The Bucket Garden Blooms

So far, May in Nashville has been pretty hot, which I am enjoying, but very dry. The Just Live Simple Bucket Garden doesn’t seem to mind however, it’s retaining moisture very well with a little daily watering and the help of some generous mulching.
Like every year, I tend to start off fairly conservatively, then as the first couple of seeds emerge I get rather “ambitious”. I find myself driving through town and catching abandoned buckets out of the corner of my eye, my hands start to veer the wheel ever so slightly so that perhaps I could just pull over, hop out, and turn a bit of roadside trash into a productive member of my backyard grocery store. But then I have visions of harsh chemicals or globs of paint sitting at the bottom of those buckets and I keep driving.
An update on the starters I planted earlier this year: it was Armageddon. I still have not quite mastered the art of Hardening seedlings. I’m just not very good at it and there’s more time involved with it then I can currently contribute. 
Therefore, the garden is currently made up of about half starters I purchases from Lowe’s or Home Depot or the local independent grocery store and seeds that I planted outside and directly in the buckets so I can avoid the task of hardening.

Everything is doing very well. Here’s what we’ve got so far…

I love our little bucket garden and think it will provide us with a good amount of fresh food over the summer considering it doesn’t take up much more than a 6′ by 6′ foot area at the end of our driveway. It only cost about $100 for all the buckets, soil, and plants that I’ve mentioned. Not much considering the food we’ll get from it and the hours I’ve already spent admiring the sights and sounds of the insects inspecting our work while I read a book and the way my hands smell after touching a fresh tomato plant.
I think that once someone sees what blooms after planting one small seed, I don’t think they could ever not have a garden. ~ tweet that

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