On Sunday, May 30th about 15 to 20 permaculturist gathered together at Shelly’s home to help establish guilds around the existing fruit trees and create paths throughout the burgeoning small food forest. We were very pleased to help Shelly with this permablitz, as it was for the children. Shelly’s homestead is the site of her future project, Re-wild the Child, which will teach children about re-connecting with nature, biodynamics, and permaculture. The permablitz was a complete success; the install went very smoothly, everyone had a great time, quite a few new people came out, and new connections were made. Without further ado, here are some picture from the event:
All the cardboard in plants have been staged and are ready for the Blitz.
And let the planting begin! That bearded fella in the red shirt is planting in a dwarf Walter viburnum (Viburnum obovatum) which is a low maintenance native shrub that attracts beneficial insects and birds.
Some permies planting in an edible hibiscus (Abelmoschus manihot).
Matt brought a bunch of Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas var. Tainung and Colorette), Katuk (Sauropus androgynus), and longevity spinach (Gynura procumbens) cuttings; all or which thrive in our hot Southwest Florida summers.
And now we start to build some soil mounds for the sweet potato slips and longevity spinach cuttings.
This is the one raised bed veggie garden. During the summer it will be mostly used for growing sweet potatoes.
And now here comes the mulch.
On some of the beds we put down old coconuts as edging, which was quite aesthetically appealing.
We also had these wonderful stone slabs which we used as stepping stones in the larger beds.
All done and now it's time to water everything in!
After we finished watering in all the plants in we sat down for a potluck and Shelly led a fermentation workshop.
It cannot be said enough that action is the most important aspect of being part of this permaculture guild. When we come together as a community and help eachother outit's an extremely rewarding and meaning experience say the least. Thanks the Shelly for being such a gracious host and holding such a wonderful workshop and thanks to all the amazing people who came out!