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Hillbilly Earth Bucket
« on: June 12, 2018, 09:21:43 AM »
Not sure if this qualifies as a tool or method so I am posting it here. It might seem a bit simplistic to the more veteran gardeners on here but this is an idea for space challenged and first time gardeners. I originally put this tutorial together for some others I work with that live in condos and apartments. I will answer any questions I can. Enjoy!

I built these for some friends of my woman. So I thought I would do a tutorial on how to build them. It takes two 5 gallon buckets to make one complete Earth Bucket. These buckets will grow one plant. If you wanted to plant something like okra or some thing where you could put a couple of plants in the bucket then you would have to use plastic mulch over the top. This particular build is for tomatoes and or peppers.

It starts with a standard 5 gallon bucket as the insert and one as the outer bucket. This will make sense in a moment.

Put the lid on and drill holes using a 3.5 inch hole saw in the center of the top and bottom.

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Re: Hillbilly Earth Bucket
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2018, 09:22:15 AM »
Next take a 1.25 inch hole saw and drill offset to one side holes at the top and bottom.
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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2018, 09:23:32 AM »
Next take 3/8ths or 1/2 inch drill and drill holes all around the bottom surrounding the larger hole in the center.
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2018, 09:26:24 AM »
Next on the lid cut a slot all the way through the rim to the opposite side of the larger holes.
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2018, 09:27:04 AM »
Then take a standard 16oz red solo cup. Using a sharp (hopefully) knife cut slits down the sides making sure not to go through the top rim or bottom of the cup.
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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2018, 09:27:54 AM »
Next on the outer bucket drill a weep hole just below where the insert bucket's bottom is when inserted.
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2018, 09:28:43 AM »
Next cut a piece of 1 inch pvc to just about 4 inches longer than the depth of the two buckets one inside the other.

You will want to cut the end of the pvc at an angel or with a notch. This is to keep it from forming a seal on the bottom of the bucket to so the water will fill the reservoir.
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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2018, 09:29:28 AM »
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« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2018, 09:30:07 AM »
Then fit the two buckets together. The one with the many holes in the bottom inside the one with the weep hole and insert the red solo cup inside the large hole on the insert bucket.
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« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2018, 09:30:44 AM »
Then insert the 1inch pvc pipe notch or angle end down into the smaller hole inside the insert bucket and begin to fill.
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« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2018, 09:31:17 AM »
The first shovel of dirt/compost you put in should be packed tightly into the solo cup to promote the spreading of the cup. This acts as a primary wick to the rest of the dirt/compost in the bucket.
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« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2018, 09:31:46 AM »
Fill to about half
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« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2018, 09:32:17 AM »
At this point add one 16oz red solo cup full of garden Lime to the bucket.
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« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2018, 09:32:54 AM »
I just use the cheap stuff
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« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2018, 09:33:28 AM »
Fill to about 6-4 inches from the top of the bucket. Add calcium pellets
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« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2018, 09:34:08 AM »
Fill to about 2 inches from the top and add granular fertilizer. Then furrow about a one inch deep trench around the outside rim of the bucket.

I recommend 10-10-10. It's cheap and gets great results.

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« Reply #16 on: June 12, 2018, 09:34:43 AM »
What I use.

But any so long as it is granular will do this...this kind of makes it slow release.  BTW don't go much above 15-15-15 in fertilizer strength. If you do you can burn the plants roots and kill it.
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« Reply #17 on: June 12, 2018, 09:35:10 AM »
Finish filling the bucket.
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« Reply #18 on: June 12, 2018, 09:35:43 AM »
Finished product.

When you plant in it lightly water it ONCE from the top and fill the reservoir until water runs out of the weep hole.

During the dead heat of the summer you may have water twice a day. Once in the morning and once at night. The beauty is you don't have to worry about top watering and scorching your plant. This also cuts down on blight and fungi.
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Re: Hillbilly Earth Bucket
« Reply #19 on: June 12, 2018, 11:23:10 AM »


Awesome Pictorial tangentalstorm!
Very well done and you made it so this simple woman can understand how it is done!
Thank you!

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