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that fills your heart, soul and salad bowl!

At Wicking Beds by Very Edible Gardens our knowledge and range of water-efficient wicking bed products and landscaping services to our detailed and FREE "how to make a wicking bed" guide, will get you up and growing and nurturing the garden of your dreams in no time at all. 🥦 🍅 🥕

Water wisely: The way of the wicking bed

Garden not thriving? Watering takes forever and feels like a chore? Tree roots sapping the love from your garden soil? 

Say hi to the wicking bed! A gardening solution that will make your life easier and veggies lush! It’s time to start spending more time enjoying that cuppa in your abundant garden and less time worrying about your plants.

Browse our site for all the info you need to make the right choice when it comes to wicking beds and edible garden solutions.

Wicking beds planted with seasonal vegetable and perennial herbs.

The Underwhelming Garden Dilemma

Despite all of your time and efforts, your garden isn’t thriving. Sound familiar? ☹️

Picture this: You’re in your garden, watering for what feels like an eternity and then you scratch the surface and it’s still as dry as a desert below! Or how about those scorching summer days when you’re fretting about your precious veggies wilting in the heat?  Maybe your just longing for an abundance of veggies without all the hard work eating away at your precious time? 

The Wicking Bed Solution

Say hi to a gardening solution that will make your life easier and veggies lush! 

But how do wicking beds work? 

Put simply wicking beds self-water from below. This in turn…

  • reduces surface evaporation
  • keeps moisture in the soil where it’s needed most
  • reduces weed growth
  • saves time 
  • saves water! yes, up to 80% less water. 

The wicking bed system ensures that your veggies will flourish, allowing you to spend more time savouring the delights of your garden.

Watch our video explaining how the ins and outs of this time saving gardening solution.

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But how do wicking beds work? 

Put simply wicking beds self-water from below.  And to dive a little deeper, it’s the gravity-defying power of capillary action that makes wicking beds so special. It’s upside down watering!

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Watch our video explaining how the ins and outs of this time saving gardening solution.

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What makes a Very Edible Gardens wicking bed special

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Save Time, Water and Energy

Wicking beds require less water, than conventional garden systems which means more time watching your garden flourish.

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Peace of Mind for Your Health​

Our wicking bed liners are built tough, and best of all they are certified drinking water safe = No nasty leachates!

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Feel Good About Your Garden​

We use untreated, ethically sourced and locally harvested end-of-life cypress. No native forests harmed.

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Ease, Comfort and Convenience!

Our wicking beds are custom fit to your space and needs. With a strong focus on accessibility it makes gardening a breeze.

Thousands of happy customers have joined the
Very Edible Gardens family

There’s nothing more fulfilling for us than fostering ongoing relationships with our valued customers. Find out what they have to say in our testimonials.

We are exceptionally happy with our new garden beds. The guys have done a brilliant job and they look great. Amanda and I had a cup of tea staring at them this morning. The kids are excited about having new climbing apparatus in our yard. Many thanks again. It has been a great experience dealing with you.

Richard

Gardenvale

Just a quick line to say how thrilled we are with our new VEG box. And what a pleasure it was having Adam and Colin on site on Wednesday. Super work and such lovely people to work with.

Once again, thanks so much for a fantastic product. Will be recommending you to anyone I know in the market for an easy veggie garden option

Alison

Kew East

I just wanted to thank you and your team again for your work.
It was a pleasure having everyone on site. The kids and dogs enjoyed as well!
Love the bed and looking forward to spring.

Amy

Fairfield

The garden looks loved and lovely. If there is ever a need for a comment or recommendation please let me know. We have been impressed and have been learning alongside.

Cindy

Aberfeldie

Are they really that great?

We think so but wicking beds are not for everyone. If they suit your space and needs then you can marvel at some of these great features. 

Easy to manage

With our easy tap adapter you just need to plug on your hose and wait for our innovative outlet system to tell you when the bed is full. 

Use less water

A study found that these beds could grow 50% more produce per litre of water used compared to the best practice traditional surface irrigation.

Less weeding

Because the water sits below the soil, the surface stays dryer meaning less seed germination from invasive weeds and more time saved.

Drainage mode

VEGs wicking bed outlet system allows you to set the height of the internal water reservoir. No more water-logged soil in the rainy season.

Ready to take the next step?

Start your journey to an abundant, low stress garden by choosing your adventure below.

The contents of a VEG wicking bed conversion kit.

I want to do it myself

Converting an existing garden bed or choosing a custom timber bed is easy with our products shipped Australia wide in our online shop. We provide step-by-step video instructions and all info you need to nurture your new garden.

