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Why Garden Pests and Vertical Gardens Don’t Mix

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It's nearly harvest time, which means many gardeners are dealing with garden pests. These animals and bugs come out of the woodwork to take advantage of your hard work and eat your fruits and vegetables. Leaving behind droppings in many different forms, from rat droppings to sticky honeydew. These pests do nothing to help you or your garden flourish.

Garden pests are much easier to find when you're working with a vertical garden, but when you see bugs invading your plants, sometimes just killing them won't stop them. It's important to be able to differentiate hurtful garden pests and helpful garden bugs. You should also know just how to handle a pest problem for your garden, in case a rat or some bugs decide to feast on your harvest. What exactly constitutes a garden pest though?

What Are Garden Pests?

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Garden pests are usually bugs that come into your garden, and start to eat your plants. They are nuisances in their own ways and can cause a plants death depending on how many there are and how often they eat. They can be incredibly destructive, ruining everything you have strived to grow. They'll eat flowers, leaves, and suffocate your plants killing any potential harvest you planned on having.

There are a wide variety of pests that can attack your garden, from the roots to the flowers each plant could be in danger. Thankfully though not all pests are bad, there are some that help your garden. Knowing the difference can help you encourage healthy growth in your plants, and even keep out the pests that are prepared to harm.


Pests That Don’t Hurt Your Garden

There are a wide variety of pests that don't actually hurt your garden. Some even help keep the pests that do hurt your plants at bay. Some people for example greatly dislike bees due to their nasty sting, but bees are essential pollinators that your garden needs. If you don't have bees than you likely won't have crops. Even more types of bugs can help your garden, even though many of them are thought to be traditional garden pests. Take a look at your vertical garden, to see if any of these good guys are lending a hand.

Wasps and hornets

Another stinging bug and this one doesn't even pollinate! Wasps and hornets though aren't bad pests. They feast upon other insects which are often common garden pests, including aphid larvae which is some of their favorite. They may have a nasty sting, but they aren't actually outright aggressive as many people believe. Much like a bee, if you leave them alone, they're going to leave you alone. All while dealing away with some of the pests plaguing your garden.

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Ladybugs

These little beauties are sometimes thought to be garden pests because they are bugs. Many people think all bugs eat plants, but the ladybug targets a meal higher in protein. Mites and aphids, in both their adult and larval form, are delicious to a ladybug, along with other pests. Mits and aphids can wreak havoc on an unprotected garden, but the ladybugs gorge themselves on them, protecting and defending your garden.

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Soldier beetle

Soldier beetles are another garden helper that looks like one of our garden pests.These delightful beetles look like beetles that may eat your plants. Instead, they feed on caterpillars, aphids, and so much more. Targeting caterpillars is great, as they've caused myself more that one season of strife and soldier beetles are the only reason I had any crops at all. Soldier beetles are in fact your garden's little helpers, and not garden pests.

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Praying Mantis

This little bug is hard to see, but when they're in your garden, you should be happy. They aren't only interesting but are incredibly helpful. A praying mantis eats all kinds of terrible garden pests, allowing you to rest easy. Even the baby nymphs are predatory hunters, the size of a small ant, and they don't hesitate to attack the garden pests such as aphids and leafhoppers that would otherwise ravage your garden. These little creatures are beautiful and graceful and can bring all kinds of delight to your flourishing garden. Including a lack of terrible pests. But what types of pests hurt your garden?

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Pests That Are Harmful to Your Garden

With the good comes the bad, and these garden pests couldn't be worse. Not all pests are bugs, animals, such as rabbits, rats, and deer can be a problem if you live in a rural area. If you're working with a vertical garden, there's a good chance are you're in a more urban setting. In that case, you're likely looking at quite a few bugs that could cause you some serious problems. The rats though tend to stick around no matter where you are. What kind of bugs could ruin your garden though?

Aphids

With thousands of species throughout the world, these little buggers eat the sap right out of the plant. Having a few around isn't a death sentence, but when the numbers grow you have problems. Your plant will wilt, and its leaves will curl, growth will stop, and your harvest won't happen on time if at all. This garden bug in mass could kill an entire garden easily. After the aphids eat, they secrete honeydew, promoting mold growth and attracting ants. These bugs won't even have eggs; they birth live young ready to eat your harvest.

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Corn earworm

All throughout North America, this worm looks like a caterpillar, but it's actually an earworm. It bores into fruits and vegetables and is commonly known to attack corn. After hibernating in the soil, it emerges after winter and deposits their eggs on corn silks and other plants. Each female lays about 3,000 eggs, which can all turn into more worms. In a manner of a month, you can go from having lush plants to no plants at all, just because of an onslaught of these little worms.

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Earwig

This little bug normally works at your plants in the night. They love corn silks and hide in small holes in or between foliage and flowers. They're slender and reddish brown, with pincers on the end. They infest fruits and attack seedlings. They can travel quite far as well, hitching rides in fruit shipments. You may have seen some of these little guys inside your house, but they're there by accident, and won't repopulate until they can get back outside, where they can get solid food.

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Rats

Nobody likes rats, especially not in your garden. They get attracted to the garden because you're literally growing food. Keeping an eye out for rat scat and ensuring that you have secured your space will keep them out. There is always an option with rats, but a female rat can repopulate so quickly you'll need to act fast. You can discourage them by blocking their access, for example, I have a wire mesh on the only opening to my vertical garden. The mesh is much smaller than a rats head, keeping them from getting into my sunroom. If you don't take some kind of action though, you will end up with a bunch of rats, no plants, and nothing to show for your work.

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Creepy Crawly Garden Pests and Bugs

Most creepy and crawly bugs you only think you don't want in your garden. From spiders to the praying mantis most bugs in this category are great for your garden. You do have to be aware though of exactly what's there. For example, a caterpillar is a creepy crawly bug, and most caterpillars will eat your plants. Make sure you have great soil, native plants, and diversity in your garden to attract positive pests like the honey bee. Also be sure to provide water for the good bugs that will eat your garden pests; otherwise they'll have to stray from your garden to drink, and may not return. How do you tell when bugs are even in your garden though?

How to Tell If Bugs Are in Your Garden

Your vertical garden is small, so unlike larger plots of land spotting bugs is pretty easy. You should check leaves and stems for anything that appears different from before. For example, aphids have that sticky honeydew they secrete. Rats have their poop, and earwigs are easy to find in flowers and stems if you look for holes.

Each pest is easy enough to find, and a lot of them don't even try to hide. You should see your plants on an almost daily basis, to check them for bugs. Its usually clear when there's a problem, new bugs will physically be on your plants or the plant will be reacting negatively in some way. One surefire sign you have a problem is if there's physically holes in your leaves. How do you deal with pests in the first place though?

