Lying awake at 3.30AM this morning, I thought I’d write down the plan of attack I was mulling over. Just as well, because I probably wouldn’t have remembered it in the morning.
1. See if I can borrow a ph kit from school. Surely the Science dept would have a few kicking around? Must ask Karen.
2. As soon as I get home tonight, up-end the pots with the pumpkins, jerusalem artichokes and the ginger and fortify the soil with some potting mix, home-grown compost and manure. Can’t hurt and it might help…
3. Do I suspend operations in the wicking beds and plant everything else in pots and in the ground? Do I concentrate on building up the soil, maybe with green manure crops, and try to save what I’ve already planted?
4. Or do I keep planting, just adding a couple of handfuls of manure/compost etc and hope for the best? Yesterday I planted a couple of tomatoes in a wicking bed in the driveway. I rebelled against fate and threw them in with gay abandon. I even sang a rollicking show tune. (Well… not really…) They looked so little and defenceless… still, they have to toughen up if they’re going to make it at my place. Just what I tell the boys! I just hope I haven’t condemned them to a lingering death. The beetroot plants in the wicking beds look as if they’ve been tortured and starved…
5. Do I get more worms from somewhere and really load up the beds? Top dress the beds with compost, coffee grounds and manure and then leave them to percolate slowly away, with the worms doing their thing as the compost breaks down? I’m a patient, saintly type of woman. I can wait.
6. Do I add what compost is left into my regular compost and let all of the good stuff juice it up? Or will it muck up what I’m making? I’m now getting lots of little mushrooms popping up in the wicking beds so my mighty intellect surmises that mushroom compost is an integral part of the Useless Compost I Bought. A few years ago I tried to grow potatoes in mushroom compost and nothing happened. The next year I got heaps of potatoes from that patch of garden and they’re still popping up today. Should I leave the pile of Useless Compost I Bought till next year, or should I just add a bit at a time to the compost bins and let Mother Nature sort it out?
7. I need more worm wee. I need to learn how to make worm tea. We visited Shane’s garden yesterday and his garden is going berserk. He aerates it and adds molasses and Lord knows what else. I need to ask Mick if he’s up to taking my old freezer and converting it to a worm farm. He said he would but he’s been making a pond at his place. (Not a bad job, too.) I have a feeling that worm wee will be playing an integral part of rehabilitating these wicking beds.
8. Something is eating my 4″ high lemon tree. Do I simply buy another one or persevere with the one I’ve got? (When they said it was a dwarf variety, they weren’t kidding. I think it’s shrinking.)
Thanks to everyone who commented yesterday. Keep the suggestions coming!!!