Wicking beds – Sustainable Gardening Australia Footprint Flicks

Loved by many, enjoyed by few. The ultimate ‘How-to’ guide for creating and enjoying your very own garden wicking bed. And once the plants have been tucked in for the season, blissful self-watering takes over.

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  1. Jess F on April 10, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    shove the stick down the tube, the way she checked it when she filled it.

  2. Dusty’s Garden on April 10, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Heeey maaaate ✌️ from

  3. Jess F on April 10, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    I suppose keep it filled so that you are wetting as much of the stick as she did when she first filled it.

  4. kronblomqqq on April 10, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    What have you done to your hair? How far from nature isnt’ that.

  5. Benjamin .Jacob on April 10, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    600 mm 🙂 what type of measurement is this?

  6. NodNyl cReates on April 10, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Nice vid..

  7. Helen Longhurst on April 10, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Great demonstration, going to try it this weekend

  8. Monster Bear on April 10, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Which one?

  9. Epic Cow on April 10, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    A trick for getting the plastic into the corners of the garden:
    Fill with a small amount of water.

  10. TheBushdoctor68 on April 10, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Great video, thanks. However, the box looks quite flimsy and I think you should have used thicker lumber. The last shot shows the planks bending considerably under the weight of the soil, which will get worse over time. Still a great video, because it taught me to use thicker lumber. 🙂

  11. Monster Bear on April 10, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Love Australian accents! Thanks for the video. I’m currently building my raised SIP by Urban Gardner. You video is an awesome supplement. Thanks!

    From Spring Tx

  12. Christina Harris on April 10, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    thanks heaps, a really helpful vid.

  13. kristen luciano on April 10, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    I’ve been watching tutorials on Wicking Beds and Sub-Irrigation Planters for daysssss, and this is the best one I’ve seen! Thank you so much for sharing!

  14. Jess F on April 10, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    you’re fun to watch! hee hee

  15. Konstantina Vlahos on April 10, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Awesome – thank you!

  16. Vivian Henderson on April 10, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    I have also been watching you tube videos about wicking beds and agree this is the best so far. So easy to listen to and so much enthusiasm makes me want to get out in the garden right now. Thank you.

  17. beldengi on April 10, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    I have pondered using wicking beds but I have concluded they are not a great idea. They use too much water. I spot water my plants whereas wicking beds soak the whole bed. They also tend to over water the roots leading to outbreaks of disease. My friend’s wicking beds have seen all but corn die in the early stages of growth whereas my spot watered and mulched vegies are thriving.

  18. Caroline Andrew on April 10, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    I love the idea of wicking beds and made one similar to this. I went to the expense of buying the best organic vegetable container mixture (aka the most expensive one at Bunnings) and I added a little cow manure as well (from memory)….and whatever I planted hardly grew. It was like every seedling I planted went into suspended animation. A friend suggested that I add some soil to the mix and when I did that my seedlings did a bit better, but still nothing startling. Totally frustrating endeavour. For me, trying to work out what to put in the bed is pivotal. Don’t tell me to "buy a really good quality soil compost blend." Just tell me…..what brand and where to get it.

  19. jennifer mahoney on April 10, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Is she the Steve Irwin of gardening? So much enthusiasm and character. Brilliant!

  20. Steve Mccartney on April 10, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Great video thank you 😊

  21. jaslin108 on April 10, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Hi thanks very much for this video it is all you need to start a wicking bed, great clear concise information. The step by step information is brilliant I now have all the information I need to start the wicking bed, I am starting with a recycled stainless steel laundry tub as a practice run – to grow strawberries and some herbs.

  22. Adam Laurance on April 10, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    The inventor of Wicking beds, Colin Austin, deeply regrets that the information he posted on wicking beds got misread. Won’t go into details here but to say that any type of gravel/scoria/bluemetal inhibits the wicking process as does the geotextile/shadecloth etc. Using sandy loam throughout the reservoir and a good soil compost mix in the growing level produces the optimum wicking process. Beds will still function using the gravel etc but nowhere near as efficiently.