How to Avoid Pests

There are ways to attract the good bugs and pests and to deter the ones that will kill your crops. If you can avoid pests in the first place, you won't have to juggle trying to handle the damage a garden pest could do. There are a few different approaches to keeping the bad garden pests out of your space. Initially, there are treatments with different pesticides and chemicals, or you can use organic methods. Both methods are efficient, and can keep the pests away from your garden without too much of a problem, but which one is right for you and your vertical garden.

Control and treat with pesticides

Pesticides are usually a chemical concoction which is tested and designed to kill or deter pests in your garden. It's a broad term that can include weed killers, fungal killers, rodent killers, and growth regulators. It's a good idea to double check and be sure that you're dealing with a pest before you decide to use a pesticide. Check your plants and go from there. Always be sure its a pest causing the problem and not an issue like poor drainage or physical damage of another kind.

After you've chosen a pesticide, there will be instructions on how to use it safely on the container. Do not use it in any other way than intended, pesticides carry chemicals, which can react with other chemicals when exposed to them. You'll need to be sure the pesticide you choose is right for your garden pests and has the most minimal effect against people. Always read the label and follow instructions if this is the route you want to take.

Control and treatment with organic methods

More organic methods include planting some deterrent plants. Plants like catnip, thyme, basil, and coriander are plants that pests don't favor. They repel insects, which are the majority of the pests you'll encounter in your vertical garden. These methods don't involve chemicals, and though there isn't any scientific strength behind issues with using chemicals to keep pests off our food, it still makes plenty of people nervous. Those who choose to use pesticides could risk putting those pesticides in their body.

Another organic method you can use to deter pests is insect killing soaps and oils. These methods are totally organic, and completely safe for the plant, but are deadly to a variety of garden pests. Along with attracting beneficial insects and building barriers for your seedlings you can keep out most problem causing creatures in one way or another.

Taking the Pests out for a Better Garden

From the creepy crawlies to rats in your neighborhood pests come in all shapes and sizes. Thankfully not all bugs are out to harm your vertical garden. With a smaller garden like yours, you'll be able to spot inbound pests faster than someone working on a plot of land, which allows you to tackle the problem faster, and handle the pests properly, without losing your plants.

With organic and non-organic methods you can protect your garden, your way, and still have a plentiful harvest in the end. Just be sure you don't end up driving out all the good bugs that help you keep a lid on things. Did you experience a pest problem on your vertical garden? Tell us what you did in the comments to get rid of your garden pests.

Garden Scissors for Your Vertical Garden

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You need the right tools to care for your vertical garden, and the best garden scissors will help you trim and harvest many tender-stemmed plants. If you want to remove ripe vegetables and fruits from your plants without damaging them, you’ll need a clean, sharp blade. For gathering herbs to add to your recipes, a good set of garden scissors will help you harvest the leaves without putting the plant into shock.

Several gardening tools cut and remove both live and dead plant matter, and it’s easy to confuse them. Technically, many shears and pruning tools fit the description of “scissors,” since they comprise two sharpened blades that cut together from a single pivot point. However, they often fail to do the jobs that require scissors. Many garden shears and pruners are simply too heavy-duty to do the light work. For that, you need the best garden scissor you can afford.

When To Use Garden Scissors

With vertical gardening, you’ll find you need to secure plants and vines to their supports on a regular basis. New growth tends to follow the sunshine, which means you’ll often find yourself re-tying branches and vines to their trellis to keep them properly trained.

Vertical gardening also means you’ll need to make sure that plants on higher levels don’t block the sun from those below. In this case, you’ll need scissors to trim and prune soft stems and leaves. For tender plants, pruning shears can crush the stems, rather than cutting them cleanly. This can cause shock in the plant, and the damaged tissue becomes susceptible to disease. Like people and animals, plants can “heal” a sharp cut and recover. But crushing the stem with pruning shears is a much more serious injury.

The best garden scissors will be flexible enough to help you keep smaller plants trimmed, cut twine for tying them up, remove spent blooms (deadheading), and help you harvest ripe fruits and vegetables. Twisting and pulling on ripe fruit can also cause more damage to your vegetable plant. A sharp pair of scissors removes them without injury.

Buying The Best Garden Scissors

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So, you’ve looked at your gardening tool kit and found that your scissors have either disappeared or rusted. One downfall of garden scissors is that they’re easy to lose. Either way, you need a new pair, perhaps two, in order to care for your vertical garden.

You’ll want to look for several different qualities in your new tools. Most people have a budget when purchasing new garden implements, and that will be a factor in your choices. It may seem expensive to buy both the best garden scissors and the best pruning shears, but having the right tool for each job is half the battle.

Whenever possible, make sure the tool is a good fit in your hands. If you strain to use your scissors, they may not be the right size for your hands. Consider using them for an hour or two harvesting tomatoes; if you struggle to close and open them comfortably, you’ll suffer cramps and fatigue using them frequently.

Check the hinge in your scissors. The blades should be solidly connected. Upgrades can include non-stick coatings and soft grip coatings on the handles to absorb shock.

Stainless steel construction will help prevent rusting, although no material will preclude the need to care for your tools. Hot-drop-forged steel means that the manufacturer has forged the scissor blade from one continuous piece, and these are the best you can buy. They’re durable and will last you for decades.

How We Determined The Best Garden Scissors

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As dedicated and enthusiastic gardeners, we’ve tried a number of brands and models for everything from cutting back thick stems on tomatoes to scoring seeds to quick-start germination. Along with our experience, we’ve expanded our search for the best garden scissors to brands previously unknown to us. After examining company information and reputations, we also referenced other gardening professionals for their recommendations. Last of all, we examined customer reviews, which we feel provides an honest assessment of product quality without bias.

8 Of The Best Garden Scissors On The Market

Whether you're a long-time veteran or completely new to gardening, we've found some of the best garden scissors currently on the market that feature excellent value for their cost. They boast good reputations and high ratings from users.

These lightweight, straight-bladed shears made in Japan make the best garden scissors for tight spaces, like a tightly packed vertical pallet garden. Made of stainless steel with ABS plastic handles, they feature a fluorine coating to resist resin and sap from sticking to the blades. This makes them easy to clean and keep sharp. They use an L-shaped, 90-degree cutting design that makes them easy to use in smaller spaces. Also handy is the built-in measuring tape in centimeters printed on the handle to help you keep your cuts consistent.

Many of whom lauded the comfort of the handle and the coating on the blades. You can find these Chikamasa horticultural scissors online.

Specifications

  • Total length: 6.1 inches
  • Blade length: 1.37 inches
  • Blade construction: stainless steel with fluorine coating
  • Handle construction: ABS plastic

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This pair of trimmers comes in handy in any garden for trimming plants, deadheading flowers, or cutting open seed packets. You’ll receive both curved blade and straight blade scissors, both coated with titanium to help resist rust and corrosion. The spring mechanism promises ease of use without hand fatigue, which makes it suitable for those with arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. The handles are rubber coated for comfort and lockable for safety.

With most of them lauding the scissors for their sharpness. Response to the spring mechanism was mixed, with some customers saying it made them easier on their hands, and others saying they actually made them harder to use.

