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Permablitz #23 Sarina and Ben's place (May 2016)

Posted on August 28, 2016 at 11:00 PM

Who lives here - Sarina, Ben and their children Aria and Allegra.

Aims of the blitz - Garden tidy up and construction of four raised wicking beds.

Project details - Site clean up, construction of four raised wicking beds, pruning existing free trees and planting support (guild) plants for fruit trees.

Challenges faced - Sourcing chemical-free products for the wicking bed was important and took much research.

Weeding the are took a lot longer than first estimated as the couch grass had grown under the concrete paths.

Everyone wanted to be involved in the construction of the wicking beds, because that was exciting. However, there were some technical aspects to jobs (sawing, drilling, leveling foundations) that slowed the process and some people were left standing around. The construction also took longer than anticipated.

Achieved on the day - We ended the day with two constructed wicking beds that were filled with gravel and ag pipe.

Follow up - Sarina and Ben finished the remaining two wicking beds because tha gravel and soil on the driveway were blocking the garage. This is the start of the realisation of a personal vision and family learning opprtunity. Aria now has a functioning worm farm and has been diligently looking after the worm and was able to show off some fresh worm wee. Allegra has been chatting to the garden fairies. The wicking beds have produced winter salad vegies and as spring approaches the newly planted dwarf fruit trees are budding.

Sarina and Ben send a big thank you to everyone who helped in their graden makeover.

Categories: Wicking bed, Food forest

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