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At WaterUps® our aim is to make our monthly blogs topical and educational. We also want to keep you updated on important milestones in our company’s development.

WaterUps® powers Plantabox

WaterUps® powers Plantabox

WaterUps® has been working with Plantabox for the last year to provide efficient watering solutions for public spaces in several NSW and Victorian local councils areas.

WaterUps® acknowledges Plastic Free July

WaterUps® acknowledges Plastic Free July

It seemed fitting that at the beginning of this month, we passed the 8,600kg mark in the amount of recycled plastic that we have used in our products. After all, it is Plastic Free July.

What to do in your wicking bed this month – June 21

What to do in your wicking bed this month – June 21

Growing edible plants on a balcony is easy with WaterUps® Square Planters. Six weeks ago I started a vegetable garden in nine (9) WaterUps® Square Planters that would fill a normal sized sunny balcony.

Capillary Rise in WaterUps®

Capillary Rise in WaterUps®

Often the first question we are asked by people who are not familiar with wicking is, “how does it work?” Well, we could, and usually do, explain that it is based on a scientific principle called capillary rise.

How WaterUps® reduced maintenance costs at the Crowne Plaza, Hobart

How WaterUps® reduced maintenance costs at the Crowne Plaza, Hobart

The design the rooftop bar of the Crown Plaza in Hobart included perimeter garden beds featuring Australian bush tucker plants. The challenge was how to keep the plants alive without excessive maintenance in the exposed locations. That is why they used WaterUps®.

20 Million litres of water saved

20 Million litres of water saved

Waterups® is proud to announce that we have passed a major milestone of 20 million litres of water saved – that’s the volume of 8 Olympic sized swimming pools!

WaterUps® new aluminium wicking tree planter

WaterUps® new aluminium wicking tree planter

WaterUps® launches new Aluminium tree planter with WaterUps® wicking system. Planters have self levelling feet a centre base overflow system and can be moved with a forklift.

What to do in your wicking bed this month – Dec 20

What to do in your wicking bed this month – Dec 20

This post is designed to be the first in a series, that will give you heaps of practical advice on how to ensure that your wicking bed performs optimally. We will try to address the different challenges that may be faced by the different climatic zones across Australia over the course of the year.

Basix and WaterUps®

Basix and WaterUps®

By installing WaterUps® wicking cells in the garden and around the home, it will reduce the size of the water tank needed to comply with the water efficiency requirements for Basix.

WaterUps® in my school – Bondi Public

WaterUps® in my school – Bondi Public

This month we have been lucky enough to have a guest contributor. Fiona de Souza has been responsible for the kitchen garden at Bondi Public school. We thought that the Bondi Public case study would be of interest to other schools, and maybe help them with the building of their own school gardens.

Wicking Bed Spring Planting Ideas and Tips

Wicking Bed Spring Planting Ideas and Tips

It’s time to think about what to do with your WaterUps® wicking bed now that spring has ‘sprung’. There are tips for preparing your wicking bed and some suggestions for what to plant in your bed.

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.

Angus Stewart Video on installing his WaterUps® wicking bed

Angus Stewart Video on installing his WaterUps® wicking bed

Angus explains how he tackles some of the challenges of in-ground gardening by using a raised wicking bed. He provides useful information for home gardeners and community gardens. He shows how to install a WaterUps® corro bed kit.

Optimal height of a wicking bed depends on what you plant

Optimal height of a wicking bed depends on what you plant

There is only really one rule when it comes to the height of wicking beds. That is, the science of capillary action determines that the vertical wicking distance is generally around 300mm. The actual height of your wicking bed can, however, vary provided you follow this simple rule.

Essential Tools for Wicking Beds and Gardening

Essential Tools for Wicking Beds and Gardening

Building wicking beds may require a couple of extra tools, such as a drill and a spirit level. However, even when picking up gardening for the first time, the cost, storage, and sheer number of tools and infrastructure you think you need can be overwhelming.

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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.

Become food self sufficient with a wicking bed

Become food self sufficient with a wicking bed

Growing food won’t protect us or our families from COVID-19, but having a continuous food source at home will take the pressure off food systems. It will give us the nutrient-dense, immune system boosting foods our bodies are craving, and more than anything, it will give us a meaningful and pleasurable way to spend time at home.

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.

Wicking beds for Schools and Early Learning Centres

Wicking beds for Schools and Early Learning Centres

Why are wicking beds ideal for school veggie gardens and Early Learning Centres and how they are different from traditional raised garden beds? One of the biggest questions for me when it comes to these gardens is ‘what happens during the term and holiday breaks’?

Wicking beds and Aquaponics

Wicking beds and Aquaponics

At WaterUps® we are often asked about aquaponics, both whether aquaponics is similar to wicking bed technology and whether some features of aquaponics can be incorporated into our wicking beds. Basically, they are very different ways of growing, which some people have combined in a single system.