EARTH REPAIR CORPS

Permablitz at Kealing Middle School

Purpose: To demonstrate to middle school students to cultivate perennial food crops.


Site Address:
1607 Pennsylvania Ave, Austin, TX 78702
Site Liaison(s):
N/A
ERC Liaison(s): Pete VanDyck and Karen Beaty
Original Installation Date:
2015.09.14-15
Original Budget: $700
Funding Provided By: Kealing MS PTA (also provided lunch on day of install)
Volunteer Information (Names, contact info, group associations):

 

Irrigation How is the Garden Getting Water? As of August 11, 2015: One section of drip line on timers is working for the two swales and berms. The hose bib is located against the retaining wall toward the school building, and requires a hose bib key. The trees planted by the Boy Scouts need to have the drip lines reconnected to the main system because they have been severed by lawn mowers. Several trees need their irrigation system repaired and buried- trees have died and need to be replaced with like trees.
Estimated Water Use
Earthworks Soil Type/Composition
Soil Depth
Number of Berms/Swales Installed 2
Length/Width of Berms and Swales in Linear Feet Swale #1: 6’x36’Berm #1: 7’x36’Swale #2: 6’x55’

Berm #2: 7’x60’

Was Soil Imported? If So, How Much?
Was Mulch Imported? If So, How Much?
Plants Number of Trees Planted 14
Species/Spacing Between Trees Looking up from below berm #1 from left to right:Acacia  4’  Desert Willow  6’  unknown species  6’  Sweet Almond Verbena  4’  Pomegranate  6’  Multi-graphed Plum  5’  Black LocustLooking up from below berm #2 from left to right:

0’-4’ is a Mulberry  6’  Golden Ball Lead Tree  6’  Fig  4’  Golden Ball Lead Tree  6’  Fig  4’  Black Berry  4’  Black Berry

Caliper Width of Trees (Measured Annually)/Date Measured
Survival Rate of Trees/Date Observed
Describe Understory and Groundcover Berm #1: the herbaceous layer of the berm is covered with Bermuda grass, spider wort, Gregg’s mist flower, and asparagus.Berm #2: the herbaceous layer of the berm includes coper canyon daisy, artichoke, annual beans, Jerusalem artichoke, comfrey, Turk’s cap, and Bermuda grass
Structures Existing Structures (Fences, Sheds, etc. on Property Before Installation)
Installed Structures (Trellises, Solar Panels, Solar Shower, Outdoor Kitchen, Chicken Coops, Greenhouses, etc)

Clint Small Middle School Permablitz

Purpose: To demonstrate to middle school students how to cultivate perennial food crops.

Site Address: 4801 Monterey Oaks Blvd, Austin, TX 78749
Site Liaison(s): Chris Brooks (teacher)
ERC Liaison(s): Zach Causey and Kirby Fry
Original Installation Date: 2014.12.06-07
Original Budget: $700
Funding Provided By: Clint Small Middle School PTA, also provided 12 yards of fine top dress mulch

Site Evaluation

Irrigation How is the Garden Getting Water? 1 section of drip line on timers for the lefthand berm. The hose bib is against the school’s wall and requires a hose bib key that is kept in the off position. The swale and berm on the right require watering. The irrigation system is a Home Depot drip line, connected to a bib hose. The timer is functional but not being used. The irrigation system, otherwise functional, must be turned on manually.
Estimated Water Use
Earthworks Soil Type/Composition
Soil Depth
Number of Berms/Swales Installed 2
Length/Width of Berms and Swales in Linear Feet (As of August 11, 2015)Swale #1: 8’x50’
Berm #1: 10’x44’
Swale #2: 8’x58’
Berm #2: 10’x56’
Was Soil Imported? If So, How Much?
Was Mulch Imported? If So, How Much? 12 yards fine top dress mulch
Plants Number of Trees Planted 10 as of August 11, 2015
Species/Spacing Between Trees Swale/Berm #1: Looking up from below the berm from left to right:Citrus tree 12’ pomegranate 6’ pomegranate 6’ Fig 7’ Fig 7’ Arroyo Sweet Wood

Swale/Berm #2: Looking up from below the berm from left to right:

From 0-9 feet there is an Arroyo Sweet Wood 12’ Mulberry 8’ Loquat 8’ Loquat, followed by 25’ of no trees

Caliper Width of Trees (Measured Annually)/Date Measured
Survival Rate of Trees/Date Observed
Describe Understory and Groundcover Berm #1: herbaceous layer of the berm is covered with Bermuda grass and nothing else.Around the fence protecting the solar panels there are five black berries about 3 feet apart and four grape vines dead or cut to the base.
Structures Existing Structures (Fences, Sheds, etc. on Property Before Installation) Fence, Solar Panels
Installed Structures (Trellises, Solar Panels, Solar Shower, Outdoor Kitchen, Chicken Coops, Greenhouses, etc)

ERC Permablitz Garden Monitoring and Maintenance Program

2015.08.23 | Report by Kirby Fry and Zach Halfin

Swale and berm, number 1, as of August 11, 2015. The swale is 8’ wide x 50’ long. The berm is 10’ wide x 44’ long. Looking up from below the berm, from left to right there is a citrus tree, 12’ to a pomegranate, 6’ to a pomegranate, 6’ to a fig, 7’ to a fig, 7’ to an arroyo sweet wood. The herbaceous layer of the berm is covered with Bermuda grass and nothing else.

Swale and berm, number 2, as of August 11, 2015. The swale is 8’ wide x 58’ long. The berm is 10’ wide x 56’ long. Looking up from below the berm, from left to right from 0 to 9’ there is an arroyo sweet wood, 12’ to a mulberry, 8’ to a loquat, 8’ to a loquat, and then 25’ of no trees.

Around the fence protecting the solar panels there are 5 black berries about 3 feet apart, and 4 grape vines dead or cut down to the base.

The irrigation system is Home Depot drip line, connected to a hose bib. The timer is functional but not being used. The irrigation system, otherwise is functional, but must be turned on manually. The hose bib requires that a “key” be used and is kept in the off position.

Site Evaluation and Details to Come