What is a GrowBucket?
A GroBucket is a method of container gardening where a standard 4, 5, or 6 gallon bucket is converted into an incredible self watering growing container by placing the one piece GroBucket Insert at the bottom of a bucket and installing a section of 1 1/4″ PCV pipe. Soil or soilless growing mix is then added and then the plant. Water is then added through the pipe to fill up the 1 gallon reservoir that is created at the bottom of the bucket by the insert. The water in the reservoir wets the lower soil and the wicking action pulls the water up. It is best to water through the soil on the first watering. A GroBucket float stick is then placed in the pipe to indicate how much water is in the reservoir. The frequency of watering is dependent on the type of plant and the weather. In the summer, a large tomato plant may need to be watered every other day while an small herb plant may go several weeks without needing the reservoir filled.
The answer is that buckets are the ideal size to grow just about anything that can be grown in a traditional garden from herbs to vegetables and even small fruit trees. They are designed specifically for the human body to pick up and move. They are stackable, durable, and best of all very inexpensive. The only modification needed is to drill a 5/16″ hole 4″ up from the bottom of the bucket to allow excess water to drain. Containers, especially those the size of a bucket, can be quite expensive and if you want more than a couple, it can be quite an investment and they still don’t address the watering issues.
Why would I want to use Ugly Buckets!
Not everyone appreciates the look of a bucket, but there is good news. Buckets can easily be dressed up. By simple removing the handle and spray painting them, they can fit in with the most expensive containers out there. Some people make burlap covers, add ribbons to them, or put sticker of their favorite sports team on them.