Has anyone tried container gardening with sub-irrigated planters like the Earth Box
or the Garden Patch
? I thought they sounded really gimmick-y, especially how the Garden Patch's website present itself, but if people around the web are for real you can get some absurdly huge yields, even as a black-thumbed person.
If you've used them, what has your experience been like? If you haven't and wouldn't, why not?
I've used them for tomato plants and they work incredibly well if done right. In fact, the plants really seemed to grow like crazy with this method. I also made my own with 5-gallon pickle buckets from Subway and Jimmy Johns. I have some photos of how they're put together at the end of this blog post;http://snarkyvegan.wordpress.com/2010/0 ... from-2009/
2 buckets, one to nest inside the other, make sure they're food grade and haven't contained caustic chemicals or paint
1 yogurt container for the wick
keep 1 lid for the top bucket to keep squirrels from digging
1 PVC tube for watering
drill and various bits
Insanely easy to put together. The hardest part was creating a trellis for the tomatos. I set them next to the deck and sort of strapped the growing plants to the deck.
If you're unsure of the method, try it with cheap buckets before plunking down cash on fancy name-brand stuff. I read that large Rubbermaid containers work too but I haven't tried that method.