We recognised the house by a *massive* pile of mulch lying on the pavement. Meanwhile, in the backyard an enthusiastic gang of blitzers were sharing their experiences with trees. For some this was limited to climbing and hugging.
Welcome to Permablitz Melbourne!
Eka of the Permablitz Collective is an urban forager. She wants to show people how they can maintain a normal lifestyle with a nine-to-five job and still lead a secret life as a forager. (As originally published in Pip Magazine #6)
Some households fight over who has to mow the lawn, but it’s happily all hands on deck for a share house of green thumbs in the Melbourne suburb of Elsternwick. Housemates Laura, Hermann, Harriet, Henry and Matt have created a thriving and productive garden in their rental home, establishing an apiary, a chook run and aquaponics system.
Rocket grows like a rocket! It is so fast that only two weeks after planting, the leaves will be ready to pick for salads and sandwiches. It’s definitely worth growing in the vegie patch...
Alison of Whitehorse Urban Harvest shares her experiences with Soil Blocks – these allow seedlings roots to be pruned by the air and allow plants to quickly re-establish after transplanting thanks to minimal root disturbance
Tulsi presents the promotion of optimum health physically, emotionally and spiritually, with additional environmental benefits thrown in too! Have a read and discover some ways in which this plant may benefit your garden and life.
Want to know what to plant and when? This crop list is a fantastic resource – print it out and whack it on the fridge so you know the best times to get planting.
So can we make the suburbs edible again? Permablitz networks around the country are showing that we can, one backyard at a time. The Permablitz concept combines physical outcomes with social outcomes.
A sunny winter’s day spent blitzing the gnome: with grub eating, archaeological digs, earth beats and gardening galore! Orchard planting, swale digging, bee hotel construction, hot composting and more fun than you can poke a stick at
With the help of Pooja, Natacha, Den and three of Mei’s own children, trenches were dug from the tap point to each garden bed and 13mm polypipe set down, ready for the weeper hoses.