On Saturday 12 December 2020 at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Jules and Robin live on 18 acres of pasture and bush in Hurstbridge. They have netted orchards, extensive vegetable beds, perennial food garden, native ornamental gardens, greenhouse and seed propagation areas, bathtub worm farms, and multiple composting bays. The family keeps cows for beef, mowing and manure, bees for honey, and poultry for meat and eggs. good examples of zoning, water collection and storage, house orientation, solar power, heatpump hot water, integration of animals and plants. The family keep two cows for beef, mowing and manure using a rotational grazing system. They also breed poultry for meat and eggs, so have good infrastructure for geese, Muscovy ducks and chooks, including a barn set up with permanent poultry housing, and a chicken tractor with mobile fencing for out in the paddocks. There are three bee hives for the family’s honey needs.
Lucinda’s garden “Home Patch” is the result of a 14 year love of permaculture and offers a surprise in every corner. On a standard 1/4 acre residential block in Hurstbridge, Home Patch is a great example of the productivity that can achieved in a small ‘urban’ space. You will see densely and very diversely planted veggie gardens, mainly in above ground container gardens such as baths (due to gum trees), composting systems and mushroom growing.
1400m2 sloping suburban block with early mud brick home, young family. Since we moved in nearly five years ago, we’ve started developing productive gardens, healthy soil, water systems. The home includes gravity-fed drip irrigation system, terracing, four year old orchard area, chooks, berries, grape covered pergola, modest solar array with battery backup system, wood oven, wicking vegetable beds, greywater dispersal via splitter system. Plenty of berries to eat and observations, successes/failures to discuss.