Permablitz #167 in Eltham
We had a lovely blitz in hilly Eltham at the home of Sandra in late March. A terraced block with existing plants, water tanks, and paths was blitzed into an edible oasis thanks to the 15 permablitzers on hand.
The big project of the day was two large wicking beds dedicated to vege growing. Both over two metres long, constructing and filling them was a major task for the day. Co-Designer Paul led the construction and a workshop on what makes wicking beds so useful. A big thanks to Lena for supplying an emergency wheelbarrow!
While the wicking beds were underway, Co-Designer Erika led a sheet mulching workshop and a group of volunteers re-invigorated some of Sandra’s existing beds. In addition to preparing the soil for autumn planting, a few new paths were cut which will allow access to all plants in the bed. That will save Sandra from having to walk on her beautifully layered soil!
The group adjourned at midday for a wonderful lunch prepared by Sandra. It was splendid to sit under a grapevine on the verandah, admiring the hard work and a morning’s progress.
In the afternoon, it was back to work! Co-Designer Terry shared some knowledge about fruit tree planting – how to space the trees, prepare the soil, and care for the roots. The group planted 10 feijoa trees along follow a major path in Sandra’s garden. Even when digging holes in the tough, clay soil there were smiles to be had on a beautiful Saturday.
The end of the day brought a discussion of composting techniques and the construction of a 1 cubic metre hot compost. The compost heap was assembled in one of two compost bays also constructed on the day.
Thanks to all the fantastic volunteers who made the day! The group was really warm and collaborative, hugely productive, and everyone went home with a smile on their face! Enjoy your garden Sandra!