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!

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Roots, making a riddle, pruning etc
November 23, 2008, 10:00 pm
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A huge day – we had eight people getting stuck in this week including the epic Dean ‘I like digging holes’ Firth and Angela ‘I live next door’ McSherry.

I started off by showing Dean a huge root which needed digging out and gave him the pick and a spade whilst I climbed up a nearby lime tree and began pruning branches overhanging another neighbours garden which had been causing some distress.

victory over the tree root

victory over the tree root

a spot of light pruning for me

a spot of light pruning for me

The Pogo crew arrived a little later and made a riddle, which is basically a massive garden sieve, out of a pallet and mesh. With it we got all of the rubble out of the rear bed which had obviously been used as a dumping ground by the builders when the roof was replaced many years ago…

making a garden riddle

making a garden riddle

Using our home-made garden riddle

Using our home-made garden riddle

Around this point I hit the wrong button on the camera, so I must apologies for everything being a little blurry from here on… Austen pruned the laurel tree which is apparently not a good thing to use in compost as it contains arsenic! We found this out just after we had spread all of the cuttings all over the main bed – doh! We had a go at burning some cuttings but that was aborted, and Dean and Ben got all alpha-male digging in the pallets to edge the raised beds at the rear.

Trying to burn things

Trying to burn things

Building the rear beds

Building the rear beds

Austen up the laurel tree

Austen up the laurel tree