|The September Permabee round-up
Last months permabee at John Colet Primary School was I think one of the most enjoyable ones I've been involved in. The enthusiasm and hospitality from the parents and teachers of the school was really refreshing, and all the hard work everyone put in transformed a vary nondescript space into a focal point for some very keen young gardeners.
I would like to say a massive thanks and express my appreciation to Alexandra for inviting us in to help with this project and to all the PSN volunteers who have been doing such a stellar job through out the year. It’s been a real joy.
And so on to our next, and what a next it is!
Ku-ring-gai Council are giving PSN the opportunity to establish a “purpose built” Permaculture display/community garden at the St Ives Wildflower Garden.
This site has an established organic vegetable garden with several beds, two native beehives, three ponds, a small worm farm, tool shed, compost site, out door seating under shade cloth and a larger area of land to expand into as the community garden develops.
PSN will be teaming up with other local community groups with assistance from Ku-ring-gai Council. The hope is to add the display garden to the list on show for International Permaculture Day next year. This is a big project that will go a long way to raise the profile of Permaculture in the public eye & PSN along with it. We would love you to get involved!
The plan for the October permabee to be held on Sunday 27th (one week later than usual) to start gathering information needed to develop the best design for the garden.
This will involve:
1. Conducting a survey of the sites topography under Rolf Cambridge’s expert supervision.
2. Plotting out the existing infrastructure like ponds, paths, garden beds, fences, sheds and the like with my help.
3. Identify existing plants and clearing out weeds, guided by Lucinda though she stresses she's no expert on plant ID!
4. Test soil depth & pH.
5. Organize the compost area.
6. Other odd jobs like patching holes in fences.
We will need to self cater for our lunch so I suggest we treat it like a group picnic and bring a plate & some drink to share with a few others. As always dress safe with boots gloves and the rest.
When you see this site you will be inspired, so if you are coming you will need to click on this to register.
Looking forward to seeing you all there.