Welcome to a new giveaway, courtesy of Greenhouse Sensations. I’m giving away a brilliant Quadgrow Planter worth £42.90, which is perfect for taking the hassle out of plant watering.
If you grow plants in a greenhouse of any size, you’ll be familiar with the task of regular watering. I’ve had a greenhouse on my allotment for a couple of years now, and I’ve learned the hard way that it only takes a day or two to create drought conditions in there. I don’t live very close to my allotment, so having to pop down every day to water a few plants can be a bit of a pain in the Summer months.
Inadequate watering can at worst kill your plants, but even if you manage to keep them alive in your greenhouse, you can easily end up in the situation where you drown them one day, then parch them the next. This pattern doesn’t create strong, healthy plants, so I’ve been looking for ways to make my greenhouse plant watering both easier and more beneficial to my plants.
Automated watering kits are a great option for smoothing out your watering pattern, and this year I’m trying out a couple of plant watering kits from Greenhouse Sensation.
I’m using the Quadgrow Planter to grow my greenhouse tomatoes; it’s also suitable for aubergines, peppers, beans, cucumbers, courgettes and peas. In the box you get a 30 litre reservoir, four large pots, four feeder mats (more about those in a minute), and two bottles of plant food.
The Quadgrow is really easy to set up, and it’s the triangular feeder mats which work the magic when it comes to watering. You push the wider end of the mat through the hole in the bottom of a pot, until the tip is just below the pot’s surface.
Then you place the pot onto the base, making sure the feeder mat goes through the hole into the reservoir. Once you’ve done this, you just plant up the pots as normal, keeping the feeder mat upright in the middle of the compost.
Here’s how my finished pots looked.
You give your plants an initial watering from the top, and after that you simply fill up the reservoir from the access point at the end.
The feeder mats pull water up from the reservoir into the soil around the roots, as and when the plants need it. So the soil is never too dry, or too wet, which means the plants will grow stronger and healthier. Perfect moisture levels are maintained for up to fourteen days, so it’s perfect for when you’re off on holiday too.
Greenhouse Sensations claim that harvests can be twice as big when using a Quadgrow planter; my tomatoes aren’t at the harvest stage yet, but they’re certainly thriving.
Compared to previous years, the plants look so much healthier; there are no dried-up leaves due to lack of water, and everything looks luscious and green. So far, the Quadgrow really is living up to it’s claims.
The Click & Drip Growbag Watering kit with Timer is suitable for all growbag crops; I’m using it on my peppers and cucumbers.
The components look a little complicated, but it’s actually very simple to assemble. There are three 1m lengths of irrigation pipe (you can use it with up to three growbags); you simply peg these down into your growbags, then connect one end to the 25 litre water reservoir.
Once you’re setup and have filled the reservoir, you just turn on the tap and water is dripped slowly into the growbags. The slow dripping soaks the compost rather than forming puddles, which means the plant roots can take up the water more easily and gradually. The reservoir will keep three growbags watered for between three and ten days, depending on plant size and time of year. I was worried about the drip holes in the pipes becoming blocked by the compost, but as they’re designed to only open with internal pressure this doesn’t happen.
If you already have a water butt you can buy the kit without the reservoir, you can also buy it without the timer too (there’s actually a new version of the timer now, which looks a little different to the one in the picture above). I think the timer makes such a difference though, as it allows you to really control the plant watering. I used the kit without the timer for a few days, to see just how much water it provided, then I added in the timer. It has taken a little bit of tweaking to get the watering duration and frequency right for my greenhouse, but now I just check the reservoir every few days and top it up if required. The timer will also be great when we’re on holiday, as we can slow down the watering and avoid the reservoir emptying too quickly.
I’ve always struggled to keep growbag plants alive in the past, but the Click & Drip kit has made a real difference. As with the plants in the Quadgrow, everything looks really healthy and green, with no signs of drought or overwatering.
I’m really pleased with the Quadgrow and the Click & Drip kit. They’ve made plant watering much less laborious for me, and they’re also helping to produce healthier plants. Hopefully we’ll have a bumper greenhouse harvest this year!
The Quadgrow Planter costs £42.90 and the Click & Drip Watering Kit with Timer costs £46.00; both are available from the Greenhouse Sensation website. As well as plant watering solutions, there’s also a wide range of gardening supplies available, including propagators, plant food and general gardening equipment.
Do you think the Quadgrow or Click & Drip could make your plant watering easier and more effective? I’d love to hear what you’d grow in them. You can also enter the giveaway to win a Quadgrow Planter worth £42.90, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!
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I was provided with the Quadgrow Planter and Click & Drip Watering Kit with Timer for review purposes, all comments and opinions are honest and genuine.