This month we look at growing blueberries, some basic concepts in hydrology and the use of wicking systems for small scale blueberry growing. I had planned to write in a bit more detail about the capillary action and the process of transpiration in plants in this month’s blog. That was until I noticed how well the blueberries were going.read more
Have you ever wondered who looks after the school veggie garden during school holiday periods. Well, in most cases you only have to take a look at the garden at the beginning of term to find out. The answer is often no one. This is why wicking beds work so well in school veggie gardens.read more
Australia may be the ‘Lucky Country”, but it is also the driest continent on planet earth. Australia is experiencing intense climate change that will affect every inhabitant as our precious water resources are impacted by the ‘irregular and unreliable’ rainfalls. This is not just a problem for our farmers,read more
Permaculture design teaches us to think about the problem and make it the solution. So, I decided to think a little more about the various ways in which people construct their wicking beds. River sand is more widely available than scoria, but it is probably less functional than scoria asread more
Avid gardeners would more than likely be aware of Perlite, and probably have used it in their soil. They may also have used Perlite for starting cuttings or growing seeds. Hydroponic growers would also be aware of Perlite as a growing medium. Perlite is now also starting to be usedread more
For those who are less mobile it is often difficult, and sometimes problematic, to get around the garden. In these circumstances, growing your own herbs and vegetables can seem a near impossible task. However, for many older people, and others sufferingread more
Ever since reading ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ by Frances Mayes I’ve dreamed of having an abundant herb garden just outside my kitchen door.
I’ve also always dreamed of being able to grow all my own vegetables.
But I thought I was years away from being able to afford the giant walled
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,read more
For my WaterUps® wicking bed, that I planted with tomatoes on 19th August, the comparison is amazing. After filling the wicking bed and surface watering of the seedlings with 4 litres on day 1, I gave the seedlings half a watering can on each of following 3 days.read more
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 groundread more
The health of your soil is the source of abundant, nutrient rich food. We understand our bodies need plenty of fresh air, healthy food, and hydration with water, but do we know what soil requires? If we become a friend of the soil, by getting to know the texture, smell, colour, moisture level and the optimal depth we can grow our best fruit and vegetables.read more
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,read more