Specifications

  • Total length: 6.5 inches
  • Blade length: 2 inches
  • Blade construction: stainless steel with titanium coating
  • Handle construction: rubber coated

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Fiskars enjoys a reputation for being the best of the best scissors manufacturers. They have designed these loop-handled snips for ease of control and reduced hand fatigue. They’ve added a soft grip for comfort and to reduce slipping, too. The 96386935J feature precision sized blades for the ultimate in control – perfect for removing spent flowers and ailing leaves. Best of all, they’re not actually handed, which means lefties can use them in comfort. These also come with a blade cover to protect the blade and to protect the owner from nicks when picking them up.

with many stating they were best for those with larger hands. Those with smaller hands were less impressed with the unique handle shape. 

Specifications

  • Total length: 7 inches
  • Blade length: 3.25 inches
  • Blade construction: stainless steel
  • Handle construction: plastic

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These spring-loaded garden snips are one of the best garden scissors for those with dexterity problems or hand pain. The comfort grips accommodate those with arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome, while the spring mechanism provides extra help when using them. They also lock to protect the blades and for extra safety in storage. They’re also ambidextrous so that you can use them both left- and right-handed. Their bright orange color helps you find them amongst the greenery, and the narrow tips help you clip in tight places.

Like the Relaxed Gardener set above, consumers seemed split on spring mechanisms in even the best garden scissors. Although most customers lauded the blade sharpness and quality, one weak point appears to be the plastic handles. 

  • Total length: 6.7 inches
  • Blade length: 2 inches
  • Blade construction: Stainless steel
  • Handle construction: plastic

Barebones Living Garden Tool | Scissors, Small
  • Ambidextrous grip
  • Bamboo Handle provides a comfortable grip
  • Rust-resistant

Barebones Living offers a number of outdoor products that combine utility and elegant design, with a focus on the conscious use of materials. They design products beautifully, and the company supports many worldwide social and economic efforts. Their gardening tools feature extra wide wood handles and precision cutting blades. With an ambidextrous grip, these rust-resistant snips are some of the most attractive on this list of the best garden scissors.

Like other loop-handled scissors, those with larger hands seem to appreciate them more. Many customers loved the way the scissors looked, but those with small hands found them hard to use. 

Specifications

  • Total length: 7.25 inches
  • Blade length: 2 inches
  • Blade construction: heat-treated stainless steel
  • Handle construction: bamboo or walnut wood.

Black & Decker BD1112 Classic Stainless Steel Garden Shears
  • Stainless steel
  • Non-stick blades
  • Molded plastic handles

Black and Decker is known for power tools in the yard and for the kitchen. These trusty and reliable garden shears feature serrated blades of hardened stainless steel for those bigger jobs around the garden. The cutting angle also provides extra leverage for thicker stems and branches. The hardened steel blades are non-stick, too, which makes them easier to clean.

With many saying that the 2.5-inch handle grips were perfect for those with smaller hands. 

Specifications

  • Total length: 9 inches
  • Blade length: 4 inches
  • Blade construction: hardened stainless steel
  • Handle construction: molded plastic

Corona FS-4350 Thinning Shears Cushioned Non-Slip Grip
  • Forged steel alloy construction
  • Scissor cutting action
  • Suitable for right and left hand use

Corona Tools launched in 1928 with their new design for orange shears. They manufacture some of the best garden scissors, shears, and pruners in the industry. These cushioned-handled shears feature a thin and precise set of narrow blades, with dropped-forge steel alloy construction for years of use. With an ambidextrous grip, these straight blades offer ease of use in tight spaces.

These are professional grade scissors, and even casual users can see their quality construction. Users say they’re particularly useful for smaller hands. 

Specifications

  • Total length: 7.75 inches
  • Blade length:2.5 inches
  • Blade construction: steel alloy
  • Handle construction: cushioned steel

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Tabor Tools launched in 1982 as a business venture for Kibbutz Beit Rimon, a religious community in Israel. Since that time, they’ve developed a wide range of agricultural tools, and have become world-renowned for their superior drop-forged steel tools. These straight pruning shears are some of the best gardening scissors you can find for the price. With a nearly 8-inch length, you’ll be able to reach into the dense growth for precision cutting and trimming. The spring-loaded blade mechanism opens automatically after each cut.

Many cited their positive reviews on the fact that the design provided better accuracy when trimming. 

Specifications

  • Total length: 7.87 inches
  • Blade length: 2.5 inches
  • Blade construction: drop-forged carbon steel
  • Handle construction; plastic coating over steel

Caring For Your Garden Tools

Now that you have the best garden scissors, it pays to take care of them properly. Your garden scissors may come with cleaning and storage recommendations from the manufacturer. So, take note of them. Different materials may require different maintenance routines.

However, here are a few tips that will help keep your scissors sharp and clean.

  • If stored outdoors, stick them, blade down, into a bucket full of sand.
  • Clean after every use with a hose and brush.
  • Remove any sap with turpentine.
  • Disinfect blades between plants with rubbing alcohol to prevent the spread of diseases.
  • Clean wooden handled scissors with linseed oil to prevent cracking.
  • Sharpen scissors by oiling with WD-40 and using a whetstone at the original blade bevel angle.

The Many Uses Of The Best Garden Scissors

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From trimming the netting for your vertical garden to harvesting fruits, garden scissors are one of the handiest tools you can have on hand. While your budget may guide your choices, we’ve chosen models ranging from those with budget pricing to high-end models with a heftier price tag. None run over $30, so perhaps your budget may only limit you to one pair. You’ll find that regardless of which scissors you choose, they’ll become such a vital part of your garden toolkit that you’ll soon wonder how you managed without them.

Whichever you choose, make sure they fit comfortably in your hands. You shouldn’t feel fatigued or pain in your hands after using them. Loop handled scissors seem best for larger hands, and your results with spring-loaded mechanism may not reflect that of others. So, make sure that your retailer offers a return policy. The best garden scissors on the market are still no good if you can’t use them.

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The Ultimate Guide: How to Make a Worm Farm from Scratch

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Why invest in an expensive store-bought worm farm when you can learn how to make a worm farm yourself? It's basic stuff, but the long-term benefits and increased productivity of home, DIY farming are undeniable. Vermiculture, or worm farming as it is popularly known, is the art of breeding worms. Soil conditioned by this black gold is what keeps many gardens and farm operations from going under. It improves the structure of soil, increases yields, and enriches the quality of vegetables and fruits.

Considering the benefits of worm farming, every garden will see improvement from having one. Worms eat up to half their body weight of organic matter in a day. Meaning, a worm farm with 1000 worms can crunch through leftover food scraps of one family. You can learn how to make a worm farm in a tiny urban closet or a large ranch. You don’t need much of a handyman or any expensive materials to make a clean unit with high functionality.

