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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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Rain and the Wicking Bed Blues

Started by Elaine de Saxe. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Apr 20. 4 Replies

Seven inches of rain - right, no more watering for a while.Wrong!The wicking beds can only contain as much water as their reservoirs will hold. The rest just overflows.Obvious. Yes, if I had thought…Continue

Tags: water reservoir, water storage, wicking beds


Started by Christa. Last reply by Jeff Kiehne Mar 13. 10 Replies

This is just a short note to let you know about an experiment I made with a wicking bed.About a year ago, I trialled a wicking rectangular garden bed (about 1.8m x 1.2m) with about 300 mm tin sides,…Continue

Tags: trialled., System, Wicking, Different

Some Notes on Wicking Beds for the Garden Visit 5th March 2017

Started by Elaine de Saxe. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Mar 4. 6 Replies

Wicking beds come in a variety of sizes and styles. They have one thing in common: they are self-watering pots with the only drainage a place for water to overflow.Here we have 2 types of…Continue

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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

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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.
Comment by Lissa on July 13, 2014 at 6:50

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.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 19, 2014 at 0:22

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!

Comment by Vanessa Thompson on May 18, 2014 at 22:11

i thought it was interesting and kind of makes sense, for the long term gardner, who knows its going to pay off in the years to come, as thats not going to decompose for a long while......  actually put some bits of old branches in the bottom of a container/pots because i didnt have enough potting mix, to fill up with, for my pineapples - one year on and that pot of 4 pineapples are in great health, their huge {compared to what ive seen of other's pineapples after a year} wonderful green leaves, heaps of them, and going great guns, they actually need a bigger pot, so in the next week, i get to see what's happen to the branches heehee.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 18, 2014 at 22:06

I didn't dig for my Hugelkulture bed but the video on this BLF site shows a deep hole. I used 2 chopped up Paw Paws and the stumps and roots needed some persuasion to stay dead ;-)

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on May 18, 2014 at 22:00

You don't dig for Hugelkultur either, Elaine.  It appeals to my sense of lazy gardener.  

HOWEVER - the big lesson I learned is to use old wood, not fresh cuttings.  I used fresh duranta and it is darn well sprouting!  I may have to remove them and try again with old stuff. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 18, 2014 at 21:57

You could also look up on this BLF site and on the net in general: Permaculture Banana Circle. It's a kind of hugelkulture/wicking bed combination with variations ;-)

Heavy digging though is not my scene so for  old folks like us, wicking bins take some beating.


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