DIY SIPs - Part Two

Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Thursday, August 9, 2012 1:40 PM

Did I mention in yesterdays post and pictures how much I love corn?  Or how excited I am to actually have success growing corn on my garage rooftop?  Yes, well...  What can I say.  CORN!!!

But here's what wasn't included in yesterdays DIY SIP post.  After a few weeks on the rooftop I was so impressed with the rate of growth, how healthy the plants were, and how easy the system was to maintain.  So what did I do?  I pushed the envelope a little further!

If you know me at all, then you know that I like things to be aesthetically pleasing rather than just functional.  And I am not going to fill up my backyard with a bunch of blue plastic totes.  All the large pots in my backyard are already modified SIPs that I've considered quite successful.  Now I'm thinking about further modifying those pots to incorporate some of the things I learned with the totes.  And I'm also already envisioning improvements that will make it even less work.

Meanwhile, I decided to test out the same system but in a half barrel instead.  Well, basically the same system.  A few modifications were necessary.  I used a cat litter box in the bottom to create my reservoir.  The holes in the bottom of the barrel are the overflow.  I also used a sturdy nursery tray that fit over the top of the litter box as my support shelf.  This meant I didn't need to use the little pots as spacers.  I packed the landscape fabric down around the litter box and then filled in beside it with my planting mix.  Like I said in my post yesterday, be creative and use what you have laying around.  That's exactly what I did.  I substituted materials, but otherwise kept the entire process the same.

The results?  Well, it's not time to harvest yet, but this one is definitely a huge winner!

This is a red variety.  In order to prevent cross pollination, it's positioned out front.  Also, since it was planted later, it's tassels and silks came in much later.  Hopefully it worked as I'd like to try saving seed from this planter.
I could just look at it all day.  The color is so beautiful and rich.  And there are a lot of ears growing.  Soon this planter will be ready to harvest as well.  I'm super excited.  Can you tell?  ***HAPPY DANCE***

I'd say that my SIP experiments this year have been a complete success.  I can foresee a few major changes in my garden next year.  Ah, but why wait?  I wonder what I should put in here for the winter once I harvest the corn.  Hrm...  Ideas???

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