Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Oriona 1:1 Oil Pumps and Stub Pumps

Delivering more than the other Oriona oil pumps that we discussed before, this type of Oriona 1:1 oil pumps are capable in dispensing free flow 10.5 gallon per minute. They are awesome for dispensing activity in short distances (up to 30 ft.)

There are variations for these pumps: Oriona oil drum pumps 1:1 and Oriona oil stub pumps 1:1. Both pumps have a ¼ inch air inlet, ¾ inch oil outlet, a 2" bung adapter and work at 28-145 psi. The stub pumps could be mounted on the wall or on the tank.

It is also possible to buy these Oriona 1:1 oil pumps in packages. They will include the pump itself, 18 ft hose and digital oil meter.

For the Oriona 1:1 oil drum pump package, click here.
For the Oriona 1:1 oil stub pump package, click here.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Green Usage of Plastic Containers

Below are some suggestions on how you can better treat your plastic containers so that they are safe to use for you and the family.

  1. When you have to purchase a plastic container, go with high-quality food storage containers. These will last for years and that is a reason enough not to fill the landfill with one-time use things only.
  2. Fatty foods like meat and cheese, especially when hot, should not be stored in plastic containers or plastic wrap. These types of food are likely to help the transfer of plastic toxins.
  3. Use a nonabrasive soap when washing reusable plastic containers. And do it with your hands. Dishwashers and other detergents can scratch plastic, which can encourage bacteria to stay.
  4. Don't microwave foods in one-time use containers like yogurt tubes or take-out bowls. They can melt or warp and can possibly transfer harmful chemicals into the food.
  5. Also to be safe, don't use microwave-safe plastic containers in the microwave. The microwavable lable means that the plastic doesn't melt or fall apart when used in the microwave. But it does not guarantee that it doesn't leach chemicals into the foods.
  6. Get rid of your old plastic containers. Especially when you see that they are badly scratched, it is one obvious indication that you should stop using it to store food. However, you can still use the container to store non-food items.

Would you say that you go green now that you know how easy it is to start it simply with your plastic containers

Sunday, November 28, 2010

ORIONĂ‚® 1:1 Oil Dispenser Pump

Storing petroleum or synthetic based oils need special oil transfer pumps to work with. We have quite some varieties that you can choose from. But today we will be discussing Oriona oil dispenser pumps.

Oriona 1:1 is divided into 2 choices; i.e. Orional oil dispenser drum pump for quick transfer and Oriona oil stub pump for dispensing specific amount of oil. They are both ideal for dispensing oil directly from the pump's lever tap. With an operating pressure of 25 – 145 psi, the pump delivers 7 gallon per minute and displays high performance even in tough operating conditions.

They have fewer moving parts for less wear and reduce noise as dispensing activity is conducted, and the simple one-touch dispensing system is so easy to use?

The pumps come with a ¼ inch air inlet, ¾ inch oil outlet and a 2" bung adapter.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

GRACO® Quality Grease Pumps

So far most of the pumps we have discussed are pumps for closed-head drums. Now we are going to talk about grease pumps that suit open-head drums.

These GRACO grease pumps are quality pumps. With only four moving part, they have simple design but still deliver high power. At 50:1 ratio, the pumps deliver 1 gallon per minute.

The grease pumps are made to handle portable lubricating tasks or multi station applications. They are constructed of long-life aluminum with non-metallic poppet valve. They are also supplied with cover, follower plate, 72" air hose and fittings.

The grease pumps come in two choices: for 15 gallon open-head drums and for 55 gallon open-head drums.

Friday, November 26, 2010

GRACO® 350 Series: Hose Reels for Grease and Oil Pumps

For your grease drum pumps, one of these hose reels could be a great advantage. Consisting of 50' of hose, heavy-duty spring, bearings and latch, the hose reels are useful to reach more service areas when you pump from a stationary tank.

With the ratchet latch included in the package, work can be improved more productively as excessive hose is not going to get in the way as the pump is working.

The GRACO 350 series are divided to:

Then we also have hose inlet kit, which is required to connect the hose reel to the hose from the tank. If you buy one of the hose reels above, you might want to purchase this hose inlet kit, too.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Plastic Containers Shopping Guide, Part 2

To continue our discussion on the best plastic containers:

Number 4 means Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE). Found in grocery bags and cling wraps, this plastic is safe and recyclable.