Wicking beds planted with seasonal vegetable and perennial herbs.

Help me create my dream garden!

We can take all of the stress out of designing and implementing your new garden. From wicking beds, chook systems, food forests and full edible garden makeovers we can get you up and growing in no time.

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I want to learn more about wicking beds

Take a look at our FREE online how to guides and learn all about the science behind what makes a wicking bed wick! And don’t forget about our Wicking Beds 101: Quick Start Guide with included discount code for our online shop.

Build your own wicking bed

Browse our range of DIY conversion kits, certified safe plastic liners, timber kit set garden beds and more!

Let the team at VEG create your new garden

We do the heavy lifting
We source the best products
Attention to detail
No Leaks

Creating a sustainable, bountiful garden can be daunting, especially if you’re new to wicking beds. Our friendly, passionate team brings extensive experience and great attention to detail, ensuring your wicking bed installation is done right the first time.

We’re proud of the positive feedback we continuously receive from our clients. It’s a testament to our commitment to providing exceptional service and quality. With VEG, you don’t have to worry about common installation issues like leakage or improper wicking. We’re so dedicated to getting it right that we often get called to fix installations done by others.

Want more than just a wicking bed? no worries. We also design and install all types of sustainable and edible gardens including;

  • Paving
  • Edging
  • Hardscaping and softscaping
  • Planting
  • Irrigation
  • Chook Houses & Yards
  • Compost Bays
  • Plus more!

Grab our FREE Wicking Beds 101 download

Includes discount code for $10 off in our online shop.

Our helpful guide leans into more than a decade’s worth of insights, tips, tricks, and proven techniques straight from the VEG team, seasoned veterans of wicking bed building, installation, and usage around the city of Melbourne.

Inside you will find

  • What is a wicking bed? 
  • How Does it work?
  • Why choose wicking beds? 
  • Setting up your wicking bed: step by step and top tips.
  • Choosing the right plants for your wicking bed. 

Plus more! 

Enter your name and email for the download link.

Along with your guide, you’ll get our lush Very Edible Gardens newsletter. Not your cup of tea? A single click and you’re out!

Still want to learn more? We have a  handy FAQs section as well as more great learning materials online here.

Who we have worked with

Very Edible Gardens has worked with many councils in and around Melbourne and has been involved in some fantastic community projects over the years. Here are just a few of the people we have helped grow better veggies.

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Got questions?

We try and answer some of the most common questions here but we are always there to help make your gardening journey as smooth as possible. 

