EZ-Walls Plant Protector Extends the Season and Keeps Chickens Off New Plants

by Genevieve on March 13, 2012

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When I tell people I live in coastal California, they get this delightful image in their heads of sunshine, warmth, and many opportunities to suntan. Unfortunately for my vitamin D quota, I live at the other end of the state. It’s foggy, rainy, and doesn’t get all that warm, even in the middle of summer.

You can imagine that getting a jump start on the season is something I’m into. I mean, tomato and basil sandwiches, fresh from the garden, are the best! I’ve been looking into seed-starting lights, grafted vegetables, cold frames, and other gadgets to lengthen my growing season and maybe score some real-live, actual tomatoes up in this joint.

One of the simplest solutions I’ve found is this inexpensive portable mini greenhouse, called the EZ-wall. You just place it around a tender plant and fill with water for an immediate way of warming and protecting new starts. It even has a drawstring so you can pull the top shut for extra protection.

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You may have seen a competing brand, the Wall-o-water. That works fine too, but what I like about the EZ-wall is that it’s a lot simpler to fill. You just stick the hose into the top, turn the water on, and fill the whole thing in one go. The other brand needs to have each little section filled one by one, which isn’t as convenient. I also like the drawstring at the top of the EZ-wall brand, which gives me a little more control as to how much protection it provides.

The best, unexpected benefit? I’ll leave you to see for yourself:

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Yep, it’s chicken-proof! I can’t even count how many baby plants my lovely ladies have destroyed with their happy scratching at the soil. But the EZ-walls is made of thick enough plastic that I will be very surprised if they damage it with their occasional curious peck or scratch.

Want to try EZ-walls for yourself? They’ve kindly offered to send three readers their very own triple-packs of EZ-walls to get started with. Just leave a comment to win! Three winners chosen at random on Tuesday, March 27th. US only. Congrats to Alison, Erika and Melody, our winners!

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charlie zicolillo March 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm

I guess I did it right?

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Erika Fray March 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Love this idea! Can’t wait to try it out! Thank you!

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Vicky March 13, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I’ve had my eye on them for a while, but haven’t taken the plunge. I’d love to try it.

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Dianne March 13, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I think these would be very useful in MN! Would love to try them!

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Vickie A March 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm

So happy to find new plant protectors for my budding veggies! My chickens are smart and love to study ways to defeat my growing ambitions…love to give them a try!

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Amanda March 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Bring it on. And a lovely hen. What breed is she?

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Genevieve March 14, 2012 at 10:42 am

Thanks, Amanda! She’s a mystery hen – perhaps a golden sexlink? She’s a lovely, sweet gal, as long as the other birds recognize her role as leader of the flock, which they do. :)

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Tammy James March 13, 2012 at 9:46 pm

I’ve been wanting to try some of these – good to know about the differences in ease of filling.

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Liz March 14, 2012 at 4:20 am

I like the drawstring on the top–much easier to open and close than a wall-of-water.

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Barbara Novak March 14, 2012 at 6:37 am

Yes, we Northern Coast Californians need a little help to extend the season.

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Sue-Ann Cowan March 14, 2012 at 6:49 am

What a great Idea…becouse our chickens love the garden more than we do, I would love to put this invention to work!

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Humboldtjen March 14, 2012 at 7:35 am

These look great….maybe even keep a curious cat at bay too…but most importantly, these will be my only chance of getting basil to grow in Eureka!

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Niko March 14, 2012 at 9:27 am

Now if they could just invent an electrified version for the neighbors cats…

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Geoff March 14, 2012 at 10:46 am

Looks like another wet and cold spring in the Pacific NW so we will need all the help we can get!

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Robyn R. March 14, 2012 at 11:12 am

I keep thinking I should invest in these. Hard to grow tomatoes in Seattle, too!

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Evelyn Vincent March 15, 2012 at 2:31 am

I grew [tried!] tomatoes while living in Seattle, I didn’t get a single one! I also wore a turtleneck shirt all summer long though too, which speaks volumes for the difficulty. Hope you have some luck this year!

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Anne L March 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm

We have a group of wild turkeys that have appeared in our neighborhood . I would love to see the expression on their greedy little faces when they saw these beauties! I need several dozen please!

