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Understanding your soil and the wicking process

Understanding your soil and the wicking process

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.

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West Pymble Community Garden – part of a global trend

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,

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Update on his WaterUps® wicking beds from Jon Kingston

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 Street Reserve Garden in Redfern and the Wayside Chapel community

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“Retro fit” garden bed with WaterUps® wicking cells

“Retro fit” garden bed with WaterUps® wicking cells

Placing the old soil on a tarp next to the bed makes it much easier to reclaim than if we were to just dump it on the grass. You’ll need to decide whether you can re-use the soil, whether to mix in some new mix, or just replace the whole mix. As you can see in the first picture in the row

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WaterUps® offers eco-friendly eWood® raised wicking beds

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

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WaterUps® makes EcoSpecifier Global Green listings

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

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Wicking bed planters give new life to Bendigo CBD

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 simliar installations across the city which had proved both beneficial in saving water and had brought healthy plant

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WaterUps® wicking cells get Smart WaterMark Approval

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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