The biggest problem we have experienced when growing pumpkins is that prime pumpkin growing season - July, August, and September, also tend to be the driest times of the year. This generally means that pumpkins need to be frequently watered, generally by dragging a hose out to the pumpkin patch. This is hard work, time consuming, and wasteful of water. Also, much of this water evaporates due to lack of mulch around the base of the pumpkin plant.
Others around the world have had good success growing pumpkins in very dry areas with the Groasis Waterboxx. We at Dew Harvest thought we would try our own experiment, and photograph the results for this blog. We started with pumpkin seeds, planted outdoor in a peat pot for starting. These were allowed to grow for a few weeks in order to reach proper size.
|The pumpkin, grown from seed in a peat pot (6/21/2014)|
|The pumpkin, after planting in soil on and after evaporation cover was placed around the stem (6/21/14).|
|Pumpkin on 6/28/2014 after growth for 7 days with the Waterboxx. This Waterboxx has 2 wicks rather than the standard one.|
|The Waterboxx planted pumpkin on July 8. The basin (reservoir) is still completely full even with 2 wicks.|
|The Waterboxx planted pumpkin on July 16. As always, no new water was added. The surrounding grass is drying out, but the pumpkin is still thriving.|
|The Waterboxx planted pumpkin on August 2. Still no water beside that provided by the Waterboxx.|
We will continue to update this blog with pictures of the pumpkin plant throughout the summer and fall. If you want to grow pumpkins, watermelon, cantaloupe, and of course trees without continued watering, the Waterboxx is ideal for you. Be the first in your area to begin planting pumpkins and other garden plants with the Groasis Waterboxx. You can buy the Waterboxx from Dew Harvest® LLC in the United States.
You can see all our blog posts about planting trees with the Waterboxx here. 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.