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 Post subject: Re: Gabes Wicking Beds
PostPosted: Oct 11th, '15, 19:26 
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A few more pictures from the wicking barrels and wicking beds.

I have planted a few "rare" fruits this weekend. Mainly tropical. These are not "air prunning as they wont be making large taproots. I will be keeping the water level in the water reservoir high for the Taro.


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Unfortunately the nectarines seems to be dying. They were in a really poor state in the aquaponics (due to the leave curl) and i hoped that the transplant to the APWB will save them. Unfortunately they seem to be dying. The Peach tree did survive and is doing well in the air pruning wicking barrel.
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Very nice setup, thanks for sharing

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Unfortunately the two nectarines are now dead - they didn't survive the aquaponics to wicking barrel transfer. I used one of the barrels to plant some tamarillo's and the other to plant a pepino (taken from a cutting). I also added a an Arrow root (Canna Edulis) - keen to see how this turns out~



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Hi Gabe
great setup mate things are ticking along nicely its always inspirational reading your threads.


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I remember a while ago somebody saying wicking beds was not a good idea

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I cleaned out one of the wicking beds today (the first i build). Had a large haul of carrots. I kept the Aloe vera in the bed.


Planted some tomatoes, watermelon, pumpkin and corn and mulched with 2" layer of cheep poo.



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I just love those wicking beds!!!


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This is the same wicking bed that with the picture that I posted on 24th of October. Amazing what 45 days can do in a wicking bed!


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This is the same wicking bed that with the picture that I posted on 24th of October. Amazing what 45 days can do in a wicking bed!
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Holy mackerel! I've got to try a couple wicking beds this Spring. Is there any noticeable down side? Excessive water usage or something? Man that's great

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Hi Boss

The only down side i can think of is that it is somewhat more expensive to build than a raised bed. Water use is significantly less than a raised bed.

Here is some pictures of wicking beds from blue barrels.

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-Potatoes
-Edible canna
-A massive tomato
- sweet potato (planted last week)
- pumpkin (also planted last week)

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Thanks for the reply Gabe. Is this your first season for the wicking beds? You build them over Winter correct? Are they all tied to fish tanks?

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