Enabling quality food to be grown locally
The Why and How of WaterUps Edible Gardens
Enabling edible gardens has always been a key focus of WaterUps with improving food security one of our company’s three main aims.
When it comes to growing your own food, older generations tend to be more experienced because it was part of their way of life.
With WaterUps we initially wanted to make edible gardens accessible to more and more Australians, particularly those in suburban settings and younger generations. Now, we see a future where WaterUps can help feed the world by enabling quality food to be produced locally. They can be quickly implemented following climate or other emergencies to re-establish food gardens.
Growing your own food can be challenging and something that you become more proficient at with experience. What we wanted to do was making growing your own food easier, more enjoyable and more reliable.
How we do this is through:
Reducing the amount of time people need to spend in taking care of their gardens
We get it people lead busy lives. A big part of taking care of a garden is watering.
With WaterUps you have a reservoir of water under your garden bed that you fill via an inlet valve. This water is wicked up through the soil as needed and less susceptible to evaporation.
Because of this, gardeners cut down 80% of their watering costs.
Artarmon Community Garden – one of Sydney’s largest edible gardens – used to spend 18 hours a week in watering – now they spend 2 hours.
Creating an environment that improves plant yield
Studies down across Australia (in Sydney, Adelaide and Tasmania) have proven the increased yield that comes from using the WaterUps system.
Plants tend to grow faster, are stronger, healthier and more resilient – and they bear more fruit and vegetables.
Protecting your food
One of the downsides of having an edible garden is that it’s easy pickings for animals that can decimate your crop in a matter of days.
To this end, we have partnered with Flexi Garden Frames to provide custom frames and netting for our raised garden beds.
They also provide insect netting and versatile frames for fruit trees.
Offering Food Garden Kits
We find edible gardens go hand in hand with sustainable gardening. We already help improve sustainability with the watering side, however the reasons people grow their own food are often to:
a) have easy ready access to their own food
b) save on their food bill and
c) be able to eat food that tastes good and has high nutritional content.
This comes about through effective composting, which is why we offer Food Garden Kits that include our raised garden beds, nettings and frames, worm farms and compost bins.
Who’s using WaterUps to grow Edible Gardens?
A number of organisations and sectors use WaterUps for growing food for private and commercial use.
Schools particularly love the fact that, with WaterUps, their gardens survive over the summer holidays with only the occasional watering needed by a school staff or family.
Horticulturalists and commercial food growing entities also appreciate the reduced watering time and $ savings WaterUps provides to their businesses.
Gardening Gurus Get Behind Waterups
The following well-known gardening experts and celebrities use WaterUps due to the superior results it provides in their food growing, while enabling them to work and travel and not be on hand to always maintain their garden:
Sophie’s first experience with WaterUps was through our supplying cells for 30 Raised garden beds as part of the Kangaroo Island Bush Fire recovering project in 2020.
Advice on Food to Grow in your WaterUps Edible Gardens
Here, on our website, we have a number of articles providing advice and tips on setting up a WaterUps wicking garden bed to grow your own food:
This blog is for first time growers and those wanting to have edible food available in Autumn and Winter. It has specific advice on planting:
Beets, Broad Beans and Broccoli
Carrots, Celery, and Companion Plants
Fennel and Radishes
Herbs and Leafy Greens
Snow Peas and Turnips
Winter planting Ideas can be found here. This covers Cauliflower, Cabbage, Silverbeet, and Garlic.
Spring planting Ideas can be found here. The blog takes you through the four stages of warm season crop planting – everything from Kale, Cucumber, Watermelon, Eggplants, Capsicum,Sweet Potato and more.
We also have a lot of information on Growing Tomatoes.
These series of 3 articles will tell you about prepping your garden bed, planting and caring for tomatoes:
Note: our resident horticulturalist, Eric Sturman, is based in Sydney and these articles refer to planting in this temperate zone.
This post gives practical advice on how to grow a range of different vegetables in your wicking bed, including protecting tomatoes, lettuce, and zucchini. With advice on planting:
This post will help you understand when it’s time to rip out your veggies as they are done. It contains important information on PH balance and Calcium. It also covers:
Other Info on Edible Gardens:
You can also search on our site for “what to do in your garden bed this month” – note this is mainly written for Sydney latitude gardeners.
While there are images on this page of a Pawpaw tree, these weren’t grown in WaterUps, however, these plants – and other fruit trees – can create a great micro-climate for your veggie garden, depending on where you live.
Happy gardening and harvesting.