I don’t have the greatest planning skills, clearly.
But there are these things that I’ve been looking at for a while. SIPs. Self Irrigating Planters. You can buy them in any number of stores or online, but those suckers are expensive. Like, $40 for a tiiiiiiiny planter.
Why not just use a regular pot?
Or the ground?
Well, I have this problem. With sand. My backyard should be oceanfront, that’s how sandy it is.
There’s this other problem. With my apartment. I don’t have a spigot in my backyard. It’s the worst. I have to haul water from the house. And for someone with my proclivity for dropping things, it can be... messy.
So these SIPs. I read on a blog (imagine that) instructions for making my own 35 gallon SIP. And it looks pretty damn easy. With things that I could easily find in any home improvement store. I even made a spreadsheet for material costs!
|Home Depot||Sterilite 35 gal. Latch Tote||$14.97||2||$29.94|
|Easy Gardener WeedBlock3 ft. x 50 ft. Polypropylene Landscape Fabric||$9.97||1||$9.97|
|1/2 in. x 10 ft. PVC Sch. 40 Plain-End Pipe||$1.78||1||$1.78|
|4 in. x 10 ft. PVC Sch. 40 DWV Plain End Pipe||$16.51||1||$16.51|
So, not including the potting mix or fertilizer, two of these are going to cost around $60. Which is amazing, considering I haven’t been able to find any of this size for under $200.
Now, I just have to make a couple of these puppies, stick my kale in their new high-rise luxury condo, and wait for the sweet, sweet taste of ingenuity.