Urban Agriculture Projects

WaterUps® Horticulture

WaterUps® Horticulture Projects

Pocket City Farms

WaterUps® installed our first beds at Pocket City Farms in early 2019 as a trial. A few months later a further 11 timber beds were installed along the street frontage to grow leafy greens, fennel, and other small rooting vegetables. This allowed the farm to increase food yields.

Melbourne Food Hub

In November 2019, WaterUps® were installed at the Melbourne Food Hub, in the first commercial trial of our in-ground wicking beds system.

WaterUps® Horticulture News

Wicking beds helping our birds and bees

Wicking beds helping our birds and bees

A recent collaboration with PlantingSeeds’ B & B Highway has resulted in a new application of our wicking beds in pollinator gardens. The B & B Highway – which stands for ‘Bed and Breakfasts for Bees, Birds and Biodiversity’ – is creating pollinator passageways across Sydney.

WaterUps

WaterUps in retaining walls

Rather than simply drain away all of the water accumulating behind the wall, we felt that it would make sense to retain some of the water in a wicking bed reservoir, so that it could be used for watering the plants along the edge of your retaining wall. A WaterUps® wicking system can be easily installed at the time of construction and for only a marginal increase in overall cost.

Wicking Beds perform well in the rain

Wicking Beds perform well in the rain

Up until a couple of weeks ago our focus on wicking beds has been on how well they performed in times of drought. Rain has long been our absent friend. However, with the recent heavy rains, particularly along the east coast of Australia, I thought that it would be useful to observe how wicking beds have performed in the wet.

WaterUps® exports to the USA

WaterUps® exports to the USA

We are pleased to be able to announce that we have just shipped a container of 4,500 wicking cells to Texas in the United States. This is our first major export order. The wicking cells will be used...

Blueberries, Hydrology and Wicking Beds

Blueberries, Hydrology and Wicking Beds

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.

How low can you go? Water usage and wicking beds

How low can you go? Water usage and wicking beds

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,

What is Perlite and why is it useful in wicking beds?

What is Perlite and why is it useful in wicking beds?

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 used