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How to design and build wicking bed raised gardens for use in Austin Texas and elsewhere. Wicking beds are a great way to save water and always maintain proper watering of your plants.
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    Make materials list and go get your stuff

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    Pick a good site and make sure its level

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    Start building your frames, I used cedar as it lasts and doesn't leach

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    Complete the raised bed structure

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    Line bed with 4-8 mm heavy duty plastic, add round pebbles fit PVC

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    Add lava rock to complete 3.5" water reservoir fill area

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    Repeat plastic, rock, & PVC fitting steps for all your beds

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    Use heavy duty stainless staples to secure plastic to bed side walls

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    Lay a couple of layers of landscape fabric over rock and PVC pipe

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    Put soil down over landscape fabric

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    Calculate your soil needs to know how much you'll need

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    Use/buy high quality soil, you don't want to go cheap here

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    Trim away excess plastic from beds

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    Assuming the weather's good, you are ready to plant

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    Get creative with plant supports

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    A month or so of growing, plants doing very well

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    A few months in, still going strong

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    Happy pepper and tomato plants

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    Spinach vine is taking over.

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    Wicking Worm Beds from Instructables

    How to construct garden Wicking Worm Beds Water once a week in summer and less during the rest of the year! The wicking worm bed is a highly product...

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    From the bottom up - A DIY guide to wicking beds

    Wicking beds are a unique and increasingly popular way to grow vegetables. They are self-contained raised beds with built-in reservoirs that supply water from the bottom up - changing how, and how much, you water your beds. In this article, we'll talk

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    HowStuffWorks "Red Wigglers"

    These are the worms you want for your wicking bed.

    Red wigglers are the best compost worms because they live well in close, highly populated conditions and don't burrow. Read about red wigglers here.

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    Food Is Free Project Austin Texas How to Build a Wicking Bed

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    Composting | Austin Resource Recovery | AustinTexas.gov - The Official Website of the City of Austin

    Composting is nature's way of recycling. Rather than sending your food scraps and lawn clippings to the landfill, you can compost them to create a nutrient rich fertilizer for your garden or lawn.

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    Composting at Home | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle | US EPA

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    Resource Conservation - Composting for Facilities Basics | Wastes | US EPA

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    Composting: a guide to making compost at home, using compost tumblers, bins & other composters | Eartheasy.com

    Composting Fundamentals: How to make organic compost, build your own composter or buy one online. From beginners to experts this page provides composting information and tips for successful home composting.

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    Mahogany Wicking Beds

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Use/buy high quality soil, you don't want to go cheap here
Calculate your soil needs to know how much you'll need
Lay a couple of layers of landscape fabric over rock and PVC pipe
Use heavy duty stainless staples to secure plastic to bed side walls
Repeat plastic, rock, & PVC fitting steps for all your beds
Add lava rock to complete 3.5" water reservoir fill area
Line bed with 4-8 mm heavy duty plastic, add round pebbles fit PVC
Start building your frames, I used cedar as it lasts and doesn't leach
Pick a good site and make sure its level
Make materials list and go get your stuff
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A month or so of growing, plants doing very well
Assuming the weather's good, you are ready to plant
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Food Is Free Project Austin Texas How to Build a Wicking Bed
From the bottom up - A DIY guide to wicking beds
Wicking Worm Beds from Instructables
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Composting: a guide to making compost at home, using compost tumblers, bins & other composters | Eartheasy.com
Resource Conservation - Composting for Facilities Basics | Wastes | US EPA
Composting at Home | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle | US EPA
Composting | Austin Resource Recovery | AustinTexas.gov - The Official Website of the City of Austin
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