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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

Tags: wicking, wicking beds

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 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  

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.

Comment by Valerie on March 3, 2014 at 19:59
That's brilliant! Where did you get that?
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 3, 2014 at 13:34

Meant to comment on the trellis. Oh absolutely put the frame outside of the bed! This is the trellis material I use now after messing about for years with wires which stretch and plastic mesh which degrades.

It's separate parts of a 'Garden Waste Storage Cage' and apart from recycling the curly metal thingies they included to make a fastening, you just fasten them onto whatever. They are light enough for we old boilers to handle yet rigid enough to hold themselves up, just tied to a stake by a couple or three cable ties.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 3, 2014 at 13:25

That's what we have an index finger for! The number of people who wanted to know how to tell if their pot plants were wet enough and who didn't think to use their index finger!

The idea of drilling through to have an external vent is a good one. Fine if you have the strength to push a drill through the steel. I don't have :-( So we're stuck with water running down inside the steel side to perhaps be seen on the ground or guessed at.

The Watersaver guy who made my beds supplied a dipstick. It depends on having the bend in the inlet pipe in a certain place. I never did get the hang of it so the dipsticks are useless to me. As well they are wood and need to be kept out of the weather or you could not see the wet part.


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