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Permablitz #31

Permablitz # 31

Saturday 7th November 2020, 9am – 3pm
Location: Otumoetai, register to find out where

At this exciting upcoming blitz, the couple have spent the last two years slowly implementing a food producing oasis in suburban Tauranga. They are finally ready to redesign their backyard and provide useful workshops on what they have achieved.

This will be a good opportunity to see how permaculture can be done in a suburban area, learn how to install a small rain water tank, lasagna gardening, basic fencing and the practicality of converting a hillside into terraced garden beds.

During the course of the day we will be focusing on:
o Converting lawn to garden beds
o Building a fence to keep pets out
o Lasagna gardening and growing soil
o Rainwater tank install
o Pallet Compost setup
o Learn about rainwater harvesting
o Learn about terraced gardening
o Learn about grape and berry trellising

This is a small backyard which can accommodate 15 – 20 people. Plenty of parking on the street.

A main lunch meal will be provided by the host, and if participants are able to contribute a small snack/baking for morning tea that would be much appreciated. Please let us know if you have any allergies or
dietary requirements.

What to bring:
-Gumboots
-Gardening gloves
-Wheel barrow (if you have would be great!)
-Gardening tools (labelled with your name) – spade or shovel
-Water bottles
-Hat and sun protection and wet weather gear
-Any spare plants you may have from your own garden i.e blueberries, lavender, garlic bulbs, calendula, , borage, lemon balm, bergamot, tansy etc This can also be in the form of cuttings which we will put into cutting mix straight away.

To  register, fill out the form below. Your details will be emailed to the hosts who will contact you with further details on how to get there. Thank you!

Permablitz #30

Permablitz # 30

Rural Bonanza, Whakamarama

Saturday 3 October 2020, 9am-4pm
Location: Whakamarama, register to find out where

We are working on a few projects at this stunning rural property, including work on the Food Forest, rock walls and  learning about using a “Living Design Process” to site and plant a couple of new gardens at the property.

This is an opportunity to see how bananas can grow in the Bay of Plenty, see how swales and a duck pond can be integrated, and feel creativity alive and humming in a garden. This family home has turned into a communal living space – with many different artists with different forms living together – creativity oozes in every inch of this beautiful property.

During the course of the day we will be focusing on;

  • Planting fruit trees
  • Planting fruit tree guilds
  • Sheet mulching
  • Planting banana pups
  • Creating a swale from run off water into the duck pond
  • Learning to make rock walls
  • Learning about using a “Living Design Process” to site and plant a couple of new gardens at the property.

We have a couple of great workshops lined up including; the role of fungi in a Food Forest, an edible weeds walk and a living design process.

This is a large area, and we can accommodate 40-50 people, so if you have missed out on a previous blitz, because they fill so fast – here is your opportunity to be involved and have a great day of learning. We are encouraging car pooling as there is not abundance of car-parking space. If you can please pop your area of where you live into the comments section of the registration box so we can try and connect people for carpooling.

Because this is such a large blitz, we are asking everyone to contribute to a shared lunch.

What to bring:
-Gumboots
-Gardening gloves
-Wheel barrow (if you have would be great!)
-Gardening tools (labelled with your name) – spade or shovel
-Water bottles
-Hat and sun protection and wet weather gear
-Something for a shared lunch
-Any spare plants you may have from your own garden that may work for fruit tree guilds i.e COMFREY – please dig up lots of comfrey root, lavender, garlic bulbs, calendula, jerusalem artichokes, thyme, rosemary, borage, lemon balm, bergamot, tansy, rosemary etc.

To  register, fill out the form below. Your details will be emailed to the hosts who will contact you with further details on how to get there. Thank you!

 

Permablitz #29

Urban overhaul, Otumoetai

Saturday 25 July 2020, 9:30am-3pm
Location: Otumoetai, register to find out where

THIS BLITZ IS NOW FULL!

We are doing an overhaul of a small backyard urban section in Tauranga town…there will be no lawn left!

This is an opportunity to see how much food you can grow in a small area. During the course of the day we will be focusing on;

  • Making wicking beds
  • Planting fruit trees and their guilds
  • Laying pathways
  • Constructing a berry and medicinal area

We have a couple of great workshops lined up as well.

This is a small area, we only have room for up to 12 people.

Our hosts will provide hot and cold drinks, and a lovely lunch.