Number 5 means Polypropylene (PP) as normally found in yogurt cups and cloudy bottles. This type of plastic is safe and recyclable.

Number 6 means Polystyrene (PS). If you buy a take-out coffee, you are most likely served with cups made of PS.

Number 7 means other types of plastic resins that are not mentioned above, mostly invented post 1987. It includes Polycarbonate (PC), Polylactide (PLA) and BPA-Free plastics. PLA is fine to use for food-based containers as it is the type of plastic that is made from renewable resources with high starch content like potatoes and sugar canes. It is unrecyclable but since it is made from plants, these plastics can be composted. 

Now that you know which plastic is safe to pick, which type of plastic resin should you pick for your plastic containers?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Plastic Containers Shopping Guide, Part 1

Almost every household has plastic containers. They could be used for storing foods or other smaller items to promote organization in the house. However, do you know that some plastics are not really recyclable than the others? Do you use plastic containers that are safe for living? Check out the shopping guide below before you decide to buy plastic containers.

First of all, you need to know the different types of plastic. Plastics are put into categories based on their resin identification code. If you buy something made of plastic, you usually can see this resin identification code on the bottom of the plastic container. It normally comes with a recycling triangle logo that indicates a number in the middle. This number is the one you should be paying attention for.

Number 1 means Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET/PETE). You find this kind of plastic in plastic bottles or disposable soft drinks. When you buy one of those, make sure you dispose it after the first time use. PET is hard to clean and it absorbs and keeps bacteria and flavors.

Number 2 means High Density Polyethylene (HDPE). You can find it in jugs and liquid detergent bottles. HDPE doesn't transmit known chemicals to your food and normally the municipal recycling program accepts it.

Number 3 means Polyvinyl Chloride (V or PVC). It can normally be found in plumbing pipes, cooking oil bottles and meat wrap. PVC contains phthalates – a sort of softeners – that mess up with hormonal development. Avoid this number 3 in your plastic container if you want to use it to store food.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Fire-Ball Grease Drum Pumps

These Fire-Ball Grease Drum Pumps are designed especially for 16 gallon grease drums. They are air operated with piston system with robust grease inlet cage to withstand abuse. The wetted parts are made of carbon steel, Delrin, Buna-N and polyurethane which are created to prevent metal-to-metal contact which in most cases shortens pump's life. They are also double acting for smooth flow of the liquid.

The pump has a 3" diameter air motor that is able to handle up to NGLI 2 grease. Operating at 30-140 psi, the pump provides nonstop duty flow rate of .23 gallon per minute.

This versatile pump comes in two kinds of purchasing: basic pump only and portable grease pump package. The latter includes the pump itself, dispense kit, 12' of ¼" fluid hose, follower plate, cover, cart and manual.

Which one is for you?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mobile Heavy Duty Grease Pump Systems

These are make-easy grease pump systems. They are mobile, perfect for heavy duty job, efficient and have extremely low noise levels as the pumps work next to it.

We have a number of varieties from the complete unit. But basically each includes 55:1 pump, drum cover, follower plate, 6 feet high pressure discharge hose, control handle and Z-swivel. Also these are already pre-lubricated, so no more lubrication is required. With the high performance it delivers, you can't just say no to one of these systems.

Choose the unit that suits your needs the most below:

Need help in deciding which is best for you? Email us at sales@baytec.net. Until the next blog post!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Drum/Pail Washer

If it is too much for you to manually wash your own drums or pails, or maybe you just have too many drums to wash periodically in your workplace, this drum pail washer can be a great investment for a more practical work.

For use with steel and plastic drums and pails, the washer can take 500 lb of capacity as it is made of 10 gauge carbon steel construction. If it is a pail that you need to wash, there is an adjustable pail retainer in the washer unit we offer.

This base unit includes:
  1. ½" NPT water inlet
  2. Water level switches
  3. Bag filter
  4. 12" oil skimmer
  5. 7-day skimmer timer
  6. 7-day heat timer
  7. Thermometer

With electrical requirements of 230 volts, 60 cycles, 3 phase, 40 amps (20 amps if you use 460 volt), a user manual guide is provided with these packages. However, this doesn't include installation fee.
To find out more about this fantastic washer, call us now.


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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Drum Vents

On sale price at the moment, we have highly versatile drum vents!!!

