I can’t think of a more ideal way to celebrate World Permaculture a Day than to support this awesome community initiative from inner west Melbourne.
This is another group that I knew about but never made the time to become involved with until we moved far far away. POWer Plants is an offshoot of Permaculture Out West and they propagate a range of vegies and other edible or useful plants out of their their tiny but efficient plot in Braybrook.
Seriously if anyone says they ‘don’t have room to grow their own food’ show them this video to see what is possible on a standard inner suburban block.
A quick peek past the greenhouse and potting benches in the side driveway and into the backyard revealed an absolute food gardener’s paradise complete with chooks, 9 (count’em) compost bins, twin aquaponics bathtubs almost ready for action and a lovely alfresco eating nook protected from the sun by a wandering passionfruit vine! Not to mention the garden beds – everywhere!
Anyway with the pond and lemon garden beds ready and waiting for some new tenants and my own seedlings looking pretty dismal I took my trusty purple bucket along and selected a nice range of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, rocket and silverbeet tubes along with a scented pelargonium, dogsbane, calendula and a chilli plant.
All up I think it cost me around $35 for all these hand reared organic seedlings and the jam, apart from being excellent value it’s just great to know that my purchase is going back into more community minded seedlings and also towards local permablitzes, school gardens and community food gardening projects, spread the word!!
These sales usually happen around once a month but Karl and his family are about to embark on a 6 month adventure around our great land so it’s best to jump onto their Facebook page for details of the next sale.
They also host regular seedling and soil workshops and are always looking for volunteers – it’s a great way to spend an afternoon learning about great permaculture gardening practices – maybe I’ll see you at the next one!