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Native Verge Garden at DEG

The native verge workshop went very well. It went so well we are still going on about it. Thanks so much to all who helped, and especially to Richard McDowell for expert input. Here are a few more photos that may help.
1. We had Eva helping on the whiteboard so no one going to the library was in any doubt what we were doing.
2. We had Richard (in the yellow shirt) look at what we had before we started (and some of his stuff too.)
3. We had to chop through with a mattock as we found limestone underneath the soil we prepared.
4. Richard showed us how to get plants out of a pot by tapping the top of the pot to loosen the plant. There was no squeezing of the sides of the pot and damaging the roots. Claudia can be seen getting a handful of compost ready to put in the hole before the plant goes gently in.
5. Claudia then hand watered the plant with a liquid water-wetter and then watered the plant again with water to get the water-wetter off the leaves.
Did you notice the hanging basket frames turned upside down over the plants? This is to stop our helpers accidentally treading on the plants and breaking them even before the plants had the opportunity to grow.

For those who want a list of what we planted go here… or look at the “Workshop Notes” menu item.

Wicking beds installation of 23 June 2018

We installed some above ground wicking beds next to the library. Everyone was needed to move them in place.

These Wicking Beds have been constructed from re-purposed International Bulk Containers (IBCs), scrap fencing sheets,
and wood from old Pallets.


We mixed Vegetable concentrate from Green Life Soils with sand and other inputs to form a good mix for our vegetables to grow in.


Filling the socks of the wicking tubes with clean sand. The wicks are filled so the water will travel from the bottom of the reservoir to the soil in the bed above.


Two beds are in the meeting area in the library forecourt. The others are to the north of the library near the rainwater tanks.

 


When there has been a lot of rain, the reservoir fills up. The excess is removed from the drainage hole to prevent water-logging the soil.


 

 

 

Charles Otway from Terra Perma Design to give Food Forest seminar at the City of Joondalup

Who would have thought we would be presenting on Permaculture and Food Forests for the councils in Perth.

Join us in Joondalup on the 17 November 2016.

Register for this free event and Learn innovative ways to incorporate organic food production in your own backyard. Topics will include how to set up a garden with fruit trees, growing tips, water efficiency measures, pest management, vertical gardening and chickens under fruit trees.
For more details see “events.joondalup.wa.gov.au”