Sunday 26 September 2021
2.00pm to 4.30pm
Garden Visit – Permaculture Lockyer Valley Inc.
Debbie & Brodie Bassingthwaighte
This is a FREE Garden Visit for Permaculture Lockyer Valley Inc.
To ensure we know the names and number of people attending for COVID safety, bookings are essential via Eventbrite.
Everyone is welcome.
What We’ll Do
We’ll start at 2.00pm with a welcome and introduction.
I’ll share my ever-evolving Permaculture Design for our property and will discuss what has been implemented in real life and their many plans.
We’ll see and explore our:
- Kitchen garden
- Asian food garden
- Holistic fruit orchard
- Aromatic apothecary garden
- Wildlife habitat garden
- Native beehives
- Nursery and propagation area
- Integrated poultry system
- Native bushfoods garden
- Small swales to capture water from the road
- and more …
The Story Behind this Garden-Farm
Brodie and I live on a peaceful 5 acres at Postmans Ridge in the Lockyer Valley (about 10 minutes from Toowoomba), that experiences extremes in weather conditions including very dry, frosty winters, and very hot summers. We’ve been here for 19 years; however, most of the external infrastructure and the productive food plantings have been re-established in the last few years. The destructive January 2011 flood swept through our property, so almost everything has been repaired and replanted and the garden is evolving.
You’ll have the opportunity to see various vegetable, fruit and herb gardens and pots. There’s an integrated poultry and small orchard system (with heritage chickens, Muscovy ducks, geese, guinea fowl and a peacock), a quail cottage, native beehives, a small propagation area, worm farm and abundant birds and native wildlife along the seasonal creek.
The house (originally built in 1981) and outdoor living spaces are slowly being retrofitted. Our property has grid-connected solar power and is independent of other external connections with a bio-septic system that recycles all waste, solar hot-water and 160,000 litres of rainwater storage (no town water). There’s also a bespoke handmade rocket-powered oven in the outside entertainment area.
Light Afternoon Tea
A light afternoon tea will be served (including Gluten Free and Vegan options).
This is a family-friendly event and is FREE to attend. Children are very welcome (with close adult supervision for their safely), but please book so that we know total numbers.