Hackney Permaculture


Drying squash seeds
October 11, 2008, 2:48 pm
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I have been getting quite a few sqaushes in my veg box and I started keeping the seeds so we could plant them.

I confess I just scooped all the middle bit into a tupperware container which was starting to go kinda funky but was soon reliably informed that separating out the seeds and drying them was the way forward. Whoops.

Squash seeds drying in the front room

Squash seeds drying in the front room



The big picture
October 11, 2008, 2:41 pm
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So this is where we are at now – starting to look much better…

The big picture

The big picture



Another raised bed, bench fixing and tidy up
October 11, 2008, 2:36 pm
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Yesterday we made a second slightly lower raised bed using some more pallets from down the road, I fixed the broken bench we were given from next door and Claudia and Vanessa made the place look beautiful with tiles found in the garden and some love.

Vanessa making a raised bed

Vanessa making a raised bed

Claudia tidying

Claudia tidying

One fixed bench in the sun

One fixed bench in the sun

Looking kinda nice, hey?

Looking kinda nice, hey?



Grey-water recycling sketches
October 11, 2008, 2:28 pm
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Pretty soon we want to put grey-water recycling into action.

This will involve diverting waste water from the bathroom and kitchen into the garden and then filtering it using sand and reed beds before sending it into our pond and other places around the garden.

Laura has done some ace sketches which I thought we should share with you…

Laura's grey-water recycling sketches

Laura's grey-water recycling sketches



All mulched
Many hands make light work and yesterday four of us managed to bring ten more bags of compost back from the park and finish mulching the second half of our main growing space in next to no time at all.
Hackney Downs compost area

Hackney Downs compost area with official council sign

Main area fully mulched

Main area fully mulched

After mulching we split into two groups – Claudia and Parastow broke up some strawberry plants, which had been rescued from somewhere else, into smaller pots so they will survive the winter with some water and love.

Next they planted some rainbow chard which was already looking fairly tasty as it had started life in the same place as the strawberries.

Freshly planted Rainbow Chard

Freshly planted Rainbow Chard

Meanwhile Laura and I began to clear out the bed at the rear of the garden which revelead a dead bed frame, a kids trike and scooter, three barbeques, a couple of dead chairs and numerous other bits of junk.

We also spent an age filling up the pond but it was empty again this morning so we obviously need to do a better job of blocking the plug hole!

Dead bed and other misc junk

Dead bed and other misc junk