GrowingSmart 101: Volunteer at HK Permaclub!
Yesterday I spent another hot, sweaty and very smelly day with the awesome folks at HK Permaclub! Keen to keep learning, sharing and also applying anything that I know in practice, I volunteer once a week at this friendly, thoughtful and, not least, beautiful permaculture centre in Clearwater Bay.
HK Permaclub currently has two sites that it is developing into fully-fledged, permaculture-based fruit forests and edible gardens. This means there are constant projects in the pipeline and, therefore, much that needs to be done on a daily basis. Including rescuing suitcases.
Looking to design a piece of land into something that is fertile, healthy, productive and balanced with the environment around it can seem daunting at first. But, in fact, there are a number of well-established steps that can take us in the right direction.
One of those fundamental steps is considering the condition of the soil. As some HK Permaclub soil has very high levels of clay, they are creating piles and piles of compost (organic matter) to help break it up. Too much clay clogs up easily which prevents good water drainage and also inhibits the healthy growth of plant roots.
To build the compost piles we alternated layers of green ( food scraps, high in nitrogen) with layers of brown (dried out bamboo cuttings, high in carbon). Unfortunately, the food scraps had been out in the hot sun for a while, so smelly could be an understatement! But it was great to get them worked into the piles and put their smelly goodness to some use!
To find out exactly how it’s done – why not volunteer at HK Permaclub yourself on Sundays through the Green Sustainable Living meetup group? We can read as much as we like about theory, but there’s nothing quite like hands on experience..! Everyone is welcome – especially those who feel they are more grey than green!