Bucket Gardening: 12 best Vegetables To Grow In Buckets

Bucket gardening is a great way to grow your food organically while saving money and reducing your carbon footprint.

It can be done just about anywhere, even if you live in an apartment or condo, and doesn’t require much space at all. Not only that but it’s also incredibly easy to do!

And best of all – anyone can do this at home without any prior experience with growing plants.

This blog post will teach you everything you need to know about bucket gardening including how it works, what plants are good for bucket gardens, the pros/cons of using buckets as planters, and more. Read on now

Benefits of Bucket Gardening

Benefits of Bucket Gardening

There are numerous benefits to bucket gardening, including:

  • Is done without using soil – which makes it perfect for balconies and other places where you don’t have space to use ground soil.
  • Uses less water than traditional garden beds because the roots of the plants are contained in a smaller area (the bucket).
  • It requires very little maintenance (just some watering at least once per week).
  • You can harvest fresh food which is grown organically in your own home. Also, you can move plants wherever you want them, which is great if you’re trying to create a specific microclimate.

12 Vegetables To Grow In Buckets

12 Vegetables To Grow In Buckets

Not all vegetables grow in buckets, for the plant to grow well, it is necessary to choose the right type of plant.

There are a few choices that will work great in your bucket garden. Some of the best vegetables you can grow in these planters are listed below.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes can be planted in buckets. They are a warm-weather crop and will need at least six hours of direct sunlight each day.

You can plant about five or six tomato seeds in a five-gallon bucket. When they are red and have been on the vine for a few weeks, you will be able to harvest the tomatoes and enjoy your work.

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Beans

There are many types of beans you can plant in buckets, some popular choices include snap beans, shell beans, and green beans.

All three require full sun but the green bean needs more time to grow than snap or shell beans. You can expect to harvest your first crop around 50-60 days after planting for all three varieties.

Carrots 

Carrots 

Plant carrots in buckets and how many carrots seeds you can plant in one bucket? When can you harvest?

You can plant carrots in a bucket, but you may need to replant several times to get a good crop. One way to do this is to plant the seeds close together and thin them out as they grow.

You can harvest carrots at any time, but they will be best if you wait until after the first frost.

What is carrot first frost?

Carrots are best if harvested once the first frost has settled in.

Carrots can be harvested at any time during its growing season, but they will be sweeter and have a better flavor after the first frost.

Frost is also beneficial to the health of the carrots, so it’s best to wait for it.

Ginger

Plant ginger in buckets and how many gingers you can plant in one bucket? When can you harvest?

Ginger is a tropical plant so it will not grow well in cold weather. You can, however, grow ginger in a bucket indoors.

To do this, you will need a bucket with at least one opening for the ginger to grow out of.

Fill the bucket with rich potting soil and then plant the ginger rhizomes about an inch below the surface.

Water regularly and give the ginger plenty of direct sunlight. You can harvest ginger anytime you want, but it will be best if you wait until after the first frost.

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Onions

Onions can be planted in buckets and will do well as long as they have plenty of sunlight. You can plant about 10-15 onion seeds in a five-gallon bucket.

When can I expect onions to harvest?

You will be able to start harvesting onions about 70 days after planting. The size of the onion heads varies but most are ready for harvest in early summer or late spring.

Peppers 

Peppers 

You can plant peppers in a bucket, but they will need full sun and plenty of water. If you have a sunny spot outside, this would be the best place.

If not, you can use grow lights to provide the peppers with light indoors.

You can expect to harvest about two or three peppers from each pepper plant and your first crop should be ready about 75 days after planting.

How many pepper seeds to plant in one bucket is good?

You can plant about eight to ten pepper seeds in a five-gallon bucket.

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes are a warm-weather crop and will need at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. You can plant about five or six cherry tomato seeds in a five-gallon bucket.

When can I expect the cherry tomatoes to be ready for harvest?

You can expect to harvest the cherry tomatoes about 50-60 days after planting.  Be sure to harvest the tomatoes before they become too ripe.

Okra

Okra

Okra is a warm-weather plant and will need to be planted in direct sunlight. You can plant about four or five okra seeds per bucket, and they should produce their first crop after about 50-60 days.

You can expect to harvest your first okra about 40-50 days after planting. Okra needs plenty of water, so it is best to water them every day.

If you live in a cold climate, you will need to bring the bucket inside during the winter. Otherwise, you can leave the bucket outside.

Cucumbers

Cucumbers can be planted in buckets, you can plant about eight to ten cucumber seeds in a five-gallon bucket.

They will need full sun and plenty of water. If you have a sunny spot outside, this would be the best place.

If not, you can use grow lights to provide the cucumbers with light indoors.

You can expect to harvest about two or three cucumbers from each cucumber plant and your first crop should be ready about 50 days after planting.

Beets

The same as cucumbers, beets can be planted in buckets, but they do need full sun also.

Most beets will take about 75-80 days to harvest.

If you live in a cold climate, you may have better luck planting your beets indoors, so the soil temperature stays warm enough for them to grow.

There are different sizes of beets you can plant. Smaller beets only take 30-40 days to mature into an eatable size

Beets can also be sown in root cell trays and the seeds germinate quickly at temperatures between 70°F/21°C (Pearson, 2011).

