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What is a wicking bed?

"Wicking bed" generally describes a raised garden bed which supplies plants with water from below. Water travels up from the water reservoir via a wicking medium into the soil above. 

how a wicking bed works

What is the advantage of a wicking bed?

Wicking beds use up to 50% less water than traditional garden beds. Growth rates are higher because soil is kept at optimum moisture levels. The Orto planter box wicking beds are at a great height for easy gardening and can be placed right next to your kitchen for convenience. 
Because the plants are fed from below, there is less water loss through evaporation, less disease caused by wet leaves, and you don't have to worry if you go away for a few weeks as the reservoir will keep your feeding your plants.
A wicking bed on castors is even better because you can move it to the best sun position throughout the year.

Do you need to be an experienced gardener to grow your own food in a wicking bed?

Absolutely not. A wicking bed has 2 features which make them perfect for new gardeners. Firstly the overflow pipe means that you cannot accidentally soon as the water level reaches the top of the reservoir you will see it flowing out of the pipe. Secondly, if you go away or forget your plants for a few days they have a water supply to keep them growing. Really no excuses now....just start growing.

What plants can I grow in my Orto planter box?

Some of the plants which we have been growing are:
Asparagus, Beans, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Capsicum, Carrot, Chilli, Coriander, Cucumber, Chives, Eggplant, Kale, Lettuce, Mint, Mustard Greens, Oregano, Rocket, Rosemary, Siverbeet, Snow Peas, Spinach, Tomato, Zucchini
The soil depth is 25 - 30cm which is ample for all of the above. 

How much does a Orto planter box weigh?

The Orto planter box without soil and water weighs 50kg. Once water and soil is added the weight is closer to 100kg. Our castors are rated to 65kg each, so the planter box can handle up to 260kg.

How much water is there in the water reservoir and how long will it last?

There is 33 litres of water in the Orto reservoir when full, not counting soil moisture. Mature plants will drink between 1-5 litres per day depending on environmental conditions. Mostly the plants are drinking a litre per day so the water will last a week or so in normal conditions, but in extreme heat check each day until you get a feel for exactly how fast they are using water. 

Do you ship interstate?

Yes, we have just started shipping interstate in a slightly modified form of the Gardeners package. We place the castors, inlet pipe and overflow inside the reservoir so they don't damage in transportation and you will need to attach these yourself when you receive. There are instructions on the shipping page.