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5 Gallon Bucket Gardening During Covid-19

Like many of you, we knew we wanted to have a garden this year, but with limited supplies (everyone is in gardening mood this year! lol) and not knowing exactly where we wanted to put a permanent garden in our yard, we decided to just get a few things and use what we already had and make a small 5 gallon bucket moveable garden!

We hope you enjoy our video below of the last several weeks of our prepping, planting and garden growth, as well as a picture of Israel with our first garden tomato!

Have tips and tricks to share? Are you a newbie gardener or a pro? What are your favorite things to grow? Let us know in the comments below!

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23 Comments

  1. Mary

    You can also plant potatoes in a bucket.. you get a lot from one bucket.

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    • Derick & Jill

      Nice to know!Thanks!

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  2. Karen

    You can go potatoes in a bucket. You get a lot from one bucket.

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    • Derick & Jill

      Oh so great to know!

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  3. Leigh

    I have grown tomatoes for years and just recently learned that you can grow a new tomato plant from The Suckers that you clip off. Just put it in a jar of water and you can watch the roots grow. I rooted 7-10 tomato plants just from the suckers I cut off. Of course I gave them all to neighbors but in the future I will buy fewer plants and Just root new plants… basically get multiple tomato plants but only have to pay for one!!

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    • Derick & Jill

      What? This is so great to know! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  4. Candace McHatton

    My hubby loves gardening, and it’s going crazy with pickling cucumber and squash. He’s been making canning pickles like crazy too! Also canning zucchini, carrots, etc. Wish I could take a pic to show you.

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    • Mary MI

      This garden season will be fruitful. It reminds me of the War time victory gardens my mom told me about. Bless you guys.

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  5. Aubrey Brangham

    After years of doing a raised garden bed, this year I opted for buckets because Wyoming weather is very unpredictable (think snow near July) so it’s nice to be able to move things in the garage if need be to keep from frost or damage. I’m loving it so far. My husband and I also built a wooden two tier stand to Jeep the buckets nicely organized and easier to mow around.

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  6. Melanie

    I love how you revived some of those plants that were distressed early on. Good job! All the tomato plants look great!!

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  7. Candy Grzenia

    5 gallon buckets is how my husband started out gardening. We had them on our front porch (and we lived on the second floor and didn’t have railings). He used our whole back yard in this present house, but has put a lawn back in since we’re moving up north. We bought our new house a couple years ago (he fell in love with it because we have just under an acre) and this year he started his garden. Wow, what a garden-it’s 65 ft x 70 ft!). He grows just about everything, but mostly corn (some for eating and the rest for Halloween). Hope you have fund with your garden.

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    • Derick & Jill

      haha nice! So fun!

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  8. Diane

    Love your garden! I just planted my first to tomato’s plant and zucchini in Buckets, can’t wait to see the results.

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    • Derick & Jill

      Nice! Yeah, we are loving our bucket garden so far this year.

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  9. Janessa

    Those tomatoes are looking great! I love seeing what people are growing- and I love that you gave it a shot with those plants you were able to find, even though they weren’t ideal. Looking forward to more garden updates as you continue expanding it in years to come.
    I’ve been watching so many of Jess from Roots & Refuge farms’ videos on youtube, and have learned so much from her. And, she’s in the same growing zone as you! She is an inspiration and an encouragement. I hope you two get to meet one day, I think Jess would be such a great person to have in your corner. Love to you, Jill!

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    • Derick & Jill

      Thanks! Yeah, I wasn’t sure they’d survive but decided to give it a go and they’re doing pretty great now, thankfully! Thanks for the info.

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    • Heather Tucker

      I strive to be a gardener, but I struggle even keeping flowers alive for a whole summer. I have tried container gardening from flower pots, and only successfully grew strawberries and tomatoes. I would love to do my own pumpkin patch for my family. Come fall when we go purchase them to carve or paint, they are pretty pricey. I just need some tips on keeping grasshoppers from destroying my plants.

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  10. Cathy

    We love growing cucumbers, cilantro, & tomatoes. I really enjoyed this video… it gave us a glimpse of your life and it was edited nicely. Good job jill!

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    • Derick & Jill

      Aww. Thanks. We loved capturing the home video and then splicing it together…we aren’t editing pros, but hope y’all enjoy watching.

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  11. Windy Bryant

    Hey Jill, you should consider raised garden beds which would solve your rocky ground problem that you have to contend with.
    I’ve been a Texas gardener for years, however, I always have the same problem you did with the indoor herb – my windows are just not sunny enough. I noticed that when I put the herb outside in a larger container it doesn’t dry out so quickly. Love watching your videos!

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    • Derick & Jill

      Thanks for the tips! Yeah, I’m thinking that might be a great option for us next year now that we have a better idea of where we might like our permanent garden to be!

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  12. Melissa

    You look so happy outside with your garden! Glad you’re able to take this time during the craziness and do this. Was going to say you can start rooting some veggies inside in water, my sister did some scallions and lettuce. Also, look into a stand for the hammock, a lot more stable than the poles or anywhere else. And a stand can be moved easier so you can put it anywhere!

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  13. Betty

    Loved this video. Hope your garden continues to do well and that you’re all healthy and happy. God bless!

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