Start Your Garden Now -Great Tips from an Impatient Gardener: Wall O’ Water and Planting Tomatoes!

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Holy Wall O’ Water Batman!

I have raised, above ground, garden beds that I built with my favorite and only son. These are made out of regular scrap lumber that we assembled using 3″ wood screws and filled with run of the mill dirt and compost. By using the raised beds, I can fit more plants in them, and the beds look really neat and tidy. It’s a lot easier to grid out your garden by the square foot, and the lite aerated dirt in raised beds allows for the plant roots to grow rapidly and the dirt to warm faster in the season. Also, being able to get to my beds easily for weeding and sowing purposes is always a plus.

Turns out, at Home Depot and Wal-Mart they sell these things called Wall O’ Water. They’re a plastic tubular Teepee about 20-22″ inches tall that are pleated. Each pleat is a tube that you put water in, about 2/3 full. Fill it up, then let the walls sit in place without any plant inside, to get nice and heated by Mr. Yellow Sun for a couple of days. I then take them off the dirt, dig my hole where it’s been sitting, place my plant, and put my Wall O’ Water back over the top and it sits like a teepee. It’ll extend your growing season about 8 weeks, so you can plant earlier! Genius!! These perfect little green houses will protect your plants from frost down to about 16 degrees F.

Another nice trick I figured out from the folks at Home Depot and Wal-Mart is that their paint stir sticks make great plant markers. For free! Brilliant!

Planting Tomato Plants

Did you know that you need to plant in the ground more of your tomato plant than just the root ball that you get from the nursery? For a healthy strong tomato plant you need to plant at least 2/3 of the plant in the ground. I know, who would of thought?

To do this you have to pluck off the lower most stems and leaves off of the main stem of your plant. That means you’ve just lengthened the stem. All of that extra stem gets submerged in the dirt and will grow strong root shoots instead of leaf shoots now, strengthening your root system immensely. Remember, tomatoes are a vine and they will grow roots off any of their submerged stems. Watch how your tomato plants will flourish. A true night and day difference. I promise!

See?! Dirt cheap tricks and you CAN start your garden now! Why wait? Let me know how your garden grows. I’d love to hear from you!

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  1. Can’t wait to get our garden started, but its a little early yet for us.

    • Well, I hope you you have a great garden this year! Nothing is tastier than fresh from your own garden!

  2. How much are those wall-o-water doo hickies anyways?!!??! its just what i need!!

    • They’re about $10 for 3 and they will last years!

    • Hi Anna,
      Sorry I have been on vacation with the other Brady Girls.
      A pack of 3 should be around $9.00. They are terrific.

  3. We live where we can plant year round (not many people believe that my geraniums actually bloom in February!) but growing up in New England, those teepees would be wonderful to have! I hope you have a bumper crop this year!

    • Well thank you! All is looking good so far! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. never seen those walls of water before.

  5. You know, I’ve never head of the Wall of water but that sounds great! I’m thinking of having a potted garden this year, as I don’t have a yard. My dad used to have a garden, and planting reminds me of him ;D if you have the time, I’d love for you to share on Sweet Sharing Monday!

  6. Great tips! I’m definitely trying the tomato trick, as I have a big crop of San Marzano seedlings ready for the garden. I’m in PA, so I’m waiting another week for a ‘guarantee’ of frost-free weather… but I’m dying to get them in the ground! I should definitely test drive a few teepees. How… interesting! Glad to find your blog (via Sugar Bee)

    • Thanks for stopping by. We had 3 straight nights of frost and the tomatoes slept well, all nice and cozy. These things are a great invention.
      Thanks again.
      Luv, Mel

  7. love these gardening tips!

  8. I love this. I planted my tomatoes at the normal height last year, and had very little yield. This year, I buried them all the way to the top couple of leaves, and they are going GANGBUSTERS!!! I am so excited. Next year I will have to try the wall of water :) thanks!

    • Awesome! Happy Gardening and thanks for stopping by!

  9. Wonderfull. Can’t wait to get out there myself….cought that yucky cold bug thats going around and I’m aching to get outside!!

  10. Hey those are really neat. I haven’t seen any of those. I will have to check at walmart and home depot next time I’m there. Don’t need then now but would come in handy next year. Thanks for the tomato planting tips.

  11. Can you believe that my HD doesn’t have any of these yet? I have to see if they have any at my Wal-Mart. Thanks for sharing on Tout it Tuesday!

  12. Thank you for the wonderful tips for growing tomatoes, introducing me to the Wall o Water, and for linking up to “A Little Birdie Told Me…” at Rook No. 17!

  13. looks great! Love seeing the progress!

    • Thanks! We had a hard freeze of 23 where I am just 2 nights ago. All tomato plants are tucked in snug and doing fine!

  14. Ingenious! I can’t believe I haven’t come across the “Wall O’ Water” teepees yet! What a great idea.

    Thanks for sharing at Time Travel Thursday.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  15. Love the paint stick idea and your garden looks great! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!


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