Vegetables in Buckets

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Vegetable plants in plastic buckets or pails arranged neatly in a home garden. Image from The Navhind Times

Even if you live in a concrete jungle where the ground is covered with concrete pavement, you can have your organic garden right in your home. Just prepare plant boxes or make a makeshift version of them. Most plant boxes are of concrete, but you can make yours of other materials.

One is wooden plant boxes. But probably, you are not a skilled carpenter or don’t have the time to hire carpenters to do it. Then simply collect used plastic buckets you can gather from friends and relatives. Or buy from the nearest scarp center or shop where they sell secondhand stuffs.

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Image from shrinkthatfootprint

Other can and plastic containers also make good alternative “pots” for your vegetables. Collect empty milk and other cans or plastic containers (of sandwich spreads or cookies or pastries for instance) big enough to hold the vegetable plant you have in mind. Just like the ones in the picture above.

Fill these plastic or tin buckets or containers with compost and soil and start your organic garden with them. You may buy compost from garden stores, or if you live anywhere in Metro Manila, you may avail of membership in our urban gardening group and enjoy the membership kit. For just P1,888 you get 20 kilos of compost, a liter of liquid organic fertilizer, 3 plastic pots, vegetable seeds, plastic spray and a 20 percent discount on your next purchase of the fertilizer and compost.

Compost is powdered organic fertilizer you mix with the soil. It is made by collecting fruit and vegetable peels, weeds, and plant trimmings and burying them in the soil for at least a month or until they decay and mix with the soil. Spraying organic fertilizer on them will hasten their decomposition through the action of live microorganisms. You may plant directly on this compost or mix it with soil.

Then, as your vegetables begin to leaf and grow, spray liquid organic fertilizer under the leaves to make them grow better and yield better results. Soil in containers like pots and plant boxes (in the picture above, in buckets) should be replenished with new soil and/or compost every so often, depending on the size of container and the kind of vegetables planted.

Corn, for instance, consume more nutrients in the soil than other plants. It consumes fertilizers faster, too. Monggo and peanut, on the other hand, consume less and in fact help make soil more fertilized by adding in more nitrogen.

By using everything organic, your produce will be 100 percent organic. And organic vegetables can be sold at a higher price than ordinary ones. Your home organic garden makes you and your family healthier, protects you from ailments caused by chemicals in food, makes your home extra greener with life and nature (that’s extra fresh oxygen, too) , and can also make some extra money if you sell them.

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