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Bunbury Urban Growers (BUG) is about people coming together as a community, about growing and sharing in a friendly and informal way, or permaculture in a more gentle way, according to Bunbury Urban Grower Chris Carrier.
BUG which started in Dalyellup just over twelve months ago with an open garden in September last year, to which there was a large response has continued to grow, with now over ninety people on their email contact list.
Originally started by Permaculturist Pierre Marx, the group has continued to flourish with Horticulturist Georgina Warden as Convenor and Faye Baudain and Chris Carrier as successful, keen gardeners and supporters of the group. It’s a group which has created a network where people can get support and exchange garden ideas.
BUG is about providing people with garden information and support, including companion planting. It extends beyond the garden and includes recycling and whatever else you do.
BUG believe in the philosophy of the survival of the fittest where self sown plants often do better than carefully sown ones and if whatever they plant grows well that’s good and if it doesn’t also well and good.
Chris says it’s nothing new. “It’s taking a concept and developing it in your own way with the less interference the better. It’s a holistic system, the whole of life itself, a very natural and spontaneous way and left alone will fare very well thank you very much” he says.
Georgina and Faye said permaculture is about looking at the big picture. “Plants have multiple jobs and nowhere in nature is anything in isolation.” they agree.
Georgina says if there are three benefits from having something in your garden then it’s worth having. For example chooks eat insects, provide you with eggs, turn over the ground, eat your food scraps and can be entertaining, so straight away there’s five good reasons for having chooks in your back yard,” she said.
Faye and her family, whose home is on a 400m2 block, has over forty fruit trees, vegetable gardens, flower gardens and chooks. “If space is limited people can still grow some of their own produce, even if its tomatoes in a pot on a patio.” she said.
While not entirely self sufficient yet the group supports local farmers and growers and believe in sharing with the community. If pulling out plants they will offer them to others to give them a good home. They also support the idea of bartering such as swapping a dozen eggs for some vegetables.
The group agree that somehow over the years people have become disconnected from the earth and in so doing have created an imbalance in nature. “Research has shown that having your hands in soil increases the serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain.” they said.
If you would like to know when the garden open days are on or would like more information you can contact Georgina , Faye or Chris by email:
Try to imagine a 400m2 block (with a house on it) Then imagine this small plot of land with over 40 fruit trees, vegetable gardens and chooks. It sounds impossible right? In fact I had to see it myself to believe it.
As members of the Bunbury Urban Farmers group the Baudain family in Dalyellup have done just that, recently opening their property for an information afternoon on sustainable gardening in September, when 20 people attended.
Bunbury Urban Farmers is a growing community of enthusiastic, productive gardeners, interested in working with nature for sustainable living. The group was started by permaculture expert, Pierre Marx, of Dalyellup, who says gardens are also farms, they’re just smaller versions.
Raised garden beds, water saving wicker beds, grey water and recycling are all features of the Baudains’ garden.
Everything is recycled, even the slater beetles which end up in the chook pen. Fay said they have very few snails, however the slater beetles are the biggest pests. Fay has a system in place where the beetles are captured by placing inverted tins in the garden beds. The beetles, being attracted to the dark haven, congregate under the tins where they are collected and fed to the chooks in true recycling style.
An old sink, standing over a bucket, collects rainwater which is then used to wash the vegetables, before using it to water the garden.
Permaculture is basically a design system aimed at connecting humans with nature, in a harmonious integration of landscape and people; providing their food, energy and shelter in a sustainable way.
“The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature,” Pierre Marx said. “Don’t force nature—nature will tell you what will work and what won’t work; and never be afraid to experiment”, he said.
For more information on permaculture and sustainable gardening ideas contact Pierrre Marx by phone: