Hackney Permaculture


Building a pond
April 3, 2009, 9:28 pm
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Dig a great big hole, over 70cm deep so things will survive the winter, leave shallow bits around some edges for plants and creatures to hang out in.

Find some smelly carpet and cardboard from the street for lining and wack on top a huge sheet of butyl bought from Aquatics Warehouse.

Add soil and then fill with tap water. Add some pond water from a friends pond. Be patient and trust mother nature will do the rest:

Dig a big arsed hole

Dig a big arsed hole

Cardboard and smelly carpet from the street

Cardboard and smelly carpet from the street

Angela lining the hole with carpet

Angela lining the hole with carpet

Pond lined with butyl and weighed down at the edges by stones

Pond lined with butyl and weighed down at the edges by stones

One slightly muddy pond ready for bugs and bits

One slightly muddy pond ready for bugs and bits

You will also notice the lovely new stepping stone path which was made from marrying my sledgehammer with the previous concrete monstrousity, the bath tub in it’s new home and the beds which I have marked out using the boughs of some elder which have been recently felled to clear the canopy.

Finally invite over small child to catch imaginery fish

Finally invite over small child to catch imaginery fish

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Greening the stoop
April 1, 2009, 9:25 pm
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So our house has a lovely big stoop which being south facing, gets a lot of sun and is ace for eating, playing music and now hopefully growing…

My new housemate Rachael and I have been busily filling it up with pots filled with chamomile, caraway, wild flowers, a selection of salad leaves and various other bits and bobs.

Note the lovely new watering can and a fancy propagator from my grandparents. Happy days.

Rachael on the stoop

Rachael on the stoop