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As someone who likes to grow fruits, veggies, make hybrid plants, and gardening, I totally dig this. Now living on a boat, it is something I’m definitely interested in even more. I know when we move back to land, I am all over this!
All of the listed below can be grown in 5 gallon clean buckets! Many from cuttings of items in your kitchen or fresh items. So they reproduce themselves with very little effort.
All of these can be grown from almost anywhere. Their bucket is their field or garden. You have control. Plus, you simply can’t beat the fresh taste.
It should be noted if you eat a lot of something, you might want to grow more than one pot. I use a lot of Beefsteak Tomatoes, Roma Tomatoes, Garlic, Green Onions, Kale, Romaine Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Spinach, Radishes, Potato, Tummeric, Mint, Basil, Rosemary, Dill, and more. I am a spice and herbs freak! I am all about big bold succulent flavor.
I recently started making my own Ghee, Garlic Infused Ghee, and Tarragon Ghee again. Absolutely delicious and a million uses!
I also love Golden Tummeric Tea and Chai Tea. I’ve included the ingredients and definitions of them below. I highly recommend these delicious teas.
Golden milk — also known as turmeric milk — is an Indian drink that has been gaining popularity in Western cultures. This bright yellow beverage is traditionally made by warming up cow’s or plant-based milk with turmeric and other spices, such as cinnamon and ginger.
There are plenty of ways to make golden milk. The basic recipe involves combining animal or plant milk, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and some kind of sweetener. Some recipes also include black pepper, nutmeg, or other spices and sweeteners.
The name “chai” is actually the Hindi word for “tea”, which was derived from “cha”, the Chinese word for “tea”. In this case, the Hindi term chai means a mix of spices steeped into a tea-like beverage. … The spiced tea mixture is typically brewed strong with milk and sweetened with sugar or honey.
Chai can include a number of different spices. Cardamom is the most common ingredient, followed by some mixture of cinnamon, ginger, star anise and cloves. Pepper, coriander, nutmeg and fennel are also used, but they are slightly less common.
Below are just some of the plants and herbs you can grow in a clean 5 gallon bucket.
- Tomatoes – you will need 6-8 hours of direct sunlight
- Beans – Bush or Vine, recommend Bush; grow to harvest in 50-60 days
- Carrots – yield 20-25 small variety carrots in 65-80 days; remember the leafs are edible too, even before carrot harvesting
- Onions – need 6-7 hours direct sunlight
- Peppers – Sweet Peppers (Green, Red, Yellow, Orange), and Spicy/Hot Peppers are super easy
- Cherry Tomatoes – you can start seeing growth in 2-3 weeks
- Okra – super easy
- Cucumber – tons of varieties (will need trellis support)
- Beets – Red, Yellow, or Albino Beets
- Lettuce – super easy to grow
- Spinach – super easy to grow
- Radishes – one of the fastest growing vegetables
- Peas – can harvest Peas or eat Pea Shoots
- Broccoli – can grow 1-2 plants in a 5 gallon bucket
- Potatoes – most varieties including Purple and Fingerlings Potatoes
- Swiss Chard – takes a little longer to grow than lettuce
- Kale – super easy to grow in just a few weeks
- Garlic – easy to grow; I bulb producing several cloves; each clove when planted produce a whole new bulb
- Tummeric – can grow from Tummeric; note longer growth period than most items on list
The following can be grown together in a single bucket randomly, or individually depending on the yield you want.
As a bonus from, you can also grow the following:
- Green Onions – you can plant the base of the green onions in the soil (I start rooting mine in a mug first, than transplant)
- Shallots – are grown the same as Green Onions
I personally, have grown Tomatoes, Onions, Sweet Peppers, Spicy Peppers, Hot Peppers, Lettuce (I’m currently growing Romaine Lettuce on our boat), Garlic, and Basil this way. I’ve even after growing roots, done Avocado, and Lemons.
My grandmothers and family both have had amazing green thumbs. So, I learned wisely from them. I also grow plants. It seems I was born with Botany on the brain. I love plants, trees, and flowers.
You really would be surprised at how many things you can grow inside your house, on a porch, or balcony, a boat, deck, or yard.
It’s compact, great for the environment, and healthy eating.
Plus, this is something you can do from an apartment, trailer, house, boat, you name it. Without needing a massive yard. A lot of these grow super quickly too.
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