- Hand clippers
- Drain field pipe
- Large gravel (optional)
- 1” PVC
- Cut the drain pipe to fit into the bottom of the bucket. Place into bucket and gravel (optional) around the pipe.
- Cut a notch in the pipe, then place the 1” PVC into the notch to fill the bucket. Cut the PVC to the desired height past the top of the bucket.
- Drill holes in the bucket just at the top of the drain field pipe to prevent overflow.
- Fill the bucket with soil and plant.
- Drain field pipe has small perforations to allow water to seep out. It is available at most hardware stores.
- The bucket material and shape isn’t too important.
- Remember to keep the soil aerated and fertilized long term if it’s used beyond annuals.
- Mulch keeps evaporation and algae growth on the top of the soil down. Arborist wood chips are cheap and work well.
- Paint on the buckets is optional, but important for plastic if you want it to last beyond a season or two. It prevents the buckets from becoming brittle in the sunlight.
barrel planter, assembled
plastic bucket planter, assembled
plastic bucket planters, keeping various mints from spreading uncontrolled