Why Black Buckets In The Bucket Garden?
When I bought the buckets for my first planting of beans and peas, the "Bucket Garden", I chose black. I wanted to experiment to see if black would absorb heat and produce an earlier crop. To further this experiment, I chose a little nook by the front porch, when the brick would also moderate temperatures.
My experiment has been a tremendous success!
The peas and beans in the buckets were planted within days of those in the ground. Those in the buckets sprouted within a week. That was before the equinox, when temperatures were still going into the upper 30s/lower 40s at night and the days were still short.
Those planted in the garden took 3 weeks before I saw even the first little sprout. All the plants pictured are about 1 month old.