Permablitz 157 in Northcote
A wonderful Permablitz began on a sunny day in Northcote. The garden was a good size east facing backyard with not many trees but, typically for Northcote, a couple of good, established fruit trees desperate for a prune.
As usual, Simon and Hermann’s Blitzes started with a work station set-up, so late-comers could start working without too much explanation. Work on the double pallet compost bay started immediately and progressed quickly. Other enthusiasts started digging up the old paths that were overgrown with grass over the years.
An old bathtub got converted into a wicking bed with the help of an old vacuum cleaner pipe and elbow grease. Here’s Nick, giving a cameo as a fellow designer, presenting a spontaneous workshop on wicking beds and how they work.
Some eager Blitzers started reviewing the herb bed with some good discoveries and new plants. Others pruned some old fruit trees into shape.
Laughter and knowledge was shared, as an old laundry door got reused as a veggie bed.
Also, a flower bed was planted and some raspberry canes found a new home. We tried something special and planted some bananas we got donated from a previous Blitz.
The great Indian themed lunch gave the participants a good flush of energy to tackle the last bits of work. We dug a firepit and installed a rainwater barrel and enjoyed a beer around the fire as Simon finished up with a presentation on wormfarming.
Interested participants then joined in expressing their love for Permablitz by handsigning the ad-hoc painting.
What a nice Blitz!