Wicking Beds

As I’m away 3 days a week, looking after a veggie patch could be a problem. How was I going to keep the patch watered during hot, dry spells while I’m in Brisbane? Our answer to this was to build wicking beds.

Wicking beds are raised beds that have a water reservoir below them. The reservoir is kept topped up and the soil and the plants access the water they need through capillary action. This method not only keeps the soil moist while I’m not there, it is also water efficient. As we are not on town water – relying on rain water tanks – saving water is very important.

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