Wicking Beds (DIY Project Download)

Sophie shows how easy it is to build an instant water-efficient garden bed out of easy to come-by materials. Wicking beds are a unique and increasingly popular way to grow vegetables. They are self-contained raised beds with built-in reservoirs that supply water from the bottom up – changing how, and how much, you water your beds. I wanted a raised bed planter, but the best location in my yard is not close to a spigot for watering. I live in a hot climate and I wanted to find a way to avoid dragging out a long length of garden hose 3-4 times a week to water my garden. I finally settled on building wicking raised garden bed.

wicking beds  2This page is the introductory page to the diesign and use of wicking beds. A look at the nuts and bolts of constructing a good, functioning wicking bed. A wicking bed is an excellent technique for growing things in environments where water is scarce. It’s got two main parts: the bottom half is a contained reservoir filled with gravel and water and the top half is filled with soil, mulch and plants.

Wicking beds are easy to make, don’t take up much space, and are low maintenance. How to grow healthy food using wicking beds. Wicking systems rely on the attraction between soil and water so water (and nutrients) will rise up from a water storage to the soil where the plant is growing. One aspect that makes MEG unique among community gardens is that all the plots are wicking beds. A wicking bed is simply a huge version of the self-watering pots that were popular years.

Wicking Beds

Wicking Beds. Gardening wonder. Plans, specifications and kits. Water doesn’t evaporate in the reservoir under wicking beds. Instead, the water ‘wicks’ up to the roots, and the top soil will remain soft under the mulch. The purpose of a wicking bed is to substantially reduce the number of times that the bed needs watering. They are particularly suitable for community planter boxes which are often not close to taps and are therefore not easily irrigated. Wicking beds are a revolutionary way of watering. They help you save time and water, while producing lush, healthy, and unstressed veggies regardless of the heat of the season. A great way to irrigate your veggie patch is by installing wicking beds which keep your plants moist. Mini wicking beds Here is an easy project. This is a great project to do with the kids or as your first gardening project. Its also a handy idea for renters or those with limited space.

Water-efficient Wicking Beds

I am thinking about doing some wicking beds. What are the pros and cons? Can soil ecology successfully develop in these things? Would I be better off. The wicking bed system is a way of growing plants in which water wicks up from an artificially created water reservoir. A impervious liner is used to contain the water, as rain falls, any excess will drain through to fill the reservoir.