Permablitz-ing Tending

Please let us know what tools you can bring. We need wheelbarrows, mattocks, shovels, spades, etc.

Please let us know what tools you can bring. We need wheelbarrows, mattocks, shovels, spades, etc.

It’s show time!
We’re Permablitz-ing Tending on March 23

We need lots of hands and tools (and good spirits) to help permablitz Tending!(What the heck is a ‘Permablitz’? check it out here).

Date: Saturday 23 March 2013 – from 9am to 3pm

Where: Rozelle Campus, Balmain Road, Rozelle, Sydney NSW 2039 (map attached)

Designers: my PDC students and I have already produced a permaculture design – all we need now is plenty of hands and tools to get it started!

Food and drinks: Bring a plate to share.

What to expect on the day?

  • bring back to life an inner city garden
  • have fun
  • work and sweat!
  • learn some gardening techniques from one of our Permablitz facilitators

RSVP: please confirm your attendance to me ( before Tuesday 19 March noon. For that I would need:

  1. your name
  2. your mobile number
  3. your email address
  4. where you come from (SCA student, staff, others)

We will need tools: shovels, mattock, spades, forks, wheelbarrows, large cardboard boxes, etc.  Please also confirm what you can bring (tools, plants, food, etc.).

What else to bring: sunscreen, hat, water, gloves, good spirits!

Any question? shoot me a note!

See you all soon,


What’s going on in TENDING?

What’s going on in TENDING?

Come and find out on

Thursday 25 October
1pm – 1.30pm

Meet in Tending – BYO lunch

“Placemaking” in Tending: I am helping Ross/SCA rejuvenate Tending so it becomes a place to chill out, inspire, display art, value ecological aesthetics, grow food, learn/share gardening/permaculture skills, etc.

Alexia – 0424 199 470 – alexia[at]tending[dot]net[dot]au

Tending Event – 31 May (12.30pm to 2.30pm)

Sorry, I am home-bound with the flu… cannot make it to Tending today. 🙁

But I can still keep you posted with some exciting news!!!

I lead 16 aspiring permaculture designers at Tending last Saturday, and we spent the whole day measuring, testing, observing, and getting our creative permaculture juices ready for Tending II – the design!

Now, that’s phase one underway. Yay!

In parallel, we’ll run a design session with you, SCA students and staff, Tending alumni and friends.

So mark your diary and RSVP to alexia[at]tending[dot]net[dot]au on or before 28 May!

Tending II –  Art in Permaculture Design
Information session, design & skills sharing
Thursday 31 May
12.30pm to 2.30pm
At Tending
Come with your ideas, pens & papers and your lunch.

Tending – growing grasses (the ferociously invasive kind!)

It was lovely, warm and calm working in Tending this morning! Bees were buzzing. Critters were doing their crittery-things, some students popped in and had a chat, …

Tending - a place of piece and quiet to recharge and reconnect

As part of the soon-to-come transformative work, I started sorting out a few things in the garden, collecting stakes, regrouping pots that were lying around under ferocious couch grass, inventorying plants species that needed to be saved, starting analysing the site for upcoming permaculture design… A busy morning for me!

I also started assessing the amount of work and the tools needed to convince couch, kikuyu and nut grasses (and many more unidentified ones!) to recede and let us grow food instead of invasive runners!

So here is an appeal!

Can you please email me (alexia[at]tending[dot]net[dot]au) if you can lend us the following items:

  • A robust whipper snipper – electric or petrol
  • A robust lawn mower – electric or petrol
  • A pig
  • Failing that a flock of hungry chickens?

Pigs and chickens would do magic at controlling the invaders and helping us cultivate the soil. But for reasons you can easily anticipate, they may not be quite entirely welcome on the school grounds!

That’s all for now.

We’ll be back at Tending next Thursday!


Tending I - recorded for posterity


Tending II - new beginnings


Tending II – the return

Hello everyone!

I am Lexxie – I am a permaculture teacher, gardener, mother of one, jack of all trade and generally fun to be around ! More on me here. I’ve already met some of you and I hope to see you all soon in the garden.

You might have also met Jocelyn who’s a permaculturist and gardener, a community development worker, my dearest friend, and even more fun to be around ! Read about Joss here.

Together, we will be working on the Tending ‘make-over’ and we will be tending the garden every Thursday morning till lunch time. We’ll also update this blog as well as the board inside the courtyard.
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