Farming with 5 Gallon Buckets

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Five Gallon Livestock

Five Gallon Plants

Five Gallon Soil Building

 Cool Inventions

Approximate Transcript

I think there must be more ways to use buckets for farming than for anything else.

We’ll start with my most favorite animal, here’s my little herd of rhode island reds. You can use 5 gallon buckets during every part of a chicken’s life cycle, brooding, feeding, watering, egg laying, even egg washing. This magical machine is a chicken plucker, which turns a half hour plucking job about 5 seconds. Here’s my own freezer stuffed with frozen chickens, organized with buckets. For larger livestock, this is a group of pigs fighting over a pig toy we invented. Or how about a horse eating oats out of one.

But if you’re into the boring side of farming, you can use them for plants too. Need to sift rocks out of your soil? How about this bucket soil sifter? Here’s a new invention, the five gallon drip irrigation system. Or you can grow your plants right in buckets. Here’s a short list:

  • potatoes
  • strawberries
  • tomatoes
  • carrots
  • bamboo
  • mushrooms

Once your plants are ready for the pickin, a bucket is the best harvest pail you can ask for. And for long term food storage, nothing beats a well stocked bucket pantry or a bucket root cellar. Or if you prefer to sell your crop, you can package your CSA boxes in a 5 gallon bucket.

There’s more uses for buckets around the farm but you’ve suffered through enough video already. I’ll have a long list of links in the description area devoted to farm buckets.

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