Category Archives: Blitz announcements

Permablitz # 19 !

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
-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 isneeded, 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!


Permablitz # 19 !

Permablitz #19-POSTPONED until further notice.

A fellow ‘permablitzer’ would love our help on her beautiful rural Waihi section.

We will create a swale on a north facing hillside. We are building this swale to capture rainfall and nutrient runoff. We will learn how to make and use a levelling device to make a horizontal swale. Then we will learn which seeds and plants are appropriate for the task of retaining the swale as we plant them. And if we have time, we will learn how to mark out and dig a second swale.

We will also experiment with making seeds balls with New Zealand native species. We have a rocket stove to demonstrate. We have plenty of fun tasks for people who are ready to get stuck into digging and getting their hands dirty, and we have heaps of fun jobs for people who don’t!

This magical site is certified organic and you will have the opportunity to ask the knowledgeable owner all kinds of questions about the variety of plant species on the property.

To register, fill out the form below. The hosts will send you the details.  If you have not heard back within 48 hours – please re-register as something may have gone wrong in the registering process.  Thank-you!