Last Friday brought many new faces to Permaculture In Action in the Gardens, so we began with introductions, Lemon Verbena tea and a walking tour, featuring an introduction to the ongoing creek restoration work from long-term Permaculture and BMOCG stalwart, Michael.
Then, after a quick forage. Cathie, Gloria and others cooked up a feast – thank you to the garden and to all the lovely people who brought treats with them! Meanwhile, Kat got the gardening started while Carlos and Jim helped me set up a biodynamics workshop.
A few weeks ago we noticed a fungal infection in one of the fruit trees near the Education Space, so on Friday we did a workshop on how to make and apply Biodynamic Tree Paste, and there was plenty of expert help! I brought the ingredients and facilitated. Dave brought scientific knowledge about clays. Carlos and Sayako gave the potion some love and human energy by mixing it with their hands. Sayako, Harumi and Jim were all guns on the stirring stick and Cathie taught us all the correct way to stir-wait-create chaos-wait-stir. There was plenty of discussion on the nature and flow of energy and it was all very exciting!
While we took shifts stirring the tree paste, Jim planted some garlic, people talked and got on with other jobs and though some people had to go, the rest of us enjoyed a beautiful feast and before long, time had slipped away and Carlos and Gloria gracefully stayed on to paint the paste onto the first three trees.
Next week: More soup; Kat is going to do a workshop on making Kimchi; we will continue painting the trees with the BTP (Biodynamic Tree Paste); and we’ll prune some more fruit trees. Please bring an old brush, your favourite secateurs and your PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) including eye protection and gloves and enough clothes to you comfortable (I use my hiking boots in this weather). I’ll be late to arrive, but Kat will be there from 10:30. Hope to see you there! Warmly, Rob