The process of transitioning the Surfdale community orchard into a multi-layered forest garden has begun. Work started on Saturday in preparation for a community working bee from 10am on Saturday 31st August.
We are working towards completely eradicating the grass (Kikuyu) by replacing it with ground cover species that will allow us to then plant the other layers of the forest garden: Root vegetables, herbs, shrubs, bushes and climbers.
This weekend we began by removing the grasses from around the trees and installing drain coil.
The pipe will ensure the trunks of the trees are kept free of the mulch layer we’ll pile this coming weekend.
The other task will be to experiment with a Kikuyu replacement experiment in four 3-metre diameter circles connecting groups of trees. If this works we will have created a large island within the orchard, that is free of this persistent grass, and to which we can begin adding plants of our choosing.
We’ve had lots of fabulous support for this project. Thanks go out to the Auckland Council who are helping with materials and labour, Dave Harold (Waiheke Plumbing & Gas) who donated the drain coil and the Waiheke CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and GROW stall for funds to buy soil, seeds and plants.
Parents, children, teenagers, all are welcome! So come along on Saturday August 31st, and bring shovels, spades, pitch forks, secateurs, wheel barrows and a sense of curiosity and fun. We’ll start at 10am.
And if you have friends who may be curious about this food forest concept, then please let them know, so they don’t miss out.
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