Recycled soda bottle SIPs

Recycled Soda Bottle SIPs: 1, 2 and 3 liter bottle SIPs are equvalent to 4", 6" and 8" conventional grow pots.

Soda bottle SIPs are an excellent way to teach children some good plant science.
They are also the best way for people of all ages to learn how SIPs work.

Once you know how these work, you will know the basics of all SIPs. Grow some herbs or houseplants on a windowsill and you will see. And yes, we will cover these in the seminar.  Just click on the registration link at the bottom of the page.


Bob Hyland 
Center For Urban Greenscaping (CuGreen) 
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Thursday July 29, 2010 at 7:00 PM 
Thursday July 29, 2010 at 8:30 PM

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Gowanus Studio Space 
166 7th Street
Brooklyn, NY, NY 11215

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An Introduction to 21st Century Urban Greenscaping Using Sub-irrigated Planter Systems (SIPs)

Join us July 29 for an introductory seminar on the hot topic of modern urban greenscaping using sub-irrigated planter systems (SIPs). You’ll discover how easy it is to grow all kinds of edible and decorative plants in SIPs. You will also learn about the enormous potential for new small business and green job creation in the field of SIP urban greenscaping.

This is the first in a series and, to our knowledge, the first of its kind in the New York metropolitan area.

SIPs are anything but new...but they are just in time. SIP technology, much of it imported from Europe, was available back in the 1970s, but is only now being re-discovered in the US. Our current interest in urban food production has finally brought SIP technology to the forefront. We will cover the subject from recycled soda bottle SIPs to consumer product EarthBoxes with lots in between.

Some benefits of sub-irrigated planter systems (SIPs)

  • Greater fresh food productivity in the range of 50% or more
  • Water conservation (as little as 10% of normal water usage)
  • Conserve nutrients - unlike drain hole planters there is no runoff
  • No risk or exposure to city soil contamination -
  • Tillable land not required - grow on concrete, a balcony or rooftop
  • Portable - move with the sun, season or land availability
  • Elevated SIPs enable people with physical limitations to garden

What is Greenscaping? 

Greenscaping is an umbrella term meant to describe growing plants in the built environment whether they be edible, decorative, inside, outside or on top of buildings.  SIPs are equally beneficial for greenscaping with houseplants, office plants... or tomatoes.

About Bob Hyland

Bob has over thirty years of experience with SIPs going back to the days he ran a prominent interior plantscaping company in Los Angeles. He was a pioneering industry consultant, author and speaker at national trade conventions in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s.  Last year he founded the Center For Urban Greenscaping (CuGreen) whose primary mission is education about modern methods of growing plants, 

This is what Interiorscape, the leading industry trade magazine, had to say in their Nov-Dec 1983 issue.


“Bob is truly an advanced thinker in our industry. We can think of no other individual who is more familiar and tuned in to advanced technology for interiorscapes. Surely, when the history is written of our still evolving industry, Bob will be recognized as the interiorscaper who modernized the industry with irrigation technology, and for that we will owe him a debt.”

Some things you will discover at the workshop

  • You do not need to be an experienced gardener or have a green thumb to grow an abundance of vegetables in SIPs
  • SIP systems are extremely user friendly. Even young kids can grow food in them. They can experience eating vegetables right off the vine that taste like candy except these sugars are healthy and nutritious.
  • SIPs are analogous to present day kitchen appliances. Think of them as the personal technology of food production, the coffee makers of food growing if you will.
  • Rather than planters, think of SIPs as the plumbing that makes any watertight container a SIP. Sub-irrigated planters can be any color, texture or shape that you like. A clay pot or conventional raised bed can become a SIP once you learn about the simple plumbing that makes it possible.