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Wicking raised garden bed

Maursie
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Maursie
Maursie
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Wicking garden beds are ideal for green thumbs looking for a low maintenance self-watering solution.

 

 

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The project

 

It all started with a large cleared area in my small backyard and the purchase of an L-shaped raised garden bed.

 

I assembled the raised garden bed in a sunny position in the backyard.

 

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Made sure everything was level.

 

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I drilled holes in 90mm pipes.

 

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Then inserted pond lining.

 

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I added drainage gravel and installed the pipe.

 

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I made sure it was level and put a cap on one end.

 

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Here comes the compost worm farm.

 

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Added shade cloth.

 

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Then a layer of pea straw.

 

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Next up, potting mix and then we're ready to plant.

 

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More wicking garden beds

 

Horticulturist and Workshop member Adam Woodhams shared this elevated timber frame garden bed that's lined to create a self-watering wicking bed.

 

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Workshop member Poyda123 advised "drainage gravel needs to be as small as possible – the smaller the gravel, the better the wicking effect" and shared their wicking garden beds created using bath tubs for a community garden.

 

Wicking Beds awaiting soil.Wicking Beds awaiting soil.

 

A raised garden bed can make it easier to water your plants, keep weeds at bay and ensure optimal growing conditions. Find more inspiration for your next garden bed build in our Top 10 most popular raised garden beds.

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