Conventional in-ground gardening practices rely on the quality of the site’s soil composition, water supply, sunlight exposure levels, growing season length, and protection from invasive
Hydroponics, the process of growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid, with added nutrients but without soil, is another gardening option. However, the largest disadvantage with hydroponics is cost.
Both upfront and operational costs tend to be higher for hydroponics than they are for normal soil gardens. In addition, hydroponics is less efficient in delivering minerals to edible plants that are
beneficial to human dietary needs.
Container gardening, with wicking capabilities, can help reduce these limitations with various advantages over conventional in-ground and hydroponic gardening practices such as:
* Encouraging healthy root development towards the water source below
* Transpiration pull is uninterrupted allowing plants to grow at peak performance
* Preventing burrowing-animal intrusion (e.g., moles)
* Preventing small-animal intrusion (e.g., rabbits)
* Allowing for growing media and nutrient customization based on plant-specific requirements
* Allowing the replacement of exhausted growing media
* Adding fertilizer to the water
* Over-watering prevention via drainage holes
* Self-watering, wicking container-gardens can vary in size allowing use on small patios to large commercial applications