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Supersized Space Buckets
The original bucket-garden design features stacked 5gal containers, but that is just one of the options available. This grow solution can be adapted to many types of buckets, and that is what a lot of users from the community are doing. Below you’ll find experimental setups with supersized Space Buckets.
One of the best examples of a giant SB is /u/oZeroo setup, which uses a 20gal Brute bucket as its main container. This almighty setup features a 135w UFO LED on top and 5m of 5050SMD chips for the ever important side-lighting. Check out the album for detailed images, or read the thread for a cost rundown.
Another alternative is the one built by /u/OffToSpaceWeGo, which uses trashcans as its buckets. This SpaceCan has two 125w CFL bulbs on top for lighting, and a 6″ booster fan for heat extraction. Check out some nice pictures at the album, and more information at the reddit thread.
There’s a new trend brewing in the community: modified builds that take advantage of the hydroponics method. Plants grown using this technique show rapid development and generous yields, and that means an exciting future for bucket gardeners. There are many ways to adapt a Space Bucket for this purpouse:
First we have /u/themike500bucket build, which uses a 5gal DWC on the bottom. In this case, the lighting configuration is composed of one overhead 100w LED (which follows SAGs design), and two light strips covering the walls to get deeper into the foliage. You can learn more about this awesome build in these threads: Part 1 (with materials details) and Part 2 (with SLT lighting and the finished product!).
Another great hydro bucket example comes from /u/Vanr, who has a “dream of designing an idiot-proof container system for growing wasabi at home” (and has chosen the Space Buckets to do so). He set himself two requeriments for this build: all componentes have to be easy to find and assemble; and nothing should require special knowledge to set-up. For this hydro build, Vanr is using about 88w of CFL bulbs on top, and a whole lot of different LED light strips (5050SMD, red and warm white). Read about it here!
Time for another round of Guest Space Buckets! All the setups featured below were posted by users of the awesome bucket community; follow each linked image to learn more details and view extra pictures.
The bucket community is openly dynamic, and its filled to the brim with awesome content. Need an example? Expert user FlusterCorned has just posted a great DIY guide that shows exactly what you need to set up and wire high-power LEDs for your plants in Space Buckets. His inspiration was SAGs work, which is also featured in this Open Blog. LED buckets have a very bright future.
High-Power LED modules are a great and cheap way to fill your indoor garden with lumens. The chips can be bought online and come in many form factors and wattages (from 1w to many hundreds). The spotlights pictured in the Advanced Resources section are 3x3w modules; 10w chips are also recommended, and the best configuration is yet to be found: in his article FlusterCorned shows two 100w LEDs on the lids and 12x3w for the always crucial side lighting. Interesting stuff!
The man that goes as SAG, also known as SuperAngryGuy, is an expert on the phytomorphology field that has taken an interest on the mighty Space Buckets. He is using his electrical and botanical experience to optimize the bucket system, replacing the CFL bulbs with different LED configurations. You can learn more about his innovative work on his subreddit, which hosts a lot of interesting guides and articles. His motto is fitting: “don’t just theorize the system, build the system. Hack it ’till it works“.
SAGs first LED Space Bucket uses 56 watts of warm white LEDs, with seven 8w household bulbs or modules: 4 on top and 3 on the sides. His lighting cost for this setup was about $35 (subsidized by the local power company), with a yield potential of well over 1oz. It is the first of many prototypes to come.
This is the first of many posts to come that features Space Buckets submitted by the community. Do you want to have your bucket published in the site? Upload pics using the widget at the top of any page, or send your files to email@example.com. EXIF data is removed from images. Comments are welcome!
There are many DIY indoor garden designs available online, and PC grow boxes are one of the most popular. In this case, the idea is to repurpose an old computer case to fit a few CFL bulbs, mantaining some of the ventilation and electrical features already present.
Although PC Grow Boxes can work for some experienced users, Space Buckets are a superior alternative in many aspects. Below are five concrete advantages that help put the systems in contrast.
Safety. Water, electricity and metal don’t get along very well, and much less in small spaces. The plastic of the buckets provides an excellent insulator and a safer platform to start with. Ultimately, the safety of any indoor garden depends on the quality of the build, so you should solder your wires and mantain your bucket thoroughly after each cycle.
Flexibility. One of the key aspects of the Space Buckets design is that it can be altered to fit the needs and the creativity of each grower. As an example, PC Grow Boxes are usually limited to a single higher wattage CFL bulb (125w+), which generates a lot of easily trapped heat; on the bucket-hand, you can fit up to 5 bulbs on a light-top, which has built-in ventilation to keep things cool. Space Buckets also work great with UFO LED lights, which don’t fit on PC cases.
Flora comfort. Plants that live in the metal cage that are PC grow boxes have to be constantly trained, as the height of that design is limited and fixed. Space Buckets have a dynamic height: the bucket-tops work as spacers between the bulbs and the canopy.
Yield potential. With good genetics and a little experience, you can expect a bucket plant to produce around 1oz of dense flowers every few months. The Space Buckets can be optimized in many different ways, and that means a higher yield potential: for example, you can build a LED bucket-top to blast your plants with side-lighting.
Ease of use. PC Grow Boxes can be stealthy, but they’re uncomfortable and a pain to work with due to their rectangular structure. The round shape of the 5gal buckets provides a better environment to train your plants, and a spacier ecosystem for your garden to thrive in.
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Welcome to the Open Bucket Blog! This section will be updated frequently with news, articles, guides, images and fresh content about microgrowing and this indoor garden design (which is always work in progress). It is a place to expand on the original DIY guide, that covers the basic Space Bucket design.
The Blog is Open for a simple reason: anyone can contribute with their bucket content, using either the widget at the top of the page or sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If the post is approved, it is then posted with full credit to its author. Great threads from the /r/SpaceBuckets community will also be featured. The goal is to build a strong database of freely available bucket ideas.
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