Learn how to construct your own garden Wicking Worm Beds
Water once a week in summer and much less during the rest of the year!
Water for Food
The wicking worm bed revolution
by Mairéid Sullivan
A fully illustrated instructional eBooklet.
(2009) Revised and expanded edition 2012
This 20-page fully illustrated booklet provides detailed information, including exact measurements and lists of materials needed for constructing timber-framed Wicking Worm Beds, plus everything you need to know about adding compost worms to the wicking beds.
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"The wicking worm bed is a highly productive growing system which not only produces more food from limited water, but also recycles waste organic material to provide plant nutrient and capture carbon. The essence is to form an underground reservoir of water or pond contained by a waterproof container or liner below the surface of the soil. Plants are productive because they have a continuous supply of water and nutrients." – Colin Austin
|Water doesn't evaporate in the reservoir under wicking beds. Instead, the water 'wicks' up to the roots, and the top soil remains 'soft' under the mulch. Since water will wick up only 300mm to the plant roots, the soil depth should be no more than 320mm deep (about one foot deep).