Have you seen these little beauties? It's funny, because I thought everyone had until recently. Quite a few guests have asked "what the heck are those?". I could have sold a ton of them...if I had extras. In fact, I wasn't even sure they still made them until I did some digging on the net.
I've been storing these for a LONG time (since I was a puppy), through two moves, and almost threw them away several times. A salesperson for the company gave me these samples when I worked at a garden center, and boy, am I appreciating them right now!
These Walls O Water are season extenders. I remember the big thing when we sold them (at the garden center) was that you could plant your tomatoes as soon as the soil was workable and have tomatoes by Memorial Day. That may have been a slight exaggeration....tomatoes 'set' on the vine by Memorial Day, not in your salad.
The sun heats the water in the plastic tubes, which heats the soil and the air inside the plastic tee-pee. Pretty cool, huh? Speaking of cool, we've had many super cold nights since planting with several frosts and temps in the teens. The frost date for our area is the end of May, I set these up and planted my tomatoes sometime in mid March. Take a peak inside....
|This tomato plant is three times the size of it's sister plants that are still inside the house waiting for the coast to be clear of frosts.|
Ok, so they do work. But how easy are they to fill?
Well, first of all, you must absolutely do this job ALL by yourself in order to get the same results as me...(ahem).
Suited up in my gardening clothes complete with rubber boots and gloves, an upside down bucket to sit on, and a garden hose turned on with a constant stream (without a nozzle attachment) of ice cold water. It's cold, it's wet, there's mud...you get the first one half filled and it slips out of your numb hands and spills all the water on the ground so you have to start over, there's profanity going on (son of a peacock - ooh, sorry, I said it again!), and this is just working on the first one! With a strong streak of stubbornness, you're sure to be on your way to get them filled and get the same results as I did.
Or. You could do it like this nice, clean, dry, calm, woman in the video below does it. Just found this bit of info this morning.
What a show off. Perhaps I'll try her method NEXT year.