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#3578844 - 02/07/14 12:23 PM 5 gallon garden
FOX FIRE
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Had a about 20 5 gallon buckets gave to me last week, think I'm gonna try & see what all I can raise in them.

Knew a guy who would fill buckets with dirt, bore holes in the side & put "mater" plants in teh holes then hung the buckets under the edge of his garage so rain water would run into them, looked like a huge hanging plant.

Thought IO mite plant some beans in one, put sticks around the outside edge & let them run, just to see how it worked.

Anyone tell me how I should mix my dirt or have some other ideas ??
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#3578873 - 02/07/14 12:39 PM Re: 5 gallon garden [Re: FOX FIRE]
Pic IN the Casa
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Or just get some bush beans.

I'd layer the bottom with rocks or gravel. Then, if your pocket book can stand it get some mushroom compost.
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#3578898 - 02/07/14 12:56 PM Re: 5 gallon garden [Re: Pic IN the Casa]
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I would fill one with carrots. and 3 weeks later another one etc, assuming you like carrots.

SOL Container, holes in bottom, some kind of filter (old window screen would work good), 4 inches inches of rocks/gravel, planting mix up to about 1 inch from top. seed.

I wonder if potatoes would grow good. Determinate tomatoes would be real fun.

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#3579150 - 02/07/14 04:13 PM Re: 5 gallon garden [Re: DaveB]
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I like the carrot idea. Also, parsnips.
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#3579320 - 02/07/14 07:10 PM Re: 5 gallon garden [Re: gil1]
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I wundered about the tater idea myself, thought about get'n some old tires for a stacked tater garden, another guy I work with tried that & said it worked out great.


SOL container ??? whats that ??
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#3587213 - 02/14/14 09:31 AM Re: 5 gallon garden [Re: FOX FIRE]
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I have a bad mole problem. Call me crazy, but I was going to go get me one or a couple of those $15 plastic kid pool from Wal-Mart, drill some holes in it and fill it with dirt/potting soil, then plant a few things in it. Though I do like the 5 gallon idea too!
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#3587230 - 02/14/14 09:49 AM Re: 5 gallon garden [Re: JCDEERMAN]
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Determinate tomatoes work best indeterminate grow to tall. 5 gallon buckets usually need a lot of watering in the heat of the summer. If you plant the bucket so the drainage holes are in the ground a few inches it will save a lot of watering.Potatoes you need to keep mounding dirt up the sides to produce well.Not sure how they would do in a bucket. I have grown potatoes in a laundry basket.If you try to hang buckets on the side of your garage be careful about the weight. 20 buckets full of dirt ,water ,and plants could get a little heavy.
Moles are not too bad for the garden they just eat worms and grubs. Voles will eat plant roots.
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#3587348 - 02/14/14 11:35 AM Re: 5 gallon garden [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
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I've taken the 5 gallon buckets and cut the bottoms out of them, buried them halfway into the ground, and then planted my tomatoes in them. In the summer when it gets hot and dry they seem to hold water better for a longer time frame.
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#3587485 - 02/14/14 02:03 PM Re: 5 gallon garden [Re: Mike Belt]
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 Originally Posted By: Mike Belt
I've taken the 5 gallon buckets and cut the bottoms out of them, buried them halfway into the ground, and then planted my tomatoes in them. In the summer when it gets hot and dry they seem to hold water better for a longer time frame.


Would this stop the moles? Surely they wouldn't go that deep then come up into the bucket from underneath. We are infested and they have tunnels everywhere that kill just about everything I try to plant.
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#3587533 - 02/14/14 03:05 PM Re: 5 gallon garden [Re: JCDEERMAN]
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Moles usually make and use tunnels that are deep. When we have wet rainy weather their tunnels are on the surface because the deep ones are flooded.Mole repellants with castor oil work pretty good. You do have to reapply after a good rain. Get rid of grub worms and they will move on to better feeding grounds.
Voles are a different critter all together. They will eat bulbs and roots .1/2 inch chicken wire mesh buried about 12" to 18" deep will keep them out of your garden. You need to cut it and bend the sides up to make a underground cage.
Honestly the best and easiest way to get rid of both is a good outdoor cat or a small yappy dog that like to dig .Mole traps work pretty good if used correctly. Scent free and put over active runs.

http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/organic/msg0514473626890.html?91
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