Especially when you are storing flammable liquid, you will most likely need one of these drum vents. They prevent dangerous pressure build-up and airlock if your drums are exposed to heat or fire. The vent plugs automatically open at 5 psi/internal pressure to protect the drum. There is a built-in flame arrestor that prevents "flashback" ignition of the vented vapor to the drum contents.

Drum vents that fit 2" NPS bung opening come in choices of vertical and horizontal drum vents. Vertical drum vents include the ones made of Polyethylene steel (for petroleum-based chemicals), polyethylene stainless (for chlorinated solvents and corrosive chemicals), and all brass (for petroleum-based chemicals).

Horizontal drum vents also fit 2" NPS bung opening of drums stored on side. With automatic pressure relief, the vents manually relieve vacuum when draining contents. The varieties include drum vents with all brass and all brass steel.

If you need assistance in deciding which vents are for your drums, contact our representative at 888-460-3786.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Aluminum Rotary Drum Pump

A good pump that could be a great deal of help to dispense liquids like gasoline, kerosene and oil up to 7 gallons per 100 revolutions is this Aluminum Rotary Drum Pump

With suction distance at up to 5' and lift distance up to 16' 5", the pump is easy to use as well as simple to install and operate. Light in weight, the pump that comes with 3-section, adjustable standpipe and 2" bung adapter is highly durable.

To view more info on the prices, click here. If you need more assistance in more information on the technicalities of this pump, feel free to email us at sales@baytec.net.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tuthill Quart/Liter Stroke Pumps

These stroke pumps give you the options of dispensing your liquid (mostly petroleum products and non-corrosive liquids) by quart or by liter. All it takes is just a little adjustment on the calibration screw at the top of the pump.

Made of cast iron with a Delrin® piston and Viton seals, the pumps are highly reliable. They come in two choices: standard polypropylene telescoping suction tube and steel telescoping suction tube. Both thread directly into 2" drum bung opening and adjust from 22' to 40" to fit 15-55 gallon drums. They are also equipped with padlockable handle to avoid accidental dispensing.

How the pump works: 
  1. Revolve the handle once to fill chamber with fluid.
  2. Swing the return tube out of the way.
  3. Align your vessel under the spout.
  4. Revolve handle again once to dispense liquid.
  5. Remove you vessel and the return tube will go back to its home position under the spout.
  6. The tube collects drips and automatically returns them to the drum.

Sounds like a nice pump to have, right? Go check out the links if the budget fits you.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

High Flow Rotary Drum Pump

What if you want a fast dispensing? The one that is meant to empty the whole 55 gallon drum. Then you may need this High Flow Rotary Drum Pump.

Designed to handle light oils up to 250 cPs at 70° F, including non-corrosive liquids, this pump is able to empty a 55 gallon drum in merely 2 minutes with the help of its 40W motor oil. It has a steel suction tube that fits well with 15-55 gallon drums with 2" NPS bung. It is also equipped with 48" polyethylene discharge hose to handle the draining of the drum.

Click here for more info on the prices. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pail Pal Plastic Bucket Dollies

single dolly

If you ever need a dolly for pails of 3.5 to 7 gallon with bottom O.D. up to 10.5", these Pail Pal Plastic Bucket Dollies might be a great choice for you. Compared to the normal dollies, Pail Pal dollies have a wider foot print. They are made of HDPE construction to help increase stability. They can also handle 175 lbs. capacity. There are also two side compartments for supplies.

There are two kinds of Pail Pal bucket dollies that we offer; i.e. single dolly and double dolly. The single dolly fits one bucket and travels on four 3" commercial grade polyurethane swivel casters. One of these casters has a brake. While the double dolly goes around with 6 swivel casters, one of which has a brake. It can handle two pails at the same time. There is only 3 lbs. difference between the single dolly and double dolly.
double dolly

Go check them out now. One of these dollies could be very useful for you.

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If you'd like to check out the other types of dolly, check out this page.
The following are the reviews of a couple of other dollies: industrial drum dolly for 5 gallon pails and adjustable pail dolly

Monday, November 15, 2010

Polyethylene Rotary Drum Pump

Another inexpensive alternative of rotary drum pump besides these economical rotary pumps is the polyethylene rotary drum pump. It is lightweight and pumps liquid up to 6 gallon per minute.

While economical rotary pumps are good for light oils and anti freeze or other non-flammable and non-combustible liquids, the polyethylene rotary pumps are best to use with most water, organic acids, waxes, plating solution, detergents and water-soluble inorganic chemicals. So if you are ever indecisive which pump to use between these two types, always refer to the fluid you are storing first. Which is compatible for your content?

