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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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Very simple self-watering pot

Started by Janet Fong. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Jan 7. 6 Replies

I spent $15 on two self-watering pots and decided to add a barrier as any water holding area is often a breeding ground for mosquito larvae.I'm not sure if you would call this a wicking pot but it…Continue

Low cost wicking beds

Started by george s. Last reply by 2oek01pse79uh Aug 17, 2016. 7 Replies

Recently I used cage mesh and HDPE (black plastic) liners to fabricate a wicking bed. This method is also suitable for raised garden beds or for tanks used in aquaponics. This would make a 800L…Continue

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Started by Christa. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Oct 28, 2015. 7 Replies

It is my intention to convert 2 of my old garden beds to wicking beds, they are 120cm L x 90W x 30 D   and I have purchased 2 more beds for wicking.  Larger one 200 x 100 x 41 and a bit shorter 180 x…Continue

Magazine article on Wicking beds

Started by Florence. Last reply by Florence Jul 10, 2015. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,There's an article on Wicking beds called "The water-less gardener" in the current issue of Good organic gardening on John Kersten's garden.Like our wicking bed queens, he also grows…Continue

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 2, 2015 at 21:58

That's pretty impressive Janet.  Cheers. 

Comment by Janet Fong on February 2, 2015 at 10:03

Unbelievable price: 240L Hills Home Yellow Self Watering Garden Bed  $60 plus $20 delivery.

Comment by Lissa on November 15, 2014 at 4:55

Elaine - pretty sure you "have the power" as the creator of the group to edit discussions and comment wall.

I've put the discussion about the Gardens Online product into a discussion.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 9, 2014 at 20:45

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?

Comment by Jo on September 9, 2014 at 18:03
Thanks for the helpful suggestions Elaine and Susan. I do often pick kale first thing - just before I steam or nutribullet it - and it is more perky than by later in the day so that is a good hint. I did top up the beds on the weekend and this may have helped as I was down to about 5 cm. maybe I should too up more regularly! I read Dave's comments about wilting lettuce and thought that perhaps the mixed varieties I have are tender and therefore go limp easily. Thanks again for the comments.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 8, 2014 at 21:09

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!

Comment by Susan on September 8, 2014 at 19:01
Hi Jo, do you pick them early? I always pick early and then I wash my lettuce, spin it then put in fridge. It goes nice and crispy with the moisture and the cold and I leave it in the spinner until I use it all then go pick some more.
Comment by Jo on September 8, 2014 at 18:30
Hi everyone, My wicking beds are now about 8-9 weeks old and I am enjoying kale and lettuce varieties. A few purple beans have been eaten as test treats, not quite enough to feed the family yet. The one thing I have noticed is that the kale leaves and lettuces are just a bit limp when I pick them. I put them straight into a glass of water and they really perk up quickly. I am wondering if I have a soil depth issue or a soil issue or is this just normal for the water sparing wicking beds? I have been very happy with general growth so I am a bit puzzled.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 22, 2014 at 8:40

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 :-)

Comment by Jo on August 22, 2014 at 8:32
Elaine, I have to thank you for uploading your wicking bed photos. I have just posted a photo of the growth after 5 weeks and I am astonished. I did cheat a little by buying bunnings/masters seedlings, however I have been eating kale for 2 weeks now and lettuces are also ready. My previous vege garden attempts have been dismal failures! I just cannot commit to daily maintenance and the wicking beds are perfect. Also, at this stage, I have no pests of any note either.

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