Self-Wicking Beds

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!

 

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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.

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With self-wicking beds, a trench is dug. Plastic lines the bottom of the trench, the irrigation pipe (Drainfield pipe) is laid in the trench, and wood chips cover all of that.

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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.

0201141052_01                                                                       Once the paths were done, we started to prepare the beds. We added fertilizer, sea minerals, and compost to the existing soil.

0203141052_010116141128_01                                                                     Then we added our one hundred blackberry plants.

0212141410_01                                                                      Since this area was a field, we don’t want to fight through the weeds to get to the berries. The next step is covering the beds with cardboard and a thick layer of mulch.

We all pitched in to get the job done!

20140203_131256                                                                                       And the hard work wore some of us out!

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For more info on self-wicking beds go to waterright.com.au

 

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