I have forgone the traditional garden and have opted for 5 gallon self watering buckets. Much easer almost zero weeding and water one a week. Another benefit is supposedly that since you are not watering from the top you are not watering in diseases that can accumulate on top of the soil. Not sure I believe this or not but I can say the plants show no sign of disease and are super healthy. Also this year I topped the pepper plants when they were about 6" tall. It was hard to do because you essentially cut off the top 1/2 of the plant and think you going to kill it buts it for the better. Within a week the plant had new growth and were almost as tall as before. The benefit is the plant will get more bushy than tall and produce more fruit. It also is more wind resistant because there is not one main long tall stock but lots of branches off a shorter thicker main stalk. The herb garden was my daughter wash tub fairy garden that was repurposed into a herb garden. This is a traditional top water planter setup and it need water ever other day if not every day. Much less efficient than the self water ucket set up.