In the wicking beds, eggplants are still producing, having survived right through summer. Two perennial spinaches, Ceylon and Brazil, are thriving. These gardens are proving themselves as the most efficient watering system. Wicking beds are inexpensive to produce. The process starts with a used bulk liquid container, which is cut in half, frame and all, with an angle grinder. This provides two wicking beds at the perfect size, as well as a support frame. A piece of plumbing pipe is either slotted or punctured to allow water to seep out, and it is fitted with an elbow and another length of pipe to emerge above the surface. The soakage pipe goes from corner to corner, and the wicking bed is filled halfway with #10 gravel. Shade cloth covers the gravel, and a layer of soil then compost then mulch creates the growing medium. A small, simple swivel pipe is installed just above the bottom of the soil to help with monitoring and controlling the water level.