How to build a wicking bed

Wicking beds are extremely water efficient and time efficient compared to other forms of garden beds. They require very little watering, except 5 – 10 minutes filling up the water reservoir once a week in summer.

Wicking beds are extremely water efficient and time efficient compared to other forms of garden beds. They require very little watering, except 5 – 10 minutes filling up the water reservoir once a week in summer.

They can be any size from a broccoli box on a balcony to a 6 metre raised bed in a sunny place in your garden. The critical component is that the water reservoir is levelled.

As the wicking bed is self-contained the growing bed can be adapted for any plant requirement, alkaline, acid or neutral, depending on what you want to plant.

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Transition Town philosophy in Donvale

They are known as radical homemakers – suburban warriors empowering themselves with long undervalued skills in a fight against consumerism.

Domestic blitz

ANNABEL ROSS

May 2, 2010

Keeping the home fires burning: Sam McGrath with some of the  home-grown produce she uses to feed her family or barter for other  things they need.
Keeping the home fires burning: Sam McGrath with some of the home-grown produce she uses to feed her family or barter for other things they need. Photo: Craig Sillitoe

They are known as radical homemakers – suburban warriors empowering themselves with long undervalued skills in a fight against consumerism.

SAM McGrath’s rented Donvale property buzzes with agricultural activity. Jap pumpkins spring from a vine trailing the front verandah. The concreted backyard is bordered with every kind of fruit tree from loquats to peaches, and at the rear a huge shed houses four chickens and two ducks. Two big wooden boxes in the centre of the yard act as compost bins, and vegetables and herbs grow in abundance. Continue reading “Transition Town philosophy in Donvale”