Now that it's cooling down, I need to repot and bring my ghost pepper plant inside... a perfect excuse to finally build a Global Bucket! I first read about Global Buckets several years ago, and I've been wanting to try one out for a while.
On top of being a useful design, the Global Bucket project is really impressive. A couple of high schoolers took the idea of EarthBox planters, and redesigned it to use cheap, locally sourced materials. I wish I had done something this useful with my time when I was their age!
Their original design uses two 5-gallon buckets, a plastic cup or yogurt container, and a 2' length of PVC pipe. I decided to use one of their newer designs, using only one bucket, a colander, and some pipe. This kept me from having to spend $15+ on a hole saw bit for the inner bucket.
All in all, this planter only cost me about $6:
- Pickle bucket from Firehouse Subs: $2
- PVC pipe: $2
- Flex pipe: $1
- Plastic colander: $1
It took less than half an hour to build this, and would have taken even less time without trying to take pictures in the dark. Here's the build process!