Potatoes In 5-Gallon Buckets

It’s that time of year that we gardeners are busy preparing our gardens for a bountiful harvest. I’ve been one of those said gardeners preparing my raised beds and traditional garden.

I, like most, are skeptical about growing potatoes in 5-gallon buckets but I’m posting a couple of photos today to share how my two buckets are doing.

In the first photo everyone will see a tiny speck of green leaves at the bottom of the photo and a small set at the top of the photo; this bucket is planted with German Butterball potatoes that I ordered and was shipped a week ago, so the growth is not as pronounced as what I’m sharing in the second photo.

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My new German Butterball Potatoes

In the second photo are my potatoes from last season Russet Potatoes which started sprouting in my basement and as everyone can see the growth is about several weeks along.

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Last Season Russet Potatoes

When growing potatoes in a 5-gallon bucket I used two that I had purchased at Home Depot. I drilled several holes in the bottom, filled a layer of small river rocks in the bottom, cut and layered a piece of black landscaping paper (one can use several layers of newspapers also). Then I layered 2 inches of a good garden soil mixed with a little bit of worm castings (for fertilizer) and placed three small seed potatoes (sprouts up) and covered with a couple of inches of soil. You want to keep covering the sprouts until you get to the top of the bucket and then just let your potato plant grow and produce your potatoes.

I hope everyone will try growing potatoes in a 5-gallon bucket, it’s affordable and so easy to do.

Homemade Spray Starch

Spray Starch Recipe

Spray Starch Recipe

Ingredients:

1 Heaping tablespoon corn starch
1 pint cold water
1-2 drops essential oil (optional)

1. Combine the cornstarch and water in a bowl, and stir until the cornstarch is completely dissolved. (The mixture will be milky in color)

2. Add in a couple of drops of essential oil for fragrance, if desired.

3. Then, transfer to a spray bottle, and use.

Tips:

1. For best results, shake before each use.

2. A little goes a long way so use sparingly.

Did you know?

* Commercially produced spray starch has formaldehyde!

* Starching clothes actually makes them last longer because dirt and perspiration sticks to the starch and not to the fabric.

Homemade Tub & Tile Cleaner

Homemade Tub & Tile Cleaner

Homemade Tub & Tile Cleaner

3/4 c. Baking Soda
1/4 c. Lemon Juice (I use the juice of a fresh lemon)
3 Tablespoons salt (I use Sea Salt)
3 Tablespoons dishwashing liquid (Dawn or Natural)
1/2 c. Vinegar
10 drops essential oil (Optional)

Mix all ingredients together in a in a large bowl. Pour into a plastic container with a lid. You can use a spray bottle, the mixture is thicker, so I tried it with a spray bottle and a mason jar (I found the mason jar works better).

To use: Shake and pour a small amount onto a rag or directly onto the area you are cleaning. Scrub and then rinse with water and we rag.

Homemade Disinfectant All-Purpose Spray

Homemade Disinfectant All-purpose Spray

Homemade Disinfectant All-purpose Spray

Ingredients:

1-1/2 Tablespoons Borax
6 Tablespoons Vinegar
4-1/2 C. Hot water (use distilled water)
1/2 teaspoon Liquid Castille Soap (I use Castille Soap w/ Tea Tree Oil-Whole Foods)
A few extra drops of Tea Tree Oil

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a pitcher, stirring well

Using a funnel, pour mixture into spray bottles

That’s it so quick and easy! Enjoy!

Homemade Natural Floor Cleaner

1 c. Water
1 c. Vinegar
1 c. alcohol
2-3 drops dish soap (Castille, Dawn, etc)
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops orange essential oil
3 drops tea tree essential oil
Fine-mist spray bottle – 24oz.

Instuctions:

1. Add all ingredients to spray bottle and shake to combine

2. Sweep/vacuum the floor

3. Spray cleanner on the floor (or other surface)

4. Wipe up with a microfiber cloth.

Notes:

* As with all cleaners, do a spot test to make sure this will work on your floors.

* For a mop and bucket version, try this: For a gallon of water, you could try 1/2 cup of vinegar, and 1/3 cup of alcohol, plus a few drops of dish soap.