Published on Friday, 20 July 2007 02:32
Written by dan
SUS Fest 2007 is a slow & progressive sustainable culture festival in the Otways. Starting in August, with a full two weeks of events & activities, extends to November 2007.
*** Diversity Day *** Fungi & Bushfoods ***PermaBlitzes!***
*** Soil & composting workshop **Introduction to Permaculture***
***“PowerUp4 the PowerDown” early morning energy sessions***
*Jam nites (Yoga, music, dance, art, food!) *Local community market*
***Water & Aquaculture workshops **Whole farm planning day***
**Schools & Community Gardens Day **Sustainable Communities**
***Otways PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate Course) Aug 12-24***
***ESD Building *** Advanced Permaculture Design***
***Heritage Fruit tree Grafting ***Rare & Exotic Fruits workshop***
Bookings are essential, as numbers are limited. visit http://www.sustainableculture.net.au
Published on Thursday, 28 June 2007 19:36
Description of the day by host Dawny
Sunbury Permablitz no. 23 was a great day with much achieved. We began with an informative talk about the plans for the day, then got to it. We achieved:
* Digging a pond at the back end of the yard, along with swale like paths and
* We used the soil from the dig to make up part of our no dig vege patch, which is now chock full of patatos, beans, beetroot and much more. This vege patch has a combination of chook poo, paper (to prevent weeds and grass competing with the new crop), some delicious worm poo, some mushroom compost to add to the soil bulk, and pea straw on the top.
* The herb spiral was done beautifully by a group of the girls who started with a whole bunch of large and small rocks and ended with a beautiful scuptured creation chocked with beautiful herbs (thanks to Deborah). We used some of the soil from the dig and added more of Carey's worm poo - thanks Carey!
Read more: Permablitz 23: Episode 1 (June 24)
Published on Tuesday, 22 May 2007 03:39
Written by dan
‘Permablitz’ – it sounds like one of my frightening hairdressing experiences of the 1970’s – but no, thankfully it was a thoroughly enjoyable and productive day implementing some of the permaculture design at our suburban garden in Heathmont.
It was a perfect day to be in the garden after several days of ‘nectar from the Gods’ (rain!). Approximately 12 lovely people turned up with energy and a humbling desire to help.
With a modest input of food .. the output was amazing –
- Clearing an area of agapanthus and stubborn pittosporum stumps for a Zone 5 Native Garden area. The first grevilleas and brachycomes were planted into a luscious bed of earthworm castings.
- The building-up of a raised intensive veggie bed (behind a rock wall) in Zone One, with layers of autumn leaves, horse poo, straw and topped with compost. I’ll be sowing lettuces, spinach, alyssum, radishes, rocket and peas this week!
- Evening-out 3 swales (which were dug earlier) in the soon-to-be-Orchard Area. Water has been collecting there in the last few weeks, turning the moonscape into an adventure playground for frogs and lizards. I LOVE swales.
- Planting of comfrey cuttings at the base of the swale mounds to provide anchorage, mine the minerals from deep in the soil and provide active material for the compost.
- Clearing some near-dead azaleas and a rampant jasmine from an area around the washing line in preparation for the planting of herbs, dwarf citrus and flowers. For now, barley and lupins are conditioning the soil (without fanfare and with very little water).
I could go on .. but you get the picture, I’m sure.
THANK YOU, especially to Dan and Carey. Also Paul, Nathan, Paul, Clarice, Jess, Jason and ?
Can I adopt you all?
If not, how about we get together again soon to continue changing the world, one garden at a time.
Published on Wednesday, 16 May 2007 15:47
Written by dan
Eight hardworking permablitzers, and a dog called Jessie, ventured into Windsor on a rainy Sunday to help us blitz our courtyard. They brought a bunch of goodies including Tamara’s big tins of saved dill and parsley seed and various cuttings of mints, strawberries and more. As the rain fell gently down, we pulled up about three-square metres of (very heavy) concrete pavers to reveal a mess of building rubble and builders sand. Undeterred we dug a good lot of it out , lay down some newspaper, and filled it all in with fresh compost, made in Andy and Michele’s new compost bay over the past few weeks. In went a pink pond (bathtub) surrounded by rocks and some sedge and flax lilies. Into the tub went azolla, with vietnamese mint and watercress in pots. A path was laid through the middle of the bed and we planted it out with various goodies, including broad beans, rocket, mint, yarrow, and strawberry cuttings. The whole thing was finished off with sprinklings of Tamara’s dill and parsley, and finally nasturium seeds and assorted other flower seeds to attract beneficial insects. Along the way we pulled up a Silver Birch that Sam took away for her garden, along with the builder’s sand, which she plans to use for the base of a fish tank. Much eating and drinking was done. Jessie, and Andy and Michele's dogs Shorty and Luna, looked on bemused. Paul and Barbara attacked the snake vine against the west wall with gusto and Tamara proved a dab hand with the crow-bar. We also planted out some seedling trays with various herbs, veggies and lettuces for the next blitz. Thanks Shelley, Tamara, Shyoko, Anne, Sam, Barbara, Paul, and John. It was a damn fine permablitz.
Published on Thursday, 29 March 2007 02:35
Written by dan
Permablitz has received an amazing donation of the following items available free of charge for upcoming
& past blitzee's:
*Loads of organic Vermicast (worm castings).
*Dozens of the worm farm boxes (can be used for anything from a compost toilet chamber, worm farm to beat-box for post blitz jams. See attached image
*Hundreds of clean yoghurt containers (500gm & 1kg) ideal as re-useable seedling tubes.
*A mountain of intact polystyrene boxes ideal for housing said seedlings etc.
*Stacks of cardboard boxes.
*Various metal; corrugated iron sheets, water pipes, pickets etc.
*Wooden material such as chipboard (chook-house structures?) posts, stakes etc.
*Plastic sheeting of various sizes, colors etc.
All courtesy of the excellent Graeme Sweeney.
Pick up is preffered with possible delivery to blitz sites.
For those considering a pick up, the booty is located in Nth Ringwood
don't be shy, it's all gotta go!
For more info or to arrange a pick up contact Carey on
Welcome to Permablitz Melbourne - this site has been set up to help people get together and have fun learning about, designing and implementing suburban permaculture systems. Our focus is edible gardens, and our ultimate aim is to make the suburbs edible enough such that should food become unaffordable, we don’t even notice. See above for the next permablitz and feel free to submit your own onto the calendar. Check out photos of blitzes 1-6 here, and photos of more recent blitzes in our gallery.