• Dirt Cheap, Self Watering Grow Buckets

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    1. Liss's Avatar
      Liss -
      Here's an updated Photo, this is my eggplant 1 week Later
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      I've also spliced in several more containers and added Coffee Plants and this lemon Tree, which has blossomed out lovely. If you look close you can see a few tiny lemons started!

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      Liss -
      Here is the eggplant at about 6 weeks
    1. Matt101's Avatar
      Matt101 -
      I have a bell pepper plant I planted (as a seed) in dirt. It's 3 years old now, but for the life of me I cannot get any large peppers on the plant. I basically have 'mini foods' growing.

      How in the world do you get the peppers to really grow?
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      Liss -
      Quote Originally Posted by Matt101 View Post
      I have a bell pepper plant I planted (as a seed) in dirt. It's 3 years old now, but for the life of me I cannot get any large peppers on the plant. I basically have 'mini foods' growing. How in the world do you get the peppers to really grow?
      It's probably magnesium deficient. Give it a boost using a a bit of epsom salt dissolved in warm water. There's an article about this in the gardening section.
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      crash0200 -
      Do you add more fertilizer over the growing season?
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      FreebieQueen -
      Quote Originally Posted by crash0200 View Post
      Do you add more fertilizer over the growing season?

      We didn't add extra to ours, if you do, you'd just dissolve it in your water and add it periodically. We're going to add fish to our water container and let them naturally fertilize the next round.
    1. Vanessa004's Avatar
      Vanessa004 -
      This is absolutely amazing, I can't believe how easy that is! I am making a bunch this week and starting them in the bedroom. I've already started my seedlings in old TP tubes.
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      Slsallee -
      I realize this is an old post but I am wondering about the use of the colander. What is its purpose and does it go upside down in the bucket?
    1. Liss's Avatar
      Liss -
      Quote Originally Posted by Slsallee View Post
      I realize this is an old post but I am wondering about the use of the colander. What is its purpose and does it go upside down in the bucket?
      It keeps the water flow even, and it goes in right side up.
    1. Jsalinaz's Avatar
      Jsalinaz -
      Hi. So I’m trying to figure out what you use for nutrition for the plants please?
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      Liss -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jsalinaz View Post
      Hi. So I’m trying to figure out what you use for nutrition for the plants please?


      "Fill the bottom of the bucket with water. Add a layer of your soilless growing mixture. Soak it with the hose, add a layer of slow release natural fertilizer. Add more growing mix, water, it's imperative that the layers are initially wet or it will not activate the wicking ability of the product, causing your plants to dry out and die. Repeat until the bucket is full, add a light layer of fertilizer near the top as well."


      We've also used Live fish in the barrel as natural fertilizer but noticed certain plants didn't grow as well, our Lemon tree and coffee plants, specifically.
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      Jsalinaz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Liss View Post
      "Fill the bottom of the bucket with water. Add a layer of your soilless growing mixture. Soak it with the hose, add a layer of slow release natural fertilizer.

      Add more growing mix, water, it's imperative that the layers are initially wet or it will not activate the wicking ability of the product, causing your plants to dry out and die. Repeat until the bucket is full, add a light layer of fertilizer near the top as well."


      We've also used Live fish in the barrel as natural fertilizer but noticed certain plants didn't grow as well, our Lemon tree and coffee plants, specifically.
      Ok, cool. I made the mistake of trying to do liquid nutrition and it’s just a lot of work. Thanks for the advice.
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