Wicking Beds

So our biggest problem is water. Not really quantity. Here in subtropical Queensland we get 900 mm or 35 inches a year. I know people survive on a lot less than that. Our problem is consistency. I used to water as regularly as I could, but as usual, life gets in the way and the next thing we know, all the plants are dead.

I did a bit of research and came up with two solutions – automatic irrigation or wicking beds.

I will do them both, but I decided to do the wicking beds first. Why? Almost no maintenance or attention required  if I forget them for a month, no problems  the plants keep powering on.

Some people say maximum 2 weeks before having to refill, but my design is slightly different and 2 weeks has hardly put a dent in the reservoir.

Here they are in the finished state. I’ll put detailed instructions together for these shortly.

They certainly are working well. I’ve had some chillies out of there already, and some cucumbers, tomatoes and zucchinis are on the way.

They took a bit of work to set up, but they are well worth it. I’ll explain in future posts.




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