Permablitz Hi

Hawaii's Edible Revolution

PermablitzHI#20: After

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A little more than a dozen fired-up blitzes came out to help Nancy & her daughters transform their unproductive xeriscape into a productive foodscape on a hot & sunny Saturday morning.

PermablitzHI#20 all pau

PermablitzHI#20 all pau

Kaleo Ten from Kanu Hawaii tried his hand at designing a greywater mulch pit / banana circle system, which redirects water from the household washing machine to a subsurface mulch pit planted with bananas on its perimeter.  The microbes which decompose the organic matter in the mulch pit also help to break down the organic solids in the wastewater, while the water and nutrient loads are happily taken up by the banana plants and turned into delicious, healthy bananas.

Digging the mulch pit

Digging the mulch pit

Aloe beds were sheet mulched with hay reclaimed from a local supermarket’s Thanksgiving displays, and interplanted with herbs, peppers and other hardy edibles which enjoy full sun exposure.

Sheetmulching: recycled cardboard forms a weed barrier under the layer of compost, while a salvaged hay bale provides a thick mulch to conserve precious water in this dry landscape

Sheetmulching: recycled cardboard forms a weed barrier under the layer of compost, while a salvaged hay bale provides a thick mulch to conserve precious water in this dry landscape

Blitz co-organizer Sarah Marie Leone edited this fun little video about PermabltizHI and this backyard blitz:

Full pics online here – see you at the next blitz!

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