Bill McNeese, a loyal and innovative Waterboxx® plant cocoon user, has carried many vegetables projects in his garden in Hemet, California. Curious how he gets the most amazing results while growing food while facing high temperatures? Check out his blogs below! Do you want to start growing food in a water saving and sustainable way too? Visit our online store and purchase one of our boxes!   

Over 4,300 tomatoes from one plant, supported by the Waterboxx®

Updates January and February 2018

January 22

We still can’t believe it, but Juliet is still going strong. With a total of 4,301 fruits, and a total weight of 140.8 lbs. (63.9 kg). In January, Bill harvested 9.38 lbs. (4.3 kg). The fruit, overall, with winter, gets smaller, but still produces many in the 15 to 20 gram range.

Grow tomatoes in December! The Waterboxx® makes it possible

Updates December 2017

December 12

As unbelievable as it sounds, at this moment is Juliet still producing! Total count:

  • Fruits: 3,547 fruits
  • Weight: 121.47 lbs. (55 kg)

3,000 tomatoes from one plant? It is possible!

Updates November 2017

November 6

As of today, Juliet gave 2,819 fruits with a total weight of 100.12 lbs. (45.4 kg). It's hard to believe, but small fruited plants can produce more pounds than large fruited varieties. Bill thinks it's because, in general, they tolerate the heat better. Juliet, now way past its prime, doesn't give up, still sets lots of fruits. If frost doesn't hit until after the first week of December, Bill expect another 5 to 8 lbs. (2.3 to 3.6 kg) of production.

Which tomato varieties do you need to plant to get a high yield?

Updates October 2017

October 3rd

How did the tomato plants produce during the summer of 2017? Well, with no rain and a summer that seemed hotter than ever, the production was good! Big Beef was growing in a Waterboxx® plant cocoon with four wicks (the answer to the heat and rain problem).

Over 36 kilo's of tomatoes from one plant! And still counting..

Updates September 2017

September 2nd

Regardless of almost 7 weeks where Big Beef was not able to set new fruits (high temperatures = blossom drop), Bill has now harvested over 70 lbs. (32 kg) of tomatoes. In the last six days, he has picked about a pound a day. Still waiting on another 15 to 20 fruits to ripen. The ones that pollinated in mid-July but had a delayed development due to the heat.

Get a higher yield, even during the heat of the summer!

Updates July 2017


Since 2014, Bill is doing trials with the Waterboxx® plant cocoon and various vegetable and fruit species. His latest updates have been about tomatoes, which were mostly a big success!