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Wicking Beds

Grow More Produce With Less Water

What Is A Wicking Bed?

A wicking bed is a water efficient garden made from easy to come by materials.

Wicking beds are becoming increasingly popular and unique in that they water plants from below rather than above. Wicking beds have a waterproof lining that holds a reservoir of water at the bottom from which water is drawn upwards acting like a giant self-watering pot. Wicking beds are so water efficient that they only need to be watered 1 or 2 times a week over summer in most cases even less.

Advantages of A Wicking Bed System

Easy Grow Low Care System

Wicking beds are low maintenance. Little watering is needed making it possible to go away for two or three weeks at a time without your wicking bed drying out.

Save Water

Wicking beds use a quarter of the water needed for a conventional garden bed. Watering from the bottom up prevents evaporation of surface.

Reduce Carbon Emissions

They also reduce the amount of nutrients lost or leached from the soil by re-distributing them again and again for the plants to use. What’s more, Wicking beds enable the plants to absorb carbon from the air and in doing so, create less carbon emissions.

Easy Pest Control

Wicking beds make it much harder for weeds to establish as the soil on the surface is drier. They’re also ideal for gardens that have trees with invasive roots or are infested with Couch grass as its very hard for tree roots and Couch runners to penetrate into a wicking bed.

Gaias Wicking Beds Systems

Gaia’s can teach you all about the process of setting up a wicking bed if you’d like to get involved or you can simply stand back and relax as we use our specially formulated vegetable mix and plant organic seeds and seedlings.

These ready to go wicking bed vegetable gardens can be placed anywhere that can offer 6 hours of sunlight a day (ideally morning sun).

Do you want to grow vegetables easily without the stress of having to waste all that water everyday keeping them hydrated? Without the added turmoil that goes with keeping the bugs off? Are you sick of purchasing old saggy herbs from the supermarket at ridiculous prices? Then our wicking beds are for you!

Our specially designed wicking bed system allows the carbon from your plants to be absorbed back into the soil creating food and nutrients for your vegetables. Unlike with conventional vegetable gardens, the nutrients are not leached out of the soil but instead are re-distributed back in into the water and used again, just as Gaia, Mother Nature intended it.

Our wicking beds are hand-crafted carefully by Gaia’s Organic Gardens Team Member – Kylie Melrose. We use local and sustainably sourced recycled wood and a specially formulated vegetable mix. Gaia’s will install your Wicking bed and even provide plenty of friendly advice on the day of installation.

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Wicking Bed System Packages

All inclusive of raised bed, quality premium organic soil, plants, mulch and installation!!

Large or Custom packages are also available, contact us for more information.

$539.00
Wicking Bed Wood
  • 120 x 100 x 50 cm
  • Specially Formulated Vegetable Mix
  • Three Types of Vegetables
  • Two Types Of Herbs
  • Training Session
  • Delivery and Installation
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$439.00
Wicking Bed Steel
  • 130 x 80 x 40 cm
  • Specially Formulated Vegetable Mix
  • Three Types of Vegetables
  • Two Types Of Herbs
  • Training Session
  • Delivery and Installation
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Package Options

Wicking Bed Maintenance

The great part about wicking beds is that they are low maintenance. That being said, if you need us on hand we can provide maintenance and coaching services to ensure a successful harvest.

Custom Wicking Bed Systems

Custom sizes, shapes & colours are also available. We can apply the wicking bed concept in a variety of ways for you. From an old bath, freezer or unused containers – provided they are at least 60cm deep we can make it work for you!.

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Wicking FAQ'S

A wicking bed is a self-watering garden bed, built in a container at least 40cm deep. It is lined with plastic to create a reservoir that allows the plants to draw the water to the root zone where it is needed most. Conventional vegetable gardens beds are actually watered in an ineffective and wasteful manner. The plants require moisture most under the subsurface of the soil, conventional watering methods usually water the plants themselves and the top soil, leaving the plants susceptible to fungus and diseases. Wicking beds allow the water to be distributed to exactly where the plants need it most, without any waste.
Wicking bed systems were designed by Australian engineer Colin Austin. They are a permaculture concept which imitate the natural way in which plants receive water in nature, using the water table underneath the ground and the natural ‘wicking’ effect of soil.  As in all permaculture concepts it attempts as closely as possible to recreate mother natures, Gaia’s, flawless methods for growing plants effectively. 
Plants need carbon (CO2) to survive and to return oxygen back to us, but did you know that the soil can also store carbon? The argument here is that as we deplete our soils of nutrients we are also reducing its ability to hold and store carbon, which in turn can be redistributed back to the plants as nutrients.  The wicking bed is the perfect environment to allow this natural symbiosis to occur as they are high in the organic matter which allows that locking and storing of carbon emission to occur.
This will vary depending on the size and material used to make the wicking bed, as well as environmental factors such as weather conditions. Generally speaking, in summer you will only be watering your wicking bed 1 or 2 times a week. Water your wicking bed until you see water coming out of the overflow pipe. It may take a week or more for the wicking to work effectively on this period top watering is also recommend. Also in a Perth midsummer, on those really hot 35 plus days a slight top watering in the early morning is also advised. 

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We are very happy with the wonderful vegetable patch and fruit orchard that Gaias Organic Gardens did for us. Carla is so enthusiastic & explains all about the plants and how to use them. The whole family loves picking our produce and it’s saved us lots of money too. Would highly recommend Gaias Organic Gardens to anyone looking to grow their own food.
Mairead O’Reilly