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Rod McLaren

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For folks who live in urban settings where large trees present the challenge of competing for water, raised wicking beds offer a solution by isolating the growing medium from the competing trees. Last year, we followed the example demonstrated by friends and built our own raised wicking beds, based on the design that they had used. The beds were a great success, and this spring we are adding two additional beds to the four that we built last year. They are pricey - the pond liner is expensive stuff - but they will last for many growing seasons and produce a lot more food than would have been possible otherwise. They are very frugal in water consumption and we were able to use collected rain water for most of the growing season. With more rain water collection capacity that we are adding this year, all of the water that will be required will come from above!! Here is a video that I put together to show how the beds are built.

5 years ago
Cassie asked for input regarding bamboo. Here is a video that I did of my son's eco-lodge on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea www.escape3points.com . He uses bamboo extensively in his construction, including some new chalets that were built entirely from bamboo after this video was shot. Bamboo is an invasive species, introduced many years ago, and grows throughout much of the southern part of Ghana. The video also demonstrates the use of compressed earth blocks made with a TEK block maker designed and made in Ghana.
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QE8PxlQp0E [/youtube]
5 years ago
What a great way to start the day - Chip Haynes on Permies!! 43 bikes in your collection, eh, Chip? I must remember that the next time someone complains about the 10 or so in our collection... and I must add "The Practical Cyclist" to my reading list. Hope your week on Permies goes well, Chip.
6 years ago
Spring is coming.
7 years ago