When turning over the soil of my garden beds recently I discovered these.
Tree roots from nearby gum trees had invaded my beds.
So I dug out the dirt and...
out they go!
We have replaced this bed with two barrels and two cut down curbside bins.
This is how we did the wicking system.
We followed Rob Bob's instructions on Youtube here
We had a couple of half barrels that could be used.
We are hoping to get some more barrels at Paramount Browns in Adelaide when they become available.
We bought some pvc pipe and ag pipe,
and joined with an elbow and duct tape.
This is how it looks in the barrel.
Next I made some socks out of weed cloth.
Here it is laid out on the table
Cut into two.
Then place over the ag pipe to prevent soil from falling into the gaps and blocking it up. Tie off the end.
I forgot to take a photo of the cloth over the pipe lol! So instead, this was taken when we were preparing J
We brought in some rocks.
These go in the bottom over the pipe like so.
Then hubby made the drainage hole.
We placed some shade cloth on top of the rocks.
Then added straw on top of the cloth.
And topped with soil.
Fill with water and check the drainage is working.
Yes it is all good!
I planted some kale
I have not had to water these for over a month. We have had a little rain during this time, so this has helped to keep them damp.
The plants are now doing really well.
Wicking barrels are a fantastic way to save water especially in drier climates like we experience here.
Have you tried wicking beds for gardening? If so, were they successful?