Hackney Permaculture

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


Day 1 – Plotting and scheming
September 16, 2008, 5:20 pm
Filed under: Planning | Tags: , , , , ,

Welcome, this blog will chart the permaculture ambitions of Robin, Laura and Claudia, beginning with the conversion of the back garden of 33b Farleigh Road from an overgrown and unused bit of urban space into a haven of all things edible and beautiful.

We had our first meeting last week and drew a lovely garden plan which i will scan and put up here soon as i can get it back from Laura.

Immediate activities include

  • setting up a compost using palettes found nearby, mulching using cardboard, compost/food waste/leaves and ripped newspapers,
  • building a cold room/green house kinda thing using old windows,
  • making a pond with a bathtub that was being chucked from the basement flat,
  • exploring the reuse of grey water recycling,
  • inspecting what is already growing in the garden to see if anything is worth rescuing before we mulch
  • accosting as many friends as possible to help out!

We are planning to get up early on recycling day and go and raid all of the food waste bins which get put out on the street!