Transition Sooke initiated a demonstration garden with local permaculture designer Jonathan Francoeur and Sooke Road homeowners Adam and Cheryl Noseworthy. Work has been slow but well thought out, just like permaculture intends it.
In February 2015 Jonathan and our Stephen Hindrichs did a “mini-blitz” on the property. “We softened the angle of the Hugelkultur bed, seeded field peas, Crimson clover and some broccoli and kale,” reports Stephen. “Then it got a light covering of compost with straw on top of that to help retain moisture. I then added some old deer fence netting to temporarily keep the birds from scratching up the seed. A great start and perfect cool damp weather to be seeding.”
FIRST PERMABLITZ A FACT!!
On the day of summer solstice a group of about 12 people gathered at the home of Adam and Cheryl to participate in Sooke’s first Permablitz. It is the beginning of a demonstration perennial food garden that will get others inspired to convert their water-guzzling lawns into a productive and low maintenance little ecosystem that provides food, fertility, and enhances water retention, without giving up on beauty!
The day was spent creating garden paths and growing beds using compost, manure, cardboard and wood chips. A delicious lunch was provided with ample time to relax and socialize.
Here’s a quick one minute video that summarizes the process
And some pictures to show the progress:
Growing a variety of squash while getting rid of weeds and grass (2014)
Jonathan making the hugelkultur berm (February 2015)