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ImageGymgirl
May 3, 2010 3:40 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Welcome to the eBucket Testimonials thread!

We've been promoting eBuckets all over the place, and we want to encourage others. So, let's do more than just "talk the talk!"

If you're having success growing fruits and veggies in eBuckets, please share your success stories here, and pictures as well! Here are a few questions you might answer that could be helpful to others who want to learn from your experience with eBuckets.

What variety did you grow?
What planting medium did you use in your eBucket?
What fertilizers and/or insecticide/pesticides did you use?
Any other info you think might be helpful to a new "eBucketer?"

Thank you so much for being a part of our movement that is intent on spreading the word about growing food in eBuckets.

We're "Feeding the world, one eBucket at a time!" Group hug

Linda

Linda
Imagegessieviolet
May 3, 2010 5:38 PM CST
Name: Lane Cockrell
Zone 8a, NW South Carolina US
eBuckets big results in small space
I am going to start with a couple of my ebuckets that are doing really well. This is the strawberry bucket that you have seen else where (http://mckarion.wordpress.com/2010/01/30/frugal-garden-straw... ) .

I planted 25 total; lost over half of total. One of the varieties "Quinault" died ( I am training runners to fill the empty slots) but the other, "Tristar", is growing like gangbusters.

Used Miracle gro container mix with fert included in mix.; I have given addition liquid fert through lid (when I think about it).

Sorry, I start out planning to keep detailed, accurate notes but......................let's just say I would never qualify for scientific research grants!! Again I use what I have available on fertilizer.

This is the shaded side of the ebucket. Ideally, you should be able to rotate sides to light, even when ebucket sits in sun all day as this one does.

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Imagegessieviolet
May 3, 2010 5:52 PM CST
Name: Lane Cockrell
Zone 8a, NW South Carolina US
eBuckets big results in small space
These are elephant garlic planted late in season; I figure they will at least make seed bulbs for next year's ebuckets.

The mix is from same ebucket last season. Roots were removed and ebucket topped with Miracle gro container mix mixed well. I added epsom salts; and cup of 10-10-10 and pelleted limestone, thoroughly incorporated.

There is no lid on this eBucket.

Will be interesting to see actual harvest. The leaves look great! Planted mid-march as cloves.

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Imagegessieviolet
May 3, 2010 6:05 PM CST
Name: Lane Cockrell
Zone 8a, NW South Carolina US
eBuckets big results in small space
Finally, tonight, a shot of my iris potato garden taken this morning.

These are not double buckets; I have simply used buckets that had been cut last year and placed them as extensions (the bottoms had been removed) on the buckets and pots that were planted with potatoes.

The original plants were place in the very bottom of the first containers. As the plants grew taller I filled in with compost and dead leaves, forcing the plants to grow taller; Then more compost, etc; now with the extensions the original containers are all about 15 inches deep, hopefully potatoes will form all along the stems. We'll see.

These are not ebuckets. I water it till water runs from holes in the bottom, but it is growing in space occupied by ebucket for other crops.

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Imagecoconut
May 3, 2010 6:52 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Pink Potatoes.
Melissa

p1mkw
May 5, 2010 11:37 AM CST
Name: Mary K
Danville, IN
I've been threatening to put some pictures out here of my broccoli, so here it is. I can't believe how big it is getting. Still no heads forming, but I'm sure that'll happen any day now. The variety is Packman. I'm going to try some determinate tomatoes in an eBucket as well as some peppers and probably a couple of eggplants. Can't wait ... I'm really impressed with what I have so far.

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Imagecoconut
May 5, 2010 1:21 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Mary! The leaves of Broccoli have tested out to be even MORE nutritious than the florets. So go ahead and use them, in any way you'd use the tops. I'd roll up a leaf, and slice it so it'd come out in long narrow strips, and combine with spaghetti. Just adding the leaf strips when you drain the noodles.

Ah, gorgeous broccoli! Maybe there's a little too much nitrogen in the system.

Here's a "before" photo of a hibiscus straight from the seller... I hope to get the next post, for easy comparison, it'll be a photo of four weeks in the ebucket.

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Melissa

Imagecoconut
May 5, 2010 1:24 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
OK, Hibiscus four weeks in the ebucket. There were five blooms yesterday...

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Melissa

Imagecoconut
May 5, 2010 3:09 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Lane!!!! Linda!!! Which thread should I recommend to a newbie??!!??!!??

Well, to get them started, here. But the other threads are so full of fluff, that the info is indecipherable.

OK, we need an article.

Mm, coconut, and whoever I am.

(genovese basil, half groan and in need of a trellis)

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Melissa

ImageGymgirl
May 5, 2010 4:55 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Mary,
Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. Now, add the other info and tell us what growing medium you're planting in, and which ferts/pesticides you might be using.

Thanks! I tip my hat to you.
p1mkw
May 5, 2010 5:15 PM CST
Name: Mary K
Danville, IN
Gymgirl wrote:Mary,
Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. Now, add the other info and tell us what growing medium you're planting in, and which ferts/pesticides you might be using.

