One blitz, two blitzes, three blitzes, FOUR blitzes! And lots of good news besides...
Blitzes galore, good news and bees!
The month of May was a busy one for we blitzin’ types… No fewer than four permablitzes were had – one in Rosanna, two in Flemington and yesterday in Crib Point. A big thanks to everyone who pitched in to make these days so successful – many hands make light work, but blitzers make it fun!

May also included a heap of really good news – from the removal of single plastic bag usage from the major supermarkets to Lentil as Anything announcing plans to open of Melbourne’s first permanent pay-as-you-feel supermarket, it seems that positivity was in the air once more.  Victoria has also passed Australia’s first treaty bill, promoting reconciliation and aimed at helping heal the wounds of the past – here’s hoping that the federal govt will follow suit. Speaking of which, a senate inquiry has recommended that ALL single-use plastics be banned – and it’s not just The Greens – representatives of ALL the major political parties are on board with it. It just sounds too good to be true!

To honour all this great news, we’ve dug deep in our dusty box of records to pull out this month’s Song of the Month – The Only Way is Up, by Yazz and the Plastic Population. Get your dance-shoes on for this one!

  Have you been to a blitz and want a permablitz of your own?

Now's the time to get your name on the board for our trusty Designers Guild to transform your garden into an edible oasis!

Not sure if you qualify? Find out all the details here!
Blitz Requests
Last month we had new designers Martin, Emmanuelle and Lily join the Permablitz Designers Guild – and Emmanuelle and Lily have already locked in their first design, joining Anne with a design in Sunbury. We can’t wait to see what they come up with!

There’s still a handful of designs that need some loving permie eyes to transform the gardens into sustainable spaces – if you’re a Guild member and itching to get a design under your belt, then check ’em out!

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Crib Point
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Wheelers Hill
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Hero of the Month: Thryptomene Saxicola
This month our hero is the unsung Thryptomene Saxiola, thanks to guest contributor, permaculture designer, PDC teacher, manager of Forestedge Nursery in Kallista and all-round awesome person Tamara Griffiths.

This is an Australian native hero for every sized garden, and with its small leaves that sprays tiny pink flowers for most of the year, it’s perfect for bees, beneficial insects and attracting small birds to your garden.

To read more about this amazing plant, click here!

Beets and Pieces
Psssttt... are you an aspiring, or established beekeeper?
Whether you keep bees, or would like to keep bees, there’s a secret apiary in East Keilor that needs the care and commitment of a local beekeeper or two…

The outstanding, inspirational & tireless Lina & Tony of Rose Creek Estate really, really love having bees to help pump their amazing gardens, orchard & vineyards. The apiary site itself is also outstanding with shelter from cold winter winds, has good winter sun, summer shade, good access yet is relatively secluded, and florally speaking is quite the bonanza for a pollinator of any persuasion.

The site can accommodate up to two beehives, and can either come equipped with two healthy hives, or you can BYO hives.

The current beekeeper has moved slightly too far afield to continue, but must find a suitable replacement and is keen to hear from you, should you wish to express interest in such a wonderful prospect. If so, please contact [email protected]

Karina wants to share Eco Voices with the world
The Eco Voices project is an idea Karina Donkers (Stockdale) developed using her deep ecology training to reconnect people to each other and to the Earth. The project aims to bring awareness to some of the impacts of climate change and start conversations about how we can be a part of the solution. Nature has its own stories and voices; and this project will aim at bring these to the forefront of the discussion.

We had the opportunity to chat with Karina recently, and she answered some of the questions we had for her.

Check out the interview here!

Are you living in Melbourne, and have an interest in permaculture?
Maki is anthropology student at the University of Melbourne and is writing her honours thesis on the growing permaculture movement. A little bit about her research: she is interested in how permaculture practices in inner city Melbourne might challenge the fast pace of contemporary capitalist society. She is investigating what kind of value spending time on activities such as growing your own food may possess, as opposed to buying such products with money.

In terms of research participants, she am looking for anyone, of any age, race, and gender, that is interested in permaculture in any form and is living in Melbourne. You can consider yourself a hardcore permaculturist, or a dabbler… if you practice permaculture on any scale, you are of benefit to the study. Participating in the research involves an interview that will take around 30 minutes to an 1 hour, and if you wish, you can also show Maki around your garden or community areas where you practice permaculture.

By participating in this research, you will contribute to establishing more knowledge about permaculture in the social sciences. By portraying your stories, we hope that this research will contribute to the local community’s knowledge about permaculture, and the relevance of sustainable lifestyles in today’s world.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Maku via email at [email protected], or on 0431427564.

Back in the Garden
It’s bare root season! If you’ve got room in your garden, now is the best time to get a fruit tree in there – but be sure you know what you’re getting! Here’s some good tips to keep in mind when choosing your tree – as well as tips on the best way to plant them!

Of course, if you’ve got enough trees, you can always get perennials – if you already have these, now is the perfect time to divide them. It’s also a great time for winter pruning around now – if you don’t know how, check out the many training sessions that are around at the moment.

There’s not a lot of things that will take off in the cold soil right now, but you can definitely give the following plants a go:

Seeds you can plant in July include:
Beetroot  Radish
Lettuce  Shallots
Mustard Greens  Snow Peas
Onions  Strawberries (seeds and runners)
Remember: some seeds do better starting off in punnets, some in pots and some in the ground. To get the best from your seedlings be sure to check the best methods first!


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