    For more information go to Colin Austin’s website:

    Another interesting development is work by Chris Curtis testing various wicking methods. See:-

  23. julie werner on April 10, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    I love my Vegepod wicking bed we have extreme winds and fruit fly, both no longer an issue. Nearly ready to make my own 👏🏻

  24. bubbysbub on April 10, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Mate, it is now choco pudding night in our house tonight- do you ever do double sauce quantities, too? Yumbo scrumbo. I’ve been doing my wicking beds on a smaller scale in styrofoam containers from the vege shop- another thing to keep out of landfill! I find they work really well in our aussie summers, when the moisture can be leeched out of a normal pot about an hour after you water it, argh! They’re also pretty brilliant over autumn/winter, as with the occasional bit of rain, I NEVER have to water them. I’ve since stopped using the intake pipe, though, as watering as normal fills it up no probs, and it saves me a bit more. I just use the ol’ finger test to see if it needs watering. I use a mix of budget compost from bunnings, mushroom compost, coir, six month aged horse manure, and sand. Seems to work really well. Cutting some holes into the sides of old pots and burying them in the middle of the bed, adding some moist coir, some shredded paper, and some vege scraps means I can raid my sister’s worm farm for a few in-bed helpers, too! Just make sure to keep a terracotta saucer on the top of that, with mulch over it, otherwise the poor wormies cook in summer.

  25. Rachel Crowley on April 10, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Fabulous video – succinct, informative, entertaining, and inspires me to get out there and give it a go. I have 2x wooden crates (100 x 100 x 90) so reckon these should be perfect. Thanks++
    ps: love the t- shirt and your enthusiasm
    pps: include the chocolate pudding recipe next time…!!! 😜

  26. Jess F on April 10, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    she said about 200ml so keep it at that.

  27. JonFrumTheFirst on April 10, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    It’s Pat from SNL!

  28. Ron Rover on April 11, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Actually this covers it all, thanks a lot. Could you please explain why you built yours 600mm high? Is there a general rule how much of the total hight should be dedicated to the reservoir? I’m sorry if you mentioned that one already in the video. I might have overheard that as English is not my first language.

  29. Chris McPhee on April 11, 2021 at 12:01 am

    I have just purchased 5 raised garden beds. Height is only 480cm. Would I need to add more height to make the wicking system work properly? Love the enthusiasm of this lady. So excited to get going on this project. Thanks for the easy instructions.

  30. andrewski Baba on April 11, 2021 at 12:02 am

    she is wrog about first soil layer, whole soil needs to be compost and mulch, not garden dirt as it compacts and prevents wicking. think potting mix with manure and organic matter, woodchips leaves anything that is light airy and organic.

  31. nery colon's garden on April 11, 2021 at 12:02 am

    nice. i wonder if this can be done also for containers. i enjoy it very much. it’s perfect for here where mosquitos are a problem. thanks for your videos.

  32. Carolyn Zuniga on April 11, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Can ya grow a dwarf fruit tree in the wicking bed? Thank You!

  33. uppanadam74 on April 11, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Is she on a TV show?? LOL!!

  34. C L on April 11, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Please spell out all the material on screen. Hard to understand especially for USA

  35. oldigger on April 11, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Very good video.  Easy to follow instructions.  Thanks for the info!

  36. eruditionist123 on April 11, 2021 at 12:05 am

    What’s the maintenance on these? Do you replace the plastic or gravel after 2,3 years?

  37. ElectraRC on April 11, 2021 at 12:06 am

    But Mother Nature waters from the top????

  38. Sunilnand Vijayarathna on April 11, 2021 at 12:06 am

    m8, U R sooo hot , hotter than that pudding…

  39. goyethere4 on April 11, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Indeed this is the best video on wicking I have seen to this date! Thank you so much!

  40. Matt HEAT on April 11, 2021 at 12:11 am

    would have believed it more if i felt you actually ate vegetables

  41. SG Aust on April 11, 2021 at 12:12 am

    You shouldn’t have to replace either as long as you’ve used a good quality liner – a pond liner is ideal. The green shade cloth layer on top of the red scoria toppings should prevent any of the organic materials in the next layer from passing through. Preventing contamination of the reservoir layer with the organic materials is important.

  42. ConcernedMushroom on April 11, 2021 at 12:13 am

    great video-thanks!

  43. dj red hare aus on April 11, 2021 at 12:13 am

    are you a girl or a boy i cant tell

  44. Miss M on April 11, 2021 at 12:14 am

    great video SustainableGardening 🙂 Is it possible to pop in some English subs, for the hearing impaired please?

  45. Nicki Coquillard on April 11, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Thank you! Well described and great to have a reference to the creator!

  46. SurfinScientist on April 11, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Nice video. Thanks!

  47. Andy Greves on April 11, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Great stuff, can’t wait to give this a crack. I see some larger plants in there, would
    Love to know what you’re growing.

  48. jinx Mack on April 11, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Seen a few videos on wicking beds but this one is the best one ever. I will definitely be giving it a go now. Good job. thank you.

  49. Kenny Bellew on April 11, 2021 at 12:21 am

    I’m going to try adding a fish tank air stone into my water tube to help keep it from going anaerobic.

  50. Curious Media Bali videos on April 11, 2021 at 12:22 am

    What a great video. The enthusiasm for food, vegies and gardening is sooo contagious.

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