This weekend’s job was to finally finish the wicking beds so that they can be planted. Saturday I was doing the manly job of putting up trellises and surrounding the outside of the boxes with little wire fences so that the chooks won’t be able to decimate my plantings. (Fingers crossed.)
On Sunday I had a brilliant idea. I took the bean teepee idea I saw last year on foodnstuff’s blog and decided to use the beans as shade for my lettuces, strawberries and the like.
The wicking bed by the garage is in shade over winter but gets afternoon sun in summer. My cunning plan is to let the plants grow now, while they’re in shade. Meanwhile, I’ve planted some purple climbing beans I was given by foodnstuff (don’t you love symmetry like that?) beside the sticks I salvaged from the prunings Mick did of the fig tree. They’ll grow up the sticks, across the string I’ve strung up to the trellis… thus providing shade for the plants that need it, while the beans will get all the sun they want as they grow up the trellis. They’re in a wicking bed so they won’t dry out…. PURE GENIUS. (if it works.)
They’ll be fine. Just a bit wonkier than the other end of the bed.