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

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!


  1. Vickie A says

    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!

    • says

      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. :)

  2. Sue-Ann Cowan says

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

  3. Humboldtjen says

    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!

    • says

      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!

  4. Anne L says

    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!

  5. says

    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!

  6. says

    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.

  7. Jonquil says

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

  8. Terry says

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

  9. Nicole says

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

  10. Christine O. says

    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!

  11. Linda says

    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!

  12. says

    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!

  13. Jen. says

    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…

  14. Tammy Lance says

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

  15. Leslie says

    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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