This high cost of water got me thinking about the process of watering plants in a home garden. I pondered how to deliver water to where the plants needed it and how to reduce the amount of evaporation of that water, ultimately driving down the cost of watering.
What I came up with was the Garden Angel watering device: a plastic tray with spikes inside the tray to deliver the water below the soil surface, direct to the plant’s root system.
I presented the idea to my stepson, Brandon. He put together 2 units to try out in our garden in Michigan. My wife, Ruby, carefully watered my 4 test tomato plants and documented the water requirements for each plant. At the end of the growing season, I analyzed the results. I was impressed with what I found: the plants with the test units had up to 50% more tomatoes and used 38% less water than the other tomato plants. That is when I decided to file for a patent and begin offering this unit for sale to growers everywhere.
The first Garden Angel we are offering is the round unit, which can be placed directly on the ground our used in combination with a container, like a 5-gallon bucket. This unit will be available towards the end of 2018, well before planting season next year.
The second unit will be our square Garden Angel. This unit is designed to snap together to create modular garden beds, either on the ground or in raised beds. The added benefits of the square Garden Angel is the elimination of weeding and increase moisture retention in the soil bed, where the roots need it.
Thank-you for visiting my web page. I hope together we can enjoy our gardening experiences and conserve our precious water resources at the same time.