In this episode, I run down the growth progress of my gutter garden self-watering containers. Everything has taken off especially carrots, basil, and beans! I had started my container gardening first with global buckets, then migrated to a design change similar to those, and finally saw Larry Hall’s gutter gardening in 2012. Loved the reservoir concept and from it, developed it into wicking platforms. Found that wicking had some limitations with heavy feeders in really hot temperatures so went back to net cups for heavy feeders and kept wicking in other areas. For example, in this video, the beans use wicking. In every instance using net cups or wicking, roots will find their way into the reservoir (gutter). I’ve tried to stop it, but it never worked. Later, I realized that putting fertilizer in the reservoir saved me from worrying about the plants getting enough. The only catch is to use water-soluable fertilizer. The natural progression to hydroponics was an obvious choice with the greenhouse. _______________________________________
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