A wicking bed is an agricultural irrigation system used in arid countries where water is scarce. It can be used both in (arid) fields as in containers. Besides use in fields/containers outdoors, it can also be used indoors (i.e. greenhouse).
The system is designed to increase food production while using approximately 50% less water than traditional irrigation, by utilizing underground water reservoirs filled with decomposing organic matter and the process of evaporation.
- Building a Wicking Bed
- Lolo Houbein (2012). Outside the Magic Square: A Handbook for Food Security. Wakefield Press. p. 104. ISBN 978-1-74305-011-8. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
- How to Build a Low-Tech, Automated Wicking Bed (AKA ‘sub-irrigated planter’)
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