Help with creating my vegetable garden

GreenpointerJune 17, 2011


I'm fairly new to this form but I have experience in both planted aquariums and traditional gardening. I live in Brooklyn, NY, and I have a tiny yard.. Real tiny.

I decided to grow some vegetables this year, I hope I am not too late. I wish to use 5 gallon buckets as SWC system( I have 7 5gl buckets right now that I got for free) I want to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, red, yellow, and green peppers. I will use HD (homedepot) varieties this year, but I hope to upgrade to more interesting ones next year.

I want to create some kind of automatic watering system. Maybe using a reservoir with a powerhead (water pump)


1. Is it too late to grow in my area?

2. which potting soil mix, I would love to make it myself of course, should I use? I have a vermi-compost going so I have hummus available...

3. Fertilizers - which should I use?

4. Auto-system - any suggestions?

5. I wish to avoid using two buckets each for the SWC. Any good, easy, and cheap plans for doing that?

Thank you!

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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

If your going to get any crops, you need to start ASAP
5 parts pine bark.1 part each of perlite and peatmoss
I use MG for toms ,many use Foliage Pro 9-3-6
Check into drip irrigation
SWC require 2 buckets
Just wondering you say you want SWC ,but then want an auto system .

    Bookmark   June 19, 2011 at 2:02AM
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Hi Dickifickle,

Thanks for the info.

As far as I understand in terms of SWC - I do need to fill it up with water every couple of days... I was thinking about creating a "self-filling" system.

Another question - I have a vermicompost going (worm composting) so I have a lot of "vermicast" / worm casting.. Can I use it in this setup? or maybe as a fertilizer?

    Bookmark   June 19, 2011 at 12:07PM
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