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Where we discuss challenges, experiments, inspirations, links, questions and answers to do with wicking beds. Read more about wicking beds here.
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Started by Janet Fong. Last reply by Janet Fong Oct 17.
Opening the box of the 240L ....…Continue
Tags: watering, self, bed, wicking
Started by george s. Last reply by Lissa Jul 16.
I am new to the group and involved in gardening for many years. I just completed my second wicking bed and will try to download some snapshots later.Continue
Started by Andrew Cumberland. Last reply by Elaine coolowl Jun 27.
I"m hoping to start a sensible conversation about the relative cost and advantage of wicking beds. Oh, it might shock some - and as someone who is most impressed by wicking, I do feel a bit like a…Continue
Started by Andrew Cumberland Mar 7.
Well, I had to give it a try. You all knew that I would. And yes, I videoed it as well. LOL. Andy makes a…Continue
Tags: garden, watering, self, bed, wicking
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David I've lost the plot here. I am trying to visualise the bath and the drain pipe. The way I'm reading it, there is no outside overflow … can you post a photo, please?
I solved the plastic problem by using an old bath bought from the dump. I reversed the drain pipe and had that raised up into the bath so it was about 30 cm from the top of the bath. I then paced gravel over the base before putting a larger pipe over the top with holes drilled all the way up. I then made the gravel up to the top of the drain pipe. Soil then filled the top 20 to 30 cm. I then put a lid over the large pipe. I fill the reservoir by pouring the water down between the large pipe and the drain pipe until water flows out the drain.
Interestingly I have not put any worms into the bed but somehow they have got into the system and they have built up quite a population.
Have you checked your water level, Jo? If the plants are fairly young, there roots may not be down where the water is, but the water is supposed to wick up to about 300mm in perfect conditions, which should reach most roots.
My Kale looks OK but not being experienced in growing Kale I'm not totally sure. Watching the item on Kale on Landline a couple of weeks back, the Kale leaves were hanging down a bit, not standing upright like Silverbeet. I put mine straight into water as soon as I bring them in, too. In that Landline programme, I recall the Kale being in a water bath before packing, which might be significant.
Kale should live for many months, mine has being going since April and I've some more tiny seedlings hoping to grow it over summer under shadecloth and insect netting. Here's hoping!
Thank you Jo! It was my pleasure :-) I am pleased that you and others on BLF have built wicking beds which are proving a worthwhile investment. Without them, we would not be eating from our garden - slope, trees and dryness contributing to wasted water, time and no crops.
Keep Wicking On :-)
George - I've sent you a Personal Message (PM - check your inbox top right) re your wicking beds and potentially have a group over to check them out.
A very interesting trial, Vanessa. Pineapples are quite slow to fruit especially from tops. Two years they say although if they are not in the best conditions, fruiting takes much longer. Some pix would be good!
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