Easily Start Your Garden from Seeds with a Tomato Bucket

Step 1: Fill the Soil Cup with any potting soil. For this tutorial, we'll use radish for demonstration.

Step 2: Moisten the soil with water.

Step 3: Poke holes based on the mature spread of the plant, as indicated on the back of the seed pack. 

Step 4: Plant 2 to 3 seeds in each hole to ensure germination.

Step 5: If using your own bucket, drill a drainage hole 1 inch above the handle. Our buckets come predrilled for your convenience.

Step 6: Fill the bucket with water up to the drainage hole.

Step 7: Position the Soil Cup on the bucket in the shade to prevent soil from drying during germination.

Step 8: Once seeds have sprouted, thin out to one seed per hole.

Step 9: Depending on the plant, you can either continue growing it in the same Tomato Bucket or transplant it. Either way, be sure to move the bucket to a spot with the right light conditions for the plant.

Step 10: Water once a month from the top, until excess water flows out from the drainage hole! 

Most herbs and vegetables are ready for harvest anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months!

Why Grow from Seeds?

Cost-Effective: Seed packets typically cost just a dollar or two. When stored properly in a cool, dry place like your refrigerator (not the freezer), seeds can last many years.
Greater Variety: If you're interested in cultivating a very specific variety, your best options are to either start from seeds or get cuttings.
Year-Round Availability: Some seedlings are only available at garden centers during specific times of the year. 

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