Backyard Gardens are popping all over the country, as people look for ways to save money and grow fresh food. A cheap bucket garden is simple and can be very inexpensive way to get started… Essentially, a small bucket garden can be created with little to no expense. Whether it is a tin garden bucket, plastic garbage can or old cardboard box, any container you come across can fulfill the basic requirements and act as a container for your garden. When deciding to begin your bucket garden, it is more important to spend your money to get the best bang for your buck; seed, plants and potting soil etc.
Your container garden can be made up from literally anything that constitutes a box, pot or container that you have lying around that can hold soil and your vegetable crops. A plastic 5 gallon bucket used to grow your vegetables and herbs can be very beneficial in several ways:
1. One of the benefits of a container garden is its portability. If you live in a home that does not provide optimal conditions for a stationary garden, bucket gardens can provide the flexibility you need.
2. A bucket garden is a little tougher for animals to access and can be surrounded by fencing if needed. Because bucket gardens stand a foot or 2 above ground, they are more difficult for bunnies and other intruders to get to.
3. If you live in a condo or apartment, access to a private plot of land to grow vegetables may not be available. The large 5 gallon container can provide a small area for you to have your own piece of land for the herbs and vegetables you desire.
4. Plastic 5 gallon buckets are durable and can be used to hold multiple crops. A Pizza Bucket could contain grow basil, onion, and a tomato plant. Everything you need to add to a fresh pizza when ready for harvesting. A great project for your young one to get them involved in gardening.
Some of the easiest ways to get started are listed below when thinking about your own garden projects:
How to make a hanging Bucket Planter for the price of a cup of coffee – A hanging bucket planter is easy to make for growing upside down tomatoes. You do not need fancy infomercials to grow a tomato upside down and can be made in 10 minutes with a standard bucket.
How to find items in your shed or garage to make a bucket garden planter – Your garage or shed is a great source for buckets and containers items that are just lying around. You can have some great containers already stacked up in a corner somewhere that would work well in the garden.
Make a Free Standing Bucket planter – A free standing bucket planter can easily be made from empty 2 liter soda bottles you use every day. Cutoff the bottom, attach to a free standing pole, add some soil and you are ready to grow some herbs or other plants like jalapeno peppers.
How to make simple compost bin – Every bucket garden needs a source of rich compost. Making a free compost box from discarded pallets is one way to go. In less than 30 minutes you can have your own compost box. You can also make a compost Bin from a simple trash can. If you have a large trash can lying around, it is easy to turn it into a compost bin in less than 5 minutes. Self contained and ready to go to hold your grass clippings, rotting leaves and kitchen scraps.
Most organic material can be added to your compost to create “black gold”. Stinky rotten vegetables are your best items to assist in the decomposition process. However, there are things that should not go into your compost bin. Items like meat, bones and dog feces are taboo items to put into your compost. These things can bring unwanted pests into your yard and cause unnecessary issues.
In summary, making a bucket garden is easy and very inexpensive. You can create it from existing materials lying in your shed or garage and along with a simple compost bin, you can grow awesome vegetables for your table.