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May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Snug as a bug in a.........................

not exactly like a 'bug in a rug,' instead, toasty warm in a 'Wall of water'

Today it was tomato planting time in Keewee's Garden.
I half filled the 'walls with water' (henceforth known as w.o.w) before lifting them into place. Once I had them situated to my satisfaction I planted the tomatoes in the center of each one, and gave them a drink.

I only had room in this bed for 5 w.o.w and I had 7 tomato plants The Sungold cherry came in a four pack, but there were two plants in one cell, so I panted three within the w.o.w and tucked the other two in between two of the w.o.w. The other two w.o.w house a Better Boy and a Stupice heirloom tomato, which are both new to my garden.

After the tomatoes were planted and watered, I part way close the tops of the w.o.w using a clothespin. I want to keep the plants toasty, as it isn't really warm enough for them without protection just yet. I did this last year and had a wonderful head start on my tomatoes. In the spaces between the w.o.w I sprinkled sweet Basil seed.

These were also added to my front garden.


Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Congratulations Jennifer with the start of the Tomato Season in your garden! I've never seen these walls of water. Lilies look fabulous!

MISTAYA said...

Oh you are going to LOVE those tiger Lilies!! The are my very favorite lily and multiply real well. I thought I had dug up all of my tiger lily bulbs but out in the turned over flower beds there are lilies growing everywhere. Each bulb has lot's and lot's of little "leaflets" and each one of those turn into another tiger lily plant. And of course the stems of the plants also produce seeds which will grow very well too. So have fun girlfriend!! Gail

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I've wondered if these work. I have my tomato seedlings on my windowsill now, but they are growing so fast they may need to move outdoors soon.
The lilies are so pretty, I think those are the same tiger lilies I recently planted. I love the orange.

Deborah said...

You'll be eating tomatoes in no time at all!

Rosie leavesnbloom said...

wow! I've never seen those walls before - they would be great here in the UK. I do like lillies and those look lovely.

Meems said...

Very interesting growing process those walls of water. I'm curious how the water gets to the plant... maybe it seeps? Nice that you can get started with your planting early since you've devised a way to keep them warm. Very clever.

Marie said...

Please explain the w.o.w's? I am unfamiliar with them too!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, I've been wondering if these were worth trying. Tomatoes are so slow to get started, and this could speed things up! Does it give a temperature range where they are safe?

Christine said...

I've never tried the w.o.w.s, but from your photos and my climate, they may be something I should put to use. It sure would be nice to extend my tomato growing season. Thanks for the great photos. And thanks for the visit!

Kim and Victoria said...

Nice! We haven't tried the WoW yet. Love those lilies. We went lily crazy for years. Still not quite over them......may have to get more.