Benefits of Worm Farming

There are many benefits to learning how to make a worm farm. However, before you begin, you need to make sure that you have the right species for the job. Ideally, earthworms are every gardener's best friend, as they will benefit your garden soil in many ways. Earthworms help build good soil quality as they tunnel and go through the soil. However, it's not the aeration that is most important but the nitrogen, magnesium, calcium, and phosphates that they leave behind in the soil.

While they are tunneling around the soil, they are eating and processing the soil, leaving behind rich deposits of worm castings. These deposits improve garden soil making it maintain moisture over a long period. Earthworms also generate an endless supply of cheap compost that is beneficial to garden soil and plants. Unlike store bought compost, it’s eco-friendly, chemical-free and uses up a biodegradable matter that would have normally been trashed out.

Learning how to make your worm farm will eventually help suppress certain types of weeds and pathogens that could have developed if the compost were not present. Worm farming helps your garden plants develop better structure and root growth. It’s also an excellent medium when it comes to growing seedlings since it enhances germination and yields,

It's important to note that the castings are processed soil deposits that have passed through your worms’ gut and out the other end. The benefit is, it’s enriched humus, making it ideal for plants and vegetables in your garden.

How to Make a Worm Farm

You are probably wondering how many worms you need to start your worm farm. Well, these little garden enhancers will multiply in no time. However, there are some considerations that you need to take into account, such as how much household garbage you can provide every day. Also, do you have an alternative form of food available if need be? After all, you don't want your worms going hungry!

Which earthworms will make the best compost for my farm?

While there are a hundred different species of earthworms, there are four main categories of earthworms.

The garden worm

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It’s a common large earthworm that you have probably already seen in your garden. They are common after rains and have a small section of their body with a wide band. While they may be plentiful in your garden, they are not ideal for your earthworm farming venture.

The Native Nightcrawler

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This is yet another earthworm species that is not ideal for your farm. It is a slow breeder and isn’t comfortable with a disturbed environment. It’s a rather fussy worm that needs to be left alone.

The African Nightcrawler

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It is a close relative to the native nightcrawler. Just like the native nightcrawler, it is a slow breeder and not worth keeping.

The red worms

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They are the most sought for earthworms by worm farmers and fishers and are commonly known as manure worms. There are two types of these worms, and Lumbricus Rubellis is the earthworm you want for your worm farm. The red worm has the capability of consuming large amounts of disposable organic garbage, reproduces quickly, and doesn’t mind a disturbed habitat.

Red worms are not large, and adults only get to about three inches in size. They are easily distinguishable from other worms such as the African nightcrawler that has an average length of five inches. Red worms can reproduce as fast as every seven days.

The slower breeds of earthworms will reproduce one in two years, while the red worm will mature in nine months and can start mating as early as two months. It has a lifespan of 15 years. With this in mind, the red worm is the species you want in your garden. What’s best, these little wrigglers are popular with fishers, which is a venture you can use to maximize your profits.

What you need

Here are a few things you'll need to get started on how to make a worm farm.

Worms


Eisenia Fetida (red wrigglers) and Lumbricus Rubellus (red worms) are the most common type of worms for worm vermiculture. These worms are normally sold by the pound at bait shops or your local gardening center. You won’t need a lot to learn how to make a worm farm. A pound of these little wrigglers is equivalent to 1,000 worms. Red worms reproduce like crazy and will eventually regulate their numbers depending on the amount of food available for them.

Plastic bins


Plastic bins are the most ideal for a worm farm setup, ensure it has a snap on lid. The box needs to be at least 12 inches deep. Also, ensure they are opaque. Worms like it when it is dark. Use two bins for this setup.

Drill


A drill will be essential for this task. It will be used to make holes into the box.

A flower pot or brick


It is essential for the draining of your worm farm. A flower pot or brick will be placed at the bottom of the bin to regulate drainage.

Household waste or newspaper


They will be ideal for the preparation of the earthworm bed. Corrugated cardboard also works great, so do dry leaves.

Setting up Your Worm Farm

Setting up a worm farm is easy and practical, the following are basic steps to set up the ideal worm farm.

1

Mark out the holes

Using a marker or pencil, mark a series of holes on all four sides of the top of your bin. You will also need to mark our about 20 holes at the bottom of the bin. Leave the other bin blank. Take another lid and mark enough holes so that it gets some air to exchange.

2

Drill out the holes

For your bin lid and side use a 3/32-inch drill bit. For your bottom holes, use a larger 3/16 drill bit.

3

Stacking your bins

Stack one bin on top of the other. Place a flowerpot or a brick in your undrilled bin on top. It will give an allowance for the liquid to drain out of the top bin into the one below.

4

Preparing your bedding

According to experts, your bedding material is just like browns in garden compost. Using shredded newspaper will work perfectly, and so will torn-up corrugated cardboard. Using dried leaves is also possible. However, you need to avoid anything with glossy colored printing or leaves that have a strong scent or a lot of volatile oil. Once you have your bedding set, wet it down until it has the consistency of a wet sponge. It needs to be moist and fluffy.

5

Lay your worm food

Table scraps work best, and pretty much any compostable organic matter can go in your worm farm.

6

Add your worms

Once your bin is ready, place a small number of food scraps and let your worms loose on it. You will notice that the worms will naturally go for the dark. They will bury themselves in your household scraps. Don’t panic when they do this; they can’t get their way out of your bin and escape.

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Tuck them in

To avoid getting a fruit fly infestation or worm escapees, take a few sheets of wet newspaper and lay them flat on your bedding. You could also take a few more sheets and roll them up on top. Make sure you tuck them around the corners, forming a seal, to ensure that everything is in place and your precious worms are safe.

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Put your worms to work

Don't lift your hopes high in the first few weeks. During this time, they are getting over the trauma of their new home. Once they are up for it, they will consume half their body weight in a single day. Therefore, if you are keeping one pound of worms, ensure that you are adding just about one pound of scraps each day.


Don’t worry if the scraps are too little or high -- just make sure that you add a variety of food scraps. There is no limit to feeding them. You could feed them as frequently as every two weeks or every few days. Just keep watch of the food that is disappearing and replace it frequently. Some foods will disappear more quickly than other. Ripe fruits will break down faster, while cabbage and root veggies will take what seems like forever.


Bury your food scraps underneath the bedding to prevent bad smells. Also, vary the location of the food throughout your box.

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Harvest your worm compost

Once your worms have completed their task, you will notice vermicompost in your bin. It is dark brown and resembles coffee grounds. The best way to get some without using fancy machinery is to lure the worms into another section of the bin. Use fresh food. In a few days, most of the worms will be working in a new area, and you can carefully scoop the ready compost.


It's fine if you get a few worms hanging around. Just ensure that you leave most of them in the bin to continue working. Also, you could detach the top bin and pour out the liquid gathered in the bottom bin. This liquid, which is called "worm tea," is like an energy drink for your garden plants. Dilute it and use it in your houseplants.

