Permablitz #1 Report

The brief was; food forest for the whanau, visually appealing with some clean lines.

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The Vogletown, 300m2  rear section is flat and sunny. Like the rest of Taranaki, this land gets very good rain fall in our temperate to sub-tropical climate.
A site analysis highlighted a good range of possible micro climates to obtain a diverse yield from. After a good korero with the hosts on what their vision was, a team of 3 designers put some concepts down on paper.
Permablitz 1 concept and final
After some more healthy of to’ing and fro’ing, we had a final design. Not sure when the design is actually final, seems to be to be a constant process of observing and interacting. Anyway, it was time to swap pencils for spray cans and draw it out full scale… and, of course, a few more tweaks to the design : )
The design; A food forest will fill in the less traffic’ed areas. The outside bath corner, is a great sub tropical micro climate, so a grey water banana mulch pit will fill that niche. Heavy rain events naturally pool up in the middle of the lawn, so we’ll roll with that, and create a rain garden. A swale will capture and store water, this can be regulated to store more water in summer. Three annual garden beds will go down, these beds are designed to fit a chook tractor to also deal with the families green waste, and become a source of protein – eggs! If needs be, lawn space has been left to allow up to a further 4 or 5 garden beds.

Permablitz day! Nau mai haeremai ki te mahi maraa kai!

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What great hearts, muscle and depth of knowledge we have here in Taranaki. Even though we had some showers and some further tweaking of the design , that didn’t slow the good mahi down, and we celebrated our hard work soon after 4pm.
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A real privilege and honor to part of something much larger then myself. To take another step to create strong, resilient communities. Tuia te maara, Tuia te tangata.
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The first Permablitz was run with a small team from the 2016/17 Taranaki PDC class. Be very keen now to open it up to other PDC’ers in the region, to have a small or large part in practicing permaculture via a Permablitz. Get in touch if you’ve got something in mind.
Go well
Nick
permablitztaranaki@gmail.com

 

 

Blitzing Taranaki backyards, one garden at a time!