If you don't know Cathy Erway, she is author of The Art of Eating In, a food maven and blogs about it.
In her spare time Cathy is also a rooftop farmer having launched a micro farm atop the Six Point Craft Ales brewery in Red Hook Brooklyn last year.
What is particularly unique about this micro farm is that Cathy crafted her planters from recycled beer kegs.
Last years creative idea has become even better since Cathy discovered the benefits of sub-irrigated planters (SIPs).
Having an open mind, she was more than willing to convert part of the micro farm to test the SIP concept. You can now think of these planters as SIP beer kegs for a bit of a pun.
You can read Cathy’s own words about the sub-irrigated keg planter test. She is overjoyed to see the superior growth of the plants in the SIP keg planters.
It’s high time I shared the revelation that’s come to our rooftop garden. This project has been months in the works, and years if you count the work of my consultants on this project, who have dedicated their life’s work to exploring and sharing the virtues of SIPs (sub-irrigated planters). And now that the sun has been beating down hard on the rooftops of Red Hook, these uniquely outfitted keg-containers have proven themselves so much worthy of the effort that was put into them. The plants in SIPs are really outdoing all the others.
Last fall, I became aware of a gardening tip ardently encouraged by a horticulturist named Bob Hyland, of Inside Urban Green. His recommended system for healthy, productive plants in tight quarters such as the city was by sub-irrigation.