Yesterday, Scott came around for an initial site visit of our yard to start scoping out it out for our Permablitz next year. So excited!
But I realised I have been very slack and have been HOARDING photos of delectable gardens that I really must share with you all.
First up, here’s a Permablitz we did a month or so ago at Nyree’s place in West Footscray. It was a lot of fun, and so organised! Nyree emailed out an overview of what we would be in for so we knew what tools would be needed and what kinds of things we’d be doing. Then when we turned up they had details of the projects to be done displayed with instructions and lists of materials to be used for them up and everything:
It was a relatively small site, but it’s always so exciting to see just how much it’s possible to fit in!
Here’s the before shots of the front yard – concrete and geraniums.
With an army of ‘blitzers though, the fence was dismantled,
concrete was smashed and ripped up,
beds built and paths made
Look how much bigger the space looks now! Sure beats unproductive concrete
This space has now been planted out as a FRUIT FOREST, veggie beds and sawdust paths.
Meanwhile out the back…
We ripped out some concrete in front of the brick shed, to create a raised veggie bed. Here we’re measuring out where the bed will go by seeing how long the sleepers we have to work with are.
Ripping out that wretched kikuya grass, it even survives under concrete!
Digging a sharp trench to try and stop the kikuya from growing back into the bed
Building the frame
Recycled piece of sheet roofing used as a water barrier so as not to damage the brick of the shed
Thick layer of wet newspaper laid on the bottom, again to hopefully retard any kikuya regrowth
And now the great raised bed lasagne mix. Here a layer of food scraps on the bottom – the bed is quite deep so these will just break down into compost.
Layer of compost and soil
Then a layer of peastraw litter from a friend’s chook house (!), compost, handfuls of blood and bone
Filling up! Though of course, this always breaks down and goes down a fair bit.
Don’t forget to water between each layer.
Ready to plant!
And what was a disused little corner is transformed into a highly productive, sizeable garden bed!
And in true permie style, making the most of every bit of available space, this space under the is being converted into a chook run, and a raised chook house built (no, the cubbie’s not being turned into a chicken mcmansion!)
What a day!