Maintaining and Caring for Your Worms

For best results, leave your worms alone for the majority of the time. They don’t fancy being disturbed. Feeding your worms once or twice in a week is enough. However, you need to keep it in your mind that the longer you have the worms, the more food they will need. Therefore, over time, you will add the amount of food but avoid overfeeding. If you notice that food is rotting before the worms eat it, you should examine and cut down on how much you are feeding them.

Always make sure there is enough moisture in your bin, without necessarily getting it too wet. Earthworms breathe through their skins and will need moisture for survival. If your soil is too wet, you will end up with carbon dioxide that will kill them.

You also need to ensure that your compost is not too acidic or alkaline. Your worms will do better when the pH of your soil is between 6.8 and 7.2. These levels help your worms digest their food better. Every three weeks, turn the contents of your bin over to aerate your soil.

To ensure that there is enough moisture in and to keep out the light, you can use a piece of burlap placing it on top of the worm bins or container. Carpet underlay is also ideal. Doing this will not only help in insulating your soil, but it will also protect it against extreme temperatures.  You need to note that your earthworms will need warm soil. Therefore, ensure your worm farm is 60.8°F to 77°F.

What not to feed your earthworms

In learning how to make a worm farm, avoid feeding them the following foods.

Its recommended that you do not feed your earthworms with rotten food, garlic, fish, tobacco, or pet or human manure. Using too much fat will prevent your earthworms from properly breathing.

Avoid using watermelons skins since they don’t have any nutritional value for your earthworms, and they also disrupt the moisture level of your compost. In case you have used weed killer on your lawn, avoid feeding these clippings to your worms.

Using worm casting

Once your top bin of the worm farm is filled, you can empty the bottom. The emptied contents are full of useful worm castings and the best fertilizer you can get. Worm casting is worm poo and is found in the layers where your worms lived (middle and upper layers).

Both worm casting and worm tea are rich in minerals such as nitrogen, potassium, carbon, phosphorus, and microbial critters. Your worm castings can be mixed with soil to enrich it. You could sprinkle it around your garden or scratch it into topsoil.

Worm tea, on the other hand, is retrieved from the bottom bin as is as beneficial as worm casting if not better. With all the same nutrients as worm casting, worm tea contains an abundance of nutrients that can be used directly through the soil into your root system of plants. Worm tea can be collected weekly and diluted with water to create a weak tea.

The Basics of How to Make a Worm Farm

Remember, your worm farm processes less food than a compost bin, so make sure you are not overfeeding your worms. Uneaten food will attract pests. Also, cut the food you feed your worms into small pieces, as this makes it a whole lot easier for worms to consume.

As explained, the worm will feed on approximately its body weight of food each day. Meaning, you can only feed your earthworms a few handfuls each time. Once you are sure that your worms are breeding, try feeding them more food. Happy gardening!

Best Garden Clippers For You, and How to Use Them

gonicc 8-inch Professional Premium Titanium Bypass Garden Clippers

Did you know that the most important part of your gardening arsenal is a solid pair of garden clippers? With the amount of clipping, pruning, trimming, and slicing your garden requires, you need a dependable pair of clippers that can keep your plant life in check.

However, although there are many different models available, not all of them are worth your money. You’ll want to pick the right clippers for the right job, so research is a must. To assist in your decision, we have compiled the ten best clippers on the market for your specific gardening needs.

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​Product FAQs

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While compiling this list of the best garden clippers, we came across these frequently asked questions about the products and how they work.

Types of garden clippers

How to use garden clippers?

Sharpening and cleaning the blades

Questions to ask yourself when buying garden clippers

Where can you buy garden clippers?

​​How We Reviewed

In order to rank the best garden clippers on the market, we carefully examined the product claims and checked the results of users who tested each of these products. We carefully vetted our findings, and the best products are in this “best of” list.

​​Overall Price Range of Garden Clippers

Fiskars 91095935J Steel Bypass Pruning Shears

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Garden clippers are not only incredibly helpful in most outdoor projects, but they are also a rather price effective gardening tool. On average, the price of a dependable pair of clippers will cost you anywhere from $ to upwards of $$ for specialized models.

​Product Reviews

After concluding our research of the many garden clippers on the market, we were able to narrow it down to these finalists. Please note that this list is in no particular order. These clippers come highly recommended by those who use them.

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Fiskars 399211-1001 6" Micro-Tip Pruner, Non-Stick Blades, Gray
  • Make quick, precise cuts when deadheading, trimming and shaping small plants with easy-to-use pruning snips
  • Easy Action spring-action design gently opens blades after each cut to help reduce hand fatigue
  • Fully hardened, precision-ground stainless steel blades stay sharp, even through heavy use

​Ideal for work on smaller plants, the six-inch Softouch Micro-Tip Pruning Snip from Fiskars won the Arthritis Foundation Ease-of-Use Commendation due to being a solid pruning device with a grip suitable for those with weaker hands. The clippers also function with spring action, allowing them to open quickly after each cut. This model has an Amazon rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Product pros and cons

The pros include the easy functionality, the non-coated blades that are ideal for a variety of projects, solid craftsmanship, and a lifetime warranty.

On the negative side, some users complained that the blades could break when put under pressure.

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gonicc 8" Professional Premium Titanium Bypass Pruning Shears...
  • Drop forged body and handles.
  • Quality blade made of Premium Titanium steel with Ultra-fine Polishing Technology.
  • Ergonomically designed non-slip handles are strong,lightweight,and comfortable.

​These powerful garden clippers from Gonicc offer a comfortable grip and a powerful bypass blade system. What separates these clippers from others is the sap grove design which allows the blades flawless execution without sticking. This model has an Amazon rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Product pros and cons

​Pros include the ergonomically designed non-slip handles for hands big and small. The pruners can cut branches up to 3/4-inch in diameter, with a blade made with ultra-fine polishing technology.

Select customers have stated that the locking mechanism on the clippers can have issues. Others mentioned that the blades are not as sharp as competitor clippers. This model has an Amazon rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

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VIVOSUN 6.5" Gardening Hand Pruner Pruning Shear with Straight...
  • REDUCE HAND STRAIN: These micro tip snips are built spring-loaded so that they automatically push themselves open...
  • ULTRA SHARP BLADES: These quality snips come with stainless steel precision-sharpened blades and are ready to tackle all...
  • SECURE, EASY TO OPERATE LOCK: These micro tip snips feature a safe and secure sideways locking mechanism that keeps your...

​These garden clippers from VIVOSUN boast a lightweight, durable design paired with an ergonomic rubber grip. Titanium coated blades resist corrosion. Also, a built-in safety lock ensures that you can garden without fear of injury. This model has an Amazon rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Product pros and cons

​Customers absolutely adore the spring action design and the easy to use grip. They also like the long narrow blades which allow you to get into hard to reach places and tight angles.
While there are many perks, some reviewers have stated that the blades may dull after frequent use and some have seen the product rust.

