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Posted by BLUEZBANDIT 19 Jul 2010 - 9:41:00 PM

I prefer raised beds either made from sleepers, colorbond, or old recycled refrigerator. * Line your bed with thick plastic (Forticon) or pond liner.

* In the bottom of the bed lay a length of ag pipe so it runs across the bottom and up the sides to the top of the garden bed.
* Half fill with large blue metal or some similar material (aggregate rock) then lay at least a 30cm layer of soil, compost and river sand mixed together. This is your planting medium.
* A couple of drainage holes need to be placed in the side of the bed at the level where the blue metal finishes and the soil begins so that the bed doesn't get flooded if you have a lot of rain.
* Now get you hose and fill the ag pipe until you can see the water level at the top.
* Then you plant out you will have to water regularly for awhile until the roots get long enough to work their way down as it takes awhile for the wicking action to occur.
The plants then will never need watering only the level in the ag pipe will need to be replenished every now and again.
Seaweed fertilizer can be added to the reservoir if you thing your garden needs it.
The plants use only what they need, therefore excess water is not wasted.

Happy wicking bed gardening!

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