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glee Community Garden
"Bucket Container Gardening"
Into the third season at the garden "bucket containers" are being used in the Accessible Gardening Area. We will continue to
post images demonstrating how these ingenious "buckets" can produce
a significant bounty of food!
For complete information check the following website.
Or, contact Rick Smith directly.
Currently at the garden...
The container buckets used at the Community Garden are not a new idea, but Rick Smith has worked hard to
perfect the design, simplified the construction,
test, and implementation what to grow and how. These "buckets", as we affectionately call them, are ideal for patios, balconies, roof tops,
or just about anywhere where space is limited. They can be moved around easily as well, which allows us to position our plants in and out of the
blazing Florida sun when necessary. Currently our "bucket system" is being used both at the glee Community Garden, as well as
on patios and roof tops here in Key West.
And, if you have back or mobility challenges, "bucket container gardens" are wonderful because you don't need
to bend down into a raised bed. Your gardening can be done from a seated position. We have also crossed most of the bridges related to
insect and plant "issues".
*First buckets containers at Community Garden in winter 2010.
*The first season we grew over 65 tomatoes, plus some nice eggplant in spring 2010. And that was after battling some BER (blossom end rot) that took about a
*Tricia watering bucket containers at Community Garden spring 2011. The second season we grew a large crop of
Costa Rican Sweet
and Red Popper peppers,
plus a few California Wonder peppers and a few eggplant.
*As you can see, the eggplants (to the left) got huge and provided some very nice shade for the pepper buckets.
Here's a look at what is "Under Construction" for the Accessible Gardening Area at the garden in 2011/2012...
*This area will soon have patio pavers and not a plywood surface, which will allow for access around the bucket containers without having to
traverse through the soft leaves and sand. Funding for the patio pavers was generously provided by
Glad Tidings Community Church of Key West.
"These Costa Rican Sweet Peppers were grown in bucket containers. Two or three pepper plants are the perfect number for one
bucket. The seeds came from Burpee.com and are one of the few plants that I grow that are not orgranic. We've
tried other peppers, such as organic California Wonder, but they just don't produce the bounty that the Costa Rican Sweets do. Perhaps
it's because the seeds originate from Central America, where peppers are plentiful and varied, and the climate is similar to that
of south Florida. I am now experimenting with alternative organic pepper varieties (in order to have a sustainable seed source of my own), but for now
I recommend Costa Rican Sweets for the highest yield. Stay tuned." - Rick Smith
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