Mockins Professional Heavy Duty Garden Anvil Pruning Shears, Tree...
  • PROFESSIONAL PRUNERS are recommended by gardeners and first time users. the garden clippers are Ideal for plants ,...
  • SAFETY LOCK branch cutter designed with you in mind. Easy to use for garden tools especially for small hands
  • ERGONOMIC RUBBER HANDLES yard tools for a pain free experience with comfort and ease. Say goodbye to arthritic pain!

​These highly reviewed garden clippers from Mockins are great for first-time gardeners. This is due to the easy to use grip and a professional cut provided by the sharp bypass blades. The blades are stainless steel. The handle is an ergonomic rubber. Most importantly, the clippers come with a limited lifetime guarantee. This model has an Amazon rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

Product pros and cons

​The clippers are great for novice gardeners due to the easy to grip handle. The stainless steel blades provide a clean cut. The lifetime guarantee is a must have.

The few customer criticisms included that they thought the locking mechanism was faulty from time to time.

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Corona BP 3180D Forged Classic Bypass Pruner with 1 Inch Cutting...
  • Easy cutting up to 1 inch diameter: fully heat-treated, forged steel alloy construction bladed designed for the...
  • Sap groove keeps blade from sticking: cut efficiently without having to stop often to clean sap from the blade
  • Re-sharpen while retaining hardness and strength: heat treated tool and cutting blade maintain durability season after...

​Corona has jumped into the garden clipper market with their powerful bypass hand pruners. In addition to the unique look, these clippers are capable of cutting branches up to an inch in diameter. The clippers also come with the sap groove to combat sticking, and they feature a locking system that keeps them safe when not in use. This model has an Amazon rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Product pros and cons

​Many customers rave about the alloy construction which allows for large cuts. They also like that the clippers come with a sharpening tool that ensures they remain ready to use season after season. The blades are high-quality carbon steel.

Some users complained of rusting blades. These are also one of the pricier models on the list.

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Gardenite Ultra Snip 6.7 Inch Pruning Shear with Stainless Steel...
  • Super grade stainless steel upper and lower blades for precision cutting up to 5/16 inches. The UltraSnip is designed...
  • Chromed zinc allow handles with comfortable rubber grip.
  • Long 6.7 inch handes offer easy grip and reduce hand strain.

​These high powered garden clippers from Gardenite have a lot to boast about. This ratchet pruner cuts in stages with an included mechanism that allows you to make a big cut, release, and then squeeze a second time to cut through the most robust wood. On top of that, the handles are easy to use, and the 100 percent satisfaction guarantee is hard to ignore. This model has an Amazon rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Product pros and cons

​Pros include heavy duty blades that lend to effortless cutting. The blades are made of high-quality hardened steel, ensuring that they will keep cutting for the long run. The ratchet style and handle shape allow you to prune all day without hand pain.

Cons include the clippers being too large for smaller hands. Others complained that the blades were not sharp enough.

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Hydrofarm HGPP400CT Titanium Precision Curved Blade Pruner, Green
  • Japanese stainless steel
  • 40mm cutting capacity
  • Ergonomic design

​As the title states, these garden clippers from Hydrofarm make precision cuts. The secret is the narrow blades which can get into hard to reach angles and small spots. The blades are stainless steel, and the grip is easy to hold. Also, this model comes with a holster for easy transportation. This model has an Amazon rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Product pros and cons

​Customers rave about the narrow blades and the comfortable grip handle which works in either hand. A high-quality spring mechanism makes for quick cutting. It’s a lightweight model ideal for cutting flowers and other lighter tasks.

These pruners are best for lighter jobs, so if you also have heavier branches to cut, you will likely have to buy a second pair for the additional task.

Hydroponic 2Pack Microtip Straight blade/Curved Blade Flower Leaf...
  • REDUCE HAND STRESS: We know that pruning for long periods of time can take its toll on your hands. These scissors were...
  • PROFESSIONAL DESIGN: Not only is our pruners durable and lightweight they are made with high quality extra sharp...
  • PERFECT FOR ALL TYPES OF GARDENING: These extra durable pruning shears are a must have for hobby or commercial growers...

​You get two for the price of one with this clipper set from Hydroponic. These clippers offer a professional design that reduces hand stress and creates a more precise cut. Straight blades allow cutting at hard to reach angles, and a release spring enforces ease of use. This model has an Amazon rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Product pros and cons

​You get two products for one affordable price. The easy grip handle reduces stress on the hands. Most importantly, the shears are multipurpose, so you can cut flowers, branches, and roots with the same tool.

Some customers commented that the spring mechanism is not dependable and that the blades can be hard to open once closed due to stickiness.

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Gardenite Ultra Snip 6.7 Inch Pruning Shear with Stainless Steel...
  • Super grade stainless steel upper and lower blades for precision cutting up to 5/16 inches. The UltraSnip is designed...
  • Chromed zinc allow handles with comfortable rubber grip.
  • Long 6.7 inch handes offer easy grip and reduce hand strain.

​Gardenite built these sleek looking Ultra Snip Pruning Shears for productivity, with stainless steel blades, zink handles with a comfortable rubber grip, and a spring design to reduce hand fatigue. This model has an Amazon rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Product pros and cons

​Pros include long 6.7-inch handles for ease of use and precision blades that are perfect for trimming flowers and small plants. The product comes with a customer service guarantee.

Some customers have complained of sticking blades.

Housolution Pruning Shears, Premium Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Ultra...
  • PREMIUM MATERIAL: Crafted of high carbon stainless steel with ultra-fine polishing technology, which is strong and...
  • LOW EFFORT EFFECTIVENESS: Curved sharp blades ensure quick and clean cuts, and the embedded spring brings a comfortable...
  • SAFETY DETAILS: With convenient safety switch lock and effortless spring which help to hide the blades during rest, and...

​This is a pair of garden clippers that mean business! These shears include everything you need including an ergonomic handle, a safety clip, and long straight blades that aid in getting hard to reach stems. This model has an Amazon rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

Product pros and cons

​The Housolution clippers have the longest blades of the bunch. Comfortable, slim handles ensure that you can work for hours without pain. Sharp blades create precision cuts.

Some customers have complained of rust shortly after the start of use.

​​​The Verdict

The products listed above are some of the finer garden clippers on the market today. However, after looking at the benefits and shortcomings, we find that the Corona ClassicCUT Forged Hand Pruners give you the best benefits for a great price. This product offers the best components with its steel alloy construction, anti-sap groove, and non-slip handles. Plus, with blades able to cut branches up to an inch in diameter, this pair of garden clippers is your one-stop shop.

Although we pick this model as our favorite, keep in mind that every garden is different, and depending on your project, one of these other fine models may be best for your particular needs. Have you tried any of these garden clippers? If so, which have you had success using? Tell us your favorite in the comments.


