As usual, Bev says, and shows, in a few easy steps, what it takes me about 2000 words to ramble on about. Go forth and maketh thyself some wicking tubs folks. You won’t regret it, especially if you live somewhere that water is an issue and summer heat rises up above the “bearable”. Conserving water is the aim of these wicking beds but inevitably, the veggies grown in wicking beds are much happier as they are watered on demand, there isn’t that endless round of watering that we poor Aussies have to go through for months on end and it’s a win-win situation for both plants and their human tenders. “Kudos Bev”. My guru 🙂
It’s been a while since I posted my method of making a wicking box and with some re-arranging of things on the deck, I found I had room for one more box there, making five in all. I’ve slightly varied the method so thought I’d go through it again.
The boxes I use are black plastic crates from Bunnings. I went for black rather than clear plastic, because algae will grow in wet soil when it can get light and I didn’t want ‘green’ sides to all my boxes. I thought the black colour would be an advantage in winter (warmer soil) but might not be so good in summer, though they could be easily shielded from the sun. They’re 60 cm long, 40 cm wide and 25 cm deep; not quite as deep as I would have liked at the time, although there are deeper ones available now, but…
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