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Alison March 14, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Oh yes, please. I’ve used the other brand, and they were very hard to fill. Being able to fill them all at once without going from cell to cell is a big plus!

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Evelyn Vincent March 15, 2012 at 2:28 am

I’ve never used this type of thing before because I didn’t like the design and quality. Wouldn’t mind giving it a try. Thanks!

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Tammy Baile March 15, 2012 at 2:52 am

Wow, what an awesome idea! I hope you sell millions, & I know I sure could use a few. If I could attach a picture, you’d see about 50 plants that could use this awesome item!
Hope I win.
Tammy

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Jonquil March 15, 2012 at 6:39 am

Hi! I’m over from Terrys’ Hencam. Sweet giveaway you have going on, although it looks like you’ve insulted your hen ;)

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Terry March 15, 2012 at 7:51 am

Here in Montana, I think we all could use this product. The protection from my hens would be an added benefit.

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Stevie (@Garden_Therapy) March 15, 2012 at 8:57 am

These are so great. I’ve seen them and always wondered how they work. The chicken thing is a bonus!

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Amanda March 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Love your blog. Please enter me in the contest. :-)

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Nicole March 16, 2012 at 8:00 am

Wow, what a great product. I have a rose start that deeply appreciate some protection. Great blog, keep ‘em coming!

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Christine O. March 16, 2012 at 10:45 am

Last summer in the Bay Area was abnormally cool and it took my tomatoes until September to start ripening! So I was looking at the Wall-o-Waters to get an earlier start this year but the EZ Walls look like a better option. I am also thinking of getting some chickens so the plant protection will come in handy. Thanks for the great idea!

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Maria Zannini March 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Holy cow! I need this. I have very persistent chickens.

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Linda March 16, 2012 at 6:07 pm

I like the drawstring on the top–much easier to open and close than the wall-of-water. The wall-of-water is a nightmare to fill!

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Melody March 17, 2012 at 7:10 am

EZ Walls appear so much better than wall of water. It seems so much easier to fill and adjust. What a great giveaway.

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Jodi March 17, 2012 at 11:30 am

Another Montana gardener with free range hens. Would love to try these.

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Carolyn March 17, 2012 at 11:42 am

Can’t wait to try this.

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Sara March 18, 2012 at 7:57 am

I would love to give them a try. We love to have the chickens in the garden, but they can be destructive.

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Lori March 19, 2012 at 5:13 am

I love that idea, especially here in the northeast!

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andrea March 19, 2012 at 6:06 am

These would be awfully useful in PA!

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shelley bates March 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Ohh, I would love to start tomatoes early! Choose me!

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Wes March 19, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Interesting product, not as cool as the rubber rake, but something of interest to us veggie fanatics. Ah tomatos, I’ve missed the real deal since last fall. Love the heirlooms and saved plenty of seed for this year. Seems I never have enough Green Zebra to go around, I’m hiding one behind the garage this year…

BTW, I really have enjoyed reading your blog and after all my faithful years of Corona pruners I can’t wait to try the Bahcos!

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kathryn March 19, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Cant wait for spring!

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Coco Thorpe March 20, 2012 at 9:58 am

Oh, the possibilities of actually growing a tomato! I do hope I can win one.

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Kathy M. March 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I’d love to give these a try! Would be handy when the inevitable late freeze sneaks up on us.

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Jen. March 21, 2012 at 7:08 am

Oh, to grow tomatoes sooner than later! This would be fantastic, although I think one of my boys might try to use one as a hat…

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Tammy Lance March 23, 2012 at 10:40 am

Would love to see if these would work to keep away the groundhog that thinks my garden is his salad bar! lol

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Mary Lind March 24, 2012 at 10:57 am

Do you think it will save plants from dogs?

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Leslie March 25, 2012 at 1:38 pm

This sounds perfect. We’ve had an early Spring in the northeast, but now winter is on it’s way back and the tender plants that got confused and came up early would certainly benefit from these protectors.

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li March 26, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I would love to try these out. Thank you for the contests!

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Sandra@DesignHome May 22, 2012 at 6:01 am

I’ll definetly try this, great idea!

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