Blog Posts

 

Reducing water use and watering frequency with Wicking Beds

    Day of planting   Tomato plants at 1 month   Tomato plants at 2 months   Bearing fruit Looking at our tomato plants from our last post consider the following. Conventional thinking is that: In the early growing season, for about the 1st 4 weeks after planting your...

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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 watering method, maintaining an even and consistent moisture level can mean watering both in the morning and the evening.

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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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“Retro fit” garden bed with WaterUps® Wicking Cells

As well as being used for new growing environments, the WaterUps® wicking cells can also be installed quickly and easily to existing beds. A bed of virtually any dimension can be converted into a wicking bed as the WaterUps® cells can be cut to fit.

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WaterUps® Offers Eco-Friendly eWood® Raised Wicking Beds

WaterUps® has entered into an agreement with Newtecpoly Pty Ltd to offer an eco-friendly raised garden bed with an in-built WaterUps® wicking system. eWood® is a unique plastic wood made from the mixed plastics of products previously destined for landfill such as:...

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WaterUps® Makes EcoSpecifier Global Green Listings

    EcoSpecifier commented in its assessment of WaterUps® from DownUnder that “The WaterUp 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...

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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

      WaterUps® from DownUnder receives Smart WaterMark Approval Smart Approved WaterMark certifies water efficient products and services in Australia and Europe. We also provide advice to communities on saving water around the home, garden and business. WaterUps®...

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