A wicking bed is an extremely water-efficient way to garden, and its frame allows for easy installation of either shade cloth or greenhouse plastic.
In short, a wicking bed consists of a basin of gravel with rich soil on top of it. There’s a pipe set into the gravel, which bends and rises to the surface for watering. This is how you water your plants. The water settles in the gravel and is wicked up by the soil to the plants’ roots. It’s very conservative with water, as it doesn’t lose moisture to evaporation like surface watering does.
It’s easy to make and it doesn’t take up much space. You can plant it intensively due to the richness of the soil. You can make it any length you wish, but keep the width something you can reach from each side (like 4 feet wide).
Your wicking bed will need very little attention. Just make sure you water it once a week, or whenever it seems like the soil is getting dry. Each time you’re about to pull up a plant (like a root), make sure you have more seedlings ready to transplant, so that you can make the most of the space.
We’ve been so impressed with our wicking beds that we turned our whole garden into a series of them. You can make them any shape and size you want, and even have flexible drainage hoses in the PVC, so all you have to do is turn on a tap.
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