|The dead and dying leaf damage to green beans from an unexpected late frost and record low on May 16, 2016. These green beans were not planted in a Waterboxx.|
|Pepper plants inside a Waterboxx, without damage from the frost|
|Georgia Rattlesnake melons - a very frost susceptible plant - a day after the frost with no damage whatsoever|
Each of these Waterboxxes is filled with water. This water - while not exactly warm (the water temperature is 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the photo above), does hold a great deal of heat because water holds its temperature very well (called a high specific heat capacity). This water and the heat it retains slowly radiates out at night, creating a warmer microclimate in the area immediately around the Waterboxx. The most protected area, of course, is inside the figure 8 shaped central opening of the Waterboxx. However, this warming effect is strong enough that plants that reach well above the Waterboxx are even protected - like tomatoes.
|Two tomato plants, the day after the frost, without any frost damage. The Waterboxx creates a warm microenvironment that protected the tomato from the frost|
|A cutaway view of the Waterboxx showing how water is stored and released to a growing plant - without electricity or running water. This surrounding cocoon of water protects the plant from frost. Image courtesy of Groasis, www.groasis.com|
The Waterboxx does much more than protect your garden plants from unexpected late frosts. It provides water to them throughout the growing season, collecting condensation and rainwater, storing it, and slowly releasing it to the roots of the growing plant via a wick. The Groasis Waterboxx also prevents evaporation of soil moisture and prevents weeds from growing near your plants. If you are interested in gardening with the Waterboxx, visit our website, dewharvest.com.
If you would like to learn how to grow plants without watering with the Waterboxx, the best resource is the book The Waterboxx Gardener: How to Mimic Nature, Stop Watering, and Start Enjoying Your Garden available here on Amazon.com.