When I say Permablitz, I realise some readers will not be familiar with this word. It has arisen from Permaculture philosophy and practices and refers to an activity in someone’s garden when a team of volunteers arrive to help make changes.
I was fortunate to be offered the opportunity to join a Permablitz with 19 others: I exchanged my labour for the chance to learn and, not incidentally, a sumptuous lunch. This blog post is the first of four covering my experience – expect these to be published one a day over the next days.
Over six hours, we weeded and generally cleared unwanted plants from areas, dug out plants for relocation, moved barrow loads of mulches and compost, carried rocks for garden bed edging, soaked cardboard and paper for covering the ground to discourage weed growth, replanted some plants, and planted others collected for the occasion. Interspersed with our activity, we would stop for an explanation of the processes involved and each of these workshops raised our knowledge levels – and inspired me to return to my own garden and work a little differently. Quite possibly others felt similarly.
I have written this series of blog posts as my reminder of my experience. This first post simply sets the scene and shows you the result. The ‘before’ and the ‘after’ photos are the strongest evidence that we worked hard and a great deal was achieved.
The following two photos shows the weedy area in which the herb garden would be located.
At the end of the day the herb garden area looked as follows:
The hugelkultur mound, on the lower corner of the block, was overgrown at the beginning of the day. At the end of the day it had been cleared and remulched.
The following two photos show where the food forest would be created.
The next photo shows the setup of the food forest nearing completion.
There were many valuable lessons to be learned during the day from the formal activity associated with each ‘job’ across the garden. In addition, informal chats between ourselves provided a wonderful opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences.
Gardening gives pleasure alone. With others, that pleasure is compounded.