Thursday, March 21, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Kitchen Gardens With Norina Jane From WhitPro

So, Tim (my husband) said, “What do you want for your birthday?”

“Honestly” I said, “Other men!’

This took him by surprise until I added that what I really wanted was for the Whitpro crew to come to our property, I said, “I don’t want clothes, books, or even an adventure, I want our crew to get me back on track!”

And today, that’s what happened, and I cannot tell you how ecstatic I am!

“Thank you team!”

What they have achieved in a single day would have taken me hours here and there for weeks! I was concerned that I was going to miss out on a great growing season with how behind I had fallen. Now I am ready! Beds are prepared and have their two week settling time before planting.

Give a gift like this to yourself if you’re time poor. Call WhitPro. The crew always put in tenfold and now I will reap the rewards in the coming months.  (They may too! I share.)

So, what did I ask the crew to do, to prepare last year’s beds for a new growing season?

First, turn in old foliage (call it green manure)

Second, add additional composted soil

Third add worm manure (bagged) and soil replenisher (containing composted manure)

Then turn it over (don’t hurt the worms!), mound into beds 30cm apart, cover with sugarcane mulch to combat weeds, retain moisture and regulate temperature.

Job done!

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE preparation time at the beginning of the season but sometimes life’s responsibilities get in the way. Now I am back on track, I can enjoy the process again rather than feel I am behind the eight ball with a little anxiety creeping in.

The best advice I can give at the beginning of the Whitsunday growing season, is feed your soil. A depleted soil will reflect in your growth for ‘months to come”. Now is the time to rejuvenate. Fold through soil food, whether it be a spent green manure (a green crop not harvested), bagged palletised manure, mushroom compost, worm castings, an all-round soil improver or your own aged compost!

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