Report Back from Bega’s First Permablitz
We Blitzed it!
Just over 40 men, women,children and toddlers turned up to Meringo St in Bega to blitz Wendy Hunters block. Some stayed all day and others popped in to just to offer some food plants. There was such a wonderful atmosphere to our first Permablitz and when darkness fell you could hear the crackling sound of fire steaming out of the cob pizza oven that Grant Walker skillfully workshopped.What was done included-
- completely sheet mulching an entire front lawn then topping with a thick layer of bark mulch
- constructed a zone 1 vegetable garden on an excavated flat area right outside Wendy’s back door that included a retaining wall and planted it out with vegetables and herbs.
- erected a fence across the backyard with a gate to manage the chooks from entering zone 1.
- built a cob pizza oven.
Thank you all again so much for your support with this project and it emphasised for me that to build a sustainable culture at a regional scale, its the synergy of people that’s going to count. We can all place water saving tanks from our roofs, put up solar panels and solar hot water units, plant fruit trees…………. its not all about that, its the people connections that will ultimately prevail.
John Champagne (Brogo Permaculture Gardens)
A former student from the Apollo Bay PDC in 2007, Sas Alderdice and her sister have started a new business called -*’ SEND ME SEEDS PIP’*. They do a seasonal seed subscription where you join up on-line for a season or a year and receive 6 different non-hybrid packets of vegetables and herbs for planting that time of year. Also included comes a whole lot of information on tips to nurturing these plants as well as recipes on cooking them. A forum is also on the site to ask questions and discuss gardening matters in general. Great idea Sas and the web site is – www.sendmeseedspip.com