We take the idea of "wicking gardens" to the next level: a patent-pending design that is self- or semi-self-watering allowing the plants to consume the amount of water they only need. No more over-watering; no more under-watering; and no more wasted water.
Plants grow and thrive using photosynthesis, which is the process by which plants, some bacteria, and some protistans, use water to convert unusable sunlight energy into usable chemical energy (sugar). Cellular respiration further converts the sugar into ATP; the "fuel" used by all living things. Cellular respiration is the natural process by which water within the plant is converted to gas and lost primarily through the leaves. Simply stated, it is the evaporation of water from plants (A). Water consumed by photosynthesis and cellular respiration is replaced by the plant’s transpiration-pull. The transpiration pull is just one of the means of water movement, or translocation, in plants and it starts at the roots (B).
Sower's Harvest gardens water and feed from below the plants' roots by the sand's ability to transport the water, through capillary action, up to the growing media. There, the plants absorb the water and nutrients (using transpiration pull) directly through their root system.
The Sower's Harvest garden design has many benefits over other gardening practices.