One thing that we ran into was the larger the seeds the more difficult the seed balls are to make. This last batch that we did we had a mix that included pea seeds which are about 3/16ths of an inch wide. When we were doing these large seeds the seed balls didn't form uniformly and there were a lot of pea seeds that were coated in clay but they didn't form into balls and the ones that did form into balls were not very uniform. they varied in size from .25 in to 1.00 in where as the batches that were made with smaller seeds were more along the lines of .5in to .75in.
That is an awesome excerpt. How much of the book do you have done? I think you brought up a lot of good points that a lot of the other survival fiction books have glossed over or romanticized. Such as how boring the food is as well as the repercussions that you might see from killing someone local while defending your property. Great stuff! Is there any way to read more of it?
One of the things we have run into here at wheaton labs is not getting wofatis donee before the snow flies and the thermal mass has had time to charge for a year or so. Both of the "wofati's" here currently have RMH's in them for additional heat until the thermal mass gets charged. So I think the answer you are looking for is Yes and it depends. The depends part is meaning that there are ways to build a wofatish structure that will totally be a disaster for example if you don't build on a slope or you fail to put in the appropriate drainage ditches and you make the uphill patio wrong those mistakes would all be disastrous and you would have water coming into your house. So it all depends on the mistake.
I think the ideal SHTF property would have a large 20 or 30 year old Food forest, several large ponds, and relatively permanent animal paddocks, a wofati with an RMH and a compost heater for water and stuff.
I think one the most important part of surviving any disaster is a good community/group.
I depends. A lot of people have concerns over tires off gassing when they are in contact with UV rays from the sun. Some people are sensitive to chemicals so it may affect them a different way. There are also concerns about soil leeching chemicals from the tires.
A lot of Earthship builders say that tires don't off gas and they don't leech chemicals here is an article about that very thing that includes a study from the University of New Mexico. One thing is for certain tires are a petroleum based product so whether you use them or not is really up to you.
Kevin Jaillet wrote:I backed the World Domination Gardening kickstarter and was not registered here on Permies -- can I please have access to the videos? My email address here is the one I use on Kickstarter.
Hi Kevin I sent you an email. You now have access to the vimeo videos.
Oh I see. We do have room right now. Whether you work out or not is up to you. The food thing would be an issue we don't accommodate for special diets so as long as you can deal with that its alright. When you are ready to come out send in the gapper fee and ten send me an email at email@example.com and I will have some initial questions and then we can coordinate your arrival. I assume you are familiar with our no tobacco/drug policy?
We are currently working on a 4 inch rocket mass heater for the love shack. It currently has a solar collector on it which keeps it at a livable temperature. I also have plenty of blankets to keep warm and my mouse friends. lol
It isn't connected to water at all the only water is whatever I bring there. The solar collector works in the winter, there is generally a good amount of sunny days and the love shack holds heat pretty well.
Last night was one of those nights where I was laying in bed and I was thinking about so much stuff that it was hard to go to sleep. One of the ideas I am really excited about and have been thinking about for a few weeks now on and off is how to reduce the amount of fasteners need for the wofati roof. Current designs use two or more rebar spikes per roof log to make the roof which consumes a lot of time, energy and money. This design would remove the need for fasteners for each log.
I think that if you where to make a frame to hold the logs intoo place on the roof then you could forgo the need for individual spikes.
The first pictures show which logs would be secured with spikes. These logs would be stouter logs then the other roof logs would be. Maybe two inches larger in diameter then a normal roof log.
The three logs in the pivture would be for the structural support of the gable roof. The log on top of the top beam and the log on that is parallel to the lower beam would both be well secured. These would make a sort of frame to hold the rest of the roog logs into place. I think that the rest of the roof logs could be temporarily held into place by a rope or wire until everything is buried.
What about a Reuse/Recycling forum where we share Ideas on how to reuse various "throw away" or worn out items or how to recycle things into usable items for ourselves and our homes. I think this would be a great forum because I think that the current recycling system is not all that it is cracked up to be and that people recycling things themselves at home would be much more earth freindly. This could also be a place for people to say : "I have 3 old lamps that won't work what could I turn them into or what parts are in them worth saving?
We got our lincoln 60 from the archie bray foundation they will freight things to you. i would check with them and they may know someone in your area or they may sell you some themselves. I would also call around to all of your local clay studios to see where they get there clay materials from and then contact there suppliers.
I also enjoy a sip of the "buch" every once in a while when I make it. We had a guy here making mead earlier this year it was quite good. We found two jars of it in the garage that had been forgotten about so we opened them on thanksgiving unfourtunatly they had turned to vinegar.
Mac Drive. The problem we were having was we had a hard drive that was only able to be read by Macs and we need to read those files with a PC so at first we tried using a mac book air to transfer the files but it was super slow like 20 gb per hour. What wound up working is downloading Mac drive onto my PC and using that to access the mac hard drive files. The Mac drive has a five day free trial so if anyone else runs into that problem they should try this program first.