Permablitz Numero 15 Recap
Permablitz 15 saw Linda’s wobbly and uneven brick path at the front of the house transform into two lovely circular garden beds around the back. It wasn’t due to magic but the creative work of 10 or so local (and international!) permablitzees to build amazingly level and even edges out of bricks.. It was great to have the input of others to simplify the original design.
We decided not to go ahead with some intricate keyhole type paths through the circular beds instead opting for stepping stones through the beds for access.
The raised beds will be used for a kitchen garden of perennial herbs such as spring onions, chives, parsely, rosemary, sage and lettuces etc. One of the beds featured two cascading ponds to capture the overflow from a downpipe. The ponds were meticulously engineered by Grubby and others so that the overflow won’t wash away the topsoil but will drain to the subsoil by a ‘soak’ filled with rocks and sand – to reach the maximum possible area.The beds were filled using newspaper, compost and a layer of pea straw on top.
After lunch several blitzees indulged in a perma-losophy discussion about the true nature of the universe and whether the Great Designer had or hadn’t completed a Permaculture Design Course.The day also featured a discussion/brainstorm of how to set up a watering system for optimum use and the merits of a grey water system in a backyard application and discussions about the proposed design for the site including elements such as orchard/food forest, tanks, grey water and of course chooks.
Catch you all at Brendan’s this Sunday – Permablitz Numero 16 is looking to be a real ripper. There are even rumours of, get this, an entire ute load of worm castings as free potting mix with seedling trays and seeds for all! Come along and not only help someone grow food, but take home a little garden of your own!