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Our Wicking Bed system

The first Wicking Bed I made was 14 years ago and I chose to do one of the unique corner/heart/kidney shapes we do. I simply put a bottom on it and then sealed it. As I was a "newby" I went by the book so to speak. I put an overflow pipe in at a predetermined height, I laid pipework in the bottom and I added some plastic upturned crates which I covered with matting. The first crop went gang busters, it really performed well however the second crop (which was corn) f...

May 15, 2021

Wicking Beds

Funnily enough Wicking Beds are not a new concept by a long stretch of the imagination. However, in Australia they are only just starting to catch on.I'm not quite sure if it is the media attention from all the reality gardening and self sustainability shows or the "monkey see monkey do" aspect or even the ease of internet browsing that has driven this surge but it sure has taken off.So what is a Wicking Bed? Basically it is a large version of a self-watering pot plant.There is a permanent water...

May 5, 2021

The Secret to Growing Carrots

To grow nice straight carrots is something a lot of home gardeners find troublesome. I have grown them successfully plenty of times: on the Facebook page I have videos of the carrots I have grown -  nice straight and actually easy to grow. The secret is (and it isn't really a secret) to use sand. I lay good compost in a deep trench and then back fill it with sand (or a really sandy mix of soil) and then lay a thin sprinkle of good compost on top to strike the seed. Then plant your...

April 25, 2021

Growing Celery

During my journey from just tank maker to also being a garden bed maker I have discovered quite a few tricks. Some have been as a result of outside influence, some direct teaching from those wiser about gardening than me and some by pure accident. There have also been some experimental quests I have undertaken, some successful, some not but you can't win them all hey?I did discover accidentally a great way to grow Celery that will make you the envy of every home gardener - I was even a...

April 14, 2021

The beginning, let's start there....

So now I have this thing called a "blog" - something most of you probably know about, but for a tank maker that left school at 15 to learn my trade it is a bit of a foreign thing; bare with me whilst I learn...My wife says to me all the time about how simple computer stuff is: "You do it all the time". Yeah, right, but I do what I know how to do and this is not really it. When I asked her about this blogging thing her example was "how to prune your celery" - she's no green thumb!Further dis...

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