Beau Nestor

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I have not applied this rule to my food crop as yet, those beds are currently raised 8," and have a natural household compost turned into the sand. I use Willow water to help establish roots and offer tributes to the gods of broadleaf kitchen trimmings.
Veggie patch... Hmmm, I could be starving here..
8 months ago
In all cases I turned over the sand to a depth of around 9" before adding leaves or mulch. Primarily this was to allow a greater surface area contact with mulch to facilitate the breakdown. Initially I was turning over the 'soil' to plant in, but when I realized the depth of the sand was not just a top coat, turned it all over.

Forest floor approach seems to work for me, although I don't have a well read scientific basis, just guessing my way though.
I am attempting to use all reclaimed materials including hardscaping lumber, brick pavers, mulch etc... Most plants have been acquired through taking cuttings and planting in similar lighting conditions as their parent..I have a  large area that is shaded a lot, so ferns and evergreens rule.
8 months ago
I thought they were all equal, and yes, the leaves decomposed first, although they spent a long time being too wet and slimey to break down well.
After a year, I looked at the quality of two separate clumping bamboos (same variety and start date) and the one in 'leaves only mulch' fared much better in the first year. Each plant was given 3x plant volume of vegetable compost with worms. Not scientific of course...
After 2 years, both bamboos seem to be on a par. Leaves can be too wet, deep chip mulch can be too hot in the early stages..
8 months ago
I was concerned about covering up the trunk, but after checking it each year, it seems in perfect condition. (River Oak)
8 months ago

elle sagenev wrote:We just have a basement. We all have basements.

I was discussing New Builds, but the problem with basements is that you can end up with a house collapsed on top of you and unable to get out, you can be missed by rescue workers, and you can drown.
The main bathroom is usually in the center of the first floor of the house and can be reached in a few seconds.
Thanks for your input.
8 months ago
As an Australian, now living in SC-USA, I am amazed at the low quality of buildings in Hurricane/Tornado/Flood prone zones.
Every year Thousands of people are displaced, hundreds killed and the cost to the community is always in the millions.
I understand that the economics of a Category 5 safe home is beyond the means of most people, so I looked at alternatives.
I have developed a Tornado Bathroom that can serve as the core for all new home builds.
The concept is simple. Build a prestressed concrete bunker to be used as the main bathroom.
While this may not save the rest of the house, it will save lives and provide a core for the rest of the house to be anchored to and cantivered from.
I have nothing to sell.
I am attempting to have a trial Tornado Bathroom incorporated into a new build, in Tornado Alley.
The concept is to have the specifications included into Building Codes, FEMA accreditation and available free to all home builders who are able to provide a more secure housing alternative.
More information is available at

8 months ago
I live in SC close to the waterway. My land is flat and nearly at sea level. The house is raised 30" above the surrounding land.. Any amount of planting in my first year left stunted plants, as the surrounding soil is pure sand.
I created multiple 3' high raised beds 16'x6'x3' around the house and filled them with a variety of mulch types. The first was 100% fall leaves added each week and compressed till solid..
The second 100% wood chip mulch (free, delivered from most tree loppers) The third got the results of raw kitchen waste compost, mainly green leaf and coffee grounds.
Three years has passed and each of the raised beds have been topped up as required.
I have continued to add 1' - 2' deep wood chip mulch garden beds elsewhere around the property as low berms to direct floodwater, add soil and grow plants..
All garden beds