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Friday, March 13, 2009

No More Walls of Water, Introducing the AquaDome



I am so excited to say I just ordered 24 of these cool alternative to the flimsy Wall Of Water. Now I am sure the Wall of Water is a great tool for many gardeners, but it did not work well for me. The reasons it failed are named Barrett and Marley. Two funny black labs that thought it was a handy drinking fountain. Not so funny. I have to purchase my tomatoes and peppers every year. I have run tests with tomato plants with a wall and without a wall around it. Where we live, I have to purchase earlier than I should plant for our area, but if I don't the plants won't be available in the closest shopping mecca. Their season starts at least a month to 6 weeks earlier than ours. I usually end up covering my tender young plants at least 3 or 4 times before the absolute last frost happens here. They don't grow even a 1/4 inch when not protected by a water wall insulator. But with one, they grow great. (Except for Barrett and Marley.)

These domes are hard sided, 16" tall and have a two wall system to add water to. I have read that they should be stored out of the sun when not in use as they may become brittle. That won't be a problem for me. They are from a company called Winged Weeder who also has fabulous tools called Winged Weeder or Winged Weeder Jr. sold by Do It Best. The Aqua Dome cannot be purchased from this company but when I called the company, they said you could purchase it through several farm supply places we don't seem to have in Idaho. I spoke to Kirk, who was very helpful.

Let me know if any of you have tried this cool wall before. I can't wait to get them. Now I won't worry nearly as much as I have in past years. I love garden gadgets.

13 comments:

  1. I've never seen them before. I hope it helps your tomatoes and peppers. I think dogs thinks any container of liquid is their personal drinking dish. I had to quit putting beer traps where our dog would find them, because she would drink all the beer out of them!

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  2. I think those will work very well to insulate your tomatoes and peppers. Get an early start on the growing season. Good find Heather!

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  3. I tried Wall-0-Waters years ago and decided they weren't worth the hassle, but if I didn't have a long growing season I would certainly try these new ones....much more durable looking.
    Wondering why you don't just start your own seed for tomatoes and peppers?

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  4. Heather,

    If these work for you I'd go for it. I don't know the cost, but I do know how much I like good fresh veggies.

    Myself with all the scraps I get from being a handyman I'd build small cold frames out of window sashes or something. Free is free you know.

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  5. I like the look of your Aquadomes, and look forward to hearing how they work out for you....and your dogs. ;-)

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  6. You are a serious gardener and vegetable eater! This product looks exciting and if it works...wonderful....can't wait to see the results. gail

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  7. This product looks very nice, how economical is it to purchase 24 though.

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  8. Ok, I was able to get them directly from winged weeder even though he doesn't sell to the public, because they aren't available in Idaho. He said it is a very hard thing to get big box stores or others to take new products they are not familiar with. What a shame, these look like the bees kneed to me. He sold them to me for $13 ea in multiples of 4 per box. I ordered 24 because I know I will want more next year and I didn't want to have to go without. My mom is splitting the cost with me. If someone was able to get a big order together, with one large payment and shipment, I think the discount would be better. The only place I found these was in Oregon at D & B Supply and they were $25 ea. I got a great deal. I can't wait to get them. I am not worried that they won't work as I have examined one in person and the quality seemed good.

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  9. The aqua dome can also be purchased from CAL Ranch in Idaho Falls. $19 each. You got a great deal.

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  10. I have used these for 7 years! I only bought 3 at 14.99 in 2003 and have wished for all these years that I bought more because they are incredible AND, because I cant find them in stores anymore (bought mine in UT). I am so happy to discover this website and information about purchasing the domes directly from Winged Weeder, I will certainly try to do the same!

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  11. IFA has them in Utah

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  12. Aquadome is sooooooooooo much better than Wall O'water!

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Thank you for your ideas, suggestions or greetings. I love to hear from you and read them all.
-Heather

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