Wall O Water works for early warm vegetables
If you are dying to have the first ripe tomato or pepper or eggplant, then you might try the Wall o Water which really works very well. It's a plastic self-standing vinyl, made from l sectioned cylindrical tubes You just fill with water to hold the warmth from the sun to keep plants cozy at night. With this simple device you might be able to start your garden outside, 6-8 weeks early and begin harvest 30-45 days sooner than normal without the fear of freezing. . It works for peppers, squashes, tomatoes and other warm season crops and protects small plants down to 16° F.
The Wall O Water comes in a package of three and is not very expensive so you can experiment with a few vegies before going all out. But these water walls have been used with great success by my local gardeners. They suggest that you fill the wall all the way to the top and fill one cylinder on one side and then fill a cylindar on the other side to keep them balanced. It's also good to fill them and let them sit where you are going to plant for a few days to get the soil warmed up. And as the plants grow, it's good to check for slugs and other cool weather hungry critters to keep the plants safely inside.
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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at April 8, 2011 9:49 AM