I've been working on creating a tropical themed garden for one of the sections of our yard. I say experiment because everything in this garden when you are starting from basics is an experiment!!
It started like this:
So basically a lawn with a frangipani tree. First up was making a pawpaw circle - digging in back breaking, soul crushing clay... I think I got to about 50-60cm deep. I modelled it on Scarlett's one, as suggested by BLF when I started another hugelkultur mound elsewhere in the yard. Might add a banana plant or two later, depending how much space is left.
For the rest of the lawn, I sectioned off a space for a curved bed and covered the ground with cardboard to minimise the weeds, making a border with firewood. Also divided up my orchid and attached more to different forks in the frangipani.
Then piled in the soil I got delivered -taking gamble that old mate was right and that the PH is neutral even though my DIY test said very alkaline. I planted each plant into it's own wheelbarrow load of soil: Sue's Galangal; and the pineapple tops from yesterday's GV (adding a little bit of peat moss for the piney's who prefer slightly acidic soil - also hopefully will act as a buffer is the soil does turn out to be 10PH...
Covered with sugarcane mulch and added Anne's aloe vera. Left the purple stemmed taro in a pot - weary that it might be evil. Sue's pawpaws drooped a lot since arriving so trimmed off leaves and there are new shoots so hoping they will be ok - wondering if perhaps roots got damaged in transplant. The galangal also turned yellow - will have to stump back. I really hope this isn't because of the soil!!!!!! Still haven't decided on a place for the dragon fruit yet.
Thanks so much to everyone who has given me ideas and plants!!
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