The fire and the fury: Alexandria Permablitz

 beds in progress

Hundreds of native tree seedlings, check. Copious quantities of newspaper, check. Bathtub in frame ready to turn into community worm-farm, check. Multiple uteloads of horse-bedding pea-straw, check. Tools, lunch for 50 hungry helpers, fruit trees, vines, potting mix, manures and a ride-on ripper, check. This can only mean one thing: we must be having a Permablitz .

The recent long weekend saw the considerable energy and enthusiasim of over 50 folks explode apon Alexandria Park Community Garden in Sydney. We run our Sydney courses in the same precinct and we've watched this community garden's crew move forward with a bunch of big jobs and features in their garden over the last year. It seemed to us what they needed was a big influx of temporary energy to get over some of the hurdles they faced in establishing and defining their garden so that it could be of maximum benefit to the community, and bring in new members. …