1st May is Permaculture Day

words by Kat, photos from this Friday’s working bee by Franklin

The Community Garden at Harold Hodgson reserve is not one but many gardens; an aboriginal garden, flower garden, soup garden, dappled heritage apple walk, the medieval garden, labyrinth and performance space as well as a dedicated childrens’ play area. A protected swamp, creek and bush areas undergoing regeneration complete the picture in this much loved public space. In 1993 the first brambles were cleared, and the first trees planted. All year round our volunteers and partner organisations work together to keep these delightful gardens open to the public, and today we’d like to share just a few of its secrets with you. Come along share some soup, and find your favorite garden.
11am – 12am Walking tour of the Gardenswith founding member Supapon Lantay and special guest gardeners.

12 – 2pm Seasonal Soup and Sourdough, made with ingredients fresh from the garden and local producers. Twitter with friends around our Outdoor cob oven.

12 – 4pm –  Community Exchange Trading Day  The Blue Mountains Organic Community Gardens is delighted to host  this community trading initiative. Get started trading locally without traditional money, share your talents and see what skills your neighbours have to offer in exchange.  Whether you can change a tyre, fix a kettle,  knit a jumper, grow glorious herbs or have a surplus of gourmet duck eggs,  bring your skills or produce along. Its totally free to join.
2pm – 3pm Walking Tour of the Gardens with gardens founder Supapon Lantay and special guest gardeners.

3pm – Composting Q & A with ‘a Sense of Humus’– Don’t know the difference between a tumbler and an aerobin?  Come down to the gardens and get yourself informed about a range of composting techniques. From thermophilic to lazy composting and worm bins, we’ve got it all covered.  Local composting experts show you how to transform your smelly bin into an earthy delight!

Entry by $5 or EMUs donation (so we can buy some more fruits nuts and perennials to grow our food forest)

All day, every day is Pot Swappin’ Bring your old plant pots for Pot Swappin’ in the shed. The community gardens recycles all your old garden flower pots and keeps them busy growing more plants. Don’t just throw them away, give yours a wash and bring them along, and get some more when you need some again. Whether you’re potting up, potting on or just a bit potty…

You don’t need to look far to find a vibrant sustainable lifestyle, its out there in the back yard. Permaculture and sustainability strategies are all over the country on May 1st.

If you’re nowhere near Katoomba on May 1st, find your nearest event at http://www.permacultureday.info


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