Some number of years back (I don’t recall, 5 maybe?) I built a self-wicking raised bed garden. It’s a raised garden bed, but it has a gravel reservoir in the bottom to hold water and supply any plants that are in the bed (instead of watering them every couple of days or whenever). And the year after that I built a regular raised bed garden. These are 4 feet by 8 feet, and 6 to 8 inches high. The wicking g.b. was a foot high… I made them from cedar boards, wire mesh on the bottoms, and landscape fabric.
Anyway, I did have some tomatoes, chili peppers, zucchini squash, onions, and some watermelons… Maybe a few other things I can’t recall atm.
Sadly, those beds are still there, but are over-grown on their weeds and foreign plants. I keep wanting to either get them weeded and try to start over. Or just take them apart and put the soil and vegetation that’s in them into a compost pile to use at a later date.
And before that I tried doing the hydro-ponic thing. I didn’t realize how you were supposed to mix the nutrients until well after I had given up on the whole deal. A few people that I told about it made these idiotic jokes about me growing “weed” in my bathtub. I actually tried to grow some chili peppers… From seeds. I had the bubbler/aerator, 3 big plastic crates to hold the water, net pots, those little clay pebbles (hydroton), a small fogger… I even had water purity checkers, a thing to check the PH level of the water, etc. etc. It was really more trouble than it was worth, and in the end - I was just wasting my time since I never really did it correctly.
There are 3 nutrient solutions. Which ones you use depend on the growth level of your plants.
The trouble or confusion I was having with these was the warning that says not to mix the them or they will (I can’t remember what the word is). So, I was only using 1 nutrient at a time. Apparently, you CAN mix them, you just have to let them sit for a short time. Then they can be added to your tubs (water holders) so your plants can get nutrients for growing and fruiting (for example).
Fast forward to today. I did get some pepper plants from my boss. I’m not sure if they’re just bell peppers, or some kind of hot chili. He’s of Indian descent (India the continent, not “Native American”). So I’m kinda expecting them to be hot. I have them in small planters on my porch, about 12 plants.
So yeah. That’s it for me as far as gardening goes.