At the beginning of the gardening season, actually there was still snow on the ground when I went to visit this site, a lovely lady who was wanting raised beds mentioned “Wicking Beds” which I then had to do a lot of research on to see if it was something I could do. The beds looked a little meticulous but I felt I could manage this feat. Wicking Beds work on the concept of watering from underneath, rather than from the top. There is a bit of plumbing involved and the beds need to be lined with heavy duty plastic to retain the water.
Anyway, I after a week, and having my whole family help out on this job (yes, Dirt Girls are on the team too) we managed to get the job done. I think they are both impressive visually as well as practical. You don’t lose a lot of moisture due to evaporation. The plants take as much water as they need.
I’m sure someone will ask, for a 8×4 wicking bed, you are looking at about $750-800.