This winter we have added self-wicking beds for a hundred blackberry plants. Self-wicking beds are an awesome way to conserve water. They are used mainly in Australia, where they are enduring a 20 year drought!
The first step was to dig. Although we do almost everything by hand, we decided to rent a back-hoe for a week in order to get the berry plants in as quickly as possible.
This wood chip covered trench is the path and the beds are on either side. The water fills the trench and is wicked up naturally into the beds.
We all pitched in to get the job done!
For more info on self-wicking beds go to waterright.com.au