Orto is operating during Covid-19 but with contactless deliveries. Orto is operating during Covid-19 but with contactless deliveries.

Raised Wicking Beds

Our raised wicking beds are for the backyard with enough space for some serious food growing. Each raised garden bed has a complete wicking bed system installed to save water and maximise growth rates. We install on site anywhere in Melbourne, and will provide soil and plants if required.

Material: 200 x 50mm Cypress Planks.

The wicking bed inside is lined with polyethylene liner and then a base layer is filled with 100mm perforated agi pipe and scoria. An outlet is plumbed into the bottom with an elbow and upright pipe to check level and allow overflow at the correct height. A layer of Geotextile then goes over the top the wicking bed before the soil mix goes in.

For reference,  the 1000x1000x600 raised wicking bed holds approx 70 litres of water and 0.5m3 of soil. So it can be worth getting a bulk load of soil/compost delivered rather than buying bags.

Normally we build the raised bed on site for you and then you supply your own soil and plants, although we now have an option to purchase soil via the website. Please call to discuss if you want plants.

We are testing out various methods of pest protection at the moment as each backyard has its own villains. We had a possum addicted to chillies at one stage event though chillies are sometime recommend as a possum deterrent...


We have a blog article documenting how we build the raised wicking beds on site.