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12 June 2021
TAKING COMPOST TO GREAT HEIGHTS
We all know compost heaps have a life of their own, but not like this one!
Inspired by Tasmanians’ love of gardening, Terrapin takes the inner life of compost to great heights – literally – with Heap, a new roving performance featuring an ambitious amateur horticulturalist and a giant, unwieldy compost creature. Designed by master puppet maker Bryony Anderson in collaboration with Moonah Primary School and constructed entirely out of salvaged materials, Heap will engage green (and black) thumbs of all ages.
Ten Days on the Island
11 March, 10AM, Salamanca Market, Hobart
17 March, 6PM, HIVE, Ulverstone
18 March, 9.30AM, Harvest Market, Launceston
18 March, 6PM, Burnie Arts & Function Centre
19 March, 8.45AM, Wynyard Foreshore Market
Designer: Bryony Anderson in collaboration with Moonah Primary School
Construction: Bryony Anderson, Greta Jean, Freya Piscioneri-Young
Dramaturge: Davina Wright
Director: Sam Routledge
Cast: Genevieve Butler, Greta Jean
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DON’T BE LIKE HEAP: COMPOST BETTER
Heap has a way to go in becoming a healthy compost heap (the bread in a BLT is a great way to attract unwanted vermin, for starters!). Here are some guidelines from our friends at Gardening Australia to make sure your heap is happier than ours.
HOW TO PLANT YOUR SEEDS
Did you collect a seed paper from Heap as she made her way across Tasmania? Here are some helpful tips for how (and where) to plant your seeds.
Where to plant
Plant your seed paper in your garden, rather than in the local park – this helps manage the spread of non-native species (and means you’ll be able to benefit from the herbs of flowers that result!). If you’re waiting for a while before planting, keep it in a cool, dark place.
How to plant
Seeds are distributed throughout your paper, so you can tear it into smaller pieces to spread the planting in the ground or in pots. You can plant them directly into the soil, or use a special seed-raising soil mix from the nursery. Plant the paper in a single layer under 3 – 5mm of soil. Water thoroughly, and ensure the seeds are kept moist until the seedlings are robust. The seedlings should appear within 7 – 14 days. Once they’re established, water as needed when the soil is dry. Enjoy!
For more information, visit Seed Paper Australia.