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The Best 5 Gal Bucket For Vertical Gardening

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Using five-gallon bucket containers (also written as 5 gal bucket) for vertical gardening has grown in popularity over the past couple of decades. The concept is quite simple, a five-gallon bucket not only saves money and has the right amount of room to promote strong vertical vegetative growth, but also saves space in your garden. If you’re growing an urban garden, it's even more useful.

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Vertical gardening with a five-gallon bucket will help to encourage your plants to grow up instead of into outward and into bushes. Many gardeners use vertical gardening techniques to create living walls of green. One of the most significant benefits to vertical gardening with a five-gallon bucket is that you can place it anywhere. From frames to walls, fences, porches, and more.

Vertical Gardening

As mentioned above, vertical gardening techniques can apply to just about any pre-existing structure including trellises, fence posts, and certain types of plants, such as corn. Training traditional fruits, vegetables, herbs, and vines to grow upward is what vertical gardening is all about. Pots, mason jars, discarded bottles, and other various containers are all placed together to create semi-solid plant walls.

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Common Plants Found In Vertical Gardens

Selecting the right sort of plants for your vertical garden is crucial. There are four main types of plants which benefit from vertical gardening techniques: foliage, flowers, succulents, and edibles. Boxwood, mondo grass, and common ivy are examples of foliage used in vertical gardens. Lavender, geranium, hydrangeas and various lilies are favorite flowers found in vertical gardens. Succulents and other edibles that do well in vertical gardens are lettuce, onion, agave, cacti, garlic, and practically any herb of which you can think.

How To Start Vertical Gardening With A 5-Gallon Bucket

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5 Gallon Heavy Duty White Plastic Bucket, 10-Pack - Argee RG5700/10
  • Excellent option for food storage and emergency kits when used with the gasket lids
  • Holds up to 5 gallons, 12 inch diameter
  • White pail is food-safe and non-toxic

First, gather up some new five-gallon bucket. Used buckets are okay as well, as long as you know their material. At the very least, you must make sure they are BPA-free and food safe. Then, prepare the bucket by putting a few holes into the bottom, spaced every two to three inches, as well as painting the bucket or covering it in fabric if you want. Fill the bucket with at least two or three inches of stones and gravel. These stones, along with the holes you made, will allow for proper drainage.

Next, acquire potting soil and add peat moss or another water-retaining element to it. Fill the bucket, place your plants, and add water. Adding fertilizer every few weeks or so will help promote even healthier yields. Make sure to water your bucket plants regularly as well.

Lastly, add stakes to the inside of your bucket or place cages around them. These additions will allow for the upward growth of your plants and turn your bucket into a functioning vertical garden container. Setting multiple buckets side by side will make the most of your available gardening space.

Tips And Tricks For Gardening With A 5-Gallon Bucket

Before we move onto our list of the top five-gallon buckets for vertical gardening, we’d like to share a few super helpful tips and tricks for successfully gardening with a five-gallon bucket. So, here they are!

LOCATION Privacy Settings

Determining where to set up your five-gallon bucket vertical garden container is critical. Several factors must be considered here, such as if there will be at least six hours of sunlight, and whether you will be able to tend, water easily, and harvest the garden as needed.

Spoil The Soil

Whether growing flowers, fruits, vegetables, or herbs, using superior soil makes a massive difference in the results of your gardening efforts. If you’re going to grow, you might as well use the best soil possible. Mixing premium potting soil with peat moss or perlite in your five-gallon bucket is a great starter.

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Use Proper Containers

There are so many containers on the market today, selecting the right one can be difficult. That is one of the reasons that a five-gallon bucket is such an indispensable piece of garden equipment. They can accommodate just about any vegetable root system, from multiple smaller plants to a single large plant.

Drainage

No matter what type or size container you end up choosing, it must have proper drainage holes. That means that if the container is lacking holes, you’re going to have to drill or punch enough for a suitable drain. Too much water trapped in a five-gallon bucket can cause everything growing in the container to die.

Use Vines As Much As Possible

A trick I picked up about ten years ago is to plant something stalky like corn along with vegetables like beans which grow on streamers or vines. While the corn grows upwards, it creates more vertical space for the beans to grow. Using this technique does away with the need for stakes altogether.

Evaluate And Improve

No matter if things are going well or not, regularly evaluating your five-gallon bucket garden container will help you to stay more in-tune with your garden and its needs. It will also help you learn how to make improvements on your future vessels.

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How Much Does A 5-Gallon Bucket For Vertical Gardening Cost?

You can purchase a five-gallon bucket suitable for all of your gardening needs on Amazon, eBay, Home Depot, and Lowe’s. The average price range for a bucket of this size is $5 to $25. However, there are exceptions if you buy in bulk, or you are purchasing specialized buckets instead of typical five-gallon buckets.

How We Reviewed

To bring you a list of the best five-gallon bucket for vertical gardening in 2018, we scoured the internet. We looked at gardening forums, reviews, product descriptions from retailers and manufacturers, and customer product reviews and complaints. What we discovered was a trove of information about current five-gallon bucket and various alternatives for growing herbs, vegetables, and flowers currently available on the market.

The Top 5-Gallon Buckets For Vertical Gardening

Below, you’ll find product summaries for each bucket, including ratings, price ranges, warranty options, and more. We added a few of the most successful alternative five-gallon gardening containers to create the handiest list possible.

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5 Gallon White All-Purpose Durable Commercial Food Grade Bucket With Lid

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Warner 5-Gallon Plastic Bucket, 543
  • Use for a variety of maintainance and construction projects
  • Reusable, made from sturdy plastic, 0.07" thick
  • Makes work and clean-up easier and faster

This American-made bucket is FDA-approved food safe. It consists of high-density polyethylene and is impact resistant. Aside from a gardening container, it works for painting, cleaning, concrete, asphalt, and more. The bucket is stackable and comes with a universal lid that fits most 3.5 to 5-gallon buckets.

You can pick up this five-gallon bucket on Amazon. It has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on Amazon customer reviews. The price range for this bucket and lid is $ to $$.

5 Gal. Homer Bucket HMD

The 5 Gal. Homer Bucket is one of the lowest priced commercial five-gallon buckets around. It is available individually or in packs of up to 100. The more you buy, the less the bucket costs. It is the perfect inexpensive five-gallon bucket for gardening.

This five-gallon bucket is available through Amazon and Home Depot. It has a 4.3 out of 5-star rating by Amazon customers and a 4.5 out of 5-star rating based on Home Depot customer reviews. The price range for these buckets is $ to $$.

Leaktite 5 Gal Camouflage Plastic

Another standard bucket for vertical gardening is the Leaktite camouflage bucket. It consists of long-lasting, durable plastic and is for outdoor use, making it ideal for a garden container. It can be used for all manner of things outside of the realm of gardening as well.

The all-camo Leaktite 5 Gal bucket is on Amazon where it has a 3.9 out of 5-star rating. The price range for this container is $ to $$.

