What started off dubiously, with morning showers and max of 11 degrees, Melbourne’s weather turned out a typical ‘4-seasons-in-one-day’ for our Stage One Sat 1st Nov Permalbitz at Norfolk Terrace, in Flemington (a 24hr residential rehabilitation program for people experiencing mental ill health).
Lead by Dylan and Jo from The Desert Echo on behalf of the Farnham St Neighbourhood Learning Centre, many hands made light work on this day, as seen below.
Today we were able to create 2 ground level garden beds and 2 raised wicking garden beds made from pre-cut, untreated pine and lined with expensive ‘$40-50/m pond lining material’, with a central, circular arbour (yet to be fully constructed).
What a great day we all had with a great lunch (please see annotated pics below). We are all looking forward to the next stage to complete it! Great work everyone and thanks to the leaders were able to source the funding necessary for it and instigated it.
Check out more photos here.
Thank you to everyone who came out for a great blitz at Beaver Street Kindergarten last week! We had a small but very diverse group with participants from Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Brazil, Chile, France, India & America.
The idea behind the design was to create something educational and interactive for the kids so they could come into the garden and be inspired to learn about growing food. The design included one big wicking bed, two smaller tubs, a few fruit trees, one tall trellis for a passionfruit vine and a lower trellis for the kids to access using recycled containers.
Workshops for the day included building a wicking bed, creating degradable pots for seedlings using newspaper & in-ground worm bins using recycled plastic buckets. Since we had a small group everyone had an opportunity to see all the workshops and help with assembling the wicking bed.
We double checked the wicking bed was working properly before filling it with soil and then planted out the new bed with vegies for the kids to look after.
The recycled containers were great for hanging herbs & flowers along both sides of the trellis. And it was a hot day, we all tried to hide from the sun as much as possible!
One little guy is getting it already! He was very enthusiastic and wanted to help with all the watering.
Thanks again everyone. The kids were very excited about their new garden when they arrived at school the next morning.
See more photos from the day here.
On the 27th of September it was time for a country-feel Blitz in Upwey. The sun was shining the hands were eager and the spirits were good. People knew they were up for something special.
Our host Tom doubled up as a designer to lead us through the day. Collective members Kat and Hermann helped out on the various projects on the day. The list was long. Tom wanted to establish Hügelkultur beds in the back of his house, convert the front garden bed into a home-made wicking bed, build a chook shed in the back from salvaged round timber and dig a pond.
More than 20 volunteers, among them many locals, showed up to make light work of the tasks that were planned for the day. The day progressed quickly with digging out the pond to solidify the Hügelbed and chopping new wood up for the other beds. In the front of the house eager volunteers prepared the ground for the wicking bed and dug out camellias that will join other gardens in the area.
As a reminder, these Guild Sessions are designed as a way to gather, share skills, and meet the other great people in the Permablitz network. They are hosted at rotating locations across the city and we have just one more before the end of the year!
We had a very interactive session this time round with Jo & Dylan from the Desert Echo bringing in paints, brushes and plenty of enthusiasm for a hands on tutorial in watercolour painting! What a great way to present your permaculture design!
We covered the basics and everyone had a chance for a dabble as we constructed simple plans that were turned into watercolour masterpieces. Jo and Dylan also shared some great photos from their recent permaculture related overseas travels with some insightful experiences and very interesting stories! A huge thanks to Jo and Dylan for sharing your experiences and skills with the group!
So that, along with heaps of networking and catching up with old and new friends, wrapped up the 4th Guild Session for 2014! Thanks for all those who made it, we hope you got a lot from it and really enjoyed yourselves. We have just one more planned for this year so if you have been meaning to get along and get involved but haven't had the chance, nows the time!
Permablitz Melbourne Collective
Our four-year-old still doesn't know what a Permablitz is, even though we have had one; Permablitz #163 in Flemington on August 17.
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