I've recently became interested in starting some outdoor planters this coming spring. After searching around, I found an interesting idea off of Popular Mechanics using 5 gallon drywall buckets as planters. What appealed to me was the low cost to setup and more space (depth-wise) for plants to grow.
My questions is: Has anybody has success with using a 5 gallon buckets as planters? If so, what setup would you recommend as far as soil type/composition, fertilizers, placement, other tips, etc?
For what its worth, I am think of growing green-leafy herbs like mint or basil and tomato plants. I live in Grand Forks, ND (USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 4, more climate info here). Any help or reference would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
EDIT: Also, I forgot to mention that I live in an apartment/townhouse building (front and back door but no porch/yard) with not a lot of room out back. I may be able to fit in a self watering system with the kiddie pool, but would prefer individual buckets lined against the apartment wall. Sorry for any confusion!