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Christmas backyard gardening – 11 week course

After the success of her “Introduction to Backyard Gardening”, Lausanne will be teaching the follow-up course “Christmas Backyard Gardening”. Again, it will be taking place at the Boulevard Village Hall. There will be advice on how to preserve this year’s fruit and vegetables. You will be able to learn how to prepare your garden for winter and get ready for spring. You can also learn about making decorations using natural materials that will brighten up your home during the depths of winter. Places are limited, so why not get in touch with Lausanne via the contact page on this website, or ring her on 07816 141169.  JP

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Cob oven rebuild – stage II

On Saturday 4th July a small group including a permaculture enthusiasts got together to add a final layer of cob to the pizza oven at Pearson Park Wildlife Garden.

It had been 2 months since the first layer of cob bricks had been built (see 31st May) during which time it had been allowed to dry slightly (click on photos to enlarge).

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Having used up all the cob mixture in May, more cob was needed, so the first job was to tread more sand and clay together to the required consistency – a ‘drop’ test ensuring the correct firmness. The four of us then lifted the heavy tarpaulin full of cob over to the oven, and proceeded to cover the bricks with a new layer of roughly one to two inches in thickness. We’d prepared just enough mixture, and the few last handfuls provided a neat finish around the oven entrance.

The outer surface was then smoothed with a combination of hand and spade work, signature handprints being left for posterity by the builders around the back out of view.

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The oven is now to be left for several weeks to dry out properly. The tarpaulin left nearby will be used for rain protection and also to hide it from onlookers who might be tempted to interfere with the oven before it has finished drying. We hope for warm weather to help it dry in readiness for pizza baking later in the year. Many thanks to those who participated.


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Cob oven rebuild – stage I

On Saturday 30th May, a number of volunteers got together and rebuilt the cob work on the pizza oven in Pearson Park. A supportive dome of sand and an inner layer of cob had already been prepared, and about 15 courses of cob bricks were needed to completely cover it. The outside will now be covered with a clay mixture and allowed to dry off for a few weeks before the sand is scooped out and the oven is lit for its first firing. Hopefully we will get some warm, dry weather that will allow the oven to completely dry out.



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Sunday 3rd May is International Permaculture Day


SUNDAY 3RD MAY: Healthy soil makes for healthy people, animals and plants; it provides the foundation for all life on land. Soil gives us food, clean water, clean air, medicine, fibre and fuel, it’s also a climate regulator and buffer. But soil is under threat. Millennia of agriculture and other human activities have robbed our soils of life. Today almost one third of the planet’s surface is classed as desert and a quarter of all agricultural soils have been lost. The remaining topsoil is depleted and could vanish within 60 years. The good news is that we can restore our soils and, at the same time, solve other global challenges.

Join us in the call to restore our soils, become a Soil Supporter!

Source: permacultureday.org

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Litter Bug Homes – “Create no waste”

British bees are in crisis as they’ve lost much of their natural habitat in the past 60 years (including 97 per cent of wildflower meadows) and are under assault from pesticides and intensive farming.

But thanks to everyone behind the ‘Bee Cause’, the British public are doing their best to tackle bee decline, with tens of thousands helping bees in our backyards, creating bee-friendly spaces.

Source: foe.co.uk

At permaculture Hull, we’ve created homes not just for bees, but for a variety of beneficial insects. These are ladybirds, lacewings and solitary bees to name a few. They can help to control pests such as green fly, and the bees help with pollination.

Insect hotels can help you reduce aphids and other pests.

There are a range of sizes from 330ml up to 2 litres.

A variety of stalk diameters ranging from 4mm up to 16 mm can shelter insects up to the size of a bumble bee.

Made from a combination of natural materials including reeds, cow parsley and plastic litter found on the banks of the River Hull. They’re absolute rubbish – guaranteed!