At Sandy Creek, 90 km north-west of Brisbane spring blew in cold south-westerlies and 24 keen Permablitzers – tents, coffee mugs, shovels, generous seeds and seedling offerings and all – oh, and a small dog named Rupert.
Dick Copeman was there to meet and greet the happy campers and after Tim Auld gave an overview of the plan and Moira appointed people to appropriate priority tasks, the first Brisbane 5 acre, 2-day camping Permablitz began.
I am sure that, despite the willingness and sunny disposition, many a Brizzy Blitzer was thinking “OMG, there is so much to do!! Where do you begin on 5 acres?”
Zone 1, of course. Tim had drawn up a practical and logical design for Angela , the owner, with her requests (read: high expectations) in mind. Two key feature areas evolved. First, a garden of Australian native food plants and banana basins on the north side was established. Trees had to be removed first (by truck, in one instance).
Second, 3 swales were dug on the south side with 3 pine and post retaining walls placed due to the degree of the slope.
No dig garden beds were made and a few citrus and wind protecting trees were planted for good measure.
By the end of day one 2/3 of the retaining walls were finished and the Australian food garden was ready to plant into. What did Angela learn by the end of day 1? ….That retaining walls take a long time to build (and not to overfill the rice cooker with rice).
Special thanks to all those who were so impressively dedicated to getting the retaining walls finished – especially Martin, who had all the tools an know how and everything, including the kitchen sink, in his trailer. And thanks to Coby who found one of, what I hope to be, the first of many worms.
Best laid plans…..
Angela had a vision we would all be dining around the campfire, singing songs and toasting marshmallows. Not so… unusual arctic temperatures drove us all inside around the fire and cosied up together eating curries and drinking well-earned beers and wines. All stayers were packed off to their tents with extra doonas and hot water bottles and a tub of left over curry.
One of the wonderful things was having locals turn up to help, cook, sell local honey, pull out trees with their ute(all Blitzers on the back to add weight) – meaning that the word Permablitz is spreading. By the end of day 2 we had successfully built and planted out over 50m3 of garden beds, made new friends, gained new skills. Many thanks to all those who expressed interest in coming back to visit. I can be contacted through Permablitz.
Thank you all for my edible and medicinal garden and the first step of….a big project…with special thanks to Tim, Dick and Moira for their organisation, planning and skills.