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Report of Permablitz#9

What a great day!

Permablitz #9 was held on Sunday the 7th of July at Carol & Mikes house, up on the hills behind Katikati. The sun beamed down, a  cold south westerly wind blew and everybody who came truly experienced the suntrap effect! It was a great way to learn about principle #7 ‘Design from patterns to details’.

Making the pumpkin mounds

A significant part of Carol’s permaculture design was to make use of her suntrap on her existing north-facing terraces. These had difficult access, but with teamwork we were able to carry large quantities of organic material up to the terraces in buckets! Up there, pumpkin mounds were built. These small no dig beds will break down in the coming months and be ready for Carol’s future bumper pumpkin crop!

Drilling worm towers

Fancy low maintenance – no production  shrubs were put through the mulcher and ‘Worm towers’ were drilled using pieces of pipe. These were inserted into the newly cleared vege beds which will house Carol’s growing population of free-range worms. It is hoped these will stimulate soil activity in the vege beds and give Carol somewhere useful to put her kitchen scraps!

Carol & Mike's bean frames

Carol & Mike got two lovely new bean frames built for them. Just as these were being finished,  someone opened the bucket to Carol’s secret possum repellant. OMG! You had to be there. If you were downwind at the time, you would feel very sorry for all the Possums on the Kaimais that venture near Carol’s garden, boy, are they going to be repelled!

Permablitz 9 group shot

What fun we all had, and what a great vibe there was on the day. Thanks to everybody who shared in the decision making, taking on leadership roles and for your contributions to some great discussions. Carol & Mike seemed to be glowing afterwards! They will reap the rewards of all their involvement with permablitz in the coming growing season and they both really deserve it!

Report of Permablitz #8

Permablitz #8,

Saturday May 25th 2013

With a huge rain event predicted to innundate blitz #8 after lunch, we weren’t sure whether anyone would come! A few were missing but many came enthusiastic as usual! The weather bomb never arrived, but it certainly seemed to motivate everyone!

No time was wasted early in the day, introductions were cut short and newcomers got thrown in the deep end, and were given jobs as soon as they had labled their tools!


One of the first major jobs was to thin out a large grove of bananas. Meanwhile a trailor full of compost was shovelled on to the adjacent beds.


Compost piles were built using rolls of wire mesh and filled  chopped up banana plants, manure , sawdust, prunings, grass clippings and weeds. Two piles were built at intervals along the lower vege garden terrace.

There was a workshop on vegetable guild planting, and two beds were planted with a mix of cabbage, brocolli, cauliflower, beetroot, peas, lettuces, and broadbeans. (Not a lot else will grow here in Late May)

Blitz #8 Group photo

The rain finally came as people were leaving at 3pm.What  a great community thing we have here! The day was enjoyed by all, and once again we were able to blitz another garden which will in time become far more productive!