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Imagegessieviolet
May 5, 2010 6:05 PM CST
Name: Lane Cockrell
Zone 8a, NW South Carolina US
eBuckets big results in small space
If this is your first visit to "eBuckets in a nutshell" go here first. Save yourself some time.

http://cubits.org/buckets/thread/view_post/207883/
'Feeding the world, one eBucket at a time'
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Imagegessieviolet
May 5, 2010 6:22 PM CST
Name: Lane Cockrell
Zone 8a, NW South Carolina US
eBuckets big results in small space
DUE THE FACT THAT CUBITS IS TO BE SHUT DOWN I AM RE-PUBLISHING THIS ON MY PERSONAL BLOG SITE
http://mckarion.wordpress.com/2010/05/26/frugal-gardening-th...

I have also removed the block to this site; if you would like to comment please add before Friday.
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BUILD A BETTER BUCKET WAS THE CHALLENGE
Self-contained box gardens has attracted a lot of attention. This method of growing vegetables in containers is of special interest; many people want to grow fresh vegetables in limited spaces.

Several participants were discussing ways to make self watering containers so the average Joe (or Josephine) would not have to shell out big cash or have an engineering degree to build.

There are how-to instructions on the internet; they, generally, entail use of larger storage containers, then making fairly elaborate modifications like cutting material for a false bottom, adding baskets and drilling numberless holes.

Compared to commercially available units these are economical and effective. They are also heavy and awkward to handle if you are older and not a strong as you were in younger days.

Several members had used a design incorporating two five gallon buckets---one as a reservoir and the other as a container for the potting mix. The disadvantage was the problem involved in moving the container once it was full and not disturbing necessary alignment.

What if just one bucket is used? Mental wheels started turning. Now the challenge was to create a workable reservoir for the unit.

Members wanted simple, with this false bottom idea, the suggestions got really creative (and complicated) until a forum member from the Virgin Islands asked a simple question:

"How about using a plastic colander somehow? The kitchen bowl with all the holes in the bottom..."

An hour later the reply to the post came from South Carolina (USA):

"You know, that just might work. I'm going to see what I can come up with."

So July 7, 2009 at 5:51 PM it all began. Next day came a message from Houston, Texas (USA) sharing an experiment using the bucket design. She would become the number one spokesperson and promoter of eBuckets.

Through the internet, a team formed that would present a new concept in bucket gardening construction.


Give a man a cabbage; teach him to grow it in an eBucket
In less than a year the simplicity and the economic value of this design is touted nationally via internet forum and blogs.

This email from an enthusiastic veteran of two seasons of growth using eBuckets is typical of the positive response it is generating.

"Feeding the world, one eBucket at a time!"

I'm not sure the designers truly understand what they have done and how far the design goes.

The eBucket does far more than "build a better bucket". It creates a life of empowerment for many hurting people!

Just read the gardening forums. One can sense in these communications so many unspoken words from people


Simple, economical, effective--the eBucket components
affected mightily by this fickle economy: "too expensive at the store... Putting extra on the table... Grow it myself..." Many are older, retired, and living on fixed incomes.

The eBucket provides a simple, efficient, inexpensive way for people to capture a little more control over uncertain futures. The design is VERY affordable and unobtrusive.


It is more than people just liking the eBuckets --people NEED the eBucket... it fills this need, at the right time.


I am promoting the theme "Feeding the world, one eBucket at a time!" to let people know there is something they can do to make their lives a little better.

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Detailed instructions for construction and planting the eBucket are available no cost.

Become a part of "Feeding the world, one eBucket at a time!"
'Feeding the world, one eBucket at a time'
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Imagegessieviolet
May 5, 2010 6:51 PM CST
Name: Lane Cockrell
Zone 8a, NW South Carolina US
eBuckets big results in small space
DUE THE FACT THAT CUBITS IS TO BE SHUT DOWN I AM RE-PUBLISHING THIS ON MY PERSONAL BLOG SITE
http://mckarion.wordpress.com/2010/05/26/frugal-gardening-ad...

