Plant Gardens And Trees In Texas
With Almost No Watering
All While Protecting Your Plant Roots From Heavy Rains
Texas is a land of stark contrasts - from subtropical wetlands on the Gulf of Mexico to desert in the west. It poses an immense challenge to both rural land owners and urban gardeners. While Texas is blessed with a great deal of direct sunshine, the unpredictability of rain has made it difficult to grow trees and garden plants without access to constant irrigation. That is now changing because of one device - the Groasis Waterboxx PlantCocoon® - or, for short - the Waterboxx.
- Here you see the Chihuahuan grasslands, south of Fort Stockton, in an image from USGS
- No trees currently grow here because the rain is too inconsistent for saplings to get established without help.
- Fort Stockton receives 13 inches of rain a year - more than enough to establish trees or grow garden vegetables with the Waterboxx.
- Drought and the unpredictable threat of it prevent landowners from investing in their land by planting trees and gardens.
- In this image from NOAA you see the flooding of the Brazos River Southwest of Spur, Texas (in northwest Texas) in 2015.
- Heavy rains, unpredictable in much of Texas, also cause problems with washout of newly planted trees and garden plants.
- Additionally, some plants like tomatoes split and are soon ruined after heavy rains.
- The Waterboxx ensures consistent water is delivered to the roots of a growing plant, about 50 mL per day, regardless of rainfall or drought, all without running water or electricity.
- The Waterboxx, shown here in a schematic cross section, is placed around a newly planted tree or garden plant when the plant is at least 8 inches tall.
- The Waterboxx is then filled with ~4 gallons of water. The Waterboxx distributes about 10 teaspoons of water a day to the roots of the growing plant, but also protects the soil around the plant from drying out due to evaporation.
- The corrugated lid of the Waterboxx (with microscopic pyramids to catch water, inspired by the lotus leaf), catches near daily dew and occasional rain water.
- The reservoir refills with just 4 inches of rainfall and has enough water for 300 days between rains (if average water demand by the plant).
- The Waterboxx is reusable year after year, for up to 10 years, with proper use.
- The Waterboxx works in almost every soil - from raised garden beds with rich compost to sandy desert soil (as long as caliche or the top hardpan layer is broken through).
- Waterboxx gardeners have had great success with the Waterboxx throughout the U.S.
- Here you see the first tomatoes of a plant grown with the Waterboxx in Sacramento County, California during the historic 2015 drought there.
- This plant was watered at planting (when the Waterboxx was also filled) and was never watered again. Even though it received less than 0.25 inches of rain that summer, it still produced 54 tomatoes.
- The Waterboxx seems too good to be true for tomato growers, but it relies upon simple physics and insights gathered from nature to remain filled. It even decreases blossom end rot through consistent watering!
- Here you see growth of two zucchini (summer squash) plants grown from seed. The Waterboxx was then placed around them and filled with 4 gallons of water. No water was again given at any time during growing.
- The Waterboxx, with 2 wicks, never needed any manual watering - it stayed full from dew, plant transpiration, and rain.
- Because the zucchini received consistent water regardless of of rainfall or lack of it - for the first year our zucchinis didn't get blossom end rot.
- We harvested 28 zucchinis from these two plants in this one Waterboxx - a truly prolific harvest for Indiana.
- Imagine how many zucchinis you can grow, all with no watering after planting, with the Waterboxx in Texas.
- Perhaps just as significant as drought protection in West Texas is flood protection in East Texas. The Waterboxx has an overflow spout and will not overfill with heavy rains. It is also very unlikely to be washed away when used as recommended (slightly buried for trees and raised with gardens) as it is nearly as heavy as the water itself.
- Even during heavy rains, the roots of tomatoes and other garden plants are protected by the Waterboxx from all that extra water, and will continue to receive a consistent daily amount of moisture.
- One Waterboxx produced over 1500 cherry tomatoes (Sweet 100® variety) in one year, all without any watering after set up. Even though this variety is renowned for splitting if not picked daily, less than 1% split due to the consistent moisture given by the Waterboxx.
- For water loving plants like melons, extra wicks can easily be inserted - and the Waterboxx may still not need manual watering (depending on rainfall and dew amounts).
Storing El Nino's Rains Before Another Drought
From pioneering, to ranching, to oil exploration and now renewable energy and space exploration, Texans are renowned for their independence, ingenuity, and ability to get things done in an often harsh climate. Help continue this proud tradition - be the first of your neighbors to garden or grow trees without continued watering. Transform your own piece of Texas into a lush, productive landscape. Try the Waterboxx today!