No Dig, Wicking Bed Gardens: Is This Possible?

Is it possible to have a no dig, wicking bed garden? Wicking beds are effective when soil is used for planting and work only at a depth of 600 cm: http://www.easygrowvegetables.com/pdf/Wicking%20beds.pdf My beds are 1,000 cm high. In addition, no dig gardens don't use a soil base. How are these apparent contradictions to be overcome in a wicking, no dig garden bed? This is an important question for me this is what I'm doing at Sustainability Street Phillip Bay and have not yet found a satisfactory answer. :-)

Asked by Gregory Olsen

3 answers

  • A few 'wicked bed' resources for you to investigate (if you haven't already?)

    http://milkwood.net/2010/05/11/how_to_make_a_wicking_bed/

    http://www.sgaonline.org.au/?p=3526

    http://www.sbs.com.au/shows/costa/tab-listings/detail/i//article/6172/Wicking-Garden-Beds

    We're installaing a wicking bed with Permaculture East at Barrett House, 10-1pm on 29 June 2011 come along..

    Answered by Richard Wilson
    Green Beret
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  • The wicking action is limited to 300mm and occurs through the micropores of the soil. I would think that this is your limiting factor. Other options could be considered for increased water storage within your soil profile such as hugelkultur or in-bed composting.

    Answered by David Winterton
    Green Beret
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  • Check out SGA(Sustainable Gardening Australia) online at www.sag.com.au/wicking beds & you'll find instructions & diagrams to assist with building no-dig wicking garden beds which can be raised on blocks/bricks/stumps/whatever to any height that suits you. Basically its just a box of whatever size suits you lined with a couple of layers of builders black plastic or pond liner material to make it hold water, substrate/gravel & compost & pea straw.

    Answered by Paul CounsellRating: 0

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