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Old 10-18-2008, 09:12 PM
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I have roof access in my apartment. I'm going to try and get some veggies out there next summer. What grows well in a bucket? Can you suggest any books?
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Tomatoes for one thing. Herbs may not need that much soil.
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You may want to try this

http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Build_a_Square_Foot_Garden
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I don't know of any books about growing plants in 5 gallon buckets but here are some usefull links:
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I have roof access in my apartment. I'm going to try and get some veggies out there next summer. What grows well in a bucket? Can you suggest any books?
Most anything can grow in a 5 gallon bucket. Because of it's depth, most of the space is wasted. Most plants don't need more than 6 inches. Spounds like you're sapce limited. Can you get a plastic kiddie pool up there? Using the square foot gardening method, a 4 ft diameter kiddie pool will grow quite a bit. If you mark it off in square foot fashion, the rim squares will be less than a foot, but you can put smaller herbs in them and use less.
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Ive grown potatoes and garlic in 5 gallon buckets.
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Just Kidding.

I am feeling a little impish today..
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I am feeling a little impish today..
Yeah you can grow that too for sure but I dont think the local authorities will be as ammused as you will be.

This year I did several things in 5 gallon buckets. I did beef tomatos which worked out okay. The Cherry tomatos on the other hand did very well, infact they did far better than the ones I grew in large hanging baskets. I also did very well with Jalapenos and Bell Peppers. The Yellow Crook Neck Squash and Zucchini did fairly well too. I also did a bucket of Cucumbers and had a tomato basket in it for it to cling too and that worked out well too. Right now I have some Snow Peas growing in a couple of buckets although I got them in a little late in the year and may not see quiet as much produce from them as I had hoped for before it gets too cold.

While herbs can be grown in them I think this is a waste. I did my herbs in a Strawberry pot and in window sill boxes and found that this was a excellent way to grow a lot of them and grow them in a compact space saving manor.

If you can get the buckets that pool companys use that have chlorine in them that I think goes by the name of Shock then I would use them after cleaning them well and filling them with water to soak for several days allowing any chlorine to leach out of them is a good bet too. These are about 10 gallons in capacity and work better for larger plants like Tomatos.

Growing veggies this way aint productive enough to feed a family of four all year per se, but I went this route due to lack of space, needing to stay mobile (Im in an RV and RV parks dont have a lot of space and wont let you "build" a garden even if you do) and I eat a lot of asian dishes and there fore I just need a couple of Zucchini, Bell Pepper and such at a time. So this worked out really well for me.

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oops. double post. sorry.

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Do the buckets require any drainage like cutting holes in the bottom? Nevermind the l9inks helped. Think I will put some holes about a inch from the bottom.

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Thanks for all the info guys.
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You can try alot of things in a five gallong bucket, tomatoes, potatos, pumpkins, squash, and even dwarf trees. I just saw on another post someone had used basic garbage bags, filled them with dirt and grew potatoes in them. You can keep it simple and do whatever. Hope that helps. Cyn
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Peppers will grow in a five gallon bucket
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Check this out: http://www.hungeractionnys.org/Bucketgardens-02.pdf Intensive bucket gardening...and a discussion on the subject: http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/...030185123.html
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If you cluster like 12 bucket together you could grow 24 plants of Grower's Choice corn and get 48 ears of fresh sweet corn. Then there's a coupla buckets of tomatoes, one or two of Squash, a bucket of herbs, bucket of string beans (be sure to trellis them)

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I just guessing here, but you are going to use food grade buckets?
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