Hackney Permaculture


The back bed, find that path and more riddling
December 21, 2008, 4:59 pm
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A really nice day today tidying up the back end of the garden.

First we broke the previously felled tree into small bits which we piled up in a nice cosy looking corner perhaps for some wildlife to use? Then I rediscovered the path along the back of the garden with the help of a spade and grrrr…

There's the path

There's the path

Then we got riddling again, sieving the soil from the middle of the garden, back onto the rear bed…

Riddling time again

Riddling time again

Looking nice now, huh?

Looking nice now, huh?

All we need now are some little winding steps leading up to the rear bed. Maybe next year!



lets plant something!
December 21, 2008, 4:22 pm
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After all of the destruction going on recently Laura and Claudia were in the mood to plant something this week… I had no idea that ‘garlic’ was different to ‘winter garlic’
Laura and Claudia perfecting the hackney asbo look

Laura and Claudia perfecting the Hackney 'asbo' look

Our third bit of planting

Our third bit of planting

…with a twiggy covering to stop them from being eaten.



Finishing up the front garden
December 21, 2008, 4:19 pm
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With the concrete cleared from the front of the house, Angela kindly helped me fetch sixteen more bags of free compost from Hackney Downs Park and Liz started to make a lovely path.

Free compost - lovely

Free compost - lovely!

How many bags of compost can we fit in one go?

How many bags can we fit in one go?

A slightly blurry Liz rakes the compost

A slightly blurry Liz rakes the compost

Lets make a path

Lets make a path

Finished but we ran out of bricks

Finished but we ran out of bricks for the path



Discovering the joys of the sledgehammer
December 21, 2008, 4:02 pm
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Outside the front of the house is lots of boring nasty concrete which has been covered in layers of builders junk for the last few months whilst the basement flat has been being gutted and rebuilt.

After seeing the mischief going on in the back garden my landlord gave me permission to work on the front garden – I am not sure if he realised quite what I had in mind :-)

With a little help and instruction from Dean and the purchase of a lovely new sledgehammer the concrete didn’t stand a chance…

Take one concrete patio and add a sledgehammer and Dean...

Take one concrete patio and add Dean with sledgehammer...

No concrete now... much better!

No concrete now... much better!

Concrete bagged for the council

Concrete bagged for the council

Hackney Council charged me £35 to take away all of the bagged concrete which was paid for by my landlord. Happy days.



Suzanne and I chop down a tree
December 21, 2008, 3:49 pm
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It was wet, it was cold, it was 4th december and the camera ran out of battery… armed with a bow saw and a bit of grrrr the tree stood no chance.

For the record, the tree was crowding out the plum tree, fighting a losing battle with ivy and blocking much sunlight to our main bed so it had to go.

The fallen tree lying across the garden