Well Down Under

Well Down Under

Another shot with all the rings in the well. These rings go 5m below grade. Each ring has a height of 40 cm. That comes to a total of 15 rings!

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Squirmy Vermi Culture

Here’s a worm compost made out of recycled materials. This old metal drum was rusting away behind our house, so we decided to put it to good use.  A friend cut it in half so we could put the 2 halves together into a long bathtub shape. We drilled holes through the bottom for drainage…

Stabilized Earth Rock Stemwall for Earthen Home

So here we have it! A rock stemwall with a stabilized earth mortar for our earthen home! Stemwalls are a time-told building technique that have helped historic cob houses throughout the world last for hundreds of years. Their main purpose is to raise the earth part of the building off the ground, protecting it from…

Propagation Paioneers!

We got extra support to our crew with these wonderful volunteers, Kat and Kim, who got down and dirty, propagating and transplanting many Leucaena leucephala. Leucaena leucephala is an excellent pioneer. Pioneers are the first generation plants that come up after fires or in other such ravaged landscapes. They are usually legumes that fix their…

Anti-Road Rage Drainage Erosion Prevention

This is a road drainage system in preparation for rainy season. The speed bumps prevent erosion and divert the water into a drainage ditch which will be lined with rice sacks and salvaged aluminum.  The water from the drainage ditch will go through a silt trap and fill our aquaculture pond. Apparently you can create…

Rings Down The Rabbit Hole

This is no messing around. These guys are going to lower those cement rings down a 5 m hole, go down the hole on a makeshift bamboo ladder and get those rings to balance perfectly on top of one another. This is to stabilize the well walls. First you tie a 7m length rope to…

Volunteers…

We had a few special volunteers on the land for the past week or so while we were doing all the EARTHWORKS. They are permaculture enthusiasts we met on Koh Phangnan at our PDC course Look what they came up with…

Dam it!

The local bamboo wizard P’ Dee came to help us make a hand-made dam in a temporary stream alongside our property. The idea is to catch the water in rainy season, and pump it with a ram pump into our water tanks for use in dry season. This dam follows the King’s model for simple…

Super Swale

This swale is at the top of the property and will eventually feed a pole timber forest. It’s width is 2 metres. It’s depth is 1.5 m. It’s the largest swale on the property so far. Its large size is preemptive planning for climate change and the potential for stronger monsoons. The bottom of the…

Aquaculture Pond/Building Material Excavation

We decided to do some earthworks before rainy season, so we got the excavator in for a day and a half to make a road, swale and aquaculture pond. Here you can see the beginnings of the aquaculture pond in front of our future earthbag house site. The excavated earth will be our house building…

About Permapai

Hey everyone! We are David, Lilly, Ewok and Tagari and we’re making a blog to spread the word of Permaculture. We are a budding Permaculture farm in Pai, northern Thailand. We are currently converting a 4 acre chemical monoculture farm into a thriving food forest and surplus generating system using Permaculture principles. So far the…