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Make a Wicking Bed – Great for Drought Gardens

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Wicking beds are very water efficient. These self-contained planters have a reservoir of water at the bottom and a wicking medium that slowly pulls water up to the plant roots. The folks over at Bits Out the Back created this short tutorial on making a wicking bucket. The same technique can be applied to larger beds and can even work in-ground, as detailed over at Resilience. These beds are excellent for regions facing severe drought.

(If you’re in water conservation mode, be sure to check out my earlier post on gardening through a drought, too.)


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Kris Bordessa

Kris Bordessa founded Attainable Sustainable as a resource for revitalizing vintage skills. Her book, Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living (National Geographic) offers a collection of projects and recipes to help readers who are working their way to a more fulfilling DIY lifestyle. She's a certified Master Food Preserver and longtime gardener who loves to turn the harvest into pantry staples.

2 comments… add one
  • Carol l Apr 29, 2018, 1:25 pm

    Is there a written version of this? I don’t do videos…prefer to read.

  • Robert Park Nov 22, 2015, 1:08 pm

    Right on! Just wish I had the hand tools I once had. Oh well.

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