Jump over to our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Order and installation times
    • What is the waiting time on your wicking bed installations?
      Usually it's anywhere from one to eight weeks, depending on the season. Get in touch via our contact form here to find out our current waiting time.
    • How long will it take to receive my order?
      Our products are all made to order and the processing time depends on how many orders we are currently processing. In general, delivery can take from a few days for DIY wicking kits to a couple of weeks for timber kit set beds. When you place an online order we will send you an email letting you know the estimated time for your order to be processed, and then when it is on its way or ready for pick up (as applicable). To view our current wait times visit our Shipping & Delivery page.
  • Shipping & deliveries
    • How long will it take to receive my order?
      Our products are all made to order and the processing time depends on how many orders we are currently processing. In general, delivery can take from a few days for DIY wicking kits to a couple of weeks for timber kit set beds. When you place an online order we will send you an email letting you know the estimated time for your order to be processed, and then when it is on its way or ready for pick up (as applicable). To view our current wait times visit our Shipping & Delivery page.
    • I live outside of greater Melbourne, how can I get your products and services?
      We post all of our wicking bed liners and kits Australia wide using our favourite carbon neutral courier company Sendle. Unfortunately, we like to keep our timber veggie beds local as the costs and carbon footprint tend to make it harder to justify sending them outside of the greater Melbourne area. We recommend talking with your local timber suppliers and find the most sustainable local timber you can. Then we can send you our kits to turn the bed into a water-efficient wicking bed. If you are in greater Melbourne (including Geelong) check out our delivery costs here. Our wicking bed installation services are usually confined to the Melbourne metro area and a little bit beyond.
    • Can you deliver your timber veggie beds to me and how much does it cost?
      If you live in the greater Melbourne area the answer is probably yes.  Find out where we can deliver our timber veggie beds and how much it costs here. For locations outside of greater Melbourne, it's best to get in touch. You can also organise your own courier to pick up orders from our Brunswick warehouse. Get in touch with us via our contact form if you want to do this. Currently, we are unable to deliver interstate.
    • Do you offer "click & collect" pick up from your warehouse?
      Yes. You can pick your order up for free from our warehouse and workshop in Brunswick (Melbourne), Victoria. Our secure collection area is open all days and even after hours. Select the Warehouse Pickup option at checkout and we will let you know when your order is ready to pick up and the address details.  For timber orders, a pickup time will need to be arranged with the warehouse staff so we can have it out in an easily accessible location for you. We will get in touch once the order is complete to arrange this with you.
  • Growing tips
    • What should I plant in my timber veggie bed?
      All of our products come with the Very Edible Gardens veggie bed owners manual that includes loads of organic gardening hints and tips on garden design, what to plant when, crop rotation, mulching, organic pest and weed control, harvesting and more. We want to make sure that you have everything you need to make your garden a success.
    • What does and doesn’t grow well in a wicking bed?
      Firstly, wicking beds are best suited to veggies.  Most veggies do better in wicking beds because of the low stress, constant moisture. Some root crops, like garlic, might be prone to rot in these conditions, however, we've not had problems! And your daikon radish might not develop to full size due to the shallow (generally 35cm or less) soil layer. They aren’t generally used for trees and other perennial plants although you might have a few strawberries and other shallow-rooted perennials in there and in saying that we have seen small fruit trees grow quite well in wicking beds, but as trees have extensive root systems and can create significant shade, their success may come at the expense of other plants in the same bed. The best thing is to learn about the types of conditions your plants like and maybe have a little fun experimenting. What works well for some may not work as well for other and vice versa.
  • Our products
    • Can you supply custom sized pieces of wicking bed liner?
      Yes. You can choose a custom liner size up to 10m long x 3.1m wide!  Get in touch with us via our contact form to order a longer custom sized piece of liner.
    • Is your wicking bed liner recyclable?
      Yes. Our wicking bed liner is recyclable at the end of its useful life (code 5 – PP). In most parts of Australia you can take this type of soft plastic to large supermarkets to be recycled with plastic bags.
    • Is your wicking bed liner non toxic?
      Yes. Our heavy-duty wicking bed liner is laboratory-certified (in independent laboratories in both Australia and the USA) to be safe for containing drinking water. It is the best liner we have seen and it will not leach nasties into your veggie garden, coupled with being almost impossible to accidentally pierce during installation. Councils across Australia use this product to line community drinking water reservoirs for good reason! Our liner is also:
      • Tested by the Australian Water Quality Centre in accordance with AS/NZS 4020:2005 standard for contact with drinking water.
      • BPA free.
       
    • How long does your wicking bed liner last?
      Our wicking bed liner will last at least 10 years in a wicking bed, but likely 15-20 years. It is flexible yet strong with very high puncture resistance. It is also used on large scale civil and commercial projects so you know it’s good.
    • What is the best sized bed for me and how many beds should I put in my garden?
      The best size and number of beds to order depends partly on how much food you want to grow - the more beds you have and the larger they are, the more food you can grow.
      After more than a decade of experience installing and growing food in raised garden beds in a variety of settings, we have some additional general guidelines for choosing the size and number of beds to install.
      LENGTH
      We generally recommend that beds are between 1 metre and 3.5 metres long, although they can be any length that you like and the plants don't seem to have a preference. If beds are more than around 1.7 metres in length we will generally include a horizontal brace for additional stability to prevent the bed from bowing. Also keep in mind that it is more cost effective to have one longer bed than two shorter beds as the longer bed uses less timber than the two shorter ones.
      WIDTH
      For most people to have easy access to the plants in the bed, we've found that the ideal width for a raised garden bed is:
      • 90cm if you have access on one side of the bed only
      • 120cm if you have access from both sides of the bed (can be up to 140cm depending on your reach).
      If your ability to reach is limited, you may want to consider reducing the bed to 70cm wide.
      HEIGHT
      • Wicking beds should be at least 40cm and no greater than 80cm. The ideal height is 60cm. If you're interested in the why and how of designing wicking beds, you can read more in our page on How to Make a Wicking Bed.
      • Raised beds that contain soil only (ie. not wicking beds) can be as low as 40cm on a hard surface like concrete or pavers or 20cm when placed directly on soil.
      • We recommend a maximum bed height of 60cm if you want to grow taller plants like tomatoes as it can get hard to reach the top of the plant if your bed is any higher.
      You may also want to consider your own height, and whether you prefer to sit, lean or stand and if you want to avoid bending while working in your garden bed.
      • a 40cm high bed is about the height of a standard chair, ideal for sitting
      • a 60cm high bed is about the height of a bench stool, ideal for a sitting/leaning on (good for for wheelchair users)
      • an 80cm high bed is good if you want to avoid bending over, ideal for leaning on.
      PATHWAYS
      You want to leave enough space between your beds to ensure easy access to your garden. We recommend the following pathway widths between beds.
      • a minimum of 50cm
      • 70cm for wheelbarrows
      • 90cm for wheelchairs and walking frames.
      There are other factors that you may want to consider (eg. crop rotation) but this is a good beginner's guide. If your requirements are more complex than this we also offer a permaculture design service.
    • What makes your timber veggie beds so special?
      Our timber veggie beds are beautiful, natural, sustainable and made to last. They’re the kind that you install when your children are born and you’ll still be growing food in them together 20 years later. You can also install them in your garden and disassemble and take them with you when you move. They’re truly an investment. We use solid 50mm thick golden cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) sleepers, a timber that is renowned for its beauty and natural resistance to rotting and insects. The timber is grown in rural Victoria, salvaged at the end of their life and milled locally in small family mills. That makes it the most ethically sourced timber we can find. No logged native forests or industrial plantations for us.  Our timber veggie bed design has been refined using more than a decade of experience designing and making high-quality beds. These beds are easy to assemble, easy to grow in and they stand the test of time. Don’t just take our word for it, though. Find out what our customers think of our timber veggie beds.
    • Is your timber treated?
      No. Golden cypress contains natural oils that make it resistant to rotting, borers and termites, so no chemical treatment is needed. This means no toxic chemicals leaching into your soil or food.
    • How long will my timber veggie bed last?
      Around 10-25 years. Golden cypress timber heartwood can achieve an estimated 10-15 year life span with ground contact, and upwards of 15-25 years when not in contact with the ground but still exposed to full weather elements. Find out more about our timber here.
    • What are wicking beds and why do I want one?

