Marco Clausen/Prinzessinnengarten in Berlin.
The Prinzessinnengarten in Berlin grows in recycled bread boxes. No, they are not sub-irrigated but at least they are portable. This nomadic garden, not anchored to the land, was thus able to relocate this season.
Although easy to do initially, it is now a big job to convert this garden to sub-irrigated planters (SIPs) because the boxes were not made waterproof and the heavy compost they used does not have good capillarity. This is the same situation at Food From the Sky in London.
I do not know of any community garden in New York City that is even partially portable. To my knowledge all of them are anchored firmly in the ground. The result is a loss of productivity and flexibility.
The Prinzessinnengarten, an urban farm based in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighborhood, is a project from the nonprofit group Nomadisch Grun (Nomadic Green). This winter, they haven’t let the snowfall and below-freezing temperatures get them down; they’ve done what nomads do best: migrate.
This winter, the garden has made its temporary home in the Markthalle (Eisenbahnstrasse 42; www.markthalle9.de), a revitalized Kreuzberg marketplace and community hub.