How to Make a KIN “Earth Bucket”
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How to Make a KIN “Earth Bucket”

How to Make a KIN “Earth Bucket”

Materials Needed:

  • 2 – 5 gallon buckets
  • 1 lid for 5 gallon bucket
  • 1 – 24” section of ¾” PVC pipe
  • 1 – 12” x 8” section of landscaping fabric
  • 1 – 24” x 8” section of plastic screen material (Gutter guard or similar)
  • Compost
  • Plant of choice Water
  • Bucket 1
  • Bucket 2

 

Tools Needed:

  • Drill
  • 4½” Hole Saw
  • 1 ⅛” Hole Saw
  • ⅜” Drill Bit

Directions

1. Drill a hole 3.5” from the bottom of the bucket using a 3/8” drill bit on one bucket (Bucket #1)

2. Drill a hole in the middle of the bottom of the other bucket using a 4½” hole saw (Bucket #2)

 3. Drill a second hole on the bottom of (Bucket #2) close to the edge of the bucket using a 1 ” hole saw

4. Drill a hole in the middle of the lid using a 4½” hole saw

5. Drill a second hole on the lid close to the edge using a 1 ” hole saw

6. Insert (Bucket #2) into (Bucket #1)

7. Place the landscaping fabric on top of the plastic screen material where the edges meet on one side; the landscaping fabric is used to keep the dirt out of the bottom of (Bucket #1). See photo.

8. Start rolling the plastic mesh material on the side without the landscaping fabric. See photo.

9. Continue to roll the plastic mesh material so the landscaping fabric ends up surrounded by the plastic meshSee photo.

10. Insert the rolled plastic mesh and fabric into the middle hole of Bucket #2 all the way so it touches the bottom of (Bucket #1)

11. Insert the ¾” pipe inside the smaller hole of (Bucket #2)

12. Fill the bucket with compost all the way to the top.

13. Make an appropriate size hole in the middle of the compost for your plant.

14. Place plant in hole and cover with compost.

15. Place lid over PVC pipe, plant and bucket.

16. Pour water into PVC pipe (if pipe is touching the bottom of (Bucket #1), lift up slightly while pouring water) until water starts coming out of small hole in (Bucket #1)

Now that you have built your KIN “Earth Bucket” all you need to do is:

  • Place bucket where it gets sun
  • Check the water level every few days; when it needs it, add water
  • Watch it grow, harvest and eat your vegetables/fruit (if a vegetable/fruit plant was chosen)