Five Gallon Container Plants
Credit: Eddie Powell

One Gallon Container Plants
Credit: Eddie

GARDENING IN A BUCKET: Grow wholesome, healthy vegetables in a container with this plan.

  • 5 Gallon plastic buckets
  • 40 pound sacks of Potting soil
  • 40 pound sacks of compost
  • garden trowels or shovels
  • wheel barrow or other large mixing container
  • controlled release fertilizer
  • packs of vegetable seeds


Recommended: All Herbs, Tomato, Cucumber, Squash, and Zucchini
  • In a large container or on a plastic mat on the ground, mix potting soil and compost in a 2:1 ratio. Two scoops of soil and one of compost, add ½ cup time release fertilizer, every 6 weeks
  • Drill 6 to 8- ½ inch holes in the bottom of the 5-gallon buckets. Make sure that the buckets did not contain toxic materials!
  • Fill the bucket to within 3 inches of the top of the container
  • Place container in sunny spot that will allow drainage
  • Plant chosen vegetable with two seeds in center of the container
  • Water well and keep moist but not wet


Plant requirements:
  • Minerals. Basic needs in plants are Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), Potassium (K). These are listed on all fertilizers as a ratio, example – 8-8-8 contains 8 % Nitrogen, 8% Phosphorus, and 8% Potassium 76% being filler.
  • Sunshine or artificial sources of light (grow lights).
  • Water. Soil must be kept moist but not wet. Wet soils will create root-rot and encourage fungus. Measure moisture by pinching the soil to determine if the soil is moist. Adding water as needed; plants in full sun will need much more water than plants in partial shade. Wilted plants need more water!
  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2). Plants absorb CO2 and give off Oxygen making them VERY important to human and all animal life.
  • Proper Temperatures. Too cold, plants die, too hot plants die. Make sure that if your plants are outside and the temperature goes below freezing, the plants are protected.


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