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Wicking Beds (2 days)

Learn how to make a wick bed and understand how it works!

This 2 day workshop is running over the following dates in 2021:

Saturday 18 September – Sunday 19 September

from $198 | 2 days

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Wicking beds are a great way to grow herbs and leafy vegetables at home on a balcony or in the yard. They are suitable for schools or community gardens. Wicking beds can save up to 50% of water usage when growing food and are ideal for small scale food production.

The two day workshop will cover what is involved with constructing a wicking bed, materials, soils and how it all works! By the end, participants will have gained an understanding of capillary action, plants most suitable for wicking beds and also hands on skills on building a full sized wicking bed at CERES. This is both a practical and theoretical course, expect to get your hands dirty, use power tools and shovel soil and scoria in the construction process.

Darren is the Excursions Land Programs Coordinator at CERES and has a passion for plants and the way people interact with the natural environment.

Coming from a horticulture and geography background, he discovered his passion for education and engaging people through environmental education while working as an educator at La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary and also in his time as an Environmental Programs Assistant at a private college. Darren enjoys volunteering with humanitarian and environmental organisations, participates in community projects and has a keen interest in Permaculture. Outside of CERES he also works as a gardener with the Diggers Club.

What you will learn

  • How to construct a wicking bed
  • An understanding of capillary action
  • Plants most suitable for wicking beds

What you will get

  • Hands on skills on building a full sized wicking bed at CERES

What to bring

  • Note pad and pen

What to wear

  • Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes

Appropriate for

Those interested in building their own wicking beds

CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient numbers.

If we cancel the workshop you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.

If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee.

If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain 100% of your workshop fee.

Should CERES have to cancel the course due to Government changes relating to the COVD-19 response, we will let you know as soon as possible. Affected participants will be sent a notification that includes details on how to re-book another date or workshop. While cancellations on our part remain refundable within the specified time period, we do hope you will consider bearing with us in these precarious and trying times, and consider the rescheduled date where possible.