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I am not quite sure I understand all the in's and out's of a "wicking bed" and how to incorporate worms, but I ran across a website tonight that looks promising. When I have time I'm going to experiment with the above ground version of this strategy from from EasyGrowVegetables.com

 

Specifically, here's the page regarding building a wicking bed.

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Comment by Jason Kalka on January 12, 2011 at 7:15pm
That looks like a lot of work.  I doubt many folks would try it on a large scale.  Sounds good in concept though.
Comment by bpearcy10 on January 12, 2011 at 7:22pm
It's pretty popular in Australia apparently.  On the forum on that site, one guy mentioned that it's such a simple concept that there's no commerical opportunity in promoting it. There's not gadgets, timers, valves, etc. to sell so no one promotes it commercially.
Comment by Susan B on January 12, 2011 at 10:39pm

Wicking beds are VERY GOOD for arid areas.  Little to none of the water is lost to evaporation and the plants get a continues safe amount of water.  I learned about them from the group in Australia that's mentioned on the EasyGrow site.  

 

The worms are incorporated in to the the wicking boxes the same way they can be incorporated into any garden; using a worm tower.  Dig a hole in your garden, line it with a very large PVC pipe (or coffee can etc) that has holes drilled in the bottom half.  Add worms and then food scraps and keep adding food scraps.  I'm sure there's a little more to it than that, so google worm tower before you actually do anything.  I haven't done much with these in my studio apartment.

Comment by Jay on January 23, 2011 at 4:58pm

did you see this yet    looks pretty cool

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZUCxBHeq04&feature=related

Comment by bpearcy10 on January 23, 2011 at 6:54pm
Cool video Jay.  I also like Pete's Automatic Water Project. He got the idea from the Buster Brothers.

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