Grow food in a wicking bed
A wicking bed is a raised garden bed that waters your plants from the bottom up. Water is stored at the bottom of the bed in a reservoir that is filled via a tube that sits above the garden bed surface. The plants then access this water without the need to water the surface.
Once the reservoir is full, any excess water will come out of the overflow tube. This also prevents garden bed flooding during long periods of rain.
Wicking beds are planted and mulched just like normal gardens. The mulch not only looks great, but will keep weeds at bay and will also feed your soil which will keep your plants happy, healthy and productive.
Advantages of Wicking Beds
A wicking bed has a number of advantages over traditional irrigation system, particularly with this ability to self-water without the need of an expensive timer setup. A wicking bed feeds water directly to a plants roots when they require it with no guess work from the gardener. There is little wastage of water through evaporation, which is further minimised through good mulching practices.
Wicking beds are great for small spaces
Do you have a balcony or courtyard that gets heaps of sun? Why not use this available space to grow some delicious herbs, spices, fruit or vegetables? If you don't have a dedicated garden bed area wicking beds are a great solution, and can be made from a variety of containers, bins or pots to fit in areas that have limited space or no available soil to plant in.