Food Forest Update Beginning of Rainy Season 2013

Just for a comparison, here’s a photo of the other part of the land, taken at the same time as the one above, where we have not yet planted a food forest or have been implementing permaculture.   So back to the food forest.. How did we get from that bare sparse piece of land…

Old Man Wisdom

I really hate aid arrogance. You know the sort – educated whitey from the West decides that he/she knows best, and is going to these poor ignorant uneducated brown skins to HELP them. The audacity! We’re actually going to go teach them, when we know nothing of their region and our own society is so…

Bamboo Chook Nook

With our bamboo wizard neighbor and his moonshine drinking buddy, we tried out an idea for a bamboo chicken tractor. We made it to fit our food forest terraces and the idea was to move it along the parts we had not yet planted to prepare the soil for the newly planted tree this year….

House Update 2

The Walls We have begun plastering our walls and with the help of our many volunteers are nearly finished.   The Base Layer Plaster       The external earthbag walls have all been plastered leaving a nice consistent finish between the adobe and earthbag walls.   the Plaster Mix We experimented with our blue-grey…

House Update

We’ve been so busy building, I have not had the chance to update our progress on the blog. So here it is, a picture of where we are at right now. A quick look at how we got here. First we made loads of earth bricks. Please see previous blog entry Muddy Brickers.  We made…

Bag End Storage Shed

Our previous blog entry focused more on earthbagging technique. This blog entry just shows the progress of our earthbag structure. Digging the Foundation Make sure to get the bottom of your foundation trench perfectly level. Filling the Foundation with Gravel Bags 2 rows above grade are also filled with gravel rather than earth and act…

Bag End for the Hardcore Hobbit

Earthbagging, an effective way to turn dirt into walls. We opted for this technique in building our storage shed, a sturdy kelpto-proof construction that will survive earthquakes, floods and explosions. Earthbagging is simple enough. You can use any type of dirt. Roadbase is best with it’s sandy-clay mixture. You take polypropylene bags (here in Thailand…

Epic Sunrise

Best way to start the day.. Sunrise with a cup of coffee.

The Iron Chef

Chinese Chef Extraordinaire (The Iron Chef) does his thing!