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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 developments in our company’s development.
As wicking beds are becoming increasingly more popular and wicking bed technology is being adapted for commecial application, we will share our ongoing research and knowledge with you.
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.
North Sydney Council uses WaterUps® to green its streetscapes sustainably with over 60 ‘wicking’ street planters along Military Road in Neutral Bay
Its time to bring our wicking ideas inside and look at wicking systems for indoor plants.
Angus Stewart assembles his WaterUps® square planter and shows the results he has achieved.
In late 2020 the Forbes Shire Council wanted a low maintenance solution to improve the city centre’s streetscape so decided to use WaterUps® in their new tree planters.
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.
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®.
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!
This post will focus on how to grow a more diverse range of vegetables using seeds rather than seedlings.
In 2020, when Hobart Airport needed to reorganise and expand their drop off and pick up parking facilities, they also wanted to be able to showcase a ‘greener’ sustainable environment. To achieve this they used WaterUps
Eric Sturman from WaterUps joined Kosta as a co-host of the Sydney Edible Garden trail 2021
Angus Stewart and Ian Collins from WaterUps® held a wicking bed workshop for TasWater’s ‘Water Source’ event at Macquarie Point in Hobart.
This post will focus on the last chance you will get to sow a few Autumn and Winter crops in your wicking beds and what to plant.
This issue will give you heaps of practical advice on growing late summer vegetables.
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.
Angus reveals the successful results of his kangaroo paw growing trials in WaterUps wicking beds.
We have finished the first production run of our new WaterUps® square planters and they are now available for purchase.
After the bush fires ravaged many parts of Kangaroo Island, ABC Gardening Australia presenter, Sophie Thomson, arranged a major garden rescue for the island.
This month’s issue will give you heaps of practical advice on growing late summer vegetables.
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.
Eric Sturman brings his passion for plants and architectural design skills to WaterUps®
WaterUps®will commence production of its new square planter wicking bed in late Dec 2020
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.
Recently, teachers and students with a passion for the environment came together to create a sustainability group within the Senior School at St Luke’s. Our goal is to help our environment and community by making St Luke’s more sustainable.
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.
WaterUps® has launched its new Australian made Oasis range of steel raised wicking beds.
WaterUps® will be adding a new square wicking planter for balcony gardening in November after completing tool trial.
WaterUps® has launched its new wicking bed pipe system. The new pipes ensure perfect placement for optimal wicking action.
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.
Angus Stewart provides some tips about growing vegetables in a wicking bed.
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 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.
Angus Stewart writes about how wicking beds create water-efficient gardens and using WaterUps®.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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’?
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.
Last month I went to a ‘Farm Chats’ evening at Pocket City Farms in Sydney to listen to a panel discussion on food security. The extent of food insecurity in the developed world is certainly concerning and urban agriculture and the use of wicking system technologies are likely to play a part in redressing this.
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We are often asked “how do wicking beds handle extreme summer heat?” Can they withstand a succession of 40C plus days. Well, the short answer is yes, and they do much better than non-wicking beds. The most important thing is to maintain the layer of mulch.
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.
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.
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,
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 as
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
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 suffering