The benefits of rain barrels

rain water barrel irrigation

It’s a great idea to capture rainwater yourself using rain barrels, for multiple reasons. To start with, the sewer system can become overburdened when too much rain falls simultaneously. When every house in a neighborhood captures rain in barrels, you reduce the risk of having raw sewage flood into your gardens during extreme downpours, as happened to me last summer. Trust me, you’d rather avoid that!

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Grow a Potato Farm in Buckets

If you had to, you could live on almost nothing but potatoes. That’s made them one of the most important crops in human history. Entire civilizations would not have existed without them. And you can grow this powerful food crop in a 5 gallon bucket.

potatoes grown in a 5 gallon bucketThere’s a trick to growing high potato yields. As the potatoes grow, continue piling soil onto the plants. This forces the plants to supercharge their root growth to keep up. Those roots are what we call potatoes. Now you know why potatoes are grown in hills.

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Chicken feeder

After showing you how to feed pigs and deer earlier, today we’re going to show you how to use a five gallon bucket to feed chickens!  Jimmywait on the backyard chickens forum made a great guide that showcases how to make a chicken feeder, we took his idea and improved further upon it.

Required Materials

-One five gallon bucket (link)

-One piece of 3″ pvc elbow (link)

-A saw

-A sillicone kit or pvc cement (link)

I’ll assume you already have a saw, but the rest of the required equipment may be useful to buy in one go at Amazon, to cut down on delivery costs.

chicken nice pvc

Step 1: Cut the PVC elbow at the red line, as shown here above.

Step 2: Make a round hole in the bucket one inch off the bottom, using a knife or a saw, where the PVC will fit into the bucket. 

Step 3: The PVC pipe should now be attached inside the bucket, with the angle pointing downwards. The piece you cut off, should be attached on the opposite side, as shown in the image above step 2.

Step 4: If you think one PVC pipe is not sufficient for your chickens, you may want to add more PVC pipes.

Step 5: When the PVC cement dries, your chicken feeder should be ready for you to use.

The final result should look as following:

bucket chicken feeder

More helpful advice on chickens

We’ve written other guides on taking care of chickens too. Look at some of the below examples:

 

Deer Feeder

Did you know you can build your own deer feeder out of a five gallon bucket? This is a great option for anyone interested in hunting in the outdoors. There are multiple designs out there, widely different from each other, depending on the spare parts people happen to have available to them. If you don’t want to do all the hard work yourself, you can also buy very good ready-made deer feeders. Otherwise, read along for a great DIY five gallon bucket deer feeder!

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