9 Foods You Can Grow In Buckets All Year
Growing food in buckets can be a year-round endeavor, especially in indoor settings where you can control the environment. Here are nine foods you can grow in buckets all year:
Microgreens: Microgreens are young, tender seedlings of various vegetables and herbs. They grow quickly and are packed with nutrients. Examples include arugula, kale, radish, and sunflower microgreens.
Herbs: Many herbs can be grown in buckets throughout the year. Basil, parsley, cilantro, chives, mint, thyme, and oregano are popular choices that thrive in containers.
Lettuce and Salad Greens: Leafy greens like lettuce, spinach, and kale are well-suited for bucket gardening. You can grow different varieties to have a diverse and fresh supply of salad greens.
Cherry Tomatoes: Compact and productive, cherry tomatoes can be grown indoors near a sunny window during the cooler months. They will need support as they grow.
Radishes: Radishes are quick-growing root vegetables that are well-suited for bucket cultivation. You can harvest them within a few weeks of planting.
Carrots: Some smaller varieties of carrots, such as ‘Paris Market’ or ‘Thumbelina,’ can be grown in deeper containers indoors all year round.
Scallions: Green onions or scallions are easy to grow in buckets. You can cut the green tops and let them regrow several times.
Mushrooms: While not technically a plant, mushrooms can be grown in buckets indoors. Oyster mushrooms are relatively easy to cultivate in a controlled environment.
Peppers: Dwarf or compact pepper varieties, like mini bell peppers or chili peppers, can be grown in buckets and kept indoors during the colder months.
To successfully grow these foods in buckets year-round, consider using a good quality potting mix, providing adequate light (supplemental grow lights if necessary), maintaining proper watering, and controlling the indoor temperature to suit the plants’ needs. Regularly monitor for pests and diseases and take appropriate action to ensure a healthy and productive harvest.