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Living Skills: Polypipe Wicking System workshop with Richard Brassil

  • 17 Aug 2013
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Details available on registration
  • 7


  • Members only - FREE

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Living Skills:
 Polypipe Wicking System Workshop

An opportunity to participate   in a workshop where we learn about another great Permaculture design: a polypipe wicking system.

It is a type of a vertical garden which uses standard plumbing pipes and plastic pots with wicks to create a wicking bed which can be then hung on a wall, fence or mounted on a stand, indoors or outdoors. Because pots sit snugly in holes made in the pipe, there is no evaporation from the pipe and mosquitoes cannot access water to lay eggs there. Plants can be "fertigated" by adding fertiliser to the irrigation water sitting at the bottom of the pipe.

Our instructor Richard Brassil has built many such systems and regularly provides full-day workshops through Permaculture Sydney Institute (the next one is in October). He will demonstrate step-by-step the process of making a polypipe bed ready to be installed. He will go through the whole process of measuring and making a 100mm pipe about 1.5 to 2 metres long. This would be a demonstration only.

What to bring:
  • a notebook to make notes
  • a $3 donation to cover Richard's fuel and toll cost
Register by clicking on the "Register" button. If you have problems with registering, please email

Please advise via email by Wednesday August 21st if you are interested in a follow-up DIY workshop where we can ourselves prepare polypipes to the size we need. It will be held at our garden in Denistone, from 2 pm on Sunday, August 25th (full address will be given to people who confirm attendance).

This session will be only for people who have done the workshop with Richard. You would need to bring your own materials and will be expected to measure them the way you learned at Richard's workshop. A very handy member of PSN has offered to bring his tools and to cut the holes in polypipes.

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