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Garden Culp is a set of terra cotta spikes which connect directly to a water bottle and provide regular watering to your plants. Stuck directly into the soil and clipped in place, they keep plants watered for one week on average. You can have a water drip irrigation system for all of your plants that spans three hundred and sixty degrees. These designs work for vegetable pots, hanging plants, container gardens, flowers bed, or gardens.

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The cost of Garden Gulp is $14.99 plus $6.95 shipping. The special TV offer allows you to receive a second Garden Gulp by paying the extra shipping fee of $6.95 for a total price of $28.89.
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Features

  • Alleviates Daily Watering

    Garden Gulp is a new terra cotta watering well which is designed to keep plants watered for one seek at a time, without any refills.

  • Fast and Simple

    Use of this product is fast and simple. In fact, you can keep your plants watered for up to one week.

  • Water Permeates

    The terra cotta is porous and its construction lets water permeate your plant roots.

  • Versatile

    The versatility means you can stick them inside of pots for potted plants, use them for indoor vertical gardens, or even use them outside in a big container or garden.

  • Secure

    Frog clips keep the watering system secure and trains your plants for healthy growth. The slow and steady watering will give the best growth for the plants.

Pros

  • It Really Works

    This product really works. It helps deliver the optimum amount of water, but should not necessarily be thought of as a seven day only option. Your climate will dictate how much water the plants need on a daily basis.

    So at different junctures throughout the year, based on temperature, your plants might need more water or less water, with a single bottle lasting two weeks or just a few days. Naturally the size of the water bottle in comparison to the size of the plant will also play a role. These details make it the perfect alternative for when you go on vacation or are out of town for a weekend.

Cons

  • Terra Cotta

    The claim is that the terra cotta design is porous and because of this, it will allow the plant roots to soak up more water. In reality, containers which are made from porous materials like clay or terracotta will soak up water.

    This means that your plants will dry out fast and they will likely need double the watering. If you want to use porous containers, it is recommended to use plastic lining so that you can better retain water in the soil. In winter, if water gets into the porous pots it could freeze, causing the pot to crack. During the winter months, keep the pots covered if they are outdoors so as to keep them dry.

    However, if you are not using the pots during the winter months, try and turn them upside down to prevent them filling with water or snow. Yet it you do place your porous containers on the ground, cover the rim of the pot. If you leave the rim exposed, water will begin to evaporate which will dry out the plant. Even when the material is used only for the watering tips and not for the pot, these are still considerations to bear in mind.

How to Use (Step by Step)

  1. Slide

    Slide the gulp into the soil for whatever plant you are watering. .

  2. Fill

    Fill any container you have with water and then put it into the watering well. .

  3. Watch

    Watch as the Garden Gulp automatically waters the plant for up to one week.

  4. Repeat

    Use it again and again on potted plants, hanging plants, or flower beds or gardens.

How it's Different from Competitors

Water drainage is important for any container in which your food will grow. As such, water drainage is not something people think about when working with containers of any kind in small space gardening because in larger gardens the water naturally drains into the ground.

Today there are many self-watering pots and containers which have become quite popular for small gardening spaces, and can be purchased in sizes suitable for a vertical garden. These are designed with a tray on the inside which is affixed to the bottom and sits flush with the walls but leaves approximately one inch of space underneath the tray. There are small holes in the tray for water and air circulation.

Along one corner there will usually be a measuring device which reaches all the way to the bottom through a pre-cut hole in the tray insertion.

These moisture sensors or soil columns are responsible for releasing the appropriate amount of water regularly. When you first plant your fruits or vegetables you want to fill the space underneath the tray with water until the measuring tube or stick indicates that the bottom is full.

Once this is done, you only need to check back and look at the measuring device to determine when more water should be added. These designs are particularly useful for people who do not have time to check the moisture content in their containers regularly, but remember that the added convenience comes with an added cost.

This particular design expounds upon that and instead of having the drip features be part of the whole thing, they are easily transferred from one pot to the other. .

Alternatives

  • Garden Cone Watering Spikes

    The Garden Cone Watering Spikes are a flower plant watering system that uses bottle irrigation in the same way as this product. With it you can provide the water straight to the roots of the plant, not the top. You just screw the spike into a water bottle and insert it into the soil for the plants you are growing. When the water runs out, you know it is time to refill.

  • Plant Nanny

    Plant Nanny has a recycled unit that capitalizes upon recycled water bottles to keep plants healthy. The stakes are terra cotta the same as Gulp stakes and can work with bottles as big as two liters. They work better on medium to large sized plants, keeping them watered for between one and two weeks.

  • Master Craft

    Master Craft has a set of watering spikes that are among the more popular versions of these irrigation systems. Said spikes have predrilled holes in them with spikes that release water slowly. Users need only fill a used bottle with water, screw the spike into it, and push the spike into the soil. Each spike is made of polypropylene and will only give out as much water as your plant requires. Depending on climate, a single bottle might last up to ten days.

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