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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.

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

WaterUps® offers eco-friendly eWood® raised wicking beds

WaterUps® offers eco-friendly eWood® raised wicking beds

eWood® is a unique plastic wood made from the mixed plastics of products previously destined for landfill such as: computers, televisions, white goods, commercial equipment, car parts and printer cartridges collected from the e-waste stream being strongly supported by

WaterUps® makes EcoSpecifier Global Green listings

WaterUps® makes EcoSpecifier Global Green listings

EcoSpecifier commented in its assessment of WaterUps® from DownUnder that “The WaterUps® wicking system is suggested as a water-efficient irrigation solution for small-scale and urban food gardens because it may achieve better yields, provide better growing conditions for

Wicking bed planters give new life to Bendigo CBD

Wicking bed planters give new life to Bendigo CBD

The Bendigo Council has approved the building of wicking beds on the main street after a long battle for approval. The idea for the wicking beds came from other simliar installations across the city which had proved both beneficial in saving water and had brought healthy plant

WaterUps® wicking cells get Smart WaterMark Approval

WaterUps® wicking cells get Smart WaterMark Approval

This unique product based on the age-old concept of the wicking process is extremely efficient. The WaterUps from DownUnder cell is the culmination of various trials of prototypes designed to make the concept of wicking [watering from below] commercially available.