Blog Posts

 

Should I add fertilizer to my WaterUps® wicking bed?

Due to the way that they are constructed, wicking beds are what I would call a ‘closed system’. This means that the nutrients in the soil are not flushed out through the process of watering. In a non-wicking garden bed there is a gradual leaching out of nutrients,

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Why a WaterUps® wicking bed is best for growing tomatoes

Tomatoes (“Lycopersicon Esculentum”) fruit best when they have a consistent soil moisture level. They are also thirsty plants. According to Ohio State University, they need around 38mm of water each week to fruit. Therefore, if you are using conventional above ground

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Understanding your soil and the wicking process

Soil is the key to the wicking process. It is the heartbeat of the garden, teaming with life, nutrients, water and air. The health of your soil is the source of abundant, nutrient rich food and important to ensuring that your WaterUps® wicking bed operates optimally.

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West Pymble Community Garden – part of a global trend

In our consumer driven society, where we have seen a massive increase in high density living, we have become disconnected from the source of our food and community and school gardens are helping to re-establish this link. The Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network, which started in 1996, now has nearly 500 member organisations across Australia.

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Update on his WaterUps® wicking beds from Jon Kingston

It was good to get an update from our good friend Jon Kingston with some pics of his latest WaterUps bed. Jon is one of Australia’s leading community garden designers and has designed and helps run the James St Reserve Garden in Redfern and the Wayside Chapel community garden.

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WaterUps® offers eco-friendly eWood® raised wicking beds

eWood® is a unique plastic wood made from the mixed plastics of products previously destined for landfill such as: computers, televisions, white goods, commercial equipment, car parts and printer cartridges collected from the e-waste stream being strongly supported by programs such as Cartridges 4 Planet Ark.

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WaterUps® makes EcoSpecifier Global Green listings

EcoSpecifier commented in its assessment of WaterUps® from DownUnder that “The WaterUps® wicking system is suggested as a water-efficient irrigation solution for small-scale and urban food gardens because it may achieve better yields, provide better growing conditions for plants compared to other best-practice surface irrigation, and contribute to labour efficiency for gardeners.”

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Wicking Bed Planters Give New Life to Bendigo CBD

The Bendigo Council has approved the building of wicking beds on the main street after a long battle for approval. The idea for the wicking beds came from other simlar installations across the city which had proved both beneficial in saving water and had brought...

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WaterUps® Wicking Cells Get Smart WaterMark Approval

This unique product based on the age-old concept of the wicking process is extremely efficient. The WaterUps from DownUnder cell is the culmination of various trials of prototypes designed to make the concept of wicking [watering from below] commercially available.

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