Permaculture in Action: Wicking Bed

Design

During the design phase for PermaBlitz #3 the PermaBlitz design team recommended a wicking bed system for the Host. This particular type of system would efficiently utilize their well water to irrigate annual vegetable plants in their fenced edible garden. A wicking bed is a self-watering garden bed. The water, held in a reservoir at the bottom of the bed, moves upward by capillary action to water the plants in the soil above. It is estimated that this type of system can save anywhere from 40-90% of water used.

wicking bed system design

Wicking bed system design

Pre-‘Blitz Construction

Before PermaBlitz #3 took place the Host constructed an outdoor sink using an old cast iron sink. A three-way valve in the plumbing was installed so that water, which may not be suitable for vegetables in the wicking bed can be diverted to the mulch basin. The sink was placed just outside the fenced garden and will be used to rinse vegetables from the garden and rinse pots from the fabric dying process (the Host works with natural dyes, specifically their abundant Toyon shrub).

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Earthshed Blog -hey, this is new!

Welcome to our first Blog post!

We have a few PermaBlitzes under our belts, several Hands-On Workshops over the last few years and countless photos of it all, so now we have loads of Permaculture in Action examples to share with you.

Our aim is to help you learn about permaculture design through our volunteer work in the local community and how specific design elements are being implemented in our unique bio-region -the beautiful northern Sacramento valley and foothills beyond.

Stay tuned for fun and, hopefully, inspiring posts in the months to come. You can always keep tabs on us by following our blog right here on the website, signing up for our newsletter and connecting with us through social media.

And now a little teaser for the next post