I'm new here and also new to gardening, one could say I'm all green except for my thumb ( Comedic Drumline). I have been thinking about growing some food for my wife and I, and decided to do some research ( Watching Videos ) on growing techniques. After a few days of "how to's", I have decided to use the Self watering Planter or SIP method. I have never been the best to consistently water my plants, so i figured self watering is the way to go. I have tried to grow in the past, but never was committed enough to see it through and understand how my plants reacted to certain things i did. So here I am now, a "adult", who still does not know what he's doing. But now it's a new world, with Youtube and Google! Anyway, I went to Home Depot, Lowes and the garden center for supplies. 100$US later i had what I needed to get started. For my 1st experiment I decide to try in 2 buckets, just to see how well they would turn out before putting a lot of effort to do a bigger planter and fail. Here's the kicker, I planted 3 Tomato plants in one of my buckets and Strawberries, Cilantro, Oregano and Garlic chives in the other. I should have done more research on what I was planting before putting so much in these small buckets. I really feel like an idiot... Its been a good 3 weeks and they seem to be developing ok, but I am concerned about transplanting them after they have been in my Perlite, Potting Mix, Peat Moss and fertilizer to top it off combo for that amount of time. We also had a massive down pour today and im concerned they are overwatered. I had been happy with my results of growth up until yesterday when I finished a bigger Planter and planted some more store bought plants (going to start from seed If this works out well). In this new planter i tried a different ratio of the mix combo, I added Vermiculite and used an Organic potting Mix. Instead of just putting fertilizer at the top I also put some in the mix towards the bottom of the container just above the wick. I did a little more diligence this time and planted a Garden Salad Variety, Kale, Orange Bell Pepper and Basil.in a container that is 27" x 10" x 10" give or take an inch, all plants seem to have enough space to grow in. I want so badly to grow my own food and enjoy my mini farm and garden in the backyard. I am open to all tips and tricks to be successful, so please let me know what you think. Take it easy lemon squeezes!
After posting this in my introductions, I received some feedback regarding the amount of plants I put in my planters and need to seperate ASAP. I will start working on another planter this evening and transplant over the weekend. If anyone can give me pointers to do this smoothly without putting my plants into shock or anything, I would really appreciate it.