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CONSTRUCTING AN eBUCKET
Easy to follow instructions for CONSTRUCTING an eBucket. You need 4 items: a bucket, a colander, a length of pipe for a filler tube, and a drinking straw. That's it!!
http://mckarion.wordpress.com/2009/11/29/frugal-gardner-self...


CONSTRUCTING AN EARTHTAINER AND SUPPORT SYSTEM
This discusses the construction of a large box type system but I think some of the ideas can be very well adopted to the our eBucket, especially good is the tomato support system.
http://earthtainer.tomatofest.com/


PLANTING
This article is a step by step set of instructions for PLANTING your eBucket.
http://mckarion.wordpress.com/2009/12/05/plant-your-grow-buc...


FERTILIZING
Gymgirl's suggestions for FERTILIZING your eBucket.
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=7687386


SOIL STRUCTURE AND WATER RETENTION AND DISTRIBUTION
If detailed discussion of this sort of thing rocks your boat, you will love these threads
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/719569/
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/527353/


EXCELLENT SCIENTIFIC DISCUSSIONS OF CONTAINER GARDENING
These articles discuss all aspects from container, soil content,fertilizer needs to plant population. I find eBuckets can out perform these study results, using less potting mix, and greater plant population.
http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/1647.html
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/publications/guides/E-545...


'Feeding the world, one eBucket at a time'
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ImageGymgirl
May 5, 2010 10:45 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
This link is a step by step set of pictorial instructions for planting a 24" conversion planter (Sam's Club/Costo brand, or any other large planter).

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1094601/

Thumbnail by Gymgirl

ImageDitchlily
May 27, 2010 7:54 AM CST
Name: Laura Eiras
Huntsville, AL
Zone 7b
Hate that this is going away. Hope it is temporary. I have added the link to your blog to my fav's.
Imagegessieviolet
May 29, 2010 8:53 PM CST
Name: Lane Cockrell
Zone 8a, NW South Carolina US
eBuckets big results in small space
Maybe will still be here after all. Just in case, whatever, leaving open for general post for a while. May restrict later so we don't get overlong.
'Feeding the world, one eBucket at a time'
Imagejimsned2
May 30, 2010 5:24 AM CST
Name: Jim
South Florida
If everything goes south again and we lose Cubits, can anyone tell me where to look on that Board link to find you folks? I want to keep in touch whit the container people. I easily find Desert Rose, but couldn't find you folks.
"we don't pay taxes, only little people pay taxes" Leona Helmsley

Imagecoconut
May 30, 2010 12:48 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
If you live where there are mosquitoes, check this out! Maybe make the two inserts with screen? Paint one white?

http://www.mymosquitodeleter.com/index.php/traps/mosquito-de...
Melissa

Imagegessieviolet
May 31, 2010 9:19 AM CST
Name: Lane Cockrell
Zone 8a, NW South Carolina US
eBuckets big results in small space
Jim, I will continue my personal blog http://mckarion.wordpress.com/2009/11/29/frugal-gardner-self...
I do not plan to renew membership on other board.
'Feeding the world, one eBucket at a time'
Imagecoconut
May 31, 2010 9:32 AM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
This morning Dave said he'll warn us of any impending doom, and that he will make a place for ALL cubitteers to gather if this happens again.

There was so much stress with the disorganized folks rushing around trying to find a new home. Dave might have been too rattled to handle that aspect of the IB problems at the time.

Dave also commented that he's believing Cubits is on firm ground, with a stable future.
Melissa

Imagejimsned2
May 31, 2010 11:18 AM CST
Name: Jim
South Florida
Cubits ain't going anywhere Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Thumbs up
"we don't pay taxes, only little people pay taxes" Leona Helmsley

Imagegessieviolet
May 31, 2010 11:57 PM CST
Name: Lane Cockrell
Zone 8a, NW South Carolina US
eBuckets big results in small space
I hope you are right. Today should tell a lot more. All ears!
'Feeding the world, one eBucket at a time'
ImageGymgirl
Jun 8, 2010 9:16 AM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Lane,
Would you consider adding the link to the ePlanter conversion instructions to your website for safe-keeping, too? I don't have an alternate website anywhere, just in case something goes down.

