Making a large wicking bed

TLF ID A002797

Wicking beds are a fantastic invention, allowing crops to be watered more efficiently. Making a large wicking bed does involve a few steps and some preparation, however the benefits of this extra effort are water conservation, improved plant growth and better crops. The design of the wicking bed also provides opportunities to investigate scientific and mathematical ideas, such as volume, evaporation, transpiration, capillary action and plant life cycles. OUTCOMES For children to: - enjoy being active and productive outdoors and build their social and teamwork skills - value water conservation in food production - follow the steps needed to plan, prepare, make, plant and care for the wicking bed - understand how wicking beds use capillary action in soil - use mathematics to estimate the capacity of the wicking bed to hold water and soil.

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Educational value
  • Teaching and learning
Year level

2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8

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