EXPANDING THE CONCEPT FOR WHAT YOU CAN GROW IN A FIVE-GALLON BUCKET.
You don’t need a lot of space to grow vegetables—even if you live in an apartment or townhome and only have a patio or small deck with good sun. Our great Okra experiment has proven that you can grow a considerable amount of Okra in only six five-gallon pots (plastic buckets from your local hardware store). So far, we have raised 19 pounds of Okra this way for a current total market value of $87.00. You could also grow many other vegetables from a five-gallon bucket.
Next on my list will be potatoes that are not sweet potatoes. A few years ago, I grew non-sweet potatoes but it was such a production I didn’t do it again. It involved getting chicken wire and stakes to make a tower, then buying straw to line the wire sides and filling with soil as the vine grew. I think it will be much easier and less expensive to grow the potatoes out of a five-gallon bucket.
1. Step 1: Choose Seed Potatoes (from a nursery or online seed company. (Don’t use those from the grocery store as they have often been treated with chemicals.)
2. Step 2: Separate the Eyes. ...
3. Step 3: Cure the Cut Pieces. (Let pieces dry out for a day)
4. Step 4: Put about 7 to 8 inches of soil in bottom of bucket and plant eyes
5. Step 5: Plant two per five-gallon bucket and then weed out the weaker one when the leaves appear.
6. Step 6: Once stem is about 6 inches or so, add soil to top of leaves.
7. Step 7: Continue doing so until soil is at the top of the pot.
8. When leaves are totally dead, dump the bucket on a tarp and sort out your treasure.
NOTE: Some stores carry vinyl bags designed to grow potatoes. I tried one in 2019 for sweet potatoes that even had a clever trap door for harvesting. The sweet potato vine died in the bag half-way through the season. I have had no luck growing things including tomatoes out of vinyl bags but to each his own. You may have a different experience.
LOTS OF TIME TO PLANT A FALL GARDEN IN GARLAND
This morning I’ve been reviewing all the edibles that we can plant for a fall garden. Here is a list and plant by dates:
Snap Bush Beans September 1
Lima Bush Beans August 20
Beets October 15
Brussels sprouts. Sept1
Cabbage Sept 1
Carrots November 10
Cauliflower (transplant) Sept 1
Swiss Chard Oct 1
Collards October 10
Sweet corn August 20
Cucumber Sept 1
Kohlrabi Sept 10
Lettuce October 10
Mustard November 1
Okra August 1
Onion (seed) Nov 1
Parsley October 10
Potato Sept 1
Radish Nov 25
Spinach Nov 15
Summer squash Sept 10
Winter squash Aug 10
Turnip November 1