Advantages of Water wise wicking beds versus conventional growing

 

  • Uses 80% less water than a conventional garden bed

  • Large reservoir of water reduces need for frequent watering

  • It is possible to go away for two or three weeks at a time without your wicking bed drying out. Soil remains moist all the time

  • You do not need to hire someone to come in and water your plants

  • Can be installed where plant may not normally go i.e. concrete hard standings

  • The vegetables have a higher chance of survival during intense hot summer conditions

  • Can be watered by a low pressure water system, meaning it can be directly connected to a water tank without the use of a pressure pump

  • 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 fungal disease

  • Evaporation reduced to a minimum with thick mulching

  • Little evaporation means no salting of soil. If you are watering your soils from the top with hard water, you risk accumulating salts because the water evaporates and leaves the minerals behind. Eventually your soil will struggle to support plant life

  • Harder for weeds to establish as the mulch covered surface is drier.

  • Improve soil life. Nutrient is not lost to the subsoil when the garden bed is watered

  • Ideal for gardens that have trees with invasive roots or are infested with kikuyu grass as it is very difficult for tree roots and kikuyu runners to penetrate into a wicking bed

  • They provide a lot of drainage in the event of a large downpour.

  • They are great for people with less mobility

  • You can easily attach cold frames or shade sails or bird nets to them.

  • Can be built on top of poor soil, small or concreted gardens.

  • The raised bed warms faster than normal garden beds, allowing vegetables to grow more quickly in spring and longer in autumn.

  • Ideal for heavy feeders and quick climbers, such as corn, pumpkin, cucumbers and gourd

  • Earthworms love wicking beds

  • Can be adapted for aquaponic systems, where the water is constantly flowing in the gravel filled reservoir

 

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