After 4 weeks of hard construction work, we decided to take a break from construction, and to do some planting instead.
After all we have 9 completed wicking beds, with good soil and compost!
Maxel (of NParks Community-in-Bloom) agreed to come down on 7 Dec morning to do some informal sharing on vegetable planting.
Jenny (one of the neighbours) volunteered to bring seeds. And she brought many types of seeds indeed!
Maxel examined the soil in the wicking beds, and said that we had mixed in too much coarse compost, which had a mulch effect. He suggested that instead of planting veggies, we plant beans instead. Beans are great as soil conditioners, as they have roots that can generate nitrates that are released when the beans are harvested. Beans also do well in full sun, and well-drained, crumbly soil.
He also explained why each wicking bed has its own PVC pipe (it’s because each bed effectively has its own water reservoir), and how water is distributed evenly at the base, and is taken up by the plants through the roots.
Maxel decided on long bean seeds. He showed us how to gently rake the soil, and using our fore arms, estimate 3 locations to plonk in 3 seeds in each hole. We got busy soon after :)