Jean, Peter & family have an urban quarter acre block in Alfredton that they want to transform into their own productive, integrated permaculture garden. This will be a short blitz to kick-start them with some groundwork preparation.
Jobs on the day include …
• Trenching (swales) & mounding soil to define garden beds and help with drainage.
• Sheet mulching areas in preparation for winter/spring planting.
• Shifting and spreading wood chip for the mulching.
• Removal of 2 suckering tree stumps.
• … and the always present general weeding and cleaning of existing garden areas.
Please bring your own gloves, wear sturdy footwear and suitable clothing – the blitz will go ahead even if it is raining.
The trailer and tools may not be available, so if you are able to, please bring any of the following tools:
Pick, shovel, mattock, fork, wheelbarrow and any spare corrugated cardboard for mulching.
- Sheet mulching of existing trees
- Constructing compost bays from recycled pallets
- Setting up no-dig veggie gardens and completing plantings
Sunday 7th September 10 am - 4 pm
Please wear clothing and footwear to suit working outdoors at this time of the year … and don’t forget your gardening gloves.
Dan has an interesting long urban block in Brown Hill where he has already made some progress, but needs help with the following jobs …
Set up an aquaponics enclosure and system
Install and plant berry baths
Replace agapanthas with pear trees - some digging needed here!
Remove ivy - aka weeding
Prep veggie beds with soil
Mini workshop to build stairs - your chance to learn how to do it yourself
Put together 2 x Wicking beds (potato box cut in half)
Dan would also appreciate some help preparing and serving lunch if you want to help on the day but feel you aren’t up to anything too strenuous.
- Levelling my front yard to do away with the "swamp effect" at certain times of year
- Building a raised wicking bed across the front of my porch
- Making a little levee bank to divert the water from the street into a drain rather than into the aforementioned "swamp"
- Planting a mini hedge of Chilean Guava on the levee
- Planting a bunch of nice waving grasses round the letterbox and along the front
- … and a few other jobs if there is time and willing helpers.
Sunday July 27th
9am until 5pm
As well as the usual fun and frivolity of a permablitz, we are adding a new element to our permablitz program by having a DIY section - we'll be building a solar dehydrator over the course of the day. Steve has selected plans for a large solar dehydrator (with wheels) that he'll be putting to good use next Summer.... it's the perfect group build project if the weather is a bit damp for us on the day. Copies of the plans and instructions will be available on the day.
Other jobs will include:
- finishing the berry tunnel that we started at Steve's last blitz in 2011 (nice to complete the circle)
- work on the new duck yard
- a new garden bed along the studio verandah
- further plantings in the developing food forest area
- building new compost bays in the veggie garden
- extending the concrete block & white stone paving under the verandah
Steve has a couple of WWOOFers from mid June onwards so they exact jobs list may change, but will include a mix of indoor and outdoor jobs so that we will have things to do, rain or shine. Those with long memories will remember the amusing sight of Steve & Ian (Uber) yelping as they concreted in posts while standing in a storm of hailstones... we're hoping to cater for all weather outcomes by having a diverse jobs list... and plenty of undercover spots to work!
Permablitz May 31st, 2014
Michael is just starting his journey into Permaculture and has a very interesting block, with lots of potential in the heart of East Ballarat.
Donations of herbs, perennials, self seeding annuals and other food plants on the day would be very much appreciated.
Some of the jobs he is hoping to achieve on the day are :
• improve soil and mulch garden beds
• build and attach espalier frames
• clear under/around lemon tree, make edging and mulch
• add trellis to fence and reinforce
• remove and move fence
• build compost bays
• and the ever needed weeding and cleaning
Phone Ann Goeman 0438 301 776 for the Buninyong address and to book in for your preferred time
This ‘event’ is to remove a section of dry stone wall front fence so that there's enough room for a driveway that's approx. 4 metres wide. Then the removed rock will be used to rebuild the wall in the existing gateway. A neighbour who's rebuilt some of his own stone walls, will be there to oversee the job and give us some tips.
As space is limited and the work can be heavy, numbers will be limited to 6 - 8 people per half day, so please nominate session/s, ie. Saturday and/or Sunday, 10:00-12:30 or 1:00-3:30.
Of course, morning/afternoon tea and lunch will be provided, and attendance will count towards having your own blitz.
Please bring a heavy duty trolley (if possible), and wear clothing suitable for the weather on the day as well as strong boots and gloves.