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How to start a home vegetable garden in a bucket instead of planting in the ground.

Updated on September 15, 2011

Planting vegetable gardens with no yard space?

Are you wanting to save money and live healthier all at the same time by planting your own vegetable garden? Are you one of the people that want to do all this but have no room on your own property for a garden? I will share with you what I did to overcome this obstacle.

I have my own vegetable garden and like some of you I had no room whatsoever to plant anything. To let you know about my space problem, I live in a one bedroom apartment with a small patio. However, I have a vegetable garden with tomato plants, hops, potatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, and am looking to add more. I will tell you how I did it.

Plants will grow in buckets!

I am growing potatoes, cucumbers, and hops in old 23 litre buckets I used for fermenting crushed grapes. I do this because it saves space and recycles what I no longer need. It's a win win situation.

For the potatoes I filled the buckets half full of rich garden soil and planted them with the sprouts pointing up. I then covered them with another layer of soil. I can say that I have had success growing potatoes like this and you do get a decent amount for bucket growing them.

Cucumbers and hops are a little different. Cucumbers grow on the ground. The plant grows great in the bucket. You have to train the vine part of the cucumber plant to grow where you want it to and let it grow outwards of the bucket. The benefit to this is that if you are growing these on a patio, the cucumbers are not laying on the dirt, which can help them not to rot or become infested with worms.

For the hops, I planted the root in the bucket and trained the vine to grow horizontal on my patio railing. As hops can grow up to 30 ft and up to a foot a day, I really had to keep on top of it. But not I have plenty of Fuggle hops for my beers. I do this with other types of hops also.

So, growing your vegetables in buckets is a very sound choice if you have no space for ground growing. It does work.

Hanging gardens?

Most of you have probably heard of the upside down tomato plants. This is an excellent idea for those of you wanting fresh tomatoes with nowhere to ground plant them. You can pick up hanging tomato kits for under $20 at most garden stores and even Wal-Mart. I suggest you check this out if you haven't already. This is what I use for my tomatoes and it really does work.

Have you heard of the upside down strawberry plants? I haven't until recently. I decided to pick one up and see how it did. I was surprised at the success I had with this one. What you do is you plant a strawberry plant in a hanging basket and let the plant grow over the sides and hang down. Again, the berries don't lay on the ground at all, and they are perfect! It's an excellent way to grow strawberries even if you do have room for ground planting. I recommend this one 100% for strawberry lovers.


Even if you don't have space, you can very much plant your own vegetable garden. There are things you should do to get the best results. You should use plant food while watering. I find that I get best results doing this. Also, make sure you plant certain plants in the proper amount of sun that the plant requires.

One last thing that I want to mention is that you obviously will not be ground planting if you are reading this I would assume. Remember you will have no ground water and that you will have just a bucket of soil. You buckets and baskets of soil will dry out faster then the ground will and will have no other way to replenish water unless it rains. Make sure you keep an eye on the soil and don't let it dry out to much or your plants will surely die.

I hope you have gained an insight on how to grow a veggie garden with little to no space. I understand there are probably hundreds of ways to do this. This is merely my version. Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoyed it.


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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I have a container garden this year and love the ease of it. I recently learned I can grow cukes and squashes so I am starting those this week. Thanks for the information.