Wicking Beds Sponsored by RBC at the Garden Patch


RBC visited us at the Garden on Thursday June 12th to build some Sub-Irrigated Wicking Beds! Thank you RBC for your sponsorship and hands on help, and financial contributions to the Garden Patch this season!

What are sub-irrigated wicking beds?

A wicking bed is a garden bed with a waterproof lining that holds a reservoir of water at the bottom from which water is drawn upwards like a wick to the surface of the bed via natural soil osmosis or through the roots of plants in the bed. Sub Irrigated Wicking Beds provide a great solution for gardens in low-water situations. Plants are watered by filling the bottom reservoir in the planter, usually only 1-2 times a week. Water doesn't evaporate in the bottom of the wicking beds; the soil 'wicks' up the water to the roots.



Now, your chance to dig in and learn about Wicking Beds! Join us at the Garden Patch as we build our third wicking bed on site, on Wednesday June 25th at 5PM. Due to rain in the forecast this event has been RESCHEDULED from its original date of June 18th. Please RSVP to Brit MacDonald at brit.m@saskatoonfoodbank.org. There is no cost.

Learn how you can conserve water with this low maintenance garden bed solution! 


The Garden Patch is located on the 900 block of 3rd Ave N, south of 33rd St and Warman Ave, surrounded by a blue fence. Entrance is on the North End, off Duchess St.

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