Hackney Permaculture


Freecycling packing materials
September 26, 2008, 8:10 pm
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I am in the process of insulating my loft which has forced me to face up to all of the packing materials I have been hoarding and admit that now might be a good time to get rid of some of them.

Luckily with the help of hackney freecycle, an amazing bulletin board for giving away stuff in your local area, the four bags of bubble wrap I have accumulated and the stash of used jiffy bags went pretty quickly.

Freecycling bubble wrap and jiffy bags

Freecycling bubble wrap and jiffy bags



The Front Door
September 26, 2008, 8:03 pm
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So far this blog has focussed on the garden but let us not forgot that this is only a small part of permaculture…

I have also being tackling other less glamous parts of permaculture life, like the front door.

Fitting an ‘Internal letterbox with flap’ and adding a little foam around the door frame seems to have stopped all of the drafts coming in from the street. Less heat lost, less gas needed to heat house, smaller bills, more money for cake and tea. Nice.

I ordered them from here http://www.bes.co.uk/products/226a.asp and was happy with the price and service.

Next time I would probably walk a few mins to the local hardware store, thus saving on packaging and not having to use the bloody royal ‘oh dear we seem to have lost your parcel again’ mail.

Front door with new internal letterbox

Front door with new internal letterbox

Front door frame with foam strips

Front door frame with foam strips



I mulch, therefore i am
September 26, 2008, 7:49 pm
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Today was mulching day – we had Vanessa and Geri join us and the sun came out too, lovely.

Mulching (as I understand it) is the process of preparing areas of soil/weeds/land for planting by layering stuff on top which will given time and patience turn into lovely wonderful, fertile and weed-free soil.

We went for a layer of cardboard, a layer of hackney downs famous leaf compost, and a layer of garden cuttings from a neighbours garden:

Mulching - The First Cardboard Layer

Mulching - The first cardboard layer

Mulching - more cardboard please

Mulching - more cardboard please

Mulching - The second compost layer

Mulching - The second compost layer

Mulching - getting undesirables out of the cuttings

Mulching - getting undesirables out of the cuttings

Mulching - Flattening the top cuttings layer

Mulching - Flattening the top cuttings layer



One week gone
September 22, 2008, 5:37 pm
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It has been amazing how my neighbours, friends and landlord have responded to all this new-found mischief.

I seem to have met and chatted to a lot more neighbours than usual in the last two weeks. I guess people who have lived on the street for many years see gardening as a sign that I care about my home/street/area and as a result they seem keener to make conversation or maybe I am being more extrovert as I hunt for free stuff!

I have got a wooden trellis, a garden bench, bagged garden cuttings and soon some wood chippings all as a result of people on my street. I also got half a bag of posh compost from freecycle. All for free. This is good.

My landlord is delighted – the house was his family home where he grew up and his mum was a keen gardener, which shows as the soil is in great condition.  We have already found one of her grapevines which looks good to give us a crop next year with suitable amounts of love and attention.

Finally, my friends all seem enthused about getting involved and indeed have already mucked in admirably. I hope that once we have set up my garden we can continue this momentum and go and find some other spaces to transform. It seems pretty easy so far and not a penny spent yet.

Next up after mulching is working out how to recycle grey water – this looks like being a big challenge but that is okay cos I like big challenges.



Free compost from Hackney Downs park
September 22, 2008, 5:11 pm
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Note – I was mistaken about the below post – it is actually leaf mould not compost – for free compost see this post

https://hackneypermaculture.org.uk/2009/09/09/free-compost-in-hackney/

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Happy days – I cycled by the park ranger’s hut today and he was in – I thought the hut was just for show!

He was more than happy to give me permission to raid the huge pile of compost in the north east corner of the park which is conviently five mins ride from my front door…

My friend Simon kindly agreed to help me out getting the compost back to mine.

The brown bags are free from Hackney Council for garden waste but are very useful for moving around stuff too as I have found more than once already.

We collected ten bags in fourty minutes then had to stop due to exhaustion – this is proving to be quite a workout for me!

I also managed to get a huge stash of garden cuttings from across the road this morning – I reckon with this load of compost, a pile of cardboard boxes and the neighbours cuttings I have all I need to start mulching.

Simon bagging the compost from Hackney Downs

Simon bagging the compost from Hackney Downs

Compost transporting on a trike

Compost transporting on a trike



Day 2 – Compost and pond building
September 21, 2008, 6:24 pm
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A week later and with the help of Dean ‘I love digging holes’ Firth we are now off the starting blocks.

We got four palettes from the art supplier just round the corner to make our compost and used an old blind to bind it together and fill in the holes:

The start of our compost

The start of our compost

Downstairs were throwing out a bin and we dug a hole to sink it into the ground – this is going to be the start of our pond hopefully!

Dean preparing the bath tub and the girls fixing the compost

Dean preparing the bath tub and the girls fixing the compost

Oh, and Claudia found a grape vine which was pretty cool and unexpected.

The Grape Vine

The Grape Vine

The Garden

The Garden



The Plan
September 21, 2008, 6:13 pm
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Laura's map from the planning meeting

Laura's map from the planning meeting