I have been road testing WaterUps® for almost a year in a commercial scale urban farm I am involved in at the Edible Precinct at Mac Point in Hobart. I have found the product to be extremely easy to install and use, it is very strong and durable and there are no moving parts making it an elegantly simple concept. In my experience, it is as good as it gets as a wicking bed system and I can highly recommend it.
As a new company, developing and commercialising, this very exciting horticulture concept called Wicking Garden Beds, I have very much come to deeply respect the WaterUps® style of operating! The WaterUps® system of interlocking cells to create a water storage tank, at the base of almost any garden bed, large or small, has opened up the possibility for anyone to create or retrofit food gardens, to become self-watering gardens. I have trialed their wicking cell system and they are terrific! They are easy to install, they work extremely well, they are very robust and I am sure will be very long-lasting.
In winter last year I created my own wicking bed using WaterUps®. I’ve grown garlic, rocket, radishes, and tomatoes so far, and all thrived or are thriving. I intend to convert more of my beds to wicking beds using this system over the next few years. As gardening becomes increasingly tough, I believe these wicking beds could make a real difference.
Ian and the team at WaterUps® have been amazing. Not only helping set-up their versatile wicking bed systems in our raised garden beds but also by running installation demonstrations for our volunteers at our urban farm. Very knowledgeable team and a great passion for water conservation.
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 veggie garden I imagined this would require. As I discovered last year, I was wrong. And it’s all thanks to my six WaterUps® veggie wicking beds.
WaterUps® provided our community services site a fantastic edible garden back in June 2019. Since the edible garden was installed we have had level 4 water restrictions and most of our other gardens did not survive, but the edible garden thrived and continued to produce fantastic delicious produce. Clients and staff love picking herbs and vegetables from the garden whilst on site. Over the Christmas break, the site was closed and I was surprised to see the garden still thriving considering the extreme temperatures we had in the area and the lack of attention the garden received over this time.
I installed the WaterUps® wicking beds in winter and I am so glad I did it. The wicking beds have been a great help with the new water restrictions. My beds only takes 15 mins max to fill up the whole reservoir and in the dry summer, I am only topping it up every 3-4 weeks. The only hand watering I need to do is when I put in new seedlings. I am looking forward to installing more in the future.
We have been watering the school garden a lot less, and the 2 WaterUps® wicking beds we fitted are putting in an impressive show in comparison to the others with these water restrictions.The kids regularly check the beds with a soil moisture meter and obviously the wicking beds always give great results. It’s been a great learning experience for all. As we have been very conservative with watering, given the restrictions, the wicking beds are the only ones giving produce!