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The Urban Shepherd Online Shop is now open! You can now buy all our products online. In addition you can buy Gift Certificates for any of our products or services.

You can shop securely using Paypal, or call and purchase over the phone. You can have garden beds and other items delivered and installed, or choose form our range of composting and garden wall products to be delivered.

We now stock Atlantis Gro-Wall® products, which allow you to build a vertical wall of greenery to whatever size you want. Gro-WallAtlantis Gro-Walls® are suitable for a small yard, deck or verandah, or for commercial green wall installations. Easy to assemble, Gro-Walls are built to take integrated irrigation anBokashi Bucketd are easily expanded to a size that suits you.

Bokashi Indoor Composting Bins are a great way to dispose of food scraps which may be unsuitable for the regular compost bin, or where you don’t have a larger compost system. Built to sit in the kitchen, they are odour-free and work by biologically digesting food scraps. They have an easy to use tap, allowing you to 

For those with pets, the Ensopet Pet Poo composter is a fantastic invention. Based on the same technology as the Bokashi, the composter sits below ground level, with a simple screw cap to the inner chamber. Supplied with tongs and composting starter, this is a great answer to the problem!

Tumbleweed Worm FarmWorm farms are a great way to get children involved in gardening. We stock Reln round and regular worm farms. Durable and well-designed, these include everything you need – just add worms.

Our raised timber and iron garden beds and wicking garden beds can now be bought online. You can talk to us about any of our products and services. Most importantly, we offer ongoing support and advice at no extra cost.

 

Wonders of Wicking Beds

Wicking Bed

The Urban Shepherd wicking bed proved itself last Summer. Built in an apple crate, it held a crop of beetroot, capsicum, basil and marigolds, all planted densely. Our macrocarpa (Golden Cypress), bed proved equally effective this Summer, growing the beautiful carrots, beetroot and Asian greens.

What was extraordinary about the bed, was how well everything did, even through the days of temperatures over 40º. In the rest of the garden, plants which weren’t protected by shade cloth (and even some which were), suffered scorching on the leaves and a loss of vitality.

The wicking bed provided a continual supply of water for the plants to draw on. The result – no scorching of the leaves and vigorous, glossy leaves and bright flowers.

The wicking bed is simple in concept, a reservoir of water which sits underneath the soil, the two divided by geotextile – a long-lasting fabric which allows water penetration, but keeps the soil separate from the reservoir below. The water wicks up to the plant roots. result – happy plants!

The bed pictured above is the new wicking bed constructed of macrocarpa Carrots and beetroot
(sustainable, durable Golden Cypress). It was built 800cm high for ease of use. You can see the density of planting of vegetables.

This photo of carrots and beetroot shows the quality of produce that came out of this bed. While our regular garden bed produced forked and split carrots, the constant supply of moisture kept these little beauties looking gorgeous!

 

Wicking beds can also be constructed of other materials, such as galvanised iron. The wicking beds pictured here were built in existing galvanised garden beds.

Each bed is constructed on site.Galvanised wicking bed

Urban Shepherd Edible Gardens

Apples in an edible garden

Fresh Food from Edible Gardens

Do you enjoy eating straight from your own edible garden? Would you like to know that your food is fresh and has never seen a supermarket?

If so, you’re in the right place! We specialise in designing edible gardens using permaculture principles – everything from a complete garden plan to a single planter box for your salad vegies.

Learn about compost, raised beds and wicking beds. Check if your soil is right for growing fruit and vegetables. Learn how to prune your trees.

Maintaining Your Garden

We can teach you all this and more! We also do all or any of the tasks you need done, including ongoing maintenance of your own edible garden.

Urban Shepherd specialises in wicking bed design and construction. We build most of our wicking beds from Golden Cypress – a tree grown in farm windbreaks and harvested when it is no longer needed. It has a long life-span as an outdoor timber and looks great, either natural or oiled. It is considered a highly sustainable timber.

We also construct elegant wicking planter boxes which can sit on your balcony or deck, keeping fresh salads within reach. These planter boxes are made of sustainable Australian timbers and will work trouble-free for years.

We also maintain your garden beds, with regular checks on how your garden is doing. We can top up garden beds with the right soil mix and nutrients when needed.

Garden Advice

We are available to offer you advice on your edible garden. Call or email us and we will be happy to answer any questions you have, including maintenance of your wicking bed or planter, what to grow when and even how to harvest and cook your edibles! We enjoy seeing edible gardens flourish and advise and support local community groups.

 

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