5 Gallon Bucket

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Grow your Own Mushrooms from Store Bought

This post is a continuation of our guide to growing oyster mushrooms here. If you haven’t read it yet, please check it out first, as we go through a lot of vital information, demonstrating how to grow oyster mushrooms using old coffee as a substrate.

You might wonder after reading our guide whether there’s a low cost alternative, one that doesn’t require you to buy spawn on the internet. The answer is: Yes there is. The pay-off may not be guaranteed, but it’s certainly worth a shot.

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Bucket Buddy: A wheelbarrow for buckets

bucket buddy wheelbarrow wheel barrow carrying five gallon bucket

What do you get when you cross a bucket dolly with a wheelbarrow? Answer: A bucket buddy! A bucket buddy, as you can see above, is essentially the design of a wheelbarrow, adopted for five gallon buckets. The bucket dolly can be useful in certain situations, but the bucket buddy is useful in others. Here are some situations where you’d rather have a bucket buddy than a bucket dolly:

  • You need to transport the bucket over long distances
  • You have two buckets
  • The buckets need to be transported over rough terrain

Using a bucket buddy is highly recommendable when you’re dealing with buckets filled to the brim with heavy items. You don’t want to hurt your back after all, or discover that the steel handle is not as sturdy as you thought it was. One advantage the bucket buddy gives is that you can transport two buckets by yourself while keeping one hand free to do something else.

Its low cost ensures that if you regularly need to transport buckets, the bucket buddy is a must have. It has one main disadvantage unfortunately: It takes up quite a lot of space. In an ideal world the bucket buddy could be folded up, but the design doesn’t allow for that. Nonetheless, this is a product we would greatly recommend, especially as you can buy it with free shipping on Amazon.

As mentioned earlier, if you’re interested in the bucket buddy, definitely check out our bucket dolly page too.

Fishing Bait container

bait bucket lid

When you go out fishing, you may want to bring bait with you. You can turn a five gallon bucket into a great effective bait container, by using a bait bucket lid. The one you see above here is great, as you can adjust it to fit onto buckets of different sizes. Whether you’re using a 4.25, a 5 or a 6 gallon bucket, this lid will fit on well.

fishing bait bucket

There are other options available too however. Depending on the conditions, you may wish to keep your bait cool for an extended period of time. The solution to this is an insulated fishing bait bucket. This one comes complete with its own bucket.

Fishing bucket organizer

fishing bucket organizer five gallon equipment

If you’re going out fishing, you might not just want a fishing bait container, but your very own fishing bucket with all your relevant equipment too. If you plan on getting your own fishing bucket, be sure to consider getting a fishing bucket organizer, to place over your five gallon bucket. These organizers are very useful to place on your five gallon bucket, as they allow you to carry your maps, licenses and other equipment visible but dry.

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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