hmmmmm...let me count the posts you made Gymgirl regarding ebuckets that I read with ever growing enthusiasm. My southwest soil is not very tolerant and grow bags just don't seem like they would hold up in this dry dry heat. ebuckets seemed to be the perfect solution to extending my gardening space. When you asked about the need for crop rotation that did it for me. It was the solution I had been seeking. Crop rotation has always been a problem for me since I garden in a small city lot. Again, thanks for the inspiration
Being a restauranteur - we toss the pickle buckets in the dumpster. No need to pay for 5-gal buckets - just make arrangements with your favorite dining spot -- BUT - You must be punctual on pickup - or out they go!
Also, count on cleaning them yourselves - most won't pay employees time to do that.
I have several at the house, but don't have room to store them at our establishment, so if one is emptied on my shift - it goes home with me.
Okay, someone please point me to the instructions on how to make these (like the pretty red buckets in the top photo). I can get all kinds of these buckets (round and square) so I think I need to start experimenting!
Now, ya'll KNOW I did not mean for my number to be included in that last post. So, don't go sending that all over the place. The DG techies are working on REMOVING that post so I can edit out my number...
I've read and reread every one of the instructions sheets, and I still don't understand. (And I build things all the time).
I think we need more pictures of the process.
We started with 2 buckets - 1 to hold water, 1 to pot our plants.
Then the watering fill tubes were discussed - no problem so far.
Then suddenly the directions talk about an eSleeve, and buying perforated PVC in addition to the piece of non-perforated we bought for the fill tubes, and no mention of what diameter to buy. So if i understand, this is like a solid soaker hose? and cut into 6" lengths? do they jjust lay in the botton of the water bucket? I'm lost.
Bubba, I don't think I've ever seen you so exasperated! First thing in the morning I'll post a pic of the sleeve. Its just a different type of wick. The perforated tube is attached to the bottom of the potting bucket over the wick hole with the zip ties. Once it's attached slip a pantyhose over it to keep your potting mix from coming out of the holes. Now sit the buckets inside each other and pack the tube with your potting mix. It becomes a built on wick! Put the fill tube in place and finish filling your soul bucket. Hope this helps. Sorry for my confusion. Linda
Bubba, there really is no need for a platform. Devota just designed hers to raise up a little bit with a 6" tall wick to create more reservoir space ( = more water = less fill ups). You could cut it back so the bucket doesn't raise up.
With a 6" wick, I drilled my drain hole approximately 5.75" high from the bottom of the eBucket, which was a significant difference from where I once drilled them. Oh, the ingenious, conservationist DH also helped me discover that RUBBER golf tees will seal up just about any miscreant bucket hole you have. Just shove it in and snip it off at the tip. Instant plug!
Now. Ya'll help me find some more RUBBER golf tees, cause these days, they are harder to come by than a Bernie Madoff investment return.
Breathe huh, ok I got it. I didn't drill any but I did put in two wicks. It is hot here, I mean HHHHHOOOOOTTTTTTTTT. I am hoping that two wicks will keep the coir damp when it heats up. I'll see how I do without the holes. Perhaps I will have to drill some for the fall planting season.
Okay. I get it. I understand how to build a HEB from either 5 gallon buckets or storage tubs. No problemo. Now, suppose I wanted to put something climbing in there like a tomato or two. How does one attach a cage?
This is a great thread BTW... Kudos to all who contributed.
ok, I got a couple of pickle buckets from a school cafeteria on Monday. After leaving them out in the Arizona sun, this morning they still smell of pickles. Anyone know how to get that smell to go away or should I just plant cucumbers and hope that half the work towards them being pickles is done.
Been working hard on my day job in the office! Gotta earn more power tool money! Bought the 4-pc Craftsman Laser set and a 7.25" sliding miter saw this weekend. Gotta pay off the credit card bill. My President (and Ms. Orman) don't want me carrying all that credit card weight!
I was debt-free for 15 years before I met and married my DH, and then maxed it out again with our wedding (and I was only helping him out-- don't even want to see what he owes on that one, 'cause he went to Jared!). I just paid off my credit card in full earlier this year, and I am keeping CLOSE tabs on how high it creeps upward!
Bubba! My power saw delivered yesterday. Just LMK what my apprentice schedule looks like!
Oh. And yah know that side of my yard right behind the garage where all the sunshine hits that YOU said would make the perfect garden patch? Well, I went home yesterday and it was leveled off for a concrete slab. Seems the DH needs expansion room for HIS tools...
It took all I had to not rip my tomato plants outta their EBs...
Nice try guys. Today I learned the DH has extended the slab along the back of the garage by another 2 ft. For a total extension of 4 ft. Into the yard. He's not gonna rip the rear garage wall out but will just add 3 walls to make a storage room. Concrete coming Monday and all is not lost. I've negotiated a 6' x 17' slab in my potting corner so I won't have to work in the mud. And, I'm having it poured where I'll be left with a 6' x 18' line of dirt parallel to that slab right along the south fenceline. How many of ya'll can guess what's gonna happen after that slab gets poured? LMK what you think could, should, or will happen. I'll send a small prize for either the correct or the BEST answer! Linda
Correction. Its the north fence. The tomato EBs are on the south fence. A hint, huh? Ummm. The laser saw will be coming out of the box. And do ya'll know what the concrete guy used to cut the frame boards? The very same 7.25 laser saw I just bought! Its gonna be a gigantic garage sale one day.
I won't get a wink of sleep tonight...a 6 foot by 18 foot slab of concrete against a north fence...I know I know! You're building me a an artists' studio!
Are you building a greenhouse as was suggested?
Hmmm... A little small for an Olympic sized pool. You'd need to build underground for a dooms-day-bunker, so that's not it. um. How 'bout building those things for the thing from way back when you really wanted the thingies but didn't have a thing to put there?
I popped into W-mart to get a shipping envelope, and on the way out I noticed these big 19"-across tubs reduced to $4 from $8. I measured from the top of one to the top of the next one down in the stack. Almost 4". Hmmmm... That would mean a 4" reservoir. The Lowes is next door. I would need some 4" PVC pipe, some 2 inch PVC pipe and some nylon ties. My local garden store is expecting the coir on Thursday... There's a brewing store in the next town for rice hulls... I had a HEB half-built in my head when Wulfette read my expression and dragged me from the store. Whew!!
Well, this game has ended before we got started. I came home to find that my DDH ordered too much concrete and rather than just letting it goooooo, he had it poured past the form I spent 2 hours placing to maximize the ground space along the fence. I was gonna place THREE 4 x 3' raised veggie beds there for my fall brassicas, with space left to fit one more later!! With 18" between each box so I could reach em! Now I might be able to get 2 boxes there right next to the horrible 3' Soldier plants that all the garter snakes scurry under. If they and the real snakes don't get me, the soldier will stab me in the butt every time I bend over. I'm considering watering them with bleach... So who really got it right? Use the honor system and LMK. Linda
Okay G, AKA toolgirl. You got time, you got ideas, you got tools. You know that old saw about when life hands you lemons? Well, if I know you, by this evening you will have reconfigured the whole thing and think it a blessing that it turned out this way. Toolgirls rule!