What to bring:
-Gumboots
-Gardening gloves
-Gardening tools (labelled with your name) – spade or shovel
-Water bottles
-Hat and sun protection and wet weather gear
– Any spare plants you may have from your own garden that may work for fruit tree guilds i.e lavender, garlic bulbs, calendula, jerusalem artichokes, thyme, rosemary, borage, lemon balm, bergamot etc.

To  register, fill out the form below. Your details will be emailed to the hosts who will contact you with further details on how to get there. Thank you!

 

Permablitz #28

From Scratch Permablitz, Katikati

Saturday 31st March 2018, 9am – 4pm
Location: Katikati, register to find out where

We are starting from scratch on a newly established, beautiful one-acre riverside site just south of Katikati.

This is an opportunity to be involved in the very early stages of planning and implementing a Permaculture garden. Trish Waugh will talk about the Living Design Process which has been used here to make some initial decisions about the development of the land.

Our hosts are excited about sharing their piece of paradise with like-minded people and invite participants to stay on after the blitz for a shared dinner, swim in the river and to stay the night if you bring your own tent.

During the course of the day we will be focusing on how to;

  • Construct a ponga wall
  • Set up a fenced chicken run
  • How to site and plant fruit trees
  • How to build a compost bin and make hot compost
  • And lots more

We have some great workshops lined up and there may be special Easter activities for children (and adults) if anyone is keen.

This is a large area, we have room for up to 40 people.

Our hosts will provide hot and cold drinks, morning tea and a vegetarian lunch. If you would like to stay for dinner, please bring something to share.

What to bring:
-Gumboots
-Both Rubber gloves (for handling the mix) and other sturdy gardening gloves
-Gardening tools (labelled with your name) – spade or shovel, wire cutters, wheelbarrow.
-Water bottle
-Hat and sun protection and wet weather gear

To  register, fill out the form below. Your details will be emailed to the hosts who will contact you with further details on how to get there. Thank you!

 

Permablitz # 27

Tauranga Suburban Half Day Permablitz

Saturday 9th December 2017, 9.30am – 1.30pm
Location: Greerton, Tauranga register to find out more

We are developing a vegetable garden and food forest at a suburban home in Tauranga. The large section is flat and north facing.

This will be the first of two or three half-day Permablitzes at this location with a smaller number of people than is typical for a Permablitz (around 10 people).

Possible tasks include: preparing vegetable beds, erect greenhouse, construct gate and fence for wind shelter, plant trees, construct shade for worm farms, organise garage shelves and tool storage area, paint and line strawberry boxes.

Possible workshops will be: air layering plants, double digging, edible weeds, perennial vegetables, bokashi.

Anyone is welcome to teach a short workshop on a sustainable living concept so if you have any special skills that will contribute to the learning of the participants please mention this at registration.

We will have a shared pot luck lunch. The host will provide morning tea.

Hope to see you there!

What to bring:

·       Sturdy Footwear
·       Gloves
·       Gardening tools (labelled with your name) – spade, fork, trowel, hammer
·       Water bottle
·       Hat and sun protection and wet weather gear
·       Food to share for lunch

Plants/seeds needed: Tagasaste seedlings, globe artichoke, sweet marjoram (not oregano), dill, wormwood, leek seedlings, Brussels sprout seedlings

Materials needed: something to act as a barrier against kikuyu, such as plastic edging or corrugated iron if anyone has any to spare

We also need someone with building skills to help construct a gate and short fence, so please mention if you have these skills at registration.

To register, fill out the form below. Your details will be emailed to the hosts who will contact you with further details on how to get there. Thank you!

 

Permablitz #26

Permablitz #26

Earth Wall Building Permablitz, Karangahake

New Date: Sunday 26th March 2017, 9am – 4pm  

This Blitz is now full! Thank you to the wonderful volunteers, here’s hoping that the weather holds out for us 🙂

Location: Karangahake, near Paeroa, register to find out where

We are heading back to a beautiful piece of land that we blitzed in 2015 to complete an earth wall surround to the vegetable garden.

We are fortunate to have Rose Tuffery leading this blitz. Rose is a highly experienced earthbuilder and artist in clay. She will bring her in-depth experience of working with this medium to take us through step-by-step the construction of an in situ earthen wall.

During the course of the day we will be focusing on how to;

  • source local and recycled materials for the wall
  • figure out the ideal mix
  • prepare the wall for plastering
  • prepare the mix
  • apply this clay mix to the wall
  • add creative finishing details.

A good level of fitness is recommended as the work will be quite physically demanding, with plenty of opportunity to get your hands (and feet) dirty.

