The inaugural Permablitz of the 2012-2013 season has been scheduled for Saturday, September 22.
We have two sites selected for the day, one for volunteers from First Unitarian Universalist Church (thanks First UU!) and a second for Transition Houston volunteers.
Transition Houston's site is in West Houston, not far from the location of our first Permablitz in the Spring of 2010.
We'll be trying a few new things out at this Permablitz, including the building of hugel beds and vertical pallet gardens, using a bunyip to measure slope, and demo how to construct ollas. Here is the complete prioritzed list; we work our way starting at the top and do all that we can, within the constraints of our time and volunteers.
- Collect discarded tree scraps from around neighborhood for hugelkultur bed(s)
- Build hugelkultur bed(s) in backyard
- Investigate and address drainage issues in back yard (esp. around pear tree) using bunyip
- Install flexible tubing to take water from front downspout to beds and south side downspout to barrel
- Build vertical pallet gardens for southern side of house
- Install drip irrigation for pallet garden
- Prune blackberries in front and transplant to north side of house
- Add berm in front yard downhill from peach tree and orange tree
- Plant additional small plants on existing berms in front
- Olla construction demonstration
8:30 Gather and have some coffee and light breakfast
9:00 Discuss the work plan, review safety, self-organize into work teams, and proceed
12:30 Finish workday and gather for potluck lunch (please plan to bring a dish to share)
If you can, please bring:
- Pruning shears
- Garden trowels
And don't forget:
- Clothes you don't mind getting dirty
- Closed-end shoes you don't mind getting dirty
- Food for the potluck
- If you can, your own plates and utensils