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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.

Food security and wicking beds

Food security and wicking beds

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.

Insulating your wicking bed from the summer heat

Insulating your wicking bed from the summer heat

We are often asked “how do wicking beds handle extreme summer heat?” Can they withstand a succession of 40C 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.

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.

Wicking beds are ideal for school veggie gardens

Wicking beds are ideal for school veggie gardens

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.

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,

Dredge rivers, mine scoria or recycle plastic for your wicking bed?

Dredge rivers, mine scoria or recycle plastic for your wicking bed?

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

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

Gardening therapy and raising your WaterUps® Wicking Bed

Gardening therapy and raising your WaterUps® Wicking Bed

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

5 reasons I LOVE my WaterUps® veggie wicking beds

5 reasons I LOVE my WaterUps® veggie wicking beds

Ever since reading ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ by Frances Mayes I’ve dreamed of having an abundant herb garden just outside my kitchen door.
I’ve also always dreamed of being able to grow all my own vegetables.
But I thought I was years away from being able to afford the giant walled

Should I add fertilizer to my WaterUps® wicking bed?

Should I add fertilizer to my WaterUps® wicking bed?

Due to the way that they are constructed, wicking beds are what I would call a ‘closed system’. This means that the nutrients in the soil are not flushed out through the process of watering. In a non-wicking garden bed there is a gradual leaching out of nutrients,

Reducing water use and watering frequency with wicking beds

Reducing water use and watering frequency with wicking beds

For my WaterUps® wicking bed, that I planted with tomatoes on 19th August, the comparison is amazing. After filling the wicking bed and surface watering of the seedlings with 4 litres on day 1, I gave the seedlings half a watering can on each of following 3 days.

Why a WaterUps® wicking bed is best for growing tomatoes

Why a WaterUps® wicking bed is best for growing tomatoes

Tomatoes (“Lycopersicon Esculentum”) fruit best when they have a consistent soil moisture level. They are also thirsty plants. According to Ohio State University, they need around 38mm of water each week to fruit. Therefore, if you are using conventional above ground

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.

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,

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

“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