If you have not yet discovered Patrick Blanc and his work, this video is a good introduction. As an interior plantscaping professional, I am in awe of his plantscaping creativity. The man with green hair is truly a botanical genius and pathfinder. He has led the way into a completely new age of green walls, vertical gardens and urban greenscaping. Prior posts.
Last Tuesday we had a fantastic meeting at The FARM:shop in Dalston to talk about The People’s Supermarket with some very important people… our PR team! Arthur has had to tell the story of The People’s Supermarket over and over again in the past few months and we are trying to make his life easier. The discussion was fully recorded and the raw cut version will be available on our site soon.
This looks like a traditional raised bed planter but it is not!
This portable micro garden (PMG) is equipped with a simple to make sub-irrigation system. It is far more effective and productive than a top watered raised bed. That includes those that are drip irrigated.
Think of these PMG systems as intensive care units. They benefit from the best of two worlds. Nature provides the sunlight for photosynthesis and technology provides water and oxygen for the root system.
All three are critically important for growing healthy plants and the production of abundant fresh food.
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These are the very same benefits of sub-irrigated planter systems (SIPs) that are capable of producing an abundance of fresh food for people living in cities with limited space, but an abundance of contaminated soil.
"Sub-surface irrigation reduces water loss from evaporation that
occurs from above-ground applications and places water in the root zone
where the crop can make most efficient use of its presence,” Cothren
said. “This system also eliminates runoff associated with furrow
While others are pursuing science and technology to produce crops more productively while conserving precious water, we have crop mobbers hugging dirt and playing fantasy farmer.
Whatever happened to New York the smart, savvy, sophisticated city? I remember it well from my younger days...but the memory is fast fading.
COLLEGE STATION – A Texas AgriLife Research sub-surface irrigation study could reveal ways that will lead to higher crop yields and save water annually.
Dr. Tom Cothren, AgriLife Research crop physiologist and professor at Texas A&M University in the department of soil and crop sciences, is leading a project that uses a drip system to deliver water to plants rather than traditional furrow irrigation.
"Sub-surface irrigation reduces water loss from evaporation that occurs from above-ground applications and places water in the root zone where the crop can make most efficient use of its presence,” Cothren said. “This system also eliminates runoff associated with furrow irrigation."
It was nice to see Frieda Lim's Slippery Slope Rooftop Micro Farm here in Brooklyn get some news coverage in the local media.
It is one of the most progressive and unique rooftop gardens in the New York metro area. We will no doubt see it in the news again. Incidentally, Frieda will be with us at the SIP Seminar next Thursday. We already have an interesting group registered. Be sure to attend if you live nearby.
A tree may indeed grow in Brooklyn — but Frieda Lim is using her Gowanus rooftop to grow lemon verbena, echinacia, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant and other delicious produce.
More than that, Lim is aiming to lend a helping hoe to other budding farmers who want to raise crops a few stories above the pavement.
Lim’s Slippery Slope Farm — it is technically in Gowanus but on the edge of Park Slope — will offer design solutions, product development ideas along with solutions for combating aphids and spider mites.
Her method relies on the work of urban food activist and Bay Ridge resident Bob Hyland, whose blog, insideurbangreen.org, advocates sub-irrigation planters as a more efficient and modern way to grow food.
The system is different from traditional gardening, which relies on top-down watering, and instead uses a growing environment that can be any box or container as long as it is outfitted with a water and aeration reservoir at the bottom.
Who would recognize that these plants are growing in EarthBox sub-irrigated planters (SIPs)? A company named Metro Vegetable is making fine-furniture planters that hide them. It is located in North Carolina, a traditional furniture manufacturing center of the U.S. that has been hard hit by Asian competition (especially China).
Note that this is the same design concept used by Cabbage Patch Garden a business started by a carpenter in Minneapolis. The difference is that Cabbage Patch Garden is marketing them as edible gardens rather than just furniture.