Rose at trial run last Sunday

The site is west facing with a gradual slope. It is shaded in the morning but can get quite hot in the afternoon.

We will be working in a small area so numbers are limited for this blitz to a maximum of 15 registrants….so be in quick!!

As this is such a special opportunity we ask that you each bring a plate of goodies for a shared lunch. The host will provide hot and cold drinks and a few snacks.

What to bring:

-Gumboots or other footwear that can get wet/dirty

-Two types of gloves; Sturdy gardening gloves (for handling wire netting, stones, etc) and rbber gloves (for handling the mix)

-Clothing that can get dirty

-Hat and sun protection and wet weather gear

-Water bottle

-Contribution of food for a shared lunch

Optional tools and equipment (labelled with your name):

-spade or shovel

-wire cutters

-10 litre bucket

-old dish brush (for cleaning of tools and equipment)

To register please fill out the form below.

Permablitz #25!

Paeroa Rural Food Forest Permablitz

Saturday 18th June 2016, 9am – 4pm
Location: Paeroa, register to find out where

We are developing a three year old orchard into the next phase of a Food Forest. We are also preparing the orchard for chickens to roam and under planting some of the fruit trees with beneficial plants at a large rural property just south of Paeroa.

The site is a north facing, easily accessible, gently sloping orchard.

We’ll be preparing some areas of lawn between the fruit trees with sheet mulching. These areas will be planted with more fruiting plants, some nitrogen fixers and other companion and beneficial plants. Existing fruit trees will be mulched, composted and bedded in for winter.

We will be fixing chicken mesh to the perimeter fence to make the orchard secure for chickens to free range. Housing for the chickens will also be established.

Likely workshops will be; on the care of chickens eg how to clip their wings, feeding chickens from the land, sheet mulching for food forest understorey planting, pruning fruit trees, chook housing from recycled materials, healing herbs and native plants/rongoa.

Anyone is welcome to teach a workshop on a sustainable living concept so if you have any special skills that will contribute to the learning of the participants please mention this at registration.

Please come and help. The hosts will provide a good healthy lunch and snacks. Hope to see you there!

What to bring:
-Sturdy Footwear
-Gloves
-Gardening tools (labelled with your name) – hammer, grass clippers, spades, shovels,wheelbarrows, hand tools
-Water bottle
-Hat and sun protection and wet weather gear

Plants/seeds needed: Tagasaste, Peppermint geranium, Chamomile, Salvia, Siberian pea shrub, Phaelacia, Yarrow, Lavender, Wormwood.

Donations to the sheet mulching pile appreciated: Horse or cow manure, untreated sawdust, seaweed, straw…

To register, fill out the form below. Your details will be emailed to the hosts who will contact you with further details on how to get there. Thank you!

Permablitz #23!

Turangi town home Food Forest Permablitz


Sunday 4th October 2015, 9:30am – 4pm
Location: Turangi town home, register to find out where

We’re planting a food forest at a typical home in Turangi.

The site is a north facing,free-draining, front sloped garden, so a warm and dry spot well suited to great growing.

Before the fruit trees go in, we’ll be forming rainwater infiltration swales for drought tolerance and for cycling nutrients into the system. Storm-water runoff from the house and garage will fill a new goldfish pond in front of the house. Once full nutrients from the pond will flow into the swales too.

We’re planting a large range of stone-fruit like cherries, prunes and apricots along with citrus trees fruiting shrubs such as currants and gooseberries. They’ll love the hard frosts and warm dry summers. These will become the structure of the multi-layered food food for this young turangi family and kids passing by on their way to and from school.

Please come and help, likely workshops will discuss Food forest and swale design, composting, tree planting and mulch use. Anyone is welcome to teach a workshop on a sustainable living concept on the day!

There will be a good healthy lunch provided. Hosts will help organise carpooling for anyone willing to come down here. Turangi has great hotpools, walks, and plenty to see and do for a weekend away! (not to mention great permies down here including the sensational Awhi Farm (google them!)

Suitable plant donations for our food forest appreciated.

We hope to see you here!
Hugo & Caro

What to bring:
-Sturdy Footwear
-Gloves
-Own gardening tools (labelled with your name) – spades, shovels, wheelbarrows, hand tools
-Water bottle
-Hat and sun protection

-Extra clothing (Turangi climate is about a month behind the Tauranga!)

