While walking through my local Home Depot a few weeks ago, I discovered a new garden product that made me smile. It was called ‘Palm Rounds’, and when I looked at it, I learned that it was made by a larger company called ‘Water Rounds’ that produces the same basic invention for tomato plants, small trees and all kinds of shrubs. What struck me so much about this product was how simple it was. I felt like an idiot not to invent it myself! All it really turns out to be is the top of a pot removed from the bottom half – essentially a water retention ring with teeth on it to dig into the ground below. I can see it turning almost everywhere into a popular new home for all kinds of plants.
Since I was not planning to purchase one of these “Palm Rounds” but rather buy some new flowers for my slow growing garden, I decided to just get one and try it out. I immediately took it home and looked for a place to use it as there are not exactly any palm trees (or any other tropical plants) growing in my backyard. Eventually I use it rather on some tomato plants, which apparently need a little help. I decided to try it out and see if the houring would help them grow better. One of the problems I have encountered with my tomatoes is that the soil where it was planted is slightly elevated from the rest of the garden. The rubbish is packed very hard throughout. Every time I water these pistons it seems to spread everywhere, and I think I was just too disillusioned to do anything about it.
After installing the water round, I decided that it would be best to water all my plants as usual and see if there really is a difference. At first I thought I might have drowned my tomatoes because of soaking them with the look. Then I discovered it. No, it was just because I soaked them with the hose and had the houring way too high above the ground. I basically created a miniature pool for them by keeping my standard water habits! I dropped the ring a little deeper into the ground (which has now become a little soft), and there it was. A palm-round tomato plant! A seemingly ridiculous combination that would become a huge success! About a week and a half later, and after I reduced the amount of water I gave those particular tomatoes, they really started to come alive! It was amazing how the ringwork did exactly what it said (minus the instructions on how far above the ground it should be placed). My tomatoes are juicier than they ever were, and the plant does not look like it is about to die. The best part is that I can still neglect it, and that it can hold its own!
Although I have experimented with many different water systems and drip lines, I find this product particularly interesting. It can be incorporated into anything I have installed in the past and basically works as a catalyst to promote their individual causes. I am definitely looking forward to purchasing more of this for the rest of my garden and the trees in my front yard. I have always been a man looking for new ways to improve the planet around me and keep money in my pocket. I think these new ‘Water Rounds’ will soon be able to do exactly that.