Wicking Gardens for Summer Proof Gardening

Grow Your Own Wicking Gardens

In this 2 hour course we will help you:

  1. learn how wicking beds work – what makes them different to grandmas pots in saucers
  2. make some wicking gardens out of pre-loved items
  3. turn your favourite pots into wicking beds
  4. explore alternatives to glue or plastics – how can cement be waterproof?
  5. see food plants that thrive in wicking beds
  6. choose easy food water plants
  7. reduce the risk of mosquitoes in your garden
  8. understand local fauna like water-dragons, frogs and dragon flies
  9. discuss your own water challenges and strategies to minimise plant losses in drought.
  10. See how to apply wicking technique to larger garden beds

Save Your Water

Most of the water spent on gardens seeps away after feeding the roots.  Alternatively, you can grow your most valuable plants in wicking beds where water stays within reach of your plants. The only water losses in a wicking bed are through the plants transpiration.


Prevent plant losses

If you are planning to go on a summer adventure you would be right to be concerned about leaving your best pots without any water. The summer temperatures are getting hotter and this year is especially dry.


Water loving food plants

We grow delicious Kangkong, taro, watercress, water celery, and chestnuts in our water pots.  Wicking bed principles can be applied to growing potted plants, vegetables, and seedlings.


No need to book this class, just show up. Cost $40


For Hybrid Permaculture Design Course Participants this session can count toward your homework for one topic such as ‘water’ or ‘aquaculture’ or ‘Cultivated Ecology’ in the Permaculture Design Course. See here all the topics in a Permaculture Design Course.