This is probably one of the coolest things I've ever seen. So a florist designed a way to grow trees (and plants) in harsh climates using these energy-free buckets that protect the plant and slowly water the plant to give it a 90-95% chance of survival.
If you're growing trees in a dry environment, cold environment, or just want to increase yields and survival rates of your plants, invest in a couple of these and you'll be happy you did.
So the basic premis of this: they're buckets with a hole in the middle for a tree. Not rocket science.
You dig a hole in the ground,
plant a baby tree (saproling) into the center of the hole,
Place the bucket around the tree
Fill the bucket with water
Secure the bucket in place. (dirt around the edges)
Thats where the cool stuff happens.
So the bucket first shields baby tree (We'll call him Groot) from harsh weather considerations.
The water in the bucket under ground keeps the air in the center section of the bucket stabilized for Baby Groot.
As Groot begins to grow, the bucket shields it from small animals that would otherwise eat the poor guy.
If you have deer, cattle, or other larger animals, they also have these cones that can go overtop of little Groot and keep animals from biting his head off. (I've seen this happen).
The bucket drips little bits of water consistently down into the earth beneath Groot. Groot's roots follow the tiny streams of water downward. This trains the roots to grow DOWN for water and nutrients instead of WIDE like a surface watering system does.
THis not only stabilizes the tree, it also allows the tree to access all the moisture thats down at the deeper levels of earth rather than fighting to find water in the shallow portion.
This is crucial in desert areas.
By using waterboxxes, you can now plant trees in otherwise rough environments. For someone interested in starting a food forest, these waterboxxes will be paramount in getting the project moving forward.
Im also putting a fence around the outside of my food forest to increase the protection of all my baby Groots from the big mean nasty deer and elk that you'll find in New Mexico high deserts.
Watch the video and you'll see, these things are pretty cool.
Let me know if you have any questions.
EDIT: oh, and the buckets come in re-usable and biodegradable versions. I use the re-usable ones so I can plant 50 per year and re-use them for the next year's trees.
Here's where I bought mine by the way: Groasis Waterboxx
Written by: Page Ollice
Founder of Good Old Fashioned, Page has spent over 7 years researching off grid and sustainable living techniques to design one master project: A self reliant homestead in New Mexico that takes into account shelter, water, fuel, food, waste management, heat/cooling, and electricity. He is putting all his notes online open source for public use so that anyone can follow his plans to building their own autonomous, self-reliant homestead.
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