If you are keeping the liquids mentioned above for polyethylene rotary drum pumps, it may be good to take one for your production. The polyethylene rotary drum pump comes with 3-piece S.S suction tube and a standard 2" bung adapter.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Plastic Rotary Drum Pumps

We have discussed about rotary drum pumps before. A more stable and higher performance type of pumps compared to the piston or lever model, rotary drum pumps are a nice choice for those who need to save energy while working. We talked about economical rotary drum pumps, blackmer rotary pumps for the flammables, and Teflon PTFE rotary drum pumps. This time we are going to reveal plastic rotary drum pumps.

There are two types for this plastic category of pumps. The first one is made of polypropylene and the other ryton. If you need to choose between these two plastic rotary pumps, you need to ask yourself what content are you planning to dispense from it. Polypropylene Plastic Rotary Drum Pumps are ideal for most organic acids, waxes, plating solution, detergents and water-soluble inorganic chemicals; while Ryton Plastic Rotary Drum Pumps handle more aggressive chemicals like esters, ketones, and hydrocarbons.

Polypropylene pumps are able to deliver up to 8 GPM. These pumps are still broken into two other subsections: polypropylene pumps with polypropylene rotor and those with ryton rotor. Both have a polypropylene 40" 3-piece S.S. suction tube.

Ryton pumps dispense up to 6 GPM, less than polypropylene pumps. But they are extremely useful when you have to handle more hostile chemicals. If you order one of these, a stainless steel discharge tube and a 40" 3-piece S.S. suction tube comes with the package as well as a 2" NPS bung adapter.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Envirowedge The Pump Assistant

Do you know what could be useful for your business other than the drums and pumps? It is this little thing called Envirowedge.

Envirowedge is an ideal pump assistant that helps drain the content in your drum to the last drop. Because when your pump stops pumping, it does not necessarily mean that there is no more fluid inside. Instead, there could be one gallon left there! With Envirowedge stuck underneath the drum, the rest of the liquid can flow into one side where the extension of the pump gets to the bottom, and the pump gets to work one more time to completely drain it. Not only is it easy, but it is also a low cost way to go green. Nothing goes wasted and it definitely saves raw material cost and disposal cost.

This Envirowedge is perfect to be used with 30 or 55 gallon drums.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Round Bottom Drum Liners

One way to keep your drums clean and free of product contamination is by putting a drum liner inside.

Our drum liners are made of FDA compliant material and do not cause folds or wrinkles to trap your product.

There is a number of varieties on the drum liners we are offering; namely the different sizes (5, 15, 30, 55 gallons), the types (tie-top or fold-back) and the materials (LDPE, CR or PP Hot Fill).

Tie-top liners have extra length so that you can gather and tie at the top for a quick practical closing.

Fold-back liners, on the other hand, pull back over the rim of the drum and fastened by the cover discs. These are made of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and designed to be used in 55 gallon drums. They are ideal for general purpose use.

When you see CR in the description of one of our drum liners, it is an abbreviation from Chemical Resistant. That means with the liners you are purchasing, there is a multi-layer nylon-barrier construction that is designed to withstand many chemicals that attack polyethylene.

PP Hot Fill (polypropylene) is useful for use with items whose temperature is up to 300°F.

One of these versatile drum liners must be a great use for your business. To get a help on which drum liners are best for you, contact our representatives for a recommendation. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

5 Gallon Pail as Conventional Washing Machine

Among the so many uses of 5 gallon buckets – some discussed in this blog are as food storage, as a seat and as a portable toilet, there is another great addition to the versatility of the 5 gallon pails: as a conventional washing machine.

It may not be a washing machine in the real sense as it doesn't have the motor. But this could be a great creative option for families that don't own washing machines and that prefer not to use hands when washing their clothes.

