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!
WaterUps are in a stage of deep research into all the aspects of wicking beds. They are open to all ideas about wicking, and then they go away and test and research it in real gardens, in real time, with real people
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 am impressed that a large proportion of their cell system, is made from Recycled Plastic, and made here in Australia
I have trialled their Wicking Cell system here at our Kimbriki Eco House & Garden Education Centre, 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.
Again though, as WaterUps staff & myself are quick to agree with, any wicking garden is only as good as the soil/growing medium that is used in it!
I installed the 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.
…report on the extensive Wicking system in the roof garden you installed for us three years ago – the contents of which are now entering their third season. The Wicking devices you installed in each pot have fully met our expectations. The ease and infrequency of watering works very well and enables us to leave the garden untendered for weeks at a time whiles we holiday or visit our interstate family members. The low use of water (compared with neighbours with similar but normal roof gardens) is a very helpful feature of the wicking system. The secondary feature is that water does not leak through pots, but is stored and used “on demand” by plants. This really means far less need for regular, sometimes daily watering.
Ian and the team at Water-Ups 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.
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!
WaterUps® wicking cells have been such a great product to work with. I have installed lots of wicking beds and have been amazed at how versatile the cells can be in all sorts of situations. Having garden beds using the WaterUps® wicking cells is the future for growing both vegetables and ornamentals and saving water whilst doing so.
I love my WaterUps® garden beds. Particularly, in these days of water restrictions. I’m confident that my summer veggies of basil, lettuce, rocket and tomatoes will continue to thrive.