Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fighting Gardener Fatigue

Every spring, we feel a great surge of excitement contemplating our garden that year.  We buy too many seeds, make too many raised beds, and get too little sleep.  However, by mid summer, we find ourselves dreading going out to water our garden in 95 degree heat, fighting mosquitoes and gnats.  Gardener fatigue happens to everyone.   After the initial thrill of planting, there comes a period of up to several months during which you don't yet have any produce but do have the constant chore of weeding and watering.

There are a few ways to combat this.  First, some garden plants mature much faster than others.  We recommend planting greens in your garden (lettuce, kale, mesclun, Swiss Chard), as these can be planted well before frost date and can be harvested much sooner than everything else.  These can also be harvested after last frost.

Second, try to visit your garden in the morning, time permitting. There is something very calming about being in a quiet, dew drenched garden before the stresses of the day.  This is also the ideal time to water plants that weren't planted with the Groasis Waterboxx as they won't scorch.

For those of you wanting to plant tomatoes, zucchini, squash, and peppers, we have another suggestion to decrease the work of early summer gardening.  Plant your garden with the Groasis Waterboxx.

A cross section view of the Groasis Waterboxx, showing how the garden plant inside is slowly fed water from the reservoir through a wick.  The tan lid collects dew and rainwater and channels it to the reservoir below for storage.  From Groasis.com

Plants need a steady supply of water as well as a constant temperature.  In fact, some plants like bell peppers will stop producing in extreme heat.  The Groasis Waterboxx supplies both of those.  It stores approximately 4 gallons of water and slowly releases this via a wick to your growing plant.  Since the water in the Waterboxx reservoir resists swings in temperature, it gives the base and roots of the plant a cradled environment in which to grow.
The infrared (heat showing) images show how the Waterboxx keeps the base and roots of the plant a cool purple, even when everywhere else is a hot red or yellow.  From Groasis.com

The Waterboxx also surrounds the base of the plant, preventing weeds from growing in a ten inch radius around the plant by blocking them.  As this is the area which would need to be weeded to allow your garden plant optimal growth, you can forget weeding as soon as you set up the Waterboxx.

Will the Waterboxx need to be refilled?  Possibly, but only if you never get  rain or insert several extra wicks.  The Waterboxx comes with one wick, which keeps the reservoir water in balance and will keep it from being depleted. If planting water loving plants, you can insert extra wicks, and this may drain the Waterboxx faster.  However, it only takes 4 inches of rain to completely refill the Waterboxx, and dew being deposited most mornings on the Waterboxx lid can help prevent depletion.

If you wish to combat gardener fatigue by growing your garden with the Groasis Waterboxx, please visit our website, Dew Harvest. We would love to hear your comments below - to leave one, please click on "Comments".


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