Lettuce

Lettuce

You don’t need to do anything special in order to plant lettuce. It’s already good to go. Just make sure you keep it moist and give it plenty of sun (6-8 hours).

Lettuce is fairly easy. Definitely not hard at all.

All you need is a big bucket with potting soil, an old towel for making the water stay inside, some sort of container that will hold your water that will sit into the bucket, but outside.

Some newspapers or cotton sheets for absorbing moisture with enough room so they can breathe if they get wet…

Then just wait until the seedlings are big enough to be transplanted before planting them outdoors! Doesn’t get any easier than this 🙂

If you live in a cold climate, you will need to bring the bucket inside during the winter. This will not only protect it from extreme cold; it will also protect it from drying out and cracking open.

Spinach

Spinach is a very good vegetable to eat. It is high in iron, folate, and vitamin K. It also contains antioxidants that can help protect your body from disease.

You can plant about eight to ten spinach seeds in a five-gallon bucket.

In perfect condition, you can expect to harvest your first spinach about 45 days after planting.

Besides the above plants, you also can grow radishes, peas, broccoli, and some herbs such as mint, basil, rosemary, and coriander in buckets.

Just follow the steps below and you can harvest it nicely.

How to Grow Vegetables in a Bucket

Growing vegetables in a bucket are simple. All you need is a five-gallon bucket, potting soil, and seeds. It consists of 8 basic steps:

  • Prepare Seeds/Plants/Good Soil
  • Purchase Or Collect Some Buckets 5-gallon (19 L.) Buckets
  • Make Holes in the Bottom for Drainage
  • Place Some Gravel in The Bottom of the Bucket
  • Filling Your Bucket by Add Peat Moss, Planting Soil, And Compost
  • Mix In Fertilizer and Then Continue Filling It with Soil
  • Place Your Plants by Sow Seeds or Plant Seedling
  • Watering & Fertilizing

Let’s explore  each of these steps in more detail.

Prepare Seeds/Plants/Good Soil

Before planting, you will need to prepare your seeds, plants, or good soil. If you are planting seeds, you will need to soak them overnight in water. 

If you are planting plants, you will need to loosen the soil around the roots and then place them in the bucket. If you are using good soil, you can simply place it in the buckets.

Purchase Or Collect Some Buckets 5-gallon (19 L.)

There are many places you can purchase buckets, or you may already have some around your house. If you are using new buckets, make sure to drill holes in the bottom for drainage.

Make Holes In The Bottom For Drainage

Once you have your buckets, you will need to make holes in the bottom for drainage. You can use a drill or even a heated metal skewer can be used in the holes.

Place Some Gravel In The Bottom Of The Bucket

Before adding the soil, you will need to place some gravel in the bottom of the bucket. The gravel will help with drainage and keep the soil from washing away.

Filling Your Bucket By Add Peat Moss, Planting Soil, And Compost

Once you have your bucket and gravel in place, you can add your peat moss, planting soil, and compost. You will need to add 1 part peat moss and 1 part planting soil and then add some compost.

You can add these in any proportion you like, just remember to keep the ratio at one part peat moss, one part planting soil, and two parts compost.

Mix In Fertilizer and Then Continue Filling It with Soil

You’ll need to combine fertilizer with your soil after it’s in place. You can use any type of fertilizer you like, just make sure to follow the instructions.

After the fertilizer is mixed in, you can continue filling the bucket with soil.

Place Your Plants By Sow Seeds Or Plant Seedling

Now that your bucket is filled with soil, you can plant your seeds or plants. If you are planting plants, you will need to loosen the soil around their roots before placing them in the bucket.

You can also plant some herbs as well.

Watering & Fertilizing

To water your plants, place a small amount of water in the bottom of the bucket and then wait until it drains before adding more.

You will need to water your plants every day. You can also add fertilizer to the water every other week.

Bucket Gardening FAQs

What is bucket gardening?

Bucket gardening is when you grow vegetables or herbs in a bucket. I add compost, peat moss, and planting soil to the bucket before placing my seeds inside.

How do you make a bucket garden?

To make a bucket garden, you will need a five-gallon bucket, potting soil, and seeds. You will need to drill holes in the bottom of the bucket for drainage.

Then, you will need to combine fertilizer with your soil after it’s in place. You can use any type of fertilizer you like, just make sure to follow the instructions.

After the fertilizer is mixed in, you can continue filling the bucket with soil. 

Finally, you can plant your seeds or plants. To water your plants, place a small amount of water in the bottom of the bucket and then wait until it drains. You will need to water your plants every day.

How many tomato plants can I put in a 5-gallon bucket?

You can put up to three tomato plants in a five-gallon bucket. You will need to drill holes in the bottom of the bucket for drainage.

Make sure your tomato plants are healthy and have already started growing into small plants.

In Conclusion

Bucket gardening is a great way to garden if you don’t have a lot of space.

You can grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers in buckets using this guide. Just make sure to drill holes in the bottom of the bucket for drainage and add some gravel before adding the soil.

You will also need to water your plants every day and add fertilizer to the water every other week. Happy gardening!