Principle 8: Integrate rather than segregate
|Powerline maintenance crew drop off a load of mulch|
During the drought, a few dollars was handed over for the favour, but since we've had wetter weather noone seems to want mulch anymore. I got this load delivered for free. Can't get better than that!
With the rains constantly filling the infiltration basins around the garden beds I was having difficulty accessing the beds to harvest vegetables and maintain them. I was thinking of draining the water out of them during the wet season and damming the overflow drying the dry. Laying thick mulch over the paths was a good alternative solution, covering the water which would soak into the material and reduce evaporation during the dry season. The mulch will break down over time and may used in the garden, replaced by more when available - possibly next year when the maintenance crew return.
I didn't quite realise how much there was until I started to move it. I had enough to cover every path around the house, and some garden beds. I avoided mulching right up to the house as it may attract termites. It looks quite neat now, and shows clearly just how much space is used up as paths. I'd like the garden beds to encroach into this space more.
|Mulch laid on thickly to cover and soak up water on infiltration basins|
|Mulched path and infiltration basin provides better access and reduces risk of mosquito breeding|