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 Post subject: Sub-irrigated planters?
PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 1:05 am 
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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?

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 Post subject: Re: Sub-irrigated planters?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:10 am 
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i have something similar i believe. my parents bought us a tomato planter we put on our deck that looks kinda similar to the garden patch thing.


its a rectangular bucket type thing that you put the dirt in and it has soem sort of compartment underneath that holds the water wtih the dirt about it i believe. not sure im describing that right.

i always plant cherry tomatoes in it and they do really really well.
last year was the first year we tried a regular tomato plant in the garden and the cherry tomatoes in the planter on the deck and the regular tomato plant in the garden didnt do well at all but i think our deck gets more sun and heat from the house than the garden.

this year i put cherry tomatoes in the planter and then i have two terra cotta pots on the deck with regular tomatoes and the cherry tomatoes in the planter are doing way way better.

i like it because it came with a little wheelie skateboard thing you can put underneath it to move it around easier. our deck is moronic and is only like 2 feet wide so its hard to navigate around things. the wheelie thing makes it easier to prune the plant

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 Post subject: Re: Sub-irrigated planters?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:07 pm 
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Kate wrote:
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/

Materials:

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

Tools:

drill and various bits
sharp knife

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.

Good luck!


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 Post subject: Re: Sub-irrigated planters?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:03 am 
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Heather on her blog has been experimenting with the concept but not the same setup. She makes grow bags and puts them in tubs, etc. that hold water.

Same sub-irrigation, but homemade, and you can use household throwaway containers, so they don't go into the landfill so soon.

I've used a few recently and really like them. I'll need to make more.

http://eatingoffthefoodgrid.blogspot.co ... -bags.html

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