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.
Check it out! New group and here's a video of their first blitz:
More info: permablitzhawaii.com
The hosts of #109, Isabell and Ben write:
It was an amazing day. We were a bit worried about the weather but in the end it was kind to us, and around 25 people helped to transform our garden. Steve, Paz and Kaz [the designers and facilitators] were great - and the permablitzers got through an amazing amount of work. We've helped out at quite a few blitzes, but you get a totally different perspective when it is your garden. Thanks so much to everyone! Thanks also to Isabell's mum for providing food with a Hungarian flourish.
More photos in the gallery.
Steve mentions there will be a "small followup blitz to tie up loose ends next Sunday" -- that's the 25th. If you'd like to go you can RSVP to Isabell on 0434 529 401.
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