I had the pleasure of attending a wicking bed workshop yesterday at my friend Michael’s. He recently purchased a new home, which has a monstrous backyard. I believe that it is about 1400 square metres in area, which is just the right size for a food gardener as passionate as he is.
The garden beds are made from a hardwood, 5 metres by 1.2 metres. They are massive.
At the bottom of each bed is a level base of clean sand for the lining to rest upon, and so that no stones pierce a hole through it when the weight of all the gravel and compost is in the bed.
Michael had already stapled the liner to one of the two beds that he and his family had constructed. We then laid down the geo-textile, which assists with the wicking action.
Here is Carmen and Bunty posing in front of the bed before we placed down the fabric. Lovely ladies, and both keen gardeners.
This is the second bed, which we managed to partly finish. It doesn’t show in this picture, but we managed to staple in the liner ready for the fabric and watering tube.