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sand or gravel for wicking bed media

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric schmidt Jul 14, 2014. 2 Replies

Hi all. I'm new to gardening in general, but am interested in using AP water in wicking beds (any advice would be greatly appreciated). I'm assembling my beds now and wanted to know if general…Continue

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Eric schmidt replied to David Davis's discussion sand or gravel for wicking bed media
"I was thinking about using sand and biochar combined. Not sure what ratio and what type of sand.. The finer the sand, the greater the capillary action. I don't want to use anything that will contribute to water quality degradation, ie.,…"
Jul 14, 2014
Scott Gossler replied to David Davis's discussion sand or gravel for wicking bed media
"I have setup a couple of wicking beds and have found that using gravel just does not work well. Is is too large to allow the capillary action to work and the water just stagnates and does not get up into the grow bed. I am looking for a solution and…"
May 10, 2014
David Davis posted a discussion

sand or gravel for wicking bed media

Hi all. I'm new to gardening in general, but am interested in using AP water in wicking beds (any advice would be greatly appreciated). I'm assembling my beds now and wanted to know if general purpose sand or backfill/drainage gravel would be better to fill the reservoir. I'm concerned that the sand will harden if sitting in water (would that affect the capilary action)? Also, if I go the gravel route, is backfill gravel OK to use or should I fork out the extra money for river rock or the like?…See More
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