Bucket vegetables

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Vegetables and herbs can be grown easily in buckets. Notice the drainage hole in the sidewall, saving some water (not drained through a hole in the bottom). See also the layer of coarse sand on top (mulch), which is limiting evaporation (Willem Van Cotthem’s comment)

Gardening in a Bucket

Growing wholesome, healthy vegetables in a container are a way of life these days. Here are some easy and less expensive tips for creating that bucket garden.

In a bucket - http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/files/2015/04/tomatoes-in-pots-eddie-powell-225x300.jpg
In a bucket – http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/files/2015/04/tomatoes-in-pots-eddie-powell-225×300.jpg
  • In a large container or on a plastic mat on the ground, mix garden soil and compost in a 2:1 ratio. Two scoops of soil and one of compost, add the recommended quantity of slow release fertilizer from product label
  • Drill 6 to 8- ½ inch holes in the bottom of the 5-gallon buckets. Make sure that the buckets did not contain toxic materials!
  • Line the bottom of the bucket with gravel. You may substitute broken pottery or sticks that are broken in short links
  • Fill the bucket to within 3 inches of the top of the container
  • Place container in sunny spot that will allow drainage
  • Plant chosen vegetable with two seeds in center of the container
  • Water well and keep moist but not wet
  • Place plant support around seeds

Plant requirements:

Read the full article: UF/IFAS

 

 

Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.