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 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
The demand for allotments is on the rise and in some cities waiting lists even exceed five years. Gardening and growing your own is back in fashion and rightly so. With the exercise involved and the nutritious food it yields, gardening can play a key role in a healthy heart lifestyle, as well as being therapeutic and personally satisfying. If you don’t have an allotment or garden space is limited, there are plenty of ways to veggify your garden – grow vegetables among flowers, include fruit bushes in a mixed hedge and encourage bean plants to clamber along an unsightly wall or fence. Try growing potatoes in buckets or black bin liners and let tomatoes and strawberries trail from hanging baskets that slugs can’t reach. Continue reading Allotments in Wales : Grow your own veg (Google / icWales)
Question…. can the sand in this rooting bucket be used over ‘n over with other cuttings? Just be sure to flush out the sand after the cuttings are removed from the rooting bucket? I’ve never heard of this idea, but thanks for passing it on. Please reply. And thanks.
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Thanks for putting this question.
Indeed, the same bucket can be used several times. However, I would take out the upper 2 inches and replace them by new substrate. This will certainly avoid to have the “new” cuttings sitting in a top layer that has been leached for a certain period. The lower part of the bucket can possibly be kept as such (containing the mineral elements washed out from the top layer).
One can, of course, also set up a trial with two buckets : one without any change in content, the other with the top layer renewed.
Should you set up such a trial, please send me a short report on your experience, possibly with a couple of pictures. I will gladly publish your report.
Everywhere we look right now there is something blooming. Forsythia, flowering almond, flowering quince, bridal wreath, and other shrubs grab our attention as we drive through neighborhoods. Most of these spring blooming shrubs should be trimmed right after the flowers fade to be replaced by leaves. But the removed cuttings can have a better fate than landing on the compost pile or in the trash bin. The tips of the branches can be rooted to make more plants to use in your own yard or to give to someone who just bought a home or who needs replacement shrubs. Branch cuttings taken in the spring for the purpose of propagating more plants are softwood cuttings. Continue reading Propagate softwood cuttings in a rooting bucket (Google / Muskogee Phoenix)
Here is some good news about Joseph TOLLEDOT’s experiments with container gardening (bottles, buckets, etc.) :
“I saw your bottle garden and it’s looks like it’s going well. Mine were doing excellently, but we had very strong winds one night and the terrace looked like a tornado had been through! I patched up the plants as best as I could and they are now doing well again. Some I have transplanted into large buckets made into self-watering containers – in my opinion, definitely THE way to grow and use up all the water efficiently! Nearly every weekend I can pick several tomatoes, peppers and radishes to eat. The lettuce has finished now and it’s far too hot to plant more. I’ll wait till it starts to get cooler. Loads of different hot peppers (I got the seeds from a free offering from GardenWeb) are now starting to produce pods. I never realised how beautiful and different they can be!
I’ll let you know when I get some new photos up in my Flickr page.”
Thanks, Joseph ! This sounds fantastic and very promising for application of bottle (or bucket) gardening in very dry areas, like for instance our UNICEF project in the refugee camps of Algeria (Sahara desert). Over there, the Sahrawi people only have a very limited amount of drinking water. Although everyone accepts the importance of local production of fresh vegetables, it still sounds difficult to convince the authorities to provide some more water to irrigate their family gardens and school gardens.
All kinds of bottles can be used for growing all kinds of plants (vegetables, herbs, trees) with a minimum of water (less infiltration in poor sandy soil, less evaporation in desertlike circumstances). (Click on the picture to enlarge it).
Therefore, I believe that container gardening would offer interesting possibilities to limit irrigation water to the strict minimum.
Could you, Joseph, send me a detailed description of your self-watering buckets, for I think it may contribute to food security for these people in the desert ? Sincere thanks for your humanitarian contribution.
Container gardening from Lifestyle Guru Mar Jennings
Containing gardening, it’s a simple thing to do, but it can add color, variety and texture to areas of your garden and yard. It’s something Lifestyle Guru, Mar Jennings learned at an early age from his grandmother. And Mar joined Good Morning Connecticut Weekend to talk about the joys of container gardening. Continue reading Get hooked to container gardening (Google Alert / WTNH)