Garden in 5 gallon buckets?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by bigbomar4, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. bigbomar4

    bigbomar4 New Member

    So I just moved into this house. It has a sprinkler system that I am not 100% sure where all of the pipes are. With the big trees in the back yard Im not sure where the best light will be. With all of the little projects in the house and work(this is the busy time of year for me) I don’t have time to till an area for a garden. But I still want a garden or at least a few tomato plants. Has anyone tried growing tomatoes in 5 gallon buckets? Would that be enough soil for one?

  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    Yep. Google "container gardening". Challenge will be to keep roots from baking (shade sides of the buckets, keep them white)

    At the moment, I have two pepper plants on a window sill in 2 gallon pots. They are entering their 4th year, and are covered in nice poblano peppers just about ready to pick. Brought them in for first winter, and they have been blooming and bearing ever since.

    My lady and I did a "salad" garden on the back deck one year- cherry tomatoes, lettuce, bush cucumbers, onions,peppers, radishes, etc. They did GREAT! Also study "square foot gardening". You can plant onions or radishes around the tomatoes (shades the soil) in same container.

    You can also drill holes in the buckets if you have a means to hang that heavy bucket, and do upside down tomatoes (plants grow DOWN from suspended buckets)
  3. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    I grow tomatoes in this.......They are 17 gallon tubs. I drilled holes in the bottom for drainage.

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  4. Zombiegirl

    Zombiegirl New Member

    This has made my day! I really want to plant a few things but REALLY REALLY did not want to have to tear up a patch of grass for a real garden. I basically want onions, carrots, cucumbers and potatoes. I will definitely be googling this. Thanks!!
  5. bigbomar4

    bigbomar4 New Member

    Great!! Now I know what Im doin this weekend as long as this cold front is done.
  6. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

    I know this technique works with iron pipes, but have never tried it on plastic pipes.

    take two metal coat hangars and make two right angle divining rods, short side about 9" long, long side the length of the bottom. Walk slowly where you know a pipe is located holding your hands about 14-16" apart. The coat hangars will cross over the pipes.
  7. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

    Make sure to use light colored buckets, so the roots don't cook and drill holes for drainage, but cover the holes with papertowel, newspaper or something bio-degradable so that you aren't losing all of your soil.

    Use compost & not chem. based fertilizers, read the seed packet for optimal amount of light, then move them to the best location you've got and enjoy!
  8. Flatman6

    Flatman6 New Member

    Check out square foot gardening. I have been using this method for the past few years and it works so well I will never go back to row gardening. If you follow the directions to make your soil mixture (called Mel's mix) you never have to fertilize or till the soil again.

    Edit: sorry c3shooter didn't see that you had already mentioned this.
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2013