The decorative conversion planter is appealing to quite a few folks Hurray! who aren't necessarily enamoured of neon-orange buckets dotting their landscapes! Thumbs down

Thanks!

Linda Lovey dubby
Imagejimsned2
Jun 8, 2010 10:51 AM CST
Name: Jim
South Florida
Having decided it's too hot to work in my garden today, I was sitting on my porch and noticed a gal Arizona iced tea container that I use for mixing just one gal of Miracle Grow. I got to thinking, whats a colander but plastic with a bunch of holes in it. I took the gal plastic bottle and found in fit snugly into a round 5 gal bucket, just a hair too large. I put the container with the spout upright and marked where the spout would be and cut a hole in the bucket, the gal container had to be tilted slightly to make the spout go out the hole I drilled, but it just fit real nice, and I thought hey, I just eliminated one step, no need for a drain spout. I removed the jug again and drilled many many 1/8 in. holes in it being careful not to to go above the spout, I drilled the spot on top for the fill pipe, did the potting soil thing packed down around the jug, and loose on top. I don't know if this is going to work as well as the others, so I just put corn in, grows quick and I should know in about two weeks. Then I got to wondering why do I need a fill pipe? Heck, the idea is to fill it up to the over flow, why not put the hose in the over Flo and run water till it comes out? Lane, would that work? Oh, the iced tea bottles are much stronger then milk containers, another reason to use them. It has to be safe or they wouldn't sell iced tea in them. Confused
"we don't pay taxes, only little people pay taxes" Leona Helmsley

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ImageGymgirl
Jun 8, 2010 11:59 AM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Jim,
You're my kinda inventor! Thumbs up When you construct your next one, please try to post step-by-step pics so we can have benefit of your invention! Hurray!

Thanks!

Linda
Imagejimsned2
Jun 8, 2010 12:02 PM CST
Name: Jim
South Florida
I thought about it and decided to wait and see if it works, I'd hate to have anyone build from my instructions and get nothing in return, I hope it go's well, I've saved up a lot of those Arizona jugs, so I wouldn't have to buy the drain pipe or the colander basket.
"we don't pay taxes, only little people pay taxes" Leona Helmsley

ImageGymgirl
Jun 8, 2010 12:05 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Ok, I got 'cha. Way to recycle! I can't look anywhere in the world anymore without considering how something I see can be turned into something I could use in the veggie garden!
Imagecoconut
Jun 8, 2010 12:51 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
I was thinking that laundrymats have trash cans full of containers, ad liquid laundry detergent is in REALLY strong plastic jugs, especially the larger sizes.

Need to check the number in the triangle on the bottom of containers, and avoid 3, 6 and 7. Bad chemicals might leach.
Melissa

Imagejimsned2
Jun 8, 2010 1:32 PM CST
Name: Jim
South Florida
That's the nice thing about iced tea containers, it just has to be safe and they are very strong.
"we don't pay taxes, only little people pay taxes" Leona Helmsley

Imagegessieviolet
Jun 8, 2010 5:32 PM CST
Name: Lane Cockrell
Zone 8a, NW South Carolina US
eBuckets big results in small space
Jim, I can not believe this!! It occurred to me yesterday, "Why could we not get by with a single pipe for the buckets?" I see no reason it won't work. And here you were doing it as I was just thinking!!!!

I was going to just put a little bigger pipe in the drain slot slanted slightly so water would flow down easily and slip a 45 or 90 degree elbow on the outside end of the pipe to make it a little easier to fill. When water backed up and started coming out the pipe stop filling!

Haven't tried it yet but I got some buckets to make, we'll see how it turns out.

E-think tanks are the greatest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
'Feeding the world, one eBucket at a time'

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