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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 November 11, 2013 at 6:53

Not a job undertaken lightly :-( It took us 2 hours each x 10 beds. The plastic is a challenge even if the big bins I use were still available, they are plastic. There's no real separation from the microbes - you just add them in the form of compost made in contact with the soil and including worms of both types (soil workers and compost) and it's then a self-supporting system so long as it's fed and watered.

Comment by Lissa on November 11, 2013 at 6:12

Always interested in learning new things :)

I've done smaller self watering pots in the dim dark past. If we get another drought I would have to think about digging out 3 x 4m raised beds (my maths is iffy but I come up with 6 cubic metres of soil), not something I would look forward to plus there's my hatred of plastic (the liner) and seperating my garden soil from the activity in the surrounding soil (microbes, worms). But if had to be done to ensure food production I would have to consider it.


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