We a great turnout and very successful Guild Session on Monday the 30th of March at the Farnham Street Community Learning Centre in Flemington!
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. Keep a look out for the next meeting which will be held at CERES at the end of May.
We managed to take advantage of the last hours of sun and tour the food forest with designer Jo from The Desert Echo. She reviewed the lessons learnt from the design in the last couple years, and shared her experience with keeping up the food forest between children stomping out their own pathways and the challenge of watering without irrigation. We had a look at the pioneer plants which survived the hot summer, and how they will establish the habitat for even more biodiversity. She also shared with us the joys of getting the community involved in a much needed community project!
Thanks for all those who made it, we hope you got a lot from it and really enjoyed yourselves. We hope to see you at the next guild meeting. The invite will be added to the website and Facebook page soon, so check in regularly for updates!
Thanks to the generosity of Permablitz Designer Guild member Terry, we have a copy of the book “Practical Self Sufficiency - an Australian guide to sustainable living” to give away.
To win, just send a photo of you or a loved one with the best thing you’ve grown in the last 12 months - it can be your prize tomatoes, an abundant fruit tree, your baby chicks or even shitake mushrooms. All pics will be placed in a photo album on Permablitz Melbourne’s Facebook page as well as the Permablitz home page - the one with the most likes at the end of April will find this book in their letterbox!
You can send your pics via the Facebook page (or use the message feature if you prefer).
Given the forecast rain, we were pleased with the turnout! Betweeen
Thanks to all those who made it along to the 5th and final Guild Session of 2014 last week at Ceres. We had our biggest turnout yet and a busy, information packed evening thanks to our speakers Kat & Kat for their presentations and to designers Terry and Shotaro for sharing & workshopping their designs with the group.
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. In this session, Kat Lavers presented on how to best design ideas for home composting with the do's and don't's of worm farms, composting, chooks & bokashi. Covering a lot of ground in the time provided and helping the designers to carefully discern what type of home composting systems they should be recommending in their designs. We also had Kat Dugas present an intro into getting mushrooms growing in our designs, also bringing in some tasty examples of what we should be aiming for! Thanks Kat and Kat!
In this session we were also fortunate to get the chance to learn about 2 designs brought in by designers Terry and Shotaro who explained them to the group before getting into some creative brainstorming and design development! So much information and creative energy in one night! So it was all in all a very busy and once again a very successful Guild Session evening. Thanks again to Ceres for hosting us!
We have wrapped up the series now for 2014 with 5 successful Sessions held at various locations across Melbourne, and look forward to another series of Sessions for 2015! It's been great meeting everyone who has been able to participate this year and we look forward to seeing your smiling faces, along with many new smiling faces next year!
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The Melbourne Permablitz Collective's resident worm enthusiast Thomas, has some tips for keeping your worms cool this summer...
Before too long, we are going to get hot days. Days so hot that our eyeballs dry out, and worms cook in our worm farms. This isn't good for the worms, and isn't good for us, so here are some vermafriendly strategies:
Your worm farm should be in full shade, and particularly protected from the harsh afternoon sun. However, even that isn't protection when the air temperature is above 40degrees several days in a row.
Put a towel over your worm farm, with the ends in buckets of water. The water wicks up the towel and evaporates, cooling the worms.
Ice bucket challenge
Put ice in your worm farm, preferably big blocks of it, to really cool it down at the start of the day.
Bring your worm farm inside, and share your cool air conditioned space. A well maintained worm farm shouldn't smell or be a problem.
Going to ground
All of the above are only short term solutions. If you are going away on holiday for two weeks, or even if you aren't but want to be sure, you could dismantle your worm farm, and put each shelf directly in contact with the ground (still in the shade, and putting some form of lid on top of each shelf). That way, the worms can seek refuge in the earth when it gets too hot. Don't worry, they should all come back, as compost worms like a rich food source which the normal soil won't provide.
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