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Guide to Wicking Beds: SGA

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on November 25th, 2010

Source: cuttings, the Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) newsletter

From “Fully Wick Mate – Wicking Beds Explained“:

What Is a Wicking Bed and Why Would I Want One?

So, what in the world is a wicking bed? Well, as I explained to a colleague of mine, it’s essentially a giant “self watering pot” in the form of a garden bed. Okay, there is a fair bit more to it then that, but the idea is a garden bed designed to draw water up from a reservoir below, hence “wicking” through the soil directly to the roots. A system devised by Australian engineer Colin Austin, wicking garden beds (and wicking worm beds) are gaining popularity as a wonderfully water wise garden bed alternative.

Drawing water from a reservoir below the growing medium, wicking beds operate on the concept of capillary action, with the soil and plant roots drawing this water upwards as required. Essentially, this means that a properly constructed and maintained wicking bed should have nice, moist soil most of the time, with the roots accessing the water as they require it.

Wicking beds have a number of benefits, both environmentally and horticulturally. Firstly, it’s a fab set up for thirsty gardens (like vegie patches) in areas that have lower rainfall, or are affected by water restrictions. Wicking beds also deliver the water were it’s needed (the plant roots), which minimises water wastage, and can also help to reduce the risk of funky fungal foliage issues. Also, wicking beds are said to be more effective at sequestering atmospheric carbon then many other traditional types of garden bed set ups, meaning it’s a win for us, and the planet.”

Read the full article from the SGA to find out more – including diagrams and feedback in the comments section.  Also check out Sustainable Cities Net for container & vertical gardening in Mexico City.

Eat Your Balcony: Edible Gardening Event

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on June 14th, 2010

Source: Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network

Eat Your Balcony: an Edible Gardening Event with the Port Phillip Urban Fresh Food Network (PPUFFN).

At this event we’ll be exploring the theme of growing food in small spaces – think container growing in courtyards and balconies and intensive fruit tree plantings in small urban yards.  You will hear from local horticulturalist and apartment resident Elspeth Ferguson, who will talk you through the ins and outs of setting up an edible, container garden on your balcony (move aside that Weber!). In the spirit of combining knowledge with practical know-how, there’ll be a demonstration on converting recycled materials into container gardens and creating your own potting mix. Don’t worry if you don’t have a DIY approach as there’ll be ready-made container garden kits available for sale on the day!

If you thought that pots were just for herbs then think again. This forum will introduce you to a couple whose Balaclava garden is home to potted avocados, strawberries, beans and bok choi. And that’s just the start. Their intensively managed small suburban yard boasts a collection of citrus, stone fruit and berries, including pepino, currants, Kiwi fruit, pomelo and tangelo. As well as sharing their experiences of fruit growing at the event, they’ll generously be opening up their garden for a group visit at the end of the forum.

To top of the afternoon, expect some warming soup, home baked bread and entry into the draw for a nursery voucher door prize (gold coin donation appreciated).

Saturday 26 June, 12.30-2.30pm.
Port Phillip EcoCentre, St Kilda.
Gold coin donation appreciated.

Bookings/Information: Paula 03 9525 3102 / 0417 501 383.