Building no-dig veggie beds, creating a backyard pond, installing fencing, constructing a banana paw-paw pit, planting fruit trees and roofing the chicken house – it was amazing being part of a ‘Permablitz the Gong’ day at our friends place on the weekend.
Permablitzes are backyard makeovers permaculture style. Before they happen the facilitators meet a few times with the garden owners to work out exactly what they want and help come up with a permaculture design for the yard. The word is then put out to the local community to come along and lend a hand in blitzing the backyard.
There was about 40 people at the ‘Permablitz the Gong’ get together on the weekend. With help and guidance from the fabulously skilled and wonderfully motivating ‘Permablitz the Gong’ organisers, everyone pitched in tasks they were interested in and gained a lot of skills and knowledge as they worked.
A classic moment was the neighbour popping his head over the fence and his jaw dropping when he saw how many people were helping out with creating a food garden!
Our friends are just so thrilled with what was achieved, and feel it saved them 12 months of work themselves in the garden. It was also wonderfully inspiring for all involved to feel such a sense of community. People who may not have even met before came together to help create a permaculture garden which will help feed it’s owners long into the future.
For more about Permablitz the Gong, check out their website http://permablitzthegong.wordpress.com/. Permablitz Melbourne also has some great stuff happening and fantastic resources others can use to start permablitzes happening in their own neighbourhood.