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Old 10-27-2013, 04:11 AM   #1
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Sunday October 26th saw the Permaculture Guild of Southwest Florida come together for its third permablitz. It was held at Matt and Patricia's place and was exciting in part because their property is "only" .33 acres. Considering we planted more than 50 food bearing trees and plants including a wide range of huge canopy trees including three avocados, two mangoes, two lychee, a jak fruit, and macadamia nut, it really showcases that you don't need a lot of land to grow a TREMENDOUS amount of food.

First, some before pictures:







The staging begins:






Matt managed to score about 30 yards of mulch from a tree removal company that was working in his area. It was great mulch and we used pretty much all of it as you'll see in later pictures:



Work begins. Their kitchen garden was in prime Food Forest area so we literally planted trees into it. As the trees are still small, the veggies currently in the garden can still mature and won't go to waste. Once they are done, Matt and Patricia's new kitchen garden will be ready for planting on the other side of the house away from the Food Forest.















The image below showcases us building a very small hugelkultur mound for one of the three avocados. Patricia and Matt's place is unique in that it borders a lake that drains their land VERY well compared to most properties in Southwest Florida. As such, we didn't mound the vast majority of the trees much at all. However, as avocados absolutely hate having wet roots for any prolonged period, we still mounded them a couple feet.











After a couple hours of work, we took a break and had a composting workshop where Alex taught us how to make compost in 18 days. Below is Matt and Patricia's new compost pile:



The mulch starts to get filled in:






Thank you so much to all the volunteers who came out today. You're all truly amazing people. And thank you to Matt and Patricia for being such gracious hosts.
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:19 PM   #2
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quick question... when you say "turn the compost pile" do you mean, churn it or literally just turn the whole pile over?? sorry for the basic questions but, I am so new at this. And I figure learn from the mentors or hit the wall. I'd go for the former :O)
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Old 10-28-2013, 03:29 PM   #3
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Franny, you must turn the whole pile over so that what was on the outside is now on the inside and vice versa. Have a look at this post: http://www.flpermies.com/showthread.php?p=1077#post1077

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Old 10-29-2013, 12:50 AM   #4
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thank you Alex. super grateful. also is there anything else I can put in the middle of the pile besides a dead animal...?
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:39 PM   #5
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Sure, you can put comfrey, nettles, yarrow, urine and/or old compost. It is not necessary to put any special materials in the center of a new pile, it just helps kick start the rise in temperature.
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Old 10-30-2013, 01:01 AM   #6
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thank you, thank you Alex. the funny thing is I have a killer dog. And the day I wrote you, she brought me a dead rabbit, touche'. and I put it in the middle. The only thing is, now I have to turn the pile in 4 days and what's it going to look like, hmmmm just thinking out loud :O)
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