PSN Open Garden - Denistone
Saturday Nov 1st, 2012 - 10am to 2pm
Another permaculture garden belonging to a PSN member will be open for members to visit, enjoy and benefit from the exchange of information and knowledge of other permies. The garden was placed 2nd in the City of Ryde annual Spring Garden Competition 2014 in the "Best Edible Gardens" category.
Located on a steep hill the Denistone property is an example of a six-years-old vibrant, sustainable permaculture garden, designed with the primary goal to provide the owners with food and medicinal plants.
Annual vegetables are grown in raised beds (some of them are self-watering wicking beds) and the produce is either eaten fresh or preserved in various ways for storage. Fruit trees and perennial vegetables are mixed with flowering plants attracting beneficial insects, creating a rich and colourful ecosystem, which includes also a small flock of five egg-laying hens.
Rainwater is harvested from the roof of the house and two other structures in the garden (total storage 15,000 litres) with main tanks feeding garden taps, laundry and the second toilet. Surface water runoff is captured using swales, mulch and a composting pit.
Nothing ever leaves the garden; all non-edible materials collected from it are composted (in bays, bins and worm farms), mulched or used to build plant supports.
Margaret will conduct a tour of her garden 15 minutes after each hour.
Please register using the Register button to the left of the screen; in case of problems email
The address will be emailed to you on registration. If you would like to bring along family or friends who are not members, a small $5 donation can be made to PSN on the day.
WHAT TO BRING...
If you would like to stay and have a cup of tea and a chat after the tour, please bring along a mug. There will be also some perennial plants (yarrows, mints, elderberry, yucon) available for sale.
If you're not a member and would like to join our community and take part in this garden team day, please join here