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 Post subject: Nebbian's Wicking Beds
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Got the first one planted out today, thought I'd document the process for others who might be interested...

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All screwed together

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A metal cutting disk makes nice narrow slots that gravel can't get through.

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Use 200 um plastic, not the thin 100 um stuff.

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First fill with the hose to test how water tight it is.

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Filling with 7 mm gravel.

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Note the gutters at the sides... This is to allow the water to be in contact with the soil even when the reservoir is running a bit low.

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Laying the geotextile out

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Here I'm sorting out two wire stays, that prevent the sides from bowing outwards.

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Closer look at the stays

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And it works!

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Adding soil

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The top stay was in the wrong place, so I moved it down a bit.

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Laying out the plants

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