Be Water-Wise with Wicking Beds
Wicking beds (aka self-watering garden beds), that wonderful Australian invention, have come a long way. With wicking beds, you don’t apply water to your plants from the top as you normally do in the garden – the water is stored beneath the garden bed in a reservoir and the plants water themselves as needed. All you need to do is add water to the reservoir as required.
There are a variety of wicking methods and our favourite uses WaterUps from Downunder’s wicking cells.
These are also Australian designed and manufactured and can be used in a variety of landscape and garden environments. More significantly, WaterUps® gained official WaterWise accreditation in May 2018 from the W.A. Water Corporation.
- Save Precious Water (Water-wise approved)
- Ensure Healthy Plants (Protect your investment)
- Greater Nutrient Uptake
- Minimal Evaporation
- Deep Root Growth
- Perfect Drainage
- Minimal Weed Growth
These WaterUps wicking cells, manufactured from recycled polypropylene, enable easy construction of a water wicking bed due to their modular shape and light weight. They can easily be cut to suit the shape of your chosen garden “bed”.
The “leg” of each cell is designed to allow them to be filled with soil or potting mix to act as “wicks”, which in turn allows water from the reservoir to moisten the soil above the cell base. When constructed, each WaterUps wicking cell can store approx. 120 L of water below each square metre of cells.
Traditional watering processes such as garden reticulation systems, sprinklers, or regular hand-watering, become relics of the past, because your plants draw their water needs from their own water reservoir and you simply top the water supply up with the garden hose via an inlet pipe. If you supply too much or there is heavy rain, any excess water is simply released via an overflow pipe into a drainage area of your choice.
Normally, a WaterUps wicking bed would need to be refilled about every 4-5 weeks, depending upon time of year and the particular plants you are growing. Obviously, some plants may have higher water demands than others, but in all instances, you will save time, water, and money using a wicking system.
An added bonus is you can now go away on holiday for weeks, knowing your plants are cared for, in addition to which, in a country where being water-wise is a necessity and water is a precious commodity, it just makes good sense.
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