How to sign up as a member!

Welcome to NERP, our local arm of Permaculture Melbourne!

The first thing you need to do to become a member is join Permaculture Melbourne.  You can do this by Clicking on our Membership icon placed on the side bar, or by clicking Become a NERP Member, which is in the centre of our home page.

You will then be transported to Permaculture Melbourne membership page.  You’ll find the application form here, fill in the form and pay the fee.  I think it is currently $32 per year!

Your details will be forwarded onto one of our NERPs co-ordinators and they will add your details to the contact list.  That’s it, you are then a Nerpie and will be kept in the loop with all the local permaculture goings on.

We generally meet on the third Sunday of the month to share information, hear a talk by a person of interest, do an activity like some gardening in a members garden, blacksmithing, tool maintenance, or whatever has been put on the agenda for that month.  Oh, and bring a plate to share.  Chatting and munching is a very important part of being a Nerpie!

It is a very casual and informal group, and new members are always welcome.  There is also a library of permaculture books available to members, and you may also receive emails regarding other local events as many NERP members are members of other groups and they are all permaculturally related.

We are looking forward to meeting and greeting you at our next meeting!

Materials for Basket Weaving

NERP member who is a basket weaving enthusiast shares some ideas on gathering materials to make baskets!  Thanks K!

Here are some ideas for those who are interested in collecting some plant materials to use in making
baskets. I’m no expert & the list isn’t exhaustive, so try anything really!

STRUCTURE MATERIALS

  • Fruit tree pruning up to approx.10mm diameter. & 500mm length. Leave flat to dry
  • Any vines such as wisteria, grapes, kennedias. Any length & thickness….roll into coils & tie in several places.
  • Hang to dry
  • cordyline …hang by the butts in bundles
  • Dry & hang materials in dry, shady airy place.

WEAVING MATERIALS
Look for material with long supple straps. Eg. Iris, lilies, chasmanthe, watsonia, red-hot pokers ,
kangaroo paw, dianellas, cordylines, cumbungi ( bull rush with velvety brown flower spike)
eleocharis ( lovely tubular reed which grows in water )
Philodendron sheaths are rather lovely too
Keep leaves flat when picking/ cutting and spread out flat in dry, airy, shady place to dry. Inspect &
turn often to prevent mildew.
When dry wrap loosely in newspaper or sheeting, ( not plastic) and label.
Very little material is used green because of water loss during drying and hence shrinkage in the
woven material. Fleshy leaves such as agapanthus aren’t useful.