As food costs increase and families look to save cash in creative ways home vegetable gardens are becoming more popular across the country. Occasionally, one of the major challenges to growing your own food is to discover a appropriate design that is inexpensive and can offer portability, if necessary.
Portability is a vital aspect if you live in a home that does not provide ideal conditions for a stationary garden. Some of the issues that may require portability may include nominal access to daylight, strong wind conditions or animal control. A bucket garden is a rather simple way to begin your journey toward food independence.
If you are uncertain whether you even want to venture down the trail of changing into a self made vegetable grower, you can start tiny with one or two 5-gallon buckets. Most start with the basic plant plants; tomatoes, peppers, peas or perhaps green beans before they go full bore. You may even start small with herbs like basil or parsley before tackling real vegetable plants.
To get started, you can go to any home improvement or ironmongery shop to get the following Materials:
1. One or two 5 gallon buckets
2. Potting Soil
3. Tomato or Pepper plants
Most 5 gallon buckets come in white, but you can buy different colors to accent your garden theme. You can add a little pizazz to your bucket garden by dressing up the 5 gallon containers with some paint. Pastel colours and designs might be a bit cheesy, but white buckets could be a bit plain and this could help dress up your growing space.
Once you’ve everything you need, follow the method below to build your first bucket garden :
1. Drill one or two holes in the bottom of the 5 gallon bucket for drainage
2. Fill the bucket 2 / 3 of the way with the potting soil
3. Create several divots in the soil about 3 to 4 inches apart
4. Place plants into the holes and cover with remaining potting soil
5. Add Water and place in partial sunlight
Having plant buckets sit on the ground or up on a table can supply the basic portability you want. Another choice for your bucket garden is the ability to suspend them off the ground so you can grow your plants the wrong way up.
For more information visit how to make a garden where you will find video instructions for how to start a vegetable garden.