Sunday, February 20, 2011

Garden Bucket Update

Remember the Garden Bucket?  Well it is doing better than I thought it would : ).  Every single plant in it is looking healthy.  I think this would make a great lettuce bucket that you could lift onto a counter to harvest your leaves.  If I make another one, I will plant 2 lettuce per pocket and 6 up top to try to get 32 lettuce plants in there.  Check it out!

It was an experiment so please don't call me an idiot for doing what the experts say not to do!  Things like planting a large veggie(cauliflower) in one of the side pockets, and planting two large plants(cabbage and broccoli) in the top.  We will see how it works.  You have to admit, it would be crazy if you could grow 18 cauliflowers in one bucket.  If these 3 large plants do well, I just might get crazy and try 18 large(probably end up with a bucket full of roots and 18 small dead plants).


  1. I am so impressed with your gardening skills! We tried to do 3 1/2 size square foot garden boxes last spring/summer, but unfortunately, when they FINALLY got going, a foster dog tore through the fence and pretty much flattened everything. We also have only one place that gets full sun but it's just TOO hot in the summer, as it's close to a wall. I'll have to do some thinking before we replant. Congrats on the bucket experiment working out so far, that's neat!

  2. Sorry to hear about the dog damage.

    Well I have a wall that gets full sun too and I am gonna try to trellis some plants up it to absorb some of that light and heat. I will have to post it as I get it going. Corn would probably love it as long as it stayed watered. I will do some research to find out what plants like or can at least handle the heat. You may be able to plant something tall that will provide some shade for the more sensative plants.

    Don't give up!

  3. Ok just got off the phone with the nursery, they said squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers can handle the heat. He said it would be a great place to trellis the vining plants too. Most tomatoes and cucumbers vine and some squash. Peppers usually grow into small bushes. Dana and I are growing all of these already or will be in a couple months. We would be glad to give some to you. We are growing extra for this reason, to share with others who are interested in gardening at home. The other reason is in case we accidentally kill some. Hope this helps.

  4. Wow! Thanks Jeremy, that would be awesome! Last year, I had corn, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and strawberries planted. The corn was doing GREAT (though I did have to water twice a day sometimes in the summer it was SO hot) and I had about 28 stalks of 6 feet in height when the dog flattened them. I have high hopes (no pun intended ;-)) for corn again. The peppers were JUST starting to do well. The tomatoes, I don't know what I was doing wrong, but they never changed from flower/buds to tomatoes! I tried gently shaking the large bushes to pollinate as I read online, but nothing happened. The strawberries were first to die- just too hot I think. One of my biggest downfalls I think may have been planting a bit late with seeds. Starting when I did, I may have been better off with little plants rather than seeds.

  5. Very nice Jeremy, I for one can not wait to taste some of the organic Vegetables.