What a great way to start your home improvement projects with containers! All you need is a spray gun to make a lovely looking 5 gallon bucket planters for your windows. Most people don’t know about the fact that there are lots of them lying around, but they are definitely remodeling home everywhere. They just need a place to put all the pots they are getting in the yard or the garage. Here’s a great container gardening idea for your home.
You can grow plants right out of your excess water on a 5 gallon bucket planter that looks like it is sitting on the ground. This will save you a lot of money on your water bill. It can also be fun to do and look great too. Container gardening is not new. It has been used for years by Native Americans and other people. This can be a way to have a natural garden inside your home and still have all the conveniences of modern living.
The first step in this container gardening idea is to dig up your backyard. You need to clear out all the weeds and rocks so that you are left with nothing but good soil. Remove any rocks or roots that might be preventing your soil from getting the nutrients it needs. Using a spade or a hole saw, loosen up all the rocks and roots and then level off your ground.
Next, you need to line up your plants, pots and buckets according to how they will be planted. If you want to have plants growing in one particular area, you need to drill enough holes so that all the plants will have access to air. You can get a little more creativity out of this project if you have a large garden area. Digging around your plants will also help with proper drainage.
Once the holes are dug, fill them with dirt and throw some gravel in to set the stones in. You will also need to place some drainage material in the bottom of the buckets to keep excess water out of the soil. You will also want to place a piece of hardware cloth or newspaper on top of the buckets to keep dirt from being blown away when you shake them and turn the plants. You will want to line the bottom of the buckets with mesh to keep soil in.
Now that the area is properly set up, all you have to do is add the soil and some seeds. It is best to use a good quality potting soil mix so that your plants get the best possible start in life. Many gardeners like to start their container gardens using soil from their own home composting efforts. This is a great idea because it gives you the opportunity to control what is going into your growing environment.
Another method of planting is to use a premixed organic soil. All you have to do is mix a quart of soil with one part sand or perlite and two parts perlite. This mixture should be spread onto the entire area using a hand trowel and then allowed to settle. To make sure that your soil has enough moisture, you may wish to add some medium grade silicone to the mix. This ingredient is beneficial for controlling destructive insects and helping to maintain the correct pH levels.
You can paint your 5 gallon bucket planters in many different colors. You can get either a spray paint that is liquid and semi-gloss or a spray paint that looks like a liquid and is glossy. Both styles are easily applied to the planter and then allowed to dry completely. After both paints have completely dried, you can put a little of either on the outside of the container or the inside of the planter. If you choose to paint the inside of the planter, you will want to make sure that you spray the inside with the same color as the other portions of the container. Once you have completed the project, it is easy to keep the bucket filled with beautiful flowers year after year.