On the part of our field shown below, we planted pineapples back in mid 2019. Back then we lacked the experience we have now :-P. Hindering weed growth in our vegetable field became important (lots of work). We decided to engulf the weed in darkness.
On the left picture in the back is where we are going to give the pineapples better living conditions.
Now vegetables like sun, some even like a lot of sun. But then there’s Paraguayan sun. Most vegetables (and what else we grow in that field) don’t really get too warm with the Paraguayan sun, causing them to get a sunburn or stop growing. Our goal: Protecting our plants with a self built shade.
We had no idea of this when removed the tarmac and planted our first salad and pineapple. Thus we found out the hard way. Yeah, I’m serious here. It’s heartbreaking to hear your veggies moan for sun lotion everyday. Pretty expensive (they use a lot!). And counterproductive. You see, I’m online playing a Rocket League Soccer match, it’s 7:7, 30 seconds on the clock, and then you hear moaning from outside. Not lust, pain. Think of a nice torture movie and you get the picture).
We got the idea to build a “media sombra”, or half-shade, from the ICRC. To explain, tt’s basically a colored net you place a couple of meters over the plants like a roof. Only this roof lets through half of the light. Half the light here is more sunlight than Europe has in a year 🙁 )
We bought black net and ordered some tree trunks. Tree trunks, destined to become the media-sombra-scaffold.
Last March we bought a new piece of land right next to our house. This land was a tennis court in it’s former life. We don’t play tennis so we got rid of it. Below is an older picture of which area we mean. So we had a goal: Transform the Tennis court into a garden
How do you make the tarmac disappear? To do the job some guys were hired and a machine bought (which we sold again after it was done).