We have done more development work on our SIP (Sub Irrigated Planter) design and are ready to incorporate this innovation within our new line of kits. Today we wanted to highlight the setup and use of our SIP system and how it will allow your plants to grow better and save you time and effort.
The SIP system will allow you to provide water to your micro farm from the bottom up. The wicking material in our mat stays below the surface of your media and almost immediately migrates the water from our irrigation tube over the entire mat which then moves up into the growing media. This allows not only efficient transport of your liquid but the water will be immediately available to the roots of the growing plants rather than being lost on the surface.
The photos below show the dry wondersoil and mat and irrigation tube installed in our growing tray. Photo 2 shows the wondersoil after hydration and give you a sense of how much material is actually included in the packet of our new wondersoil mix. You would then place the mix around the irrigation tube and filling up the growing container. Photo 3 shows the mix spread evenly in the container and how the tube is properly above the surface of the growing media. The seeding is then done on top of the media and sprayed down before the clear humidity cover placed over the tray and put in a darker area away from direct light. In this planting, it was about 4 days before we took the cover off and the last picture shows approximately one week from seed to picture. Today I used a turkey baster to water the tray through the irrigation tube and you could see how evenly the water spread along the bottom - SIP success!
The SIP option can be added to any kit for an additional $1.50 and will include the watering funnel and a custom fitted pad for your kit. The pads are reuseable so one kit will be enough for at least several crops.
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