Waterboxx crops in the raised bed, we will give this one four square feet in a 2' x 2' area. Our planting is seen below. After planting the squash and placing the white evaporation cover carefully around its stem, we placed the Waterboxx over the plant and carefully pulled the plant leaves up through the central opening. We then filled the Waterboxx with 15 liters (about 4 gallons) of water. This Waterboxx has two wicks (instead of the usual one) to provide water to the plant, so it may need to be periodically refilled. We will note in this post if that happens. Otherwise, rain and dew will refill the Waterboxx without human intervention.
Waterboxx kept the squash from being too damaged by the transplant, and had more than recovered by May 19 as seen below.
|The butternut squash on May 19, 2015. It has not had any water but that provided by the Waterboxx, which hasn't been refilled.|
|The Waterboxx Squash on May 28, 2015. There has still been no water added to the Waterboxx.|
You will notice that in the pictures above there are some weeds growing around the Waterboxx. This was likely due to poor composting (not allowing compost to bake through hot summer to kill weed seeds in the compost tumbler). However, with the Waterboxx blocking these weeds from growing next to our squash (and competing for sunlight and water), we do not need to worry about the weeds stealing nutrients or sunlight.
|Butternut Squash on June 18, 2015. The Squash is getting to large for its plot and will be trained up a string trellis to the North. We still haven't added any water to the Waterboxx or the soil around the plant.|
|A large butternut squash, grown without watering with the Waterboxx, hanging from a string trellis.|
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