Thanks! I tip my hat to you.


well, OK lol

the growing medium is a mixure of Metro-Mix, some coco coir and a little cow manure. I added probably close to a cup of 12-12-12 fertilizer about 3 or 4 inches down int the mix. so far no need for pesticides, but if I see any activity, I'll use some Sevin on the plants. I think that's about it. Anxious to see what everyone else is doing too.

Mary K.
Imagebeckygardener
May 5, 2010 8:11 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
I don't have veggies growing in my buckets, but plan to start some for tomatoes and other veggies. Oh! I take that back, I do have a watermelon plant growing in one, but no watermelon starting yet.

I am creating garden beds using the buckets because my ground soil is horrible. The ebuckets are working out extremely well right now. Unfortunately, I was told that the white buckets only last about 5 years due to the UV rays. But I might try spray painting them with spray paint for plastic that is UV resistent.

I am growing flowers in my buckets. I am a big fan of Morning Glories from Japan. These were started not too long ago. I am hoping that once the plants start filling in the pots and buckets, that it will look nicer. :-) I have Red Mexican Turks Cap, Wild Thing Salvia, and Bright Red Salvia all growing together in one pot. I have Pink Guara growing in the other and a Morning Glory vine growing in the pot with the wire mesh trellis. That is a Don Juan climbing rose in the backgrouind growing from the ground. :-)

That front white piece on the ground goes to a long planter which I will be growing seeds/plants in as well....

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Imagebeckygardener
May 5, 2010 8:15 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
This is another garden area. Again, using ebuckets and other planters/pots. My plants seem to love these buckets and containers as they are doing so well in them vs. the ground. These buckets have different MG vines growing in them.

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Imagebeckygardener
May 5, 2010 8:19 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
I have those two areas above growing on each side of my water garden area.

Not too bad looking, huh?

I love what everyone has done with theirs! I can't believe the veggies y'all are getting in those buckets! WOW!!!!

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Imagegessieviolet
May 5, 2010 11:59 PM CST
Name: Lane Cockrell
Zone 8a, NW South Carolina US
eBuckets big results in small space
Becky, absolutely beautiful flowers. This goes to show how great eBuckets can be. Love the look around your water garden.

I have never been able to grow a decent rose until this year when I used a self contained storage box. Paid $1 for the plant at a sale last summer, look at it last week. This is Queen Elizabeth (Jackson Perkins); used a container mix in box, fertilized with special rose fertilizer periodically as I watered.

All kinds of containers can be converted to self sustaining. Did you ever consider using flower pots for your flowers since you would prefer a different look from the white bucket? See Linda's conversion instructions under "eBucket in a nutshell" for a fantastic idea.

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Imagegessieviolet
May 6, 2010 12:14 AM CST
Name: Lane Cockrell
Zone 8a, NW South Carolina US
eBuckets big results in small space
Tonight while surfing the net I came across an unbelievably well done site created by two very talented brothers who are in their teens. The site touts their 2 bucket system and a watering set up that seems to work very well.

While we are in a sense competitors, I think the site is worth looking at; They call their system Global Buckets.

I was amused at their experiment with a single bucket system using a colander. Their conclusion is: it will keep the soil too wet.

Take a look at their picture and see if you see why their bucket would do exactly that.

Sorry guys, I am not going to tell you what you are doing wrong, go on telling the world it won't work.

http://www.globalbuckets.org/2009/08/experimental-designs.ht...
'Feeding the world, one eBucket at a time'
Imagebeckygardener
May 8, 2010 7:48 AM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Lane - Beautiful roses! I haven't grown any roses in self-watering containers, but most of my roses are in containers except Don Juan (which is in the ground). I, too, love roses and have great luck growing them in pots, but not in the soil here.

Thanks for info about Linda's "eBucket in a nutshell" thread. I will check it out! I definitely would like a different look than the white buckets, but the white works well here in Florida and I am lucky enough to have a white privacy fence in the background which helps tie it altogether... sorta ... Sticking tongue out
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Imageweeding
May 15, 2010 2:09 PM CST
Name: CindyD
Peachtree City, GA
Lane is that the same piece of poly tube pertruding from both sides of that colander at global bucket? How is it gonna drain if it goes out of the colander on the other side?
Dream as if you have forever. Live as if you only have today.
Imagegessieviolet
May 15, 2010 4:45 PM CST
Name: Lane Cockrell
Zone 8a, NW South Carolina US
eBuckets big results in small space
weeding, I see from their new post they finally figured it out!! LOL. I think what they have done is just put a drain tube on each side of the bucket as back-up drains. It seems to be 2 different pieces of tubing inserted under the colander.
'Feeding the world, one eBucket at a time'
Imagebeckygardener
May 22, 2010 10:47 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
I wanted to show a photo of how my e-buckets plants look now. The growth in just a few short weeks is amazing! In this heat here in Florida, they would not have been this big or healthy in such a short period of time. Of course, they have also been fertilized once during this time. Almost 3 weeks later...

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