We store about 25 Wall of Water individual plant greenhouses in a single 5 gallon bucket – that’s enough to shelter hundreds of pounds of tomatoes.
What Is Wall O Water?
Wall O Water is a water-filled cone or cylinder shaped greenhouse that can be set up around a plant in a matter of minutes. It lets you add a warm, moist micro-climate anywhere you need one and protects your plants down to 16 degrees, so you can get a jump on the season.
I’ve described our experiences with Wall O Water at length on another site, GreenhouseFarming.net. Here I’m going to describe how we use 5 gallon buckets alongside our Walls O Water.
Storing Wall O Water Greenhouses
We pack Walls O Water in tight – and not just so we can economize on 5 gallon buckets.
Storing them this tight, upside down, helps to squeeze the water out, and keeps the water out so they don’t go moldy. This is a case where a leaky bucket is better. That what the green ribbon in the handle is for — it signals “leaky bucket.”
It’s good to let them dry, upside down, in full sun before putting them away.
We make sure to store these in a dark place when we’re not using them to protect them against UV radiation. They are somewhat resistant already but give anything plastic enough sun and it will start to crumble. They’re already out in direct sun a few months a year and we don’t want them to get brittle, or they could start leaking.
Filling Wall O Water Greenhouses
Because they are so flattened, it’s quite the job to fill them up again. But after ten years of practice, we’re pretty quick. We encircle a 5 gallon bucket with the deflated Wall o’ Water, then fill each bladder up individually in a star pattern, using the bucket sides to support each bladder. The bucket provides a convenient receptacle to catch the water as you open the next bladder.