.org/videos/how-often-should-i-water-my-plants/
Logge’s Plants https://goodgardeningvideos.org/videos/beautiful-desert-rose-how-to-grow-and-flower-adeniums/ and more
Bachman’s Floral, Home and Garden (several): https://goodgardeningvideos.org/videos/how-to-select-and-care-for-indoor-foliage-plants/
Land Designs LLC: https://goodgardeningvideos.org/videos/should-i-use-landscape-fabric-no/
Garden Continuum https://goodgardeningvideos.org/videos/how-to-fertilize-annuals/
NaturalLawn of America on Core aeration and seeding.
Organic Mechanics president Mark Highland on watering containers: https://goodgardeningvideos.org/videos/core-aeration-and-overseeding-for-a-healthy-lawn/
Planet Natural Garden SUPply’s bulb-forcing.
Renee’s Garden Seeds (several) https://goodgardeningvideos.org/videos/how-to-grow-sweet-peas/
Proven Winners, SEVERAL with Laura at Garden Answer (several) https://goodgardeningvideos.org/videos/shade-container-inspiration/ LINK TO SEARCH RESULT?
White Flower Farm’s bulb-forcing video.
Garden Media Products
All the videos in the category “Books, TV, Etc.”
Fine Gardening Magazine and Sunset Magazine both have many how-to videos that have been selected for GGVideos. They’re found by searching the magazine name. Garden Design. Better Homes and Gardens.
Where does P. ALlen Smith go? Also Melinda Myers? Patrick Dolan at OYR, Garden CLips, Garden Wisdom. Gardenista, allan armitage.
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