Click on the photo to see a larger version on Flickr. Click here to see the entire album titled Sub-irrigation » California "Bubble SIP" Drought Tolerant Patio Garden. The album contains an archive of photos taken since the garden was started in August of this year.
The sub-irrigated planter “bubble SIP” garden is now 4 months old. It is a testimony to the water conservation value of SIPs during a time of the worst drought in 1200 years of California history.
It is difficult to understand why the entire University of California Extension Program (including their so-called “master gardener” program) completely ignores the use of SIPs. They seem to live in some prior agrarian time of dirt, clay pots and drain holes. It is a social disgrace to say the least.
It seems this may be a bit too complicagted for the UC extension program and its master gardeners. Or, is there some other reason why they do not teach the public about the many benefits of sub-irrigation at the time of a severe drought crisis?
See the "bubble" - the water and oxygen reservoir
This water-saving SIP garden has had little or no maintenance during the past month. Since the property is being converted from a bed & breakfast to apartments things are unsettled. Back in October, when the B&B closed, I moved excess plants from their utility room into my U-Haul storage locker.
The three plants from center to right (green, yellow, green) were resurrected from the locker and installed in the garden on 12/05/14, the day I took the garden photos. It is rather unbelievable what these plants went through. I had to do a bit of rehab but nothing major. It will be interesting to watch them grow now that they see daylight again.
As you can see, the garden needs some pruning. The cuttings will not go to waste! This garden is easy to care for and easy to propagate.