There’s no quarrel with using a drip system, but was it the best choice for San Francisco’s Victory Gardens 2008+ program? Given a choice, how many potential “victory gardeners” would opt for this system versus a simple sub-irrigated grow box?
Here, this is a box. Fill it with planter mix, plant the plants in the box, put it wherever you have six hours or more of sunlight and fill the reservoir with water. No, you do not need a shovel, spade fork, hoe or rake to create your vegetable garden.
If the sunlight is adequate you can put this box on your rooftop, balcony or even on paved surfaces. There is no need to turn the soil.
Now tell me that most residents would pick the drip system over the grow box. Ask the young folks at the Rooftop Gardens Project in Montreal for their opinion. They have been successfully promoting vegetable gardens with their sub-irrigated grow boxes.
People of any age, young or old, even the frail can easily manage one or more grow boxes. Watch this film and you’ll see with your own eyes.
Victory Gardens 2008+
(VG2008+) is a program of Garden for the Environment and the City of San Francisco's Department for the Environment. A two-year pilot project to support the transition of backyard, front yard, window boxes, rooftops and unused land into organic food production areas, Victory Gardens 2008+ derives its title from, and build on, the successful nationwide Victory Garden programs of WWI and WWII. Victory Gardens 2008+, however, redefines "Victory" in the pressing context of urban sustainability. "Victory" is growing food at home for increased local food security and reducing the food miles associated with the average American meal.