All you need to have are a 5 gallon pail and a toilet plunger. Yes, a toilet plunger, you read it right. Of course we are talking about a newly-bought-and-never-been-used toilet plunger here. Below are the steps to make your own conventional washing machine out of 5 gallon bucket.
  1. Make a few holes on the toilet plunger. These holes will allow the water and soap solution to blend and at the same time create less mess.
  2. Make one hole in the middle of the lid of the 5 gallon pail that is big enough for the stick of the toilet plunger to go through.
  3. Put the detergent and water inside the bucket along with the clothes you want to wash.
  4. Place the plunger in the middle and slid the stick through the hole on the lid of the pail.
  5. Close tightly so that the water won't splash when you plunge your clothes.
  6. Plunge.
  7. Repeat these steps several times until all clothes are squeaky clean.
  8. Hang the clothes to dry.
Good luck trying out this idea.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Steel Pail Pumps (Part Two)

Another type of steel pail pumps than the one discussed yesterday is Polyethylene Piston Steel Pump and Nylon Piston Steel Pump.

These two fit all pail openings, whether it is 5 or 6 gallon pail. They are made of zinc-plated steel that protects the pumps from corrosion. The steel mounting strap hooks on the bottom of the pail to hold pump in place.

The choices of polyethylene and nylon are to be associated with the liquids that you are storing. The polyethylene model will be perfect to handle light liquids like soaps and oils, while the nylon model for non-flammable solvents.

To avoid confusion, contact our representatives to give you the best recommendation on which pail pump is best for you. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Steel Pail Pumps (Part One)

This two-part blog is dedicated for steel pail pumps.

There are two distinctive steel pail pumps that Bay Tec is offering. The first and the one we are going to talk about now is pail pump with the screw cap adapters and FLEXSPOUT adapter.

Basically the steel pail pumps are ideal for bucket containers that store light liquids, soaps, oils and non-flammable solvents. Delivering approximately 4 ounces per stroke and fitting almost any 5 gallon pail, this steel pail pump could be a great solution for your dispensing need.

The pump is highly polished with carbon steel, which will allow storing liquid of higher temperature. The head gasket is made of neoprene that provides a more permanent seal than polyethylene gasket and stands up a lot of heat. There are two styles to choose from: with a set of four screw cap adapters or with FLEXSPOUT adapter.

The screw cap adapters come with measurements of 1 ¾", 2 1/8", 2 ¼", and 2 7/8". There is also an adjustable metering collar that slips over handle and securely screwed to allow repeatable strokes from 2 ounces to 4 ounces. 

Monday, November 8, 2010

Removing the Lid of 5 Gallon Buckets

Removing the lid of 5 gallon buckets should be an easy task if you have the right tool. A bucket opener is ideal to open the pail's bucket but even a screwdriver will do, too. However, when you do have the resources and if opening 5 gallon pails' lids is a frequent thing you do, it is a good idea to invest in a good 5 gallon pail opener.

We wrote a blog post about this remarkable pail lid remover for plastic pails. Today we are going to see another amazing pail opener for 5 gallon buckets made of both plastic and steel.

The pail opener in question has a solid steel construction. The super strong steel manages to open every pail task. The end hook opens steel pail lugs and the opposite end reseals lugs. Weighing at 2 lb. the pail opener has a cutter for plastic pail lids and side tong to pry them off. It is also equipped with a plastic handle grip that is useful to increase leverage and more comfortable on the hands.

Check out this product here.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

PVC Pumps (Part 3)

Do you need a pump that can handle rugged treatments? This PVC Heavy-Duty drum pump could be an option. It fits 15, 30 and 55 gallon drums and is compatible with variety of chemicals like chlorine, solvents, waxes, detergents, water and mild acids. The push-pull pump is hand-operated. With only a few strokes, the pump starts the siphoning action and delivers 8 ounces per stroke.

Buying this PVC heavy duty pump will entitle you to get 5' PVC discharge tubing and 2" bung adapter.

Check out the prices here; and our previous blog posts on the other types of PVC pumps might help too:

Saturday, November 6, 2010

PVC pumps (Part 2)

Yesterday's blog post discusses PVC pump that is compatible with both pails and drums. Today's blog will focus on another type of PVC pump that works only with drums of 15 – 55 gallons.

PVC pump type 8P507 is an awesome choice if you want more fluid pumped in a single stroke. Delivering 22 oz per stroke, the pump's body length stretches as long as 38" to fit 15 – 55 gallon drums.

If you choose this pump, however, understand that it is not recommended for solvents like type 8P506. But a 2" NPS adapter and ½" diameter x 36" PVC discharge hose are included in the pump package if you purchase it now.

Click here for more info.

Friday, November 5, 2010

PVC Pumps

One of the options when choosing a low cost pump that is able to handle most liquids is the PVC pump. We have three types of PVC pumps, one of which you can check out below.

