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!

Growing and Learning…

Tiny sprouts…

As I wrote in my very first blog we are in the newbie stage of homesteading, and gardening is one that we are definitely learning from. Our first garden last year was not a success story. Our lettuce grew amazing, but honestly that was about it. I could have easily been defeated, but instead I tried to figure out where I went wrong. This year I am going to be smart about it (well…lol). First, I am picking seeds that I know will grow best in our climate. Secondly, I’m not putting dozens of a seed in each hole (I know…I hang my head in shame) so they have room to grow. Finally, I’m learning not to over/under water. I am going to start with baby steps, and not the gigantic leap I took last year.

I started an indoor herbal garden a couple of weeks ago, and the seeds are already sprouting! I made sure I planted the right amount of seeds, and spaced them properly. I have planted Parsley, Basil, Cilantro, Scallions, Chives, and Dill. I am looking forward to fresh herbs, and being able to pull them right out of the garden! There is something so amazing about the taste and freshness.

My herb garden that my husband and son made…

What have I learned about gardening? More importantly, what have I learned from my mistakes (which is how we all learn)? I have been making sure I do my research, so I am more prepared this year. I am enjoying the process, instead of rushing and being impatient. Here are some tips I learned for beginner gardeners:

🥕Make sure that you plant in a sunny location. My herb garden is placed by our dining room window that gets light from all sides. Most of the vegetables you plant need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Some leafy ones can tolerate some shade.

🥕Plant in well-drained soil. If the soil is too wet that means you will get wet roots, which in turn makes rotted roots. A raised bed works well for drainage. If you don’t do a raised bed, make sure you till and remove any rocks, because that will interfere with root growth.

🥕Plant where there is not a lot of foot traffic, or that is prone to flooding (we had areas that flooded).

🥕Start small! That is what I didn’t do, and over seeded on top of that. Plant what you know your family will eat.

🥕Plan out your garden. What will you plant? How many rows do you need? How long will it be? Did you leave room in between rows for you to be able to access them? What vegetables grow well in your climate?

Some of the easiest vegetables to grow:

🌱Lettuce (YES!)

🌱Green Beans

🌱Radishes

🌱Carrots

🌱Tomatoes

🌱Peppers

🌱Spinach

🌱Kale

🌱Chard

🌱Peas

What would you add? What other tips do you have for beginners? Again, enjoy the process. Gardening can be very therapeutic, and you gain lots of fresh vegetables and fruits! Remember…learn as you grow!

Gardening Away The Stress…

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Gardening not only benefits you by bringing delicious fresh fruits and vegetables to your table, but also is good for your body, mind, and soul. Your well-being is important. Why not see what a bit of gardening can do to help you stay calm, happy, and healthy? Here are just some of the benefits gardening can give you:

🌻 It is great for heart health! All the digging, planting, and weed pulling not only burns calories, but strengthens your cardiovascular system!

🌻 It can help reduce depression, anxiety, and stress. In a world full of unknowns, stress is a major factor and is known to cause many diseases and illnesses. It is important to find something that brings you joy, as well as something that keeps your mind occupied.

🌻 It’s something the whole family can do, and that means spending time together! You can talk, laugh, and share while you create a beautiful garden that will provide for you all!

🌻 The sun! Being out in the sun not only lifts your spirits, but gives you that much needed vitamin D that helps strengthen your bones! However, don’t forget to put on your sunscreen!

🌻 It teaches patience. We started our first garden last year and it didn’t go as planned. Instead of getting aggravated, we learned from those mistakes!

The list of benefits are endless. Not only are you creating food for your families, you are creating a healthier mind, body, and soul!