Lesson Learned from this video? For big plants use just one hole in the lid of a 5 gallon pot.
In particular, there’s several shots of celery growing in one. One celery plant per bucket. It makes sense. A plant that big will use a lot of solution to grow large. With 6 / bucket you get into the need to refill them. With one, it would largely be “plant it and forget it”.
So now I’ve got to go buy me a Celery Bucket ;-)
I’ve not succeed at growing celery. ( I also haven’t tried much…) I do constantly buy it. My basic 3 are onions, carrots and celery. Mirepox used in all sorts of cooking. These folks clearly do a good job of it with one / bucket. I especially like the moment when they say they only remove the stalks as needed, not harvest the whole plant, and proceed to remove a stock and munch it ;-)
Now that I’ve worked out a decent way to get onions without the drama, moving on to add celery makes sense as the next step. So “note to self” to go buy another bucket and lid.
They paint their buckets black to “prevent algae”. When I checked the roots in my Lowe’s bucket, there was some green in it. So a can of black spray paint on the shopping list too. Then just one big 3 inch hole in the lid for my Celery Can, and get some sprouted celery going to plant.
One thing I’ve really come to appreciate is the joy of absolutely fresh vegetables. Made a lunch salad today.; Stroll past the kitchen, scissors in hand, and cut just one salad worth of lettuce. It will be just as much fun to go pick 2 or 3 stalks of celery as “that’s all I need right now”. Oh, and no more sorry wilted green onions in the fridge either. Those “dismal” ones wilted and rescued from the fridge, are now looking quite nice in the Kratky jar on my window ledge.
These folks also have an interesting pipe system on the wall of their shed. What looks like 4 inch ( 10 cm ) pipe going around the perimeter, level. They just use a water bucket to pour solution in one end and let it flow through the whole pipe. Adding more when needed. Simple. Works. One of those is in my future too, hung on the fence. A simple starter on the more complex Plumbers Delight systems with pumps and power.
They call their system Off The Grid Guerilla Buckets. 22 minutes: