Growing your own food is an amazing way to connect with nature, eat healthier, and live better.
So why don’t we all do it?
The fact is most of us have tried – any many of us have failed. So, what are the biggest challenges to growing your own food? And how can the self-watering functionality of SIP gardens help even the newest gardeners successfully grow their groceries?
What are the biggest challenges of maintaining a successful veggie garden?
Guess Work – When you’re first starting out, there’s a lot to learn, and many of the essential skills that eventually become intuitive are almost impossible to learn without experience. It’s a lot all at once, and it can be overwhelming.
Watering & Maintenance – Growing your own food requires some Lifestyle changes. In fact that’s the reason why many people start growing their own food – for a better Lifestyle. But it can be tough making those adjustments and new commitments, especially if you work full-time, or have kids, or like to go away on the weekends.
Garden Success – When people say “I can’t grow anything” what they really mean is “I forget to water.” Successful watering is the #1 determinant of a successful garden. It’s just that simple. When the weather heats up, your veggie garden will require water once, or sometimes twice, a day. This is a challenge for everyone.
SIP gardens emulate Nature, and the natural water tables found in all the most abundant growing environments. They’re self-watering because they create a separation in the garden, with the soil on top and a hidden water reservoir underneath. This allows water to wick up into the soil consistently and evenly as needed over time – solving the biggest challenges most gardeners face. Thanks, Nature!
Guess Work – With SIP Gardens it’s very easy to manage your watering schedule - just keep an eye on the float gauge! As long as there is water in the reservoir, it will wick up to create the ideal growing environment. All that guess work of when to water? and how much to water? and did I water too much? ...is all gone. Just fill the reservoir.
Watering & Maintenance – Most gardening maintenance really is watering. The reservoir in your SIP garden holds 7 litres of water per square foot of gardening space, which gives you a pretty huge buffer as you transition into the urban gardener Lifestyle. Even in the middle of summer, filling your SIP garden once a week is often all it takes.
Garden Success – If you ever read the back of a seed pack it will say something like, “Keep the soil evenly and consistently moist.” NOT, “Let your soil get bone dry then flood it after it’s too late”. SIPs to the rescue! Instead of having to water once or twice a day to achieve this moisture level, SIP gardens allow you the freedom to go adventure on those summertime long weekends, and still come home to fresh veggies waiting to be harvested.