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What is the function of the banana pit please?
 
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I forgot to give my best impressions and appreciations following your posts.

Your photos give me the drive to stay the last days here on the project in Taiwan after full 20 month of nonstop work
As soon I leave the quarantine 13.11. in Pattaya, nothing can stop me and I will visit some land offers in Isaan (mainly around Udon and Mahrsarakham)

Watching your farm and all the plants growing is really awakening a strong drive in me to lay down the contract next year and leave the rat race behind me.

I can see myself clearly in the morning with a coffee in my hand, making a plan for the day and shedding a tear of delightedness telling myself never to go offshore again, never leaving my wife again, taking her hand and walk over the land, our land.

Offshore jobs pay well but do they really?
Selling one pig, one egg and one fruit grown on my home not to a much better price?  

Don't worry my pension is more than safe and I do not want to post emotional garbage but completed a task like erecting a million dollar wind turbine which I handover to the customer or growing successfully one single tree, the latter seems to me way more fulfilling.

Your posts and pictures are just that what I want to see and leaving no question behind...

Cheers and keep them coming
 
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See Hes wrote:Pity, you know how much people would pay 20 baht to get on your land and search for lucky lottery numbers on the plants...



Those are the wife's numbers!! She has machetes and medieval gardening implements, so no one would dare try to steal them!!
 
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John C Daley wrote:What is the function of the banana pit please?



They're used to stop water running straight off our land into our neighbours'. the red stuff we have here is a sandstone clay, that doesn't absorb water very well. Underneath that clay is some very nice soil (previously the topsoil before we buried it when I raised the land), so by guiding the run off into these pits, it hopefully soaks into the good layer roughly a meter below the surface. My gutters will eventually drain into them too (once I've put them up).

I use mine more like water storage tanks, but this chap explains the 'correct' way to do it.

 
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See Hes wrote:I forgot to give my best impressions and appreciations following your posts.

Your photos give me the drive to stay the last days here on the project in Taiwan after full 20 month of nonstop work
As soon I leave the quarantine 13.11. in Pattaya, nothing can stop me and I will visit some land offers in Isaan (mainly around Udon and Mahrsarakham)

Watching your farm and all the plants growing is really awakening a strong drive in me to lay down the contract next year and leave the rat race behind me.

I can see myself clearly in the morning with a coffee in my hand, making a plan for the day and shedding a tear of delightedness telling myself never to go offshore again, never leaving my wife again, taking her hand and walk over the land, our land.

Offshore jobs pay well but do they really?
Selling one pig, one egg and one fruit grown on my home not to a much better price?  

Don't worry my pension is more than safe and I do not want to post emotional garbage but completed a task like erecting a million dollar wind turbine which I handover to the customer or growing successfully one single tree, the latter seems to me way more fulfilling.

Your posts and pictures are just that what I want to see and leaving no question behind...

Cheers and keep them coming



Hi Will - thanks for posting.

I know exactly where you're coming from! I have been here 2.5 years now and I wasn't sure what would be happening with work at the time of my first post. I officially finish work on 24th December (Hurrah!!), as my idiot boss went a step too far and I resigned. I'm still worried he's going to screw me over with wages (he's already tried once), but we shall have to wait and see. I have hopefully managed to save enough money to keep me going until my hardwood trees are ready to harvest in 15 to 20 years, at which time (if I'm still here) I'll probably just remove a year's worth at a time.

The offer of a beer is still open when you're in Udon - I'm sure we'll have loads to talk about.

Cheers, Jase
 
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Hi Jason,

I have been through your post more than twice and it really dig your progress.

I would like to know some details:

- The little excavator, how much you pay for a day rent?
- Straw bales, how do they perform by now. Suppressing weeds, how much sq.meter can you cover with one and how good do they decompose I mean in special
- You wrote that you pay about 1$ the bale, is it 30 baht or 20 baht.
   Most land we got offered is around Udon, hence if you order straw again we could make a bulk order together if that would benefit the price, a few years ago we paid 20 baht a bale
   using them on Pattaya Bike week as seating in our tent.
Last: You wrote you will never live there, how far away do you live and how do you avoid that your chicks and ducks not end up on another one's BBQ? Including a free Fruit Salad as
         side dish.

I am in Quaratine now the 4th day and hope Isaan is open for travel after I am done here..
 
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See Hes wrote:Hi Jason,

I have been through your post more than twice and it really dig your progress.

I would like to know some details:

- The little excavator, how much you pay for a day rent?
- Straw bales, how do they perform by now. Suppressing weeds, how much sq.meter can you cover with one and how good do they decompose I mean in special
- You wrote that you pay about 1$ the bale, is it 30 baht or 20 baht.
   Most land we got offered is around Udon, hence if you order straw again we could make a bulk order together if that would benefit the price, a few years ago we paid 20 baht a bale
   using them on Pattaya Bike week as seating in our tent.
Last: You wrote you will never live there, how far away do you live and how do you avoid that your chicks and ducks not end up on another one's BBQ? Including a free Fruit Salad as
         side dish.

I am in Quaratine now the 4th day and hope Isaan is open for travel after I am done here..



Hi Will,

I will try to answer below...

- The little excavator, how much you pay for a day rent? I think it was around 3,000/day with operator. It was more of a 'medium' excavator than a little one.
- Straw bales, how do they perform by now. Suppressing weeds, how much sq.meter can you cover with one and how good do they decompose I mean in special The bales have worked out pretty well. I reckon it'll require around 800 bales per rai, and 2 or 3 years of application to start building a thin soil layer than allows for the microbiome to develop. They break down in 6 to 9 months.
- You wrote that you pay about 1$ the bale, is it 30 baht or 20 baht. I think it was 28 baht a bale, delivered. This was from a local farmer. We saw some adverts on Facebook that were a little more expensive, but I think it's best to buy locally.
   Last: You wrote you will never live there, how far away do you live and how do you avoid that your chicks and ducks not end up on another one's BBQ? Including a free Fruit Salad as side dish. I imagine my thread isn't easy to understand as we have 3 plots on the go. I guess I should really split it into 3 threads, but I'm worried I'll incur the wrath of PW.
Plot #1 is the most active plot is the 1 rai that is our back garden. This is where the birds are, the straw laid and the black house is being built.
Plot #2 is near Na Chum Saeng. It is 22 rai and where we have planted the trees. We will be digging out the pond in the New Year when the water levels are at their lowest.
Plot #3 is in Wang Nam Keow, about 100km south of Korat. This is 7 rai and we have already added a pond. I was there over the weekend and it's getting overrun with weeds, which is good in my book. It'll bind the topsoil and aerate the 'subsoil'. We intend to put a little hut on here for when we visit, but it needs to be VERY cheap (like me!).


Isaan is open. We've just come back from Bangkok & Korat with zero issues.

I hope that clears things up!

Jase
 
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