Wicking beds have been featured on the ABC on Gardening Australia. They are especially popular in dry areas such as South Australia. Sustainable Living in Kingborough decided to learn how to build wicking beds and have created several now. After our dry summer we thought others would like to learn how! Not only do they use less water than conventional vegie beds, but they are also perfect for situations where food crops cannot be attended daily - such as community gardens - or even just for people who are often away from home, or who do not have time to spend in their garden in the daytime. They also seem to grow very healthy plants with deep roots and vibrant foliage. They work by watering plants from below using water held in a reservoir at the
bottom of the bed. As the vegies grow, their roots will draw the water up from beneath the soil and so as well as saving water, the vegies are strong, healthy and of high nutritional value. Wicking beds are also good for people not wanting to bend/ kneel down while gardening.
During the course we will cover:
Wicking bed design - inground or raised beds (or a bit of both)
- Use of new and salvaged materials
- Materials required to build a wicking bed
- building a wicking bed in an existing raised sleeper frame (hands on demonstration)
- Planting a wicking bed
- Things to look out for
- Creating small portable wicking beds out of boxes, pots and polystyrene boxes
You will need to come prepared for the weather, wear stout shoes, bring notepad and pen and camera if you wish. Gloves may also be useful if you want to be hands on.