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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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First Wicking Bed

Started by Clive Buckingham. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Oct 23, 2017. 14 Replies

Bought a 1000 litre IBC yesterday cut it in 1/2 and now ready to make my first wicking bed using the design from ABC Gardening Australia. The plan is to make several over the coming weeks.Continue

My wicking bed experiments

Started by george s. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Oct 11, 2017. 1 Reply

        My wicking bed experiments                                                                                                   2-2016         by    GeorgeSchmid  I assume most members are…Continue

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Very simple self-watering pot

Started by Janet Fong. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Oct 11, 2017. 7 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

Rain and the Wicking Bed Blues

Started by Elaine de Saxe. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Apr 20, 2017. 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

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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.
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.


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