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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. 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. 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. 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. 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 Valerie on March 2, 2014 at 6:46
Elaine suggested coarse coir peat. Garden centre said it would degrade eventually but I reckon it would take quite a while. In the meantine you're not breaking your back or budget. Elaine any feedback on using coir peat so far?
Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 1, 2014 at 23:15

Built the structure and lined it today.  Recycling some gravel out my original tiny grow beds from the aquaponics.  Clay balls are expensive, but so much easier to deal with.  I doubt I'll finish this weekend because I'll research cheap and easy ways to fill the reservoir.  As Valerie indicated, stones are good but they are damn heavy (and expensive).  Of course, a video will eventually follow. 

Comment by Lissa on March 1, 2014 at 5:42

Leaking hey. That's a bugger to fix. As you say - ignore it, or shovel heaps out of the bed.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 28, 2014 at 22:45

The bits are already bought Valerie.  1.8 m x 0.9.  Once it's built, no tool shall be used in that bed! It's hands only. 

Comment by Valerie on February 28, 2014 at 22:31
One piece of advice from me, go small. One of my wicking bed has a leak....too bad. I am not shoveling 750kg of gravel out of it.
Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 28, 2014 at 20:05

Elaine will be proud of me - I am making my first wicking bed this weekend.  

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 19, 2013 at 22:35

Woo hoo, did you did you check the prices? Out of my league.

Comment by Valerie on November 19, 2013 at 21:27
Also

I think I have found a viable alternative to PVC: EPDM.

Ethylene propylene diene (EPDM) type rubber is recommended by the Danish Environmental Protection Authority as an alternative to PVC.

EPDM is reusable, recyclable, and has better environmental impact profile than PVC. It is available in custom cut sizes as pond liner for water gardens at many garden centres and is available online at most pond supply places.

Here is an example of an online retailer selling EPDM lining:
http://creativepumps.com.au/zpumps/pond_liner/clearpond_epdm_liner/...
Comment by Valerie on November 19, 2013 at 21:24
Found this on a forum http://milkwood.net/2010/05/11/how_to_make_a_wicking_bed/ re no plastic lining..."The issue with the plastic has been solved by some people by using bentonite clay for lining the reservoir.A natural volcanic clay, many kitty litters are 100% bentonite clay.It contains beneficial minerals in fact. You mix it into the top few inches of soil of your reservoir pit. Its got to be damp soil . Then you pound it to create a sealing layer. Have heard it is working for some. I did a several miniature pits but couldnt make them hold water for long. In one experimental pit I used clay from the back yard. It worked better than the bentonite.
Permacultureglobal.com has a few good articles on wicking beds. Mine is there with photos of the FANTASTIC results we got."
Comment by Lissa on November 13, 2013 at 4:39

I just hate plastic Elaine :(

 

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