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Very inspirational, Timber doesn't look treated. What about white ants???

Brickies plastic is what i've used in my growbeds, 4 layers with blue metal straight onto it with no worries.

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Thanks Muzza,

and yeah the timber is treated, so should be good for a lot of years... ants would eat it in 2 seconds around here otherwise! :thumbleft:

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So here is the finished bed.. it's even holding water which is a great start :headbang:
I will post some more pictures when stuff starts to grow.
I have plans to possibly make a bit of a shade cloth roof supported by four corner posts and maybe netting on the side to keep out the grasshoppers, but thats for the future :D


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In regards to your overflow pipe.

Why did you decide to set it low with a riser for your height and did you just put some shade cloth over the inside end?

All looking good Tom, cheers

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A wicking bed benefits from being able to completely drain it if need bee

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In regards to your overflow pipe.

Why did you decide to set it low with a riser for your height and did you just put some shade cloth over the inside end?

All looking good Tom, cheers


Like F&F mentioned I can (almost) completely drain the bed by removing the standpipe... if I had just a hole at the height I wanted the water level to be I would have no adjustment to the water level and I would not be able to drain it. I placed weed mat over the top of it and it also sort of inserted into some ag pipe and then the sand went on top.. so it has a nice little space in there :thumbleft:

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As usual, fantastic handy work tom.

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Yes that was what I was thinking, easy to flush out. Thank you

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Brilliant :notworthy: - gives me a few ideas for this weekend. :roll:

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Well the seedlings are popping up now and my dad added a pipe (the orange one with grey lid) for compost to feed the worms. :thumbright:


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Hi Kimocal,

Everything has been growing very well in it, although I don't think that right now in the beginning it has had much to do with the wicking bed features as it has been watered regularly when seeds were planted and the the soil we used to fill the bed was the best we had with a lot of organic matter from the worm farms and chicken coup (so it would probably grow better than anything else in the garden because of that alone).
However no one has looked after it in the past week since no one has been around to do so, so I will find out how well it handled the heat without additional watering and how much the water level dropped in the bed. and take some pics :thumbright:

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Update:

Well everything is growing great in the bed.. we have gotten lots of cucumbers which we usually have trouble growing the round here.. the plants grow but we often don't get much fruit.

Also with summer here I decided to make a roof for the bed.. so I used 2.4 metre sleepers 200x50 and put them through the rip saw to make 4 50x50 pieces. 4 of those for posts and then some more for the roof. I have temporarily clamped some shade cloth to it until I can get the right shade cloth (50%) and make a system for easily adding removing it for summer/winter situations.

Dad drilled some holes in the roof cross beams and put some rope through to support plants from in the future. Also the wicking bed is a great place to dump all the water and solids from my new radial flow filter from the aquaponics greenhouse.

Definitely looking forward to getting at least three more of these up and running! :thumbright: compliments the AP well too!


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Looking great Tom, head down to your local bowling club and have a look at the shades set around the greens. Newer ones are fixed but the old style are the pull alone set up. I will be doing something similiar with mine. Cheers

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