Growing vegetables in irrigation pots

I was recently at my local food cooperative talking to a friend about his gardens. He told me that he had a wonderful fortune to grow tomatoes, peppers and more in the bucket system he built. The inspiration came from the book of Ed Smith of Vermont, who wrote many great books, including “The Vegetable Gardener’s Container Bible.” And although I’ve used the Ed Smith system in the past, it’s good to see how others use it, so I visited to see what it did.

Susan Pillsbury has nine or ten watering cans, each made from two 5-gallon buckets. The lower bucket is the reservoir, and the upper bucket that nests in it holds the soil mixture. There is a 3 or 4 inch PVC plumbing pipe (3 inches in diameter) that stands up in the bottom bucket and is filled with holes that he has drilled into it.

The tube piece is located in the lower bucket and supports the upper bucket. With a 2-inch hole saw, he placed a wide hole in the bottom of the top bucket, right in the middle.

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