Hackney Permaculture


Capital growth grant

A little while ago we filled in a form applying for a capital growth grant.

Capital Growth is a scheme to support the start up of 2012 new growing spaces in London by 2012, something to do with the major and some of those politicians no doubt.

After a few phone chats and a visit from the delightful Eloise, a lovely pack containing various goodies and a cheque arrived… and I didn’t even hear or need to use the word ‘legacy’ once.

I love that they just put ‘farleigh road’ on the certificate… I kinda feel obliged to garden the whole street now!

Capital growth welcome pack

Capital Growth welcome pack

Hurrah, a certificate...

Hurrah, a certificate...

... and a plaque!

... and a plaque!

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Recycled Hessian Sacks

hessian sacks

A few weeks ago I got forwarded the lovely email below from a chap called Brian and in need of hessian sacks for the filtering bit of my grey-water recycling beds, I decided to invest.

I went for five bags of wood chip and five bags of compost, all delivered to my door for the bargain price of £27.50 – nice.

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Subject: hessian sacks and compost

Forest Recycling Project has a supply of hessian sacks which can be used for all sorts of things in the garden and beyond (see above video clip for inspiration) they are 50p each with discounts for bulk orders (delivery may be possible for an extra charge). We are also able to supply the sacks half filled (about 75 litres) with soil improver compost from green waste (£2.50) or wood chip (£1.00). Please contact me to place an order or for more info. Feel free to forward on to anyone who may be interested

Cheers

Brian

Head Office
FOREST RECYCLING PROJECT LTD
2C Bakers Avenue, Walthamstow, E17 9AW
Company No: 2427258
VAT No: 548917400
Tel; 020 8539 3856
E-Mail: info@frponline.org.uk
Web Site: www.frponline.org.uk



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



Container gardening using pottery packing crates
March 9, 2009, 8:18 pm
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A friend of mine who imports pottery was about to skip some used packing crates …and did I want them! Of course….

After wrestling with myself a little, deciding whether to varnish or paint them, I have left them natural but lined them with an old shower curtain I picked up from Hackney Freecycle to try to prevent too much moisture from coming into contact with the wood.

The space outside my studio is fairly shaded so I have popped a couple of raspberry canes in each along with various bulb and flowers that were in the lovely old bathtub that used to hold them and I have now emptied of soil and been allowed to take from my outside studio back home to form part of the grey-water recycling system – thank you Laura, the Landlady.

container gardening using pottery packing crates

Hopefully I can guide the raspberries around the fence

Old tub ready to move to a new life and home

Old tub ready to move to a new life and home



Look what Santa brought me!
January 5, 2009, 9:31 pm
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Happy days – santa brought me a nice shiny new spade, fork and rake (which I have already broke!)



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



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