The weather was just right for the blitz and there were approximately 30 people that attended with a couple of young girls and one boy, Juan, who enjoyed the day. Madeleine who lives in Sydney was here for a week and attended the blitz on her first day in Melbourne. After we assembled to introduce ourselves and did some warm up exercises everyone broke into groups for the various projects that were to be done. Simon set up a time motion video in the kitchen window that was placed so that it covered 90% of the backyard. It was great to see some familiar faces from other blitz’s that I had attended and there were a large number who were attending their first blitz.
Michelle did a workshop on how to wick raised garden beds and Mara did the workshop on the hot compost banana circle.
In all we managed to set up and create 8 raised wicked garden boxes with vegie seedlings planted in three, one wicked bed for the choko which was planted later and a berry box that was planted on the day with a raspberry bush, also 2 wine barrels were wicked, one for the bay tree and the other for herbs which are now planted. The Fox proof chook run has the main infrastructure set up; we did run out of time so the chicken wire was not completed. The recycled gate and most of the recycled picket fence also went up but once again we ran out of time and pickets. The hot compost banana circle was completed and looks fantastic. A bush was trimmed back so the bay tree could be set in place and edging was put around the bushes to create another garden bed. Wheels were added to the wine barrels for easy manoeuvrability. Bricks and edging from an old veggie patch was removed to make way for the wicked garden boxes. The excess soil and sand was shovelled from the nature strip into the boundary of the house.
Lunch was a spit roast with a variety of salads and pumpkin soup. A special thanks to Jude, Nadine and Edwin for preparing the food. At the end of the day a number of people stayed on to enjoy beer, wine and nibbles.
A big thank you to Mara and Michelle for all the work they put in before the blitz and on the day of the blitz to ensure that it all came together. There were a lot of projects and everyone worked hard to achieve the fantastic transformation of the backyard.
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