I’ve come to the conclusion that God made dirt for a reason. He put seaweed in the sea and peppers in the ground. Who am I to argue with that?! I’m now entering my 3rd go at the hydroponics system and this time, there’s no water pump and plenty of added dirt. In all actuality, it is no longer a system growing with water but rather a really big planter with great drainage.
Much of the hydroponics grown plants died off while ones started in dirt at the same time flourished. My ground cherries were sorely in need of some space…so space I gave them. These beautiful plants were started at the time I started my chili peppers. A bit too soon for the ground cherries but the peppers are right on track for early hoop house planting.
As I water my newly appointed non-hydroponics planter I have the added bonus of collecting drainage water . The bottom tier stores any water that may drain off the soil and pebble planter. When I need to, I can simply use the drain hose already installed on the system.
Overall, the Mega Garden was a fun experiment but not one that exercised my green thumb. From here on out, I’ll stick with getting dirt under my fingernails resulting in food on my plate.