To register, fill out the form below you details will be emailed to the hosts who will contact you with further details on how to get there. Thank-you! Hugo & Caro

Permablitz #24!

Tauranga Suburban Garden Permablitz – REGISTRATIONS FULL

Saturday 10th October 2015, 9am – 4pm
Location: Tauranga, register to find out where

We’re creating vegetable beds on contour and under-planting fruit trees at a typical suburban home in Tauranga.

The site is a north facing, gently sloped garden.

We’ll be forming a series of small rainwater infiltration swales which will be filled with mulch and used as pathways between raised vegetable beds. Some of the vegetable beds will be dedicated to growing perennial vegetables, while the rest will be used for biointensive annual vegetable growing.

A few existing trees will need to be moved, and underplanted with companion plants. Some of the existing lawn area will be sheet mulched.

Likely workshops will be on the correct posture for digging, double digging, making multi-purpose portable compost bins, compost making, using biodynamic preparations, possibly making tepees and garden edging with woven willow if we can find enough suitable material. Anyone is welcome to teach a workshop on a sustainable living concept on the day!

Please come and help. The hosts will provide a good healthy lunch and snacks.

Limited to 20 people, so be in quick!

Hope to see you there!

What to bring: -sturdy footwear, gloves, gardening tools (labelled with your name), spades, shovels, wheelbarrows, hand tools,water bottle, hat and sun protection.

Plants/seeds needed: Dwarf comfrey, tagasaste, peppermint geranium, chamomile, hyssop, honeywort, greater celandine, welsh bunching onions, salvia, chamomile, siberian pea shrub, chives, alfalfa, bulbs, boysenberry, loganberry.

Donations to the compost pile appreciated: Seaweed, grass clippings, cow manure, straw…etc

To register, fill out the form below. Your details will be emailed to the hosts who will contact you with further details on how to get there. Thank you!

SORRY REGISTRATIONS FULL

Historic Village Food Forest Mini Permablitz

Historic Village Food Forest Mini Permablitz


Sunday 15th March 2015, 9am – 12pm
Location: Envirohub, Historic Village, 17th Ave, Tauranga

As part of Envirohub’s Sustainable Backyard month of March, the BOP Permablitz collective will be having a mini Permablitz at Envirohub’s recently planted orchard/food forest. It will be an opportunity for people who have never been to a Permablitz before to get involved and plant out a whole lot of support plants amongst the fruit trees and help turn it from an orchard into a forest.

The site is a free-draining, west facing slope, so a warm and dry spot suited to a range of mediterranean and sub-tropical plants, with around 45 fruit trees including peach, feijoa, mandarin, orange, lemon, loquat, lemonade, lime, grape, fig, guava and plum already planted. First we need to tackle the rampant kikuyu grass amongst the trees and we will experiment with a variety of ways including digging trenches, comfrey barriers, and alkalising the soil (kikuyu likes a more acid pH).

Then we will transplant and plant a variety of ground covers, nitrogen fixers, mineral accumulators, beneficial insect attractors and mulch-makers around the trees.

Over the course of the morning, there will be a couple of workshops with Envirohub’s Noel Peterson on Moon Planting, and Plenty Permaculture’s Catherine Dunton-McLeod on Fruit Tree Guilds.

There will be a potluck lunch so bring food to share.

Since the site is on council land and a part of Envirohub, all participants will need to sign a health and safety form. This will automatically register you as an Envirohub volunteer to attend any future events with ease!

Hope to see you there!

What to bring:
-Sturdy Footwear
-Gloves
-Gardening tools (labelled with your name) – spades, shovels, wheelbarrows, hand tools
-Water bottle
-Hat and sun protection
-Food to share for lunch
-Any spare plants, seedlings, cuttings, seeds to support the fruit trees (see below a list of what is needed, or bring any other useful/edibles/medicinal perennials not mentioned)

Plants/seeds needed:
Tree lupin, comfrey, globe artichoke, wormwood, dill, lavender, salvia, clover, yarrow, thyme, marigold, borage, calendula, tagasaste, sage, oregano, lemon balm, chamomile, apple mint, jerusalem artichoke, hyacinth bean, scarlett runner bean, everlasting pea, hyssop, chives, strawberries, sunflowers, wisteria, lemon verbena, cosmos, honeywort, mustard, NZ spinach, welsh bunching onions, tea plant, soy bean (non-gmo), goji berry, asparagus, rhubarb, licorice.

To register, fill out the form below. Thank-you!

Sust Back Permablitz