Growing Greens With The Waterboxx
Although the Groasis Waterboxx was originally intended to grow trees, and then compact garden plants (like tomatoes), it can also be configured to grow and water salad greens. Bill McNeese, a Dew Harvest customer in Southern California discovered a creative way to have one Waterboxx water a whole raised bed of greens. This set up requires only weekly watering, and enables his family to have fresh greens daily.
- One ingenious customer of Dew Harvest in Hemet, California found a way to grow salad greens with the Groasis Waterboxx.
- As the Waterboxx comes with a hole for one wick, he added three more. He oriented these wicks along a long axis (when you order a Waterboxx from Dew Harvest, several wicks are included per Waterboxx).
- He attached to these wicks an extender (capillary mats) which would also wick water.
- These wick extenders were several feet long.
- He attached the wick extenders with twist ties.
- He buried these capillary mat wick extenders underneath a few inches of soil in a raised garden bed.
- He only used one Waterboxx for a 120 inch long by 24 inch wide by 24 inch deep bed.
- You can use a more shallow bed if you like.
- He made his own evaporation cover out of polystyrene covered with aluminum foil.
- He made holes in this for for over 30 greens which he then planted.
- The greens use about 1/2 gallon (2 liters) of water per day, and the Waterboxx holds ~4 gallons, so it only needs to be refilled once weekly (Waterboxxes with only one wick don't need to be manually refilled)
- If it rains ~4 inches in a week, the Waterboxx will refill itself.
- This urban gardener's ingenuity paid off.
- He and his family are able to enjoy fresh greens every single day with only once weekly watering due to the Groasis Waterboxx!