Monday, May 17, 2010

Wall of Water

We got our tomatoes in this past week.
The forecast showed cold temps and Mikes dad had these wall of waters handy, so we used them to jump start these tomato plants.

Just as we were filling up the wall of waters the water shut off, I guess the community shuts off the water at certain times of the evening. We were out late it was getting dark. So we drove buckets of water from the house and hand filled each one. Sheesh!

Wall of waters are important for a few reasons. They create insulation for cold temperatures, where without them the tomatoes would freeze. Also it creates an extra warm environment for the root systems to get going which is the most important start to a plant. We'll be taking them off of the plants in the next week.

We also got our soak hoses in place for watering. That way we didn't have to worry about checking on the watering everyday during the summer months.

However, as we are still learning with this garden plot thing and watching the pros. all around us. We found out that mounding is not the most successful way of gardening in these extra large garden boxes. We are doing away with the mounds so the soaker hoses are more effective. But other than that we are on the right track!

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