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Post  sweetgale 6/10/2012, 12:03 pm

well this year is my first time on my own gardening with out my mom and dad im going to try useing buckets in stead of pots i will be drilling hole in the bottom of the buckets and putting top soil in it with poo im going to try this with teardrop beans and add somemore potatoes to my garden i will give up date on how its working planting in bucket 936924162
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Post  rowena___. 6/10/2012, 12:17 pm

they should do fine! i plant many things in buckets--i use kitty litter buckets, since we buy a lot of kitty litter and they are free--right now i have in buckets tomatillos, cabbage, cauliflower, artichokes, and columnar apple trees!
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Post  CindiLou 6/10/2012, 3:04 pm

I use buckets for my tomatoes, squash, melon, zucchini and others lol
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Post  GWN 6/10/2012, 9:16 pm

I use buckets for my tomatoes, squash, melon, zucchini and others lol
Cindylou, what sort of bucket do you use for zucchini? YOu wouldn't happen to have a picture?
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Post  cheyannarach 6/10/2012, 10:11 pm

I am growing gourds and pumpkins in buckets! I threw a FISH in the bottom of every bucket so they will grow spectacularly!
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Post  walshevak 6/11/2012, 9:07 am

The bucket brigades. Strung, caged determanents, and portable with PVC poles.
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better view of the poles and cages.
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Post  cheyannarach 6/11/2012, 11:19 am

WOW Kay, that is an awesome set up!
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Post  acara 6/11/2012, 11:30 am

Holy-kewl-setups-Batman !!!!!!!!!!! planting in bucket 998388915



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Post  GWN 6/11/2012, 11:56 am

that is cool, also the fish.....however everyone here says if I do that, I will DEFINATELY get bears.... even if buried.
I just cannot picture a zucchini or pumpkin in a bucket, how do they flow over the edges?
Or do you grow the zucchinis up a pole??
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Post  walshevak 6/11/2012, 2:03 pm

@acara wrote:Holy-kewl-setups-Batman !!!!!!!!!!! planting in bucket 998388915



Very nice

Learned and passed on to my son the ACARA pruning techniques. Now lets hope he gets a good crop.

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Post  cheyannarach 6/11/2012, 2:26 pm

@GWN wrote:that is cool, also the fish.....however everyone here says if I do that, I will DEFINATELY get bears.... even if buried.
I just cannot picture a zucchini or pumpkin in a bucket, how do they flow over the edges?
Or do you grow the zucchinis up a pole??

I put them up on a rock slope and just let them flow over the edges. Pumpkins and gourds are just ornamental for me so I don't care if they flop all over the ground. I could not tell you anything about zucchini in a bucket though. I don't like them but I have a customer at work that wants some zukes so maybe I will suprise her next year!

We don't have bears here, just mountain lions, and I really didn't put a fish in the buckets, it was a joke because of the fish in my tumbler.
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Post  llama momma 6/11/2012, 2:31 pm

@cheyannarach wrote:WOW Kay, that is an awesome set up!

Spectacular! I want that!
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Post  GWN 6/11/2012, 2:55 pm


We don't have bears here, just mountain lions, and I really didn't put a fish in the buckets, it was a joke because of the fish in my tumbler.
Well the thing here is that where is live is home to the worlds largest salmon run, people come from everywhere to see them spawn in the adams river.
The summer before last the numbers were higher than ever recorded, and of course after the fish spawn, they die and go down the river
The lake shore was COVERED with dead fish.
SO some people in the area DID plant them in their gardens and lo and behold, the bears dug them up.... Goodness sakes, big mistake blush
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Post  walshevak 6/11/2012, 3:28 pm

I cheated and put my buckets next to a cattle panel trellis.
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Tomatos, watermelons and cantaloupes will fight it out if they meet at the top.

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Post  cheyannarach 6/11/2012, 3:38 pm

@GWN wrote:

We don't have bears here, just mountain lions, and I really didn't put a fish in the buckets, it was a joke because of the fish in my tumbler.
Well the thing here is that where is live is home to the worlds largest salmon run, people come from everywhere to see them spawn in the adams river.
The summer before last the numbers were higher than ever recorded, and of course after the fish spawn, they die and go down the river
The lake shore was COVERED with dead fish.
SO some people in the area DID plant them in their gardens and lo and behold, the bears dug them up.... Goodness sakes, big mistake planting in bucket 615992

That would be quite a site, watching the bear dig up our garden, yikes!
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Post  memart1 6/11/2012, 5:17 pm

I used to have two hives of bees -- That is until the bear decided it would like them!! That was many years ago and four miles from where I live now. Raising bees again is something I've thought about.
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Post  GWN 6/11/2012, 5:44 pm

I had my buckets last year alongside my cattle panels and used the highest part to tie the strings to, looks like quite a mess, but was an incredibly productive plant. I had hoped to take it inside when it got cold, but it ws too entwined by then. These are San Marzanos
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Post  cheyannarach 6/12/2012, 1:12 am

GWN, I went and bought a zuke and planted it in a bucket just for you, I will take pics and keep you posted to see how it works!
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Post  FamilyGardening 6/12/2012, 1:38 am

found that the bottom of one of our buckest has a big crack in.....so...instead of throwing it out......we are going to be planting in a bucket too Razz not sure where we are going to place it once its planted.....Shocked

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Post  J_in_HamiltonON 6/12/2012, 8:46 am

@cheyannarach wrote: I threw a FISH in the bottom of every bucket so they will grow spectacularly!

had me rolling on the floor planting in bucket 889526 , good one
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Post  cheyannarach 6/12/2012, 8:50 am

@J_in_HamiltonON wrote:
@cheyannarach wrote: I threw a FISH in the bottom of every bucket so they will grow spectacularly!

had me rolling on the floor planting in bucket 889526 , good one

I knew someone would get it!!! Razz

Rose, be sure to throw some rocks in the bottom of your bucket so the crack stays open!
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Post  GWN 6/12/2012, 9:50 am

GWN, I went and bought a zuke and planted it in a bucket just for you, I will take pics and keep you posted to see how it works!
gee thanks.... Embarassed feel dumb that I did not get your joke, but as you can see people do that here and so.......

I would try the same thing with zucchinis but I think I already have passed the zucchini MAX amount..... (you can only plant enough zucchinis that you have friends to pawn them off on Smile )
Truly I make all kinds of things with zucchinis and grade them and freeze them for winter baking.
zucchini cakes, zucchini muffins etc etc........
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Post  hruten 6/12/2012, 9:59 am

I accidentally broke one of my zuchinni stems trying to trellis it.Sad The plant (on the right) is still doing well and has several buds down lower. Do I need to do anything to "protect" the open stem?

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Post  GWN 6/12/2012, 10:18 am

Do I need to do anything to "protect" the open stem?
I do not think so, zukes are resilient.
Someone posted a video here that showed a guy pruning a zucchini to grow up a stake and basically what he did was to cut off all the leaves below the lowest flower/fruit
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Post  GWN 6/12/2012, 10:19 am

btw THANKS for posting a zucchini in a bucket photo... Smile
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