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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

TRIAL WICKING BED

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

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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 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.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 18, 2014 at 21:54

Wouldn't surprise me Vanessa. I really do not know the history of wicking beds/self-watering pots.

Colin Austin from Gin Gin has done a great deal to make information about making wicking beds available to anyone. Try his site and try some of the links. People all over the world and particularly in dry places, are making their versions of wicking beds.

If you search 'Hugelkultur' on this BLF site you will find some posts and pictures about it.

There's lots of members of this site doing their own experiments and trials of this idea and that idea or trying out variations on other people's ideas.

Comment by Valerie on May 18, 2014 at 21:31

Talk to Andrew about that in his blog. 

Comment by Vanessa Thompson on May 18, 2014 at 21:30

not sure where to add this, but was wondering; if this is where the idea of wicking beds have come from? A HUGELKLTUR BED more info  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%BCgelkultur  

Comment by Valerie on March 4, 2014 at 19:31

Of course. You could put a few together and make a mini chicken tractor. Fantastic!

Comment by Florence on March 4, 2014 at 17:23
These cages are popular with the backyard chickens' group too! I remember they were often out of stock at my local bunnings a few years back :-P
Comment by Lissa on March 4, 2014 at 5:24

I'll try to remember to go looking for these next time I'm in Bunnings too. All the silly crappy things I've been trying flop or generally become annoying on so many levels.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 3, 2014 at 20:37

Bunnings in the Gardening section near the compost bins.

 

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