      Wicking beds are a revolutionary way of watering your edible garden from the bottom instead of the top. They contain a water reservoir under the soil layer and through capillary action the moister rises up into the soil just like a paper towel dangled into a glass of water. This will help you save time watering and they are also more water-efficient than standard gardens due to the lack of evaporation in the top layers of soil. The constant moisture helps produce lush, healthy, and unstressed veggies regardless of the heat of the season.

      Getting it right on your own can be technical and tricky though. After more than a decade and hundreds of wicking beds installed in homes and community gardens, we now offer our simple and foolproof wicking bed conversion kits and instructional materials to the public. You can read more about wicking beds here.

  • Installation services
    • I live outside of greater Melbourne, how can I get your products and services?
      We post all of our wicking bed liners and kits Australia wide using our favourite carbon neutral courier company Sendle. Unfortunately, we like to keep our timber veggie beds local as the costs and carbon footprint tend to make it harder to justify sending them outside of the greater Melbourne area. We recommend talking with your local timber suppliers and find the most sustainable local timber you can. Then we can send you our kits to turn the bed into a water-efficient wicking bed. If you are in greater Melbourne (including Geelong) check out our delivery costs here. Our wicking bed installation services are usually confined to the Melbourne metro area and a little bit beyond.
    • Are you installing your wicking beds during COVID lockdown?
      In most cases yes. During the strictest of the lockdowns, we may pull back from installing our wicking and non-wicking garden beds at occupied residential properties in line with the government health directives. Get in touch to find out.
    • What areas do you install your wicking beds?
      Our installation service covers most of the Melbourne metropolitan region and sometimes a little beyond. But it's not quite that simple. Sometimes the demand for our products and services gets quite high and as we a big fans of reducing our carbon emissions and ecological footprint, our service area can shrink down to focus more on the inner north. Please reach out via our contact form to find out more information.

Get in touch

Interested in learning more, have a question, or looking for a custom solution? No problem! Contact us by filling out the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

If you’re after a quote for a wicking bed installation, the fastest way is to fill in our wicking bed installation enquiry form .

    Please include your full address for installation enquiries.

    If you're after a quote please include your full address, otherwise a town/suburb is fine, thanks.

    Note: We don't send timber kits outside of Melbourne, sorry.

    About VEG Wicking Beds

    Based in Melbourne, Australia, our team of friendly edible gardeners have been creating beautiful, sustainable, abundant gardens since 2009. You can check out some of our other goings on over at the main Very Edible Gardens website.

    Wicking Beds by Very Edible Gardens operates out of our warehouse and workshop in the inner northern suburb of Brunswick. From there we send out our wicking bed DIY kits Australia wide as well as operate our 24-hour contactless pickup area for all products including our timber kitset beds.

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