There’s a Garden in My Bucket…

I have talked about planting your garden in the ground, or in garden beds, but what about buckets? This option is great if you live in a small place, rent, or just don’t have the right soil or conditions for growing in the ground. I actually use these to grow tomatoes and lettuce. It is easy to start, and is great if you are just starting out gardening! Just follow the steps below, and you will be on your way!

Steps:

  1. Buy your 5 gallon buckets. I get them from Lowe’s, but you can get them from Home Depot or anywhere else they sell them.
  2. You will need to drill some holes (I do about 10-12) in the bottom of the bucket. This helps with water drainage and moisture.
  3. Add small rocks to the bottom, as this will also help with drainage.
  4. Fill your bucket with a mix of peat moss, compost, and planting soil. Make sure it is well mixed, and that you leave a little room for planting.
  5. Add your established plants or seeds. Both will work with container gardening.
  6. Make sure to water daily and fertilize at least once a month.

The best vegetable to grow in buckets are:

🌱Tomatoes (1 per bucket) *remember to add a stake in the middle to support the plant

🌱Cucumbers (1 per bucket)

🌱Peppers (2 per bucket)

🌱Beans (3 per bucket)

🌱Lettuce (4 per bucket)

🌱Onions (4 per bucket)

🌱Carrots (10 per bucket)

You still get the joy of “regular” gardening, and all the fresh vegetables! If you don’t like the color of the buckets, you can paint them, or add burlap to them. As with any garden make sure they are getting the right amount of sun and water. As I said, it is easy to start, and is great for any type of environment! Now go get your gardening on!

Churn (Shake) That Butter…

We go through a lot of butter, and as most of you know, it is expensive. We love to bake, and we know how much butter that can take! If we can make it AND cut costs, well, I will take it! This is what our journey is about. Below is a recipe for homemade butter! (Make sure you do arm exercises if you decide to do the jar method, lol!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • Large bowl of ice water
  • Stand mixer, or a jar with a tight fitting lid

Directions:

Pour a pint of the cream into your mixer, or jar. If using a mixer, turn on low speed, then raise to medium speed. If you’re using a jar, start shaking! At first, the cream will turn into whipped cream with soft, then stiff peaks. Keep mixing until the cream breaks. If you’re shaking by hand, you’ll hear sloshing, then you’ll begin to feel something more solid. If you’re using a stand mixer, you’ll see the butter clinging to the beater. This usually takes anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes, but if by hand may take longer. You are separating the butterfat from the liquid. 

Once the butter has solidified, pour off the buttermilk and save it for baking! Scoop the butter into a bowl. Rinse the butter by pouring ice water over it and pressing the remaining buttermilk out with a small spatula or a spoon. Pour off the water and repeat the process. Keep rinsing and squishing the butter with the ice water until the water runs clear. (You can also add a bit of salt at this point if you would like)

Enjoy on toast, crackers, or in your favorite thing to bake!