Thank you for your kind guidance James & Bryant,
I am using only straw and grass clippings (mainly now) as mulch but I don't do them very thick
I read that grass clippings will be matted with thick layer and also release more odors?
It is very popular here in Australia to use sugar cane mulch.
I've yet to read much about that product but I still prefer to re-use the wastes that I produce at home i.e. grass clippings to create the complete cycle.
I would very much like to grow some vines to cover the garden beds to make a cover of multiple function (food + shade), however it also means less flexibility to me now
Hence I am going to do some hoop poly pipe so I can either cover with shade cloth in the summer, or with plastic in winter as a greenhouse.
Finally, i've yet to determine why some of my plants since transplanted have their leaves burnt so I assume it was because of the heat at this stage
shungiku, noted of the burnt tips in grey?
spinach, leaves edge burnt
If you happen to know the cause of these symptoms, please let me know
This bed I prepared with lasagna method since July - not very well aged horse manure + straw + lucern alternating
We top it off with our home made compost which is not fully cooked as there are still sawdust/straw in there
We did these transplants on 10 Dec, and it is summer. The follow 3 days see from 24-38 deg C with no rain. We water every afternoon 2-1 hours before sunset.