The Permablitz Collective are making it even easier to get blitzed at the moment...
Right now is the best time for you to get blitzed!
Spring is now in full swing, and we reckon the best part of the year is now upon us – spring planting time! The risk of frost is pretty much over now, daylight savings is days away and fruit trees are already bearing the beginnings of stonefruit and tasty little treats. Even the bees and chooks are happier!

Given that everything is warming up now, we in the Permablitz Collective have decided to pick up the pace a bit and make it even easier to get blitzed – more on that below…

To honour this time of new growth (and the leaves forming on our grape vines), we’re dedicating the song of the month to soul man Marvin Gaye, with his classic I Heard It Through The Grapevine.

  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!
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Last month we were honoured to welcome new designers Jorge, Ryan and Danny join the Permablitz Designers Guild – we can’t wait to see which project they decide to sink their teeth into!

There are a handful of cool new designs that need some keen permie eyes to transform  gardens into sustainable and edible spaces – so, if you’re a Guild member and itching to get a design under your belt, then check ’em out!

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Hero of the Month: Kangaroo Apple
To get your hit of vitamin C, then check out the unsung Melbourne local Kangaroo Apple!

Dom from Victorian Indigenous Nurseries Co-op (VINC) tells us all about this edible native, and how it can be eaten fresh, raw or cooked and is easy to grow.

Read more about this amazing native here!

Beets and Pieces
Pip Issue #12 is out, and we've got two to give away!
Pip Magazine has been spreading the permie love across Australia for over three years now, and their 12th issue has just hit the stands – and we’ve got a couple to give away to two lucky people!

The mag features a story about eating insects, so… to get your copy email [email protected] with the subject line “Pip Giveaway”, and tell us in 25 words or less the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten. (Comp closes midnight Oct 5, winners will be announced on the website).

What else is in there? Well… In the latest issue Pip Magazine focuses on the microscopic with articles on the soil food web and nurturing your microbiome. There’s also a guide to choosing the best tomato varieties for you, eating insects, urban farming, homemade crackers and in time for the festive season an article on waste-free celebrations. And for the more practical of us, articles on hempcrete and biogas.

Check it out!

A real history of Aboriginal Australians, the first agriculturalists - with Bruce Pascoe
In this powerful talk, Bruce Pascoe demonstrates a radically different view of Australian history that we all need to know – one that has the potential to change the course of Australians’ relationship with the land.

Bruce Pascoe‘s career has spanned teaching, farming, bartending, writing, working on an archaeological site, and researching Aboriginal languages. A Bunurong, Tasmanian and Yuin man born in Melbourne, he grew up on a remote island in the Bass Strait.

Bruce has written more than 20 books. His non-fiction book, Dark Emu (2014), won the Book of the Year and Indigenous Writers’ Prize in the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

He says, “Aboriginal people have always had a story to tell. We have always been storytellers and artists and singers and dancers and we’ve just brought this into the general Australian culture. Non-Aboriginal Australians enjoy it and are starting to embrace it”.

Check out his TedX talk here!

South-East Melbourne’s Food Scraps Will Soon Be Put to Good Use
Households across Melbourne’s south-east will soon be able to throw food scraps into their green bin thanks to a new $65 million composting plant in Dandenong South. Currently, residents can’t put anything other than garden waste into their green bins.

Each year the South Eastern Organics Processing Facility will transform 120,000 tonnes of food and garden waste from homes in Bayside, Cardinia, Casey, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Kingston and Monash into 50,000 tonnes of compost, which will then make its way to municipal gardens and parks.

“This facility alone, which will be the most advanced of its type in Victoria, can process around 12,000 truckloads of waste per year,” Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said in a statement. “It means food and organic waste produced by south-east Melbourne residents will not end up in landfill and will instead produce high-grade compost for our gardens and parks.”

You can read more about this initiative on Broadsheet.

Back in the Garden
October is possibly the best time of year to be a gardener – there is a CRAZY amount of seeds and seedlings that you can start thinking about planting now that the ground is beginning to warm up. It’s also the last chance to remove dead winter growth, and to dig up and divide perennial plants, and you can plant evergreen shrubs and trees – including citrus trees!

Seeds you can plant in October include:
Amaranth Marrow
Angelica Mustard greens
Asparagus NZ Spinach (Warrigal Greens)
Asparagus Pea Okra
Beetroot Oregano
Borage Parsley
Burdock Parsnip
Cape Gooseberry Potato
Carrot Pumpkin
Celeriac Radish
Celery Rhubarb
Chicory Rocket
Chinese Cabbage Rockmelon
Chives Rosella
Climbing beans Rosemary
Coriander Sage
Cucumber Salsify
Daikon Silverbeet
Dill Spinach
Dwarf beans Spring Onions
Fennel Summer savory
French Tarragon Sunflower
Globe Artichokes Sweet Corn
Horseradish Sweet Marjoram
Jerusalem Artichokes Turnip
Lemon Balm Yacon
Lettuce Yam/Oca
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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