If you want a PVC pump that is compatible for use with both drums and pails, PVC Pump type P506 will be perfect for you. Made of 100% PVC including piston and seal, the pump handles most liquids at the rate of 8 ounces per stroke. A 14" suction tube is used for 5 gallon pails and a 22" extension tube for 15 – 55 gallon drums. Included with this pump are a 2" NPS adapter and 22" PVC discharge hose. When you are using a FLEXSPOUT pail, you will need this pail adapter (sold separately).

Thursday, November 4, 2010

T-Handle Wide Spectrum Pumps

A higher performance stainless steel pump than the previous stainless steel pumps we discussed yesterday is represented by T-Handle Wide Spectrum pump. It is constructed of stainless steel and PFTE to especially handle mild corrosive substance, such as acids, alkalis, non-flammable solvents, detergents, oils and almost anything compatible with stainless steel and PTFE. The pump is also good for liquid with high viscosity (up to 1000 cPs) and dispenses at 26 ounces per stroke.

If you buy T-Handle Wide Spectrum Pump, you will also get plastic 2" NPT bung adapter. Check out this page for the complete info on prices and shipping.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Stainless Steel Drum and Pail Pumps

If you like sleek-looking, simple-constructed pumps, these stainless steel pumps may be a good choice for you. Made of 316 stainless steel construction and Teflon piston and packing, the pumps handle most liquids, including methylene chloride, trichlorethane and Freon TE. However, they are NOT recommended for Ammonium Chloride, Aqua Regia, Bromine Water, Calcium Chloride, Chloracetic Acid, Chlorine Water, Ferric Chloride, Ferrous Chloride, Freon 12, Hydrobromic Acid, Hydrochloric Acid, Hydrofluoric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Stannic Chloride, and Sulfuric Acid. Please check with our staff what type of content you want to store and dispense from your drums or pails so that we can suggest the best one for you.

If the liquid you are storing is compatible with this pump, you will surely enjoy repeatable strokes this pump allows (dispensing from 2 to 8 ounces per stroke).

This stainless steel type of push-pull pumps is good to use for both drums and pails. For drums, choose the pump with 2" NPS adapter. And for pails, choices are between the one with a FLEXSPOUT adapter or a set of 4 screw cap adapters.

Check them out more closely here.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Zee Line High Performance Petroleum Pump

Are your drums containing gasoline or diesel fuel stored outside? Then this Zee Line High Performance Petroleum Pump could be great to go with it. Its rust-resistant aluminum housing will protect your 15-55 gallon drums from getting corrosion. The wetted parts of the pump are also made of steel and aluminum and Buna rubber.

The versatile pump has telescoping steel suction tube with lower foot valve to hold prime. The handle is padlockable so accidental dispensing can be avoided.

The pump is perfect for any 15-55 gallon drums that have 2" NPS bung opening. Delivering one gallon per 8 strokes, this high performance pump could be the answer to your petroleum-based dispensing activity.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Planting Tomatoes in 5 Gallon Buckets

Did you know that you could use your 5 gallon buckets to plant tomatoes? This alternative of potting can save you a lot of money as well as space in your garden. Following is the info on how to plant tomatoes in 5 gallon buckets in your garden.

  1. First of all, properly clean the bucket. Take extra attention if you are using a 5 gallon bucket that was previously used to contain chemicals. Clean it well and disinfect it to prevent any residues sticking in the bucket that could harm the tomatoes.
  2. Next, make enough holes at the bottom of the 5 gallon pails for the excess water to come out.
  3. Fill the bucket with quality potting soil.
  4. Dig a two-inch hole in the center of the bucket.
  5. If you are a first time grower, it may be best to just buy a tomato plant from the nursery as planting tomatoes from the seeds need a lot of extra care. But if you are experienced and own a greenhouse or a sunny window inside the house, you are good to go with the seeds.
  6. Cover the hole with potting soil and place it where it receives a lot of direct steady sunlight. 7 hours exposure to the sun will be best for the tomatoes to grow well.
  7. Pour warm water to the newly planted tomato seedling to avoid it having transplant shock. Do this continuously every day in the first week it is planted.
  8. After two weeks have passed, build a stake next to the plant to support it as it grows.
  9. Fertilize regularly every week.

Can't get enough use of 5 gallon buckets? Check out these past blog posts on them.

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