Making a small wicking bed
Time Allocation: 30-40 minutes*
Activity Level: Moderate
Making a small wicking bed out of a polystyrene box is a great way to upcycle materials to produce a functional planter-box, providing participants with a great sense of satisfaction. This activity does involve a few key steps, and requires adult supervision to ensure that the sequence is successfully followed. The water saving features of wicking make this small garden bed ideal for food plants such as herbs, vegetables and berry plants.
The small wicking bed is a great team-building activity, and more than one bed can be produced by older students working in small groups. This activity involves many roles to maximise student-participation and introduces scientific ideas that can be further investigated. When completed, the wicking bed may be deceptively heavy (a standard polystyrene box filled with soil could weigh around 20kg)and awkward to move, so it is best to build the bed in its final location.
*The time allocation includes preparation details included in the Educator Notes. Sourcing and preparing the materials prior to commencing the activity is essential to successful completion of this activity within the allotted time.