There's a new section on the website: organisers' guides, where we've collected downloadable versions of the guide booklets we've put together for permablitz hosts, facilitators, photographers and our very latest one, The Permablitz Designers' Guide. It's written for people who have a Permaculture Design Certificate and are interested in using their skills to design a permablitz (since every permablitz has a design done in advance of the day).
On Saturday a few permaculture designers gathered together for a tour of Angelo Eliades' totally amazing and inspiring small backyard in Preston and while Angelo generously shared his bounty of berries, currants and babaco fruit, we had a little launch of the guide.
The guide is still in beta version, but we're happy to have something out there. All the guides are shared under a Creative Commons licence for other networks to edit for their own needs.
Thanks Angelo for the tour! Learn how he does it over at the brilliant blog deepgreenpermaculture.com
Jo and Dylan live in a Victorian share house in Flemington, owned by Dylan’s mum, Anne. Since undertaking a Permaculture Design Certificate at Ceres they had established a functional permaculture garden. This included chooks, a bee hive, some fruit trees and annuals.
A new design was undertaken by the pair as the productive space was limited by existing paving. After careful observation and analysis in the garden, a design of two interwoven sculptural curves was employed to form both garden beds and social spaces. The overall solution contained four rotational beds, an earth oven, a new relocated chook enclosure, a food forest and an espaliered orchard. The construction of the beds capitalising on a course Jo and Dylan had done in Cal-earth bag techniques.
Naomi Tew sends us this report from Inverloch in South Gipplsand where they blitzed a primary school garden on the weekend, as part of the Bass Coast Good Living Festival:
An inspiring and beautiful day. We only had a small handfull of blitzers but everyone put in a gallant effort and we got a lot done.
Together we mulched the paths, turned over the soil and coated it with gypsum to break u the clay and then covered it with newspaper and hay.
Seila made a wicking bed in the corner of one of our seasonal vegetable beds which everyone enjoyed learning about and we look forward to comparing to our no dig beds as they grow side by side.
We're delighted to bring you news from Sintra in Portugal. José Soutelinho writes:
We have so far organized 4 Permablitz. In the last months we are "hibernating" finding room for all that has to be done.
You can watch two videos (from the second and the third) in http://www.youtube.com/sintraemtransicao
And a lot of photos on this flickr channel http://www.flickr.com/photos/ocook/collections/72157612866464648/
But i leave you with group photos from the last 3 Permablitz.
If you want to contact Permablitz Sintra or other groups from around the country and the world, go to the Regional Groups page.
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