Permablitz report from Tending. And, Merrylands in bloom.

Hello again.

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Our second blitz (on March 23rd) saw us helping out with Tending, an experimental student garden at the Sydney College of the Arts in Rozelle.

 

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Tending asks the question: "Can art and permaculture work together at producing an abundance of food, fun, and creativity?" (description from the Tending blog at http://www.tending.net.au/ - check it out for more)

 

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Most of what we did on the day revolved around three challenges.
Challenge number 1 was to remove a lot of what appeared to be buffalo grass and other self-seeded species, which would not have a comfortable co-existance with the kind of domesticated plants we tend to grow and eat from.

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Challenge number 2 was to relocate a lot of heavy rocks that were on site, so they're no longer a hidden hazard to anyone who wants to work on or walk through the garden.


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All in a good day's work!

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Challenge number 3 was to set up some raised garden beds.
Because we used prefabricated frames, we had to draw and then a dig a perimeter for each bed to fit in.

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After placing wet cardboard inside each dug perimeter, the frames went in place.

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Downtime and good food are part of the permablitz experience.
While we can't claim to have had lunch fresh from the garden, this was nice.

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Our last task at the end of a long day was to mulch in and around the new garden beds, which is the foundation for what Tending can become. Like all permaculture, Tending remains a work in progress.

Also, one of the hosts from our earlier Merrylands blitz sent photos of how the garden was faring 6 weeks after:

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