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Hudson Exchange Premium 5 Gallon Bucket

Hudson Exchange Premium 5 Gallon Bucket, HDPE, Black
  • Taller height reduces spillage during filling and capping
  • Polished surface provides attractive appearance
  • Reinforcing ribs maintain container shape

The Hudson Exchange bucket is a premium quality container and an excellent choice for all your gardening needs. It is taller than regular 5 gal buckets, plus it comes with a polished paint job in a color of your choice. The inside is reinforced with rib construction and is stackable with additional buckets. This bucket is available individually as well as in packs of six and 12.

The Hudson Exchange, 5 Gallon bucket, is available on Amazon. It has a 4.6 out of 5-star rating based on Amazon customer reviews and a price range of $ to $$.

247Garden 5-Pack 5 Gal Aeration Fabric Pots With Handles

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247Garden 5-Pack 5 Gallon Grow Bags/Aeration Fabric Pots w/Handles...
  • Fabric allows roots to breathe and grow healthier, boosts plant growth and yields
  • Decreased risk of transplant shock, creates improved overall root structure
  • Keeps plant warmer in winter and cooler in the summer

Fabric aeration pots are a comparable container to a standard 5 gal bucket. This five pack of 5 gal fabric pots are available in sizes ranging from one gallon all the way up to 100 gallons. They help prevent root rot, root circling, overwatering, and reduce transplant shock.

This five pack of five-gallon fabric pots are on Amazon. They have a 4.6 out of 5-star rating due to Amazon customer reviews and a price range of $ to $.

Pro-Cal HGPK5PHD 5 Gal Premium Nursery Pot

Pro Cal HGPK5PHD Premium Nursery Pot 5 Gal (5/pk)
  • Impact modified plastic added for extra strength and durability
  • Much thicker and more durable than traditional blow molded nursery pots and even other injection molded pots
  • Wide rim with grip lip for easy movement

The Pro-Cal Nursery Pot is available from one-gallon to 10-gallons. In addition to the aeration fabric, the pots have plastic liners for added durability and superior strength. The materials are 100 percent BPA-free and made in the United States.

You can find these five-gallon nursery pots online via Amazon. They have a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from Amazon customer reviews and a price range of $ to $$.

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WINNER OUTFITTERS 6-Pack 5 Gallon Bucket Grow Bags With Handles

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WINNER OUTFITTERS 6-Pack 5 Gallon Grow Bags/Aeration Fabric Pots with...
  • Material: Made with high quality nonwoven fabric, Built-in handles for easy movement
  • Structure: Prevents roots circling and air-prunes plant's root structure, so it's better than Plastic Containers
  • Warmer & Cooler: Keeps plant warmer in winter and cooler in the summer

This six pack of grow bags with handles are made from high-quality non-woven fabric. The built-in handles make transporting them a breeze. The bags keep plants warmer during cold months and cooler during hot months. Their aerating nature also prevents overwatering and promotes better root structures.

This six pack of 5-gallon fabric pots with handles is available on Amazon. They have a 4.6 out of 5-star rating on Amazon. The price range for this pack of growing containers is $ to $. Also, these containers come with a 100 percent money back guarantee if you’re unhappy with the product.

VIVOSUN 5-Pack 5 Gallon Heavy Duty Nonwoven Plant Fabric Pots

VIVOSUN 5-Pack 5 Gallon Grow Bags Heavy Duty 300G Thickened Nonwoven...
  • STURDY FABRIC MATERIAL: Made of 300g thickened nonwoven fabric, these pots are moderately permeable, environmentally...
  • GREAT DRAINAGE: Nonwoven fabric means the pots do not retain excess water, allowing your roots to breathe, translating...
  • DURABLE, REINFORCED HANDLES: While the competition uses flimsy handles that are a continuation of the same fabric the...

This five pack of VIVOSUN 5 gal heavy duty fabric pots consist of 300G nonwoven fabric. Each container has reinforced fabric handles. These bags help protect your plant's root structures against the elements as well as allowing for better drainage. This product is available in sizes ranging from one gallon to 30 gallons.

You can purchase the five-pack of VIVOSUN 5 gallon heavy duty grow pots on Amazon. They have a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars based on Amazon customer reviews. Their price range is $ to $$. Also, the pack of pots comes with a three-year warranty.

Formline Supply Premium 5 Gallon Grow Bags

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Formline Supply Premium 5 Gallon Grow Bags [Pack of 5]. Fabric Flower...
  • INCREASE GROW RATES - Formline 5 Gal Plant Pots ( with handles ) are the smart way to grow. Fabric grow pots allow...
  • CONTROL TEMPERATURE AND IMPROVE PLANT HEALTH - Heat trapped in plastic pots can limit the potential of your plants....
  • NO MORE OVER WATERING - Watering too much can lead to droopy leaves and mold buildup. Formline Grow Bags allow air...

The 5 gal bucket grow bags from Formline Supply offer an excellent alternative to buckets. Never worry about root rot due to overwatering or poor drainage again. These bags allow air through the fabric which in turn aids in drying the soil adequately. The bags also come with handles which make them easily transported.

This five pack of 5-gallon bucket-like grow bags are available on Amazon. They have a rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars from Amazon customer reviews and a price range of $$ to $$. This bucket also comes with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee; if you’re not satisfied with the grow bags, you’ll get all your money back.

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Garden4Ever 5-Pack 5 Gallon Aeration Fabric Pots With Handles

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Garden4Ever Grow Bags 5-Pack 1 Gallon Aeration Fabric Pots Container...
  • Made of growth friendly felt with sturdy handles straps, washable and reusable.
  • Prevents circling roots and air-prunes the plant's root structure.
  • Great air circulation and water drainage - Prevents circling roots build-up, air prunes the plant's root and allows...

Another great alternative to 5 gal buckets is the Garden4Ever five pack of 5 gal aeration pots with handles. These pots come in sizes from one gallon all the way to 30 gallons. They are washable, reusable, create better air circulation and superior drainage.

You can pick up a five-pack of the Garden4Ever five-gallon fabric containers on Amazon. They have a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars and a price range of $ to $$.

A Final Word About Vertical Gardening With A 5-Gallon Bucket

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Vertical gardening with a five-gallon bucket is a rewarding hobby. Not only do you reduce your overall grocery costs, but you also put healthier food on your table as well as giving back to the environment. Selecting the right five-gallon bucket for your specific needs goes a long way in assuring that your vertical gardens’ yield is fruitful.

If you’re in search of a small, high-quality five-gallon bucket, then the Gallon White All-Purpose is the perfect one four you. It’s food grade all-purpose plastic, which means it’s BPA-free and seriously heavy duty. Plus, it is manufactured in the United States. Each bucket also comes with a lid, which is another added benefit.

Also, it pays off to buy buckets in bulk. So, if you need more than a dozen, the best five-gallon bucket to purchase in bulk is by far the Home Depot 5 Gallon Bucket. If you buy enough of these buckets at one time, the price drops down to $ per bucket, from an already low MSRP of $ per bucket.

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Happy gardening!

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