This is a sharp looking sub-irrigated planter (SIP) from Gardener's Supply. It rocks… and it rolls.
I will post about an amazing installation in the coming week. I am flabbergasted at what I have seen monitoring a garden designed with these planters. With about 40 years in the business, I am not easily impressed but I am with the SIP garden I will soon share with you. Stay tuned.
Like most of the U.S. gardening trade Gardener’s Supply uses the highly misleading term "self-watering" instead of the accurate horticultural term. We'll forgive them for that because I suppose they must do what they must do to succeed in this market.
We are the predominant user of this inaccurate term in the entire world. I see its use as a clear reflection on the quality of our consumer gardening education.
Putting semantics aside, what would we do without Gardener's Supply? A product line of sub-irrigated planters like theirs is highly unique. Products like theirs, however, should be conveniently available at local stores just like local food and they are not.
Gardener’s Supply is sort of our mini Amazon of technology oriented gardening equipment and supplies. However, add shipping costs to their fairly priced but some times pricey products and they're not within financial reach of the mass urban market that is growing by leaps and bounds. Maybe Gardener's Supply should have a Prime Membership like Amazon.
Ok, back to the bricks and mortar world. SIPs should be widely available at stores like Lowe's, Home Depot, Walmart, Ace Hardware and your local independent centers like Armstrong but they aren't.
The plain truth is that the gardening industry is stonewalling the use of SIPs for selfish reasons. They think in terms of consumption rather than sustainability. Pry the lid off their business and you will discover that it is anything but green.
There are unexploited business opportunities here, particularly for entrepreneurs outside of the stodgy gardening industry. With hydroponics coming out of the closet along with lettuce, tomatoes and marijuana, I predict it will happen sooner than later.