That means that it will unnecessarily waste water and lose productivity simply because of a lack of information about sub-irrigated planter systems (SIPS). SIPs could save 80-90% or the water, grow healthier decorative plants and double the productivity of edible plants.
At this time, it is a decorative garden but next year it will become an edible community garden. There is ample time to retrofit and upgrade this garden with sub-irrigation systems using either perforated corrugated drain pipe or recycled nursery flats. I personally favor the nursery flats for the recycling message it sends. Both could be used for a side-by-side comparison.
In any case, it is certain that the garden would be of significantly greater value to the local community if it had a modern SIPs system in the planter beds.
A New Garden Blooms in Manhattan
The beats of the Afro-Puerto Rican-inspired band and East Harlem local favorite – Bomba Ya – could be heard down Pleasant Avenue as New York Restoration Project (NYRP) welcomed local residents into its newest community treasure – the Los Amigos Community Garden – on the evening of August 11th. To commemorate the re-opening of this beloved community gem, NYRP Founder Bette Midler, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe and New York City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito joined the garden’s donors, Diane and Clyde Brownstone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and community members for an outdoor party that celebrated the distinctive culture that is Spanish Harlem. This garden renovation was generously sponsored by the Brownstone Family Foundation.