Well, luckily Austin is blessed with a long planting season. Right now, mid June, is the time for planting winter squashes (spaghetti, butternut, acorn). Is there any system or technology that will allow these plants to be grown in rapidly fluctuating rainfall conditions and in extreme heat? Also, could any technology cut down or even eliminate the watering and weeding that the gardener needs to do?
Yes - that technology is the Groasis Waterboxx by Dew Harvest. The Groasis Waterboxx or Waterboxx for short is a brilliant invention from Holland, the world's leaders in understanding water. It was designed to grow trees in deserts, but it also works very well for growing garden plants with minimal (and likely no) water after planting and set up.
The Waterboxx is somewhat like a rain barrel the sits right around the plant. However, this rain barrel also collects dew in addition to rainwater, and potentially even collects some transpiration moisture from the plant in its center. The water is very slowly released via one or two wicks to the soil beneath. The Waterboxx then prevents evaporation of this soil moisture. The whole Waterboxx, which holds almost 4 gallons, is refilled with just 4 inches of rain.
|A single acorn squash growing with the Groasis Waterboxx - this one plant produced 13 huge acorn squashes, all without any water added after Waterboxx set up.|
The Waterboxx works fine for traditional row or raised bed gardens - 5 Waterboxxes and up to 10 plants easily fit in a standard 4x4 foot raised bed garden.
|The Waterboxx growing a giant pumpkin - about the only work we needed to do for this pumpkin was remove extra unwanted pumpkins and keep the vine off the grass.|
|The Waterboxx works extremely well for tomatoes of all varieties. It prevents splitting after heavy rains (because of an overflow spout) and also keeps consistent moisture to the fruits - reducing blossom end rot and optimizing growth.|
You can find out more about the Waterboxx or buy a Waterboxx on our website, www.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.