Larry Hall in Minnesota has come up with a very interesting and highly productive gardening system you might want to look into. This gardening system is perfect for renters, tiny house owners, those who travel a lot and can’t oversee the plants except once a week, and those with limited garden space and/or bad soil. If you ever have to move, you can pack up everything in an hour and go.
The benefits go on and on and I hardly know where to start because he keeps innovating and adding new features. At the core, the rain gutter grow system is a self watering container gardening method. You can use plastic buckets, barrels or grow bags for containers. The containers soak up water from the rain gutter using a ‘net cup’ on the bottom of each container. This system is relatively inexpensive and easy to build. Here are the directions if you want to make some: How To Build The Self Watering Rain Gutter Grow System! (101)
The best advantage in my opinion is containers provide the perfect growing environment if done correctly. In contrast, it’s very time consuming to build up perfect soil throughout a garden, but it’s much easier to do with containers since fewer materials are required. Using this system, the plants get exactly what they need. They soak up water at the rate they want, and Larry explains how to make the perfect growing mix with peat moss, aged manure or compost or worm castings, and perlite. Larry loves to try new things. He puts grow bags in kiddie pools, raises earthworms, adds earthworms in the containers and is even experimenting with biochar. His YouTube channel has dozens of videos that explain everything in detail.