Tomato Bucket 12 Inch Semi Hydroponic Self Watering Planter
Tomato Bucket 12 Inch Semi Hydroponic Self Watering Planter
How to Grow Plants in the Tomato Bucket in 7 Steps
1. Mix potting 3 part potting soil with at least 1 part perlite by volume for drainage
2. Plant seeds or seedlings inside the Tomato Bucket
3. Drill a hole halfway in a 5-gallon bucket
4. Fill a 5-gallon bucket with water
5. Put the Tomato Bucket on top of the 5-gallon bucket
6. Place the Tomat Bucket under the right light condition for the plant
7. Water from the top once a month until excess water runs out of the drainage hole
What to Grow in the Tomato Bucket?
Hint: While it's technically possible to grow plants from seeds, growing plants from seedlings, cuttings, bulbs, or roots will be significantly faster!
3 Guaranteed Wins for First-Time Gardeners
If you believe you don't have a "green thumb", the following plants are so easy to grow that you literally cannot fail. It's actually impossible! Try it!
Green Onion (Regrow)
3 Easy Herbs Essential for Home Cooks
If you are a home cook, consider growing the following herbs because they are easy and rewarding! Be sure to grow them in the right seasons and under the right light conditions to guarantee success. I personally always have a ton of Thai Basil growing!
3 Easy to Grow Leafy Greens
Growing leafy greens is super productive because you eat the leaves instead of the fruit, which means most of the biomass will eventually be consumed! Below are some especially easy-to-grow leafy greens.
Swiss Chard (Seed)
Bok Choy (Seed)
3 Highly Worth It Easy Fruits
If you want the most bang for your time (and money), growing small fruits (or similar) with a big impact on our limbic system is the way to go!
Chili Pepper (Seedling)
3 Highly Satisfying Plants to Grow
If you want to see plants grow really fast for a highly satisfying experience (such as for a science class), these plants will put out biomass so fast that you can almost see them grow in real time! However, since they are such fast growers, they might need more than 1 watering per month to feed their hunger!
Butternut Squash (Seed)
Pole Beans (Seed)
3 More Challenging (But Still Worth It) Plants to Grow
If you are a more experienced gardener and are willing to deal with potential pests, such as caterpillars, then these plants will be can be rewarding challenges!
4 Plant Light Levels Explained for Beginners
If you are unsure, always start with bright indirect light! Most plants will do pretty well in bright indirect light!
1. Bright Direct
The plant can directly see the sun (if it can see)!
2. Bright Indirect
The plant cannot see very much blue sky, but it has a lot of warm bounce light!
3. Medium Light
The plant can directly see the sun (if it can see)
4. Low Light
Dark enough for people to feel comfortable watching TV during the daytime!
5 Plant Lighting Examples
Check your light conditions around 3 PM in the afternoon and compare your situations to the following examples!
1. South Facing Room
2. South Facing Office
4. Corporate Park
5. Vacant Lot Urban Garden
Suggested Planting Spacing
Follow the seed provider's mature spread (plant spacing) recommendation for container gardening. Seed packet instructions are actually really helpful!
If the mature spread is 12 inches or more, plant 1 seedling per Tomato Bucket
If the mature spread is 10 inches or less, plant 3 seedlings per Tomato Bucket
If the mature spread is 8 inches or less, plant 5 seedlings per Tomato Bucket
If the mature spread is 4 inches or less, plant 7 seedlings per Tomato Bucket
If the mature spread is 2 inches or less, plant 20 seedlings per Tomato Bucket
3 Biggest Advantages of Tomato Bucket Over Traditional Gardening
1. Tomato Bucket requires only one watering every month!
2. This will save you a lot of time and water compared to traditional gardening!
3. Which will allow anyone to grow giant healthy plants quickly and easily, anywhere!
7 Reasons You Should Start Gardening
1. Mental Health
Studies have shown that gardening can significantly lower stress and anxiety while significantly increasing happiness and well-being!
2. Quality Time
Both growing food and sharing the food grown can be enjoyed with family and friends, for a lifetime!
3. Eat Your Vegetables
When kids work hard to grow their own vegetables, they will always eat them with pride!
4. More Nutritious
Homegrown vegetables are much more nutritious than storebought vegetables because they are picked ripe, right before eating!
5. More Delicious
Homegrown fruits, such as tomatoes and strawberries, are much sweeter than store-bought fruits because big farms pick their fruits before they are fully ripened to extend their shelf life! Yuck!
6. Dramatically Lower Carbon Footprint
Did you know that vegetables are often shipped from over a thousand miles away to your local grocery store? Only half of all fruits and vegetables produced make it to your fridge due to cosmetic defects or spoilage. To top it all off, even when it does make it to your fridge, a good portion of fresh produce is probably growing molds in the back of your fridge simply because you've forgotten about them! With Tomato Bucket, you pick your food only when you want to, and not a moment before. Shipped right from your own backyard!
7. Save Money (or Even Make Money)
Growing vegetables in the Tomato Bucket can be 10X cheaper than buying them from the store over a 5-year period. Using the Tomato Bucket to propagate rare plants can even make you money!
Realistic Results Over 5 Years
If You Grow Radish from Seeds:
8 Crops Per Year x 7 Plants Per Crop x 5 Years =
280 Radishes PER TOMATO BUCKET
If You Regrow Green Onions from Bulbs:
25 Regrows Per Year x 20 Plants Per Bucket x 5 Years =
2,500 Servings of Green Onions PER TOMATO BUCKET
If You Grow Tomato from Seedlings: 2 Crops Per
Year x 15 Pounds Per Plant x 5 Years =
150 Lbs of Tomatoes PER TOMATO BUCKET
If You Grow Chili Peppers from Seedlings:
2 Plant Per Year x 100 Chilis Per Plant x 5 Years =
1,000 Chili Peppers PER TOMATO BUCKET
If You Grow Basil from Cutting:
2 Crops Per Year x 7 Plants Per Crop x 16 Ounces Per Plant x 5 Years =
1,120 Ounces of Basil PER TOMATO BUCKET (Average Pasta Recipe Calls for 1 Ounce of Basil)
Materials Safety Data
Food safe UV resistant white high-density polyethylene (HDPE 2), one of the most food-safe and UV-resistant plastics commonly used to make:
- Milk bottles and reusable water bottles
- Extremely durable food containers used in the food industry
- Plastic planter pots for growing food
- Outdoor water storage tanks for drinking water
- Most UV-resistant and food-safe plastic according to ChatGPT, Google, Bing AI, and FDA (Food and Drug Administration)
Horticultural Rockwool Plug
Food safe UV resistant asbestos-free horticultural Rockwool made from basalt (volcanic rock) commonly used to make:
Horticultural growing cubes for growing hydroponic food commercially
- Horticultural growing plugs for starting hydroponic seeds commercially
- Widely accepted and used in both the commercial and also the hobbyist hydroponic community
- Rockwool is not a plastic sponge (kitchen sponge), so please don't substitute Rockwool with a plastic sponge (which can be toxic)!
- Rather, Rockwool is a stone sponge made out of basalt (volcanic rock) melted and then spun into fiber
- Because Rockwool is basically a really puffy rock, it is chemically inert, UV-resistant, and safe for growing food according to ChatGPT, Google, Bing AI, and FDA (Food and Drug Administration)
3 Safety Tips
1. Do not use buckets that once held paint, lead, or other hazardous materials or chemicals!
2. Tomato Bucket may be recycled in the recycle bin after 5 years of heavy sun exposure!
3. If grown indoors out of direct sunlight, the Tomato Bucket will basically last forever!