Thursday, October 29, 2015

Grow Zucchini Without Watering or Weeding

Zucchini is an excellent plant to grow in your garden.  It can provide a large amount of tasty vegetable that can be used very much like pasta throughout the summer.  The main downside of zucchini is the large water requirements of this plant.  This water requirement can be completely alleviated with use of the Groasis Waterboxx.

A cutaway view of the Groasis Waterboxx.  It channels dew and rainwater using its tan lid, stores this water in the green reservoir, and slowly releases it through the wick to the roots of the growing plant.  
With our zucchini, we planted the seeds directly in the ground after danger of frost.  You can also transplant seeds but we have found this difficult (and actually had this fail twice this spring).   While the Waterboxx will supply all the water needs of the zucchini, you want the zucchini to be 6-8 inches in height before placing the Waterboxx.

Two Zucchini plants growing close together on 5/26/15 - before Waterboxx placement
Once the Zucchini had reached about 6 inches in length of its largest leaves, we decided to place the Waterboxx.  We carefully folded up the leaves of the Zucchini to fit through the central Waterboxx opening.  We the filled the Waterboxx with 15 liters (about 4 gallons) of water.  This Waterboxx has one extra wick (for a total of 2), which means we may need to refill it periodically with water.  We will note here if and when we refill the Waterboxx.

Zucchini right after Waterobxx placement, May 30 2015
We of course have not provided any extra water to the Waterboxx growing the zucchini.

Zucchini on June 3, 2015.  The Zucchini is able to grow rapidly because of the consistent water and temperature environment provided to it by the Waterboxx.  
We still haven't provided any water to the zucchini or Waterboxx. We are getting our first flowers and expect Zucchini fruits soon.  We have noted that the Zucchini stalk has grown so large in diameter that it is beginning to no longer fit inside the Waterboxx.  We expect this to grow up out of the Waterboxx central opening, but we may have to prune the Zucchini leaves slightly if this doesn't happen.
The same zucchini plant on June 18, 2015.  No further water has been added to the Zucchini or to the Waterboxx, but the Waterboxx remains full.  
We haven't had to add any water to the Zucchini or Waterboxx.  Our dream of minimal work gardening is coming to fruition.

Our first Zucchini flowers on June 18, 2015.  

We started getting full size Zucchini in late June.  We were happy with how early we could begin harvesting because we did need to plant the zucchini outdoors. We did add 2 small Jobe's organic fertilizer spikes to the soil around the Zucchini on July 1.

A full sized Zucchini in late June.  We haven't watered this plant at all or added any water manually to the Waterboxx, but the Waterboxx remains full.  
5 Weeks growth of our Waterboxx PlantCocoon® Zuxxhini.  We went from a small plant just recently started from seed to our first fruits, only having to water the plant once when we placed the Waterboxx PlantCocoon®.  The Groasis Waterboxx PlantCocoon® technology can take the painful watering and weeding out of gardening for many plants. 

We have harvested 28 Zucchinis this year (about one every 2 days since late June)!   You can buy the Groasis Waterboxx here.  We are growing several other plants with the Waterboxx, a complete list is available here.

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