A bucket garden is really a unique way of growing a vegetable garden. While not your traditional way of growing vegetables it is non the less a very productive way of utilizing space while minimizing labor. You not only have all the benefit of a raised bed garden but you can do it with out having the aspect of a fixed growing area. A bucket garden can be placed almost any wheres and the configuration can be changed with little or no effort in a matter of minutes. The other good thing about a bucket garden is that it can be a reuse re-purpose recycle project as well making it perfect for those looking to go green .
There are several components to the bucket garden the first being the buckets themselves. The most utilized bucket size would be the 5 gallon size bucket such as the ones available at home improvement centers for around $2.00 each. These are the perfect size and with a little effort can be obtain for free or at the most for then less than 1/2 price of what they would cost new. These buckets are utilized by food distributors to supply ingredients to restaurants, bakeries, and fast food chains. You can contact these places and ask them to save these buckets for you. Most would be happy to help get them out of the waste stream and to cut down on the disposal costs.
So now lets look at how to grow some vegetables in these buckets. The first thing you will need to do is to drill some drainage holes in the bottom of the bucket to be sure that the soil will dry properly and not retain to much moisture which in turn would kill your plants. You will also need to have a supply of good garden soil and compost mix to use as your growing medium. Having a good clean growing medium will mean time saved not having to weed , which is one of the biggest labor parts when dealing with conventional gardening.
Growing Bucket Potatoes
Bucket gardening is a perfect way to grow potatoes and will require little work. Place several inches of growing medium in the bottom of the bucket the space 3 to 4 piece of seed potato in the bucket and cover with about a half inch of material. Water thoroughly then set in a sunny location checking to be sure that the growing medium stays moist but not wet. after the plants have sprouted add more growing mix up to the plants to maintain a distance of 6 to 8 inches from the top of the plant to the top of the soil till you get within 4 inches of the top of the bucket. Once your potato plants have bloomed you will see that the leaves are stating to turn brown and die back when this happens the plants are ready for harvest. To Harvest simple turn the bucket over on a drop cloth remove the potatoes and set them to dry. Take the stems and plant tops to the compost heap for composting and then you can set the growing medium to the side for use latter on when planting a different crop.
Growing Bucket Carrots
To grow carrots in a bucket simple fill a bucket with in 2 inches from the top. Sprinkle carrot seed around the top of the growing mix. Cover seeds with a 1/4 inch pf planting mix and water lightly. After plants reach an inch or so in height thin the carrot seedlings to 2″ apart. Be sure to check the soil every day or so and be sure hat it does not dry out. Once the carrots have reached maturity they can be pulled out and stored in a root cellar or refrigerator.
Growing Beans Cucumbers Or Other Vines
To grow beans cucumbers or other vine plants you will plant them in a bucket and then place the buckets next to trellis or fences so the you can tie the vines on to the supports as they grow. As the plants get bigger special attention will need to be paid to the buckets to be sure of adequate moisture which my mean checking twice or three times a day.
A good bucket growing program can easily supply you with plenty of produce for eating and preserving. Why not try and see how easy and fun it is.