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PostPosted: Aug 17th, '13, 17:53 
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So I have seen a few peoples wicking beds on this site like Jt's and TCLynx so I thought I would steal their ideas and a few others from YouTube videos and make my own :thumbright:

Basically I am going to:
- use treated pine sleepers laid 4 high
- bed will be 2.4 L x 1.2 W x 0.8 H
- using sand laid under the plastic
- pond liner was too expensive so I am going to use a double layer of 200 Um builders plastic (hopefully this will last
- I will also be using ag pipe and milk crates (cut to half height) as the water reservoir
- I will try to protect the plastic from puncture from the milk crates by placing weed mat and old blankets under the milk crates.
- the milk crates and ag pipes will be covered with weed mat
- on top of weed mat will be a layer of sand
- then a layer of cane mulch
- then the soil
- I have 1 inch through the wall fittings for adjusting water level

So far I have cleared the area and levelled it and placed the first level of sleepers and the sand foundation. oh and carried 1 cubic metre of sand by buckets down about 30 steps to the terrace where the bed is being built... there is no machine access..


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File comment: My dog Bailey trying to get down from the above terrace... he doesn't like getting left out!
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File comment: I dug out the soil inside the wicking bed because it has taken us a long time to get the soil this good as it was all clay before and it seemed like a waste to bury it under and raised bed... I am replacing the removed soil with about 10cm of sand to make sure the plastic ends up above water level when it rains and to protect the plastic from the ground.
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Tom read from here on heres some info on wicking beds all about milk crates
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Tom read from here on heres some info on wicking beds all about milk crates
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Hi F&F,

Yes I read through that thread a while back.. probably where I got the milk crate idea from :whistle:

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Tom read from here on heres some info on wicking beds all about milk crates
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Hi F&F,

Yes I read through that thread a while back.. probably where I got the milk crate idea from :whistle:

As I have always said its a public forum the ideas are there for everybody to use

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looking good there......your going to like them


Im very well pleased with all my wicking beds..... have 6 4'x8' beds set up and 2 more in the works....


its been raining straight for 4 days and they are holding up pretty good.....


will get some pics up when this rain finally ends...

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looking good there......your going to like them


Im very well pleased with all my wicking beds..... have 6 4'x8' beds set up and 2 more in the works....


its been raining straight for 4 days and they are holding up pretty good.....


will get some pics up when this rain finally ends...


Thanks JT,

I have been following your thread about your AP and wicking beds... they looked really good. I am hoping to use them mostly for root crops which arn't as suitable in the AP (and AP space is at a bit of a premium for potatoes, onions and carrots) :thumbright:

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So update time..

I have almost got the bed finished, I only have the wood trim edging on top to attach and to trim the plastic of after that.

Here are the pictures of the progress.. :thumbright:


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File comment: I used silicone in corners to round out the inside corners and protect the plastic liner
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File comment: I used 2 layers of 200Um builders plastic which is not anywhere near as good as pond liner but a hell of a lot cheaper...lets hope it holds
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File comment: I placed old blankets in the bottom to protect the plastic along with some weed matt
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File comment: I carefully drilled the hole for the drain and water level conrol
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File comment: This is the milk crates and drainage pipe covered in weed mat and starting to add sand
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File comment: here is the sand added to final height of about 30-35cm on top of milk crates and drainage pipe. In this shot you can also see the external stand pipe which can be cut to different lengths to vary water height in bed.
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File comment: You can see the cane mulch which is the separating layer between sand and soil. I forgot to take the picture before starting to add the waste from the chicken coup but you can still make out the layer of cane mulch.. hopefully the mulch will form a type of blanket layer which would make it easier in the future to separate the soil but not take the sand if needed
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File comment: This is a lot of the chicken coup waste and straw
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File comment: Almost complete soil added to top of bed... now just have to trim plastic and attach top rail edging
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