HOW TO BUILD WICKING BEDS with Terra Perma Design

My notes are very basic as the Terra Perma team have well done notes. Links to the quick read pdfs below and a video where Charles explains it all ;o)

DEG Wicking Bed Workshop and Team Building Day
Wicking Olive Barrel Pots
– Intelligently Designed Urban Foodscapes

– Bentonite clay swells 6 times and oges to where the leak is to block the drainagge. Note: It does not stay vertical so make sure it’s for the bottom. (Makes the cheapest kitty litter too).
– Upside down flower pots with woodchips around is a good set up for the bottom.
– Liner between reservior and soil to avoid the silt going down but not necessary.
– FIFO guys have wicking beds with feed float like toilets so when the water level goes down it automatically tops up and they connect it to a few beds (bathroom sinks) so when they’re back all they have to do is harvest.
– In winter the drain needs to be made smaller so the nutrients are not lost. Worms also use tit and their castings can block the drains so beware of the size.
– Don’t use grey water.
– Mulch the top layer not only for evaporation but to block UV too.
– Blue barrels can be used but research on the chemicals otherwise stick to brown olive barrels.
– See plant placement figure in one of the pdfs.
– Coarser/Larger woodchips = better (lasts 2 years usually).
– Fit in the watering pipe on the opposite side of the drain and you can use a distribution pipe too if the bed is big.
– Potting mix to be used as the nutrients will be held in the bottom.
– For olive barrels check that the rubber on the lid is not twisted or messed up and seals properly.
– Good for high water needs and not deep rooted plants.
– Don’t go for smaller than 13 mm drain holes.
Wicking Barrels – Charles chatting with Cara in the gardening segment of The Couch – Episode 487

Wicking Pots – Inspection of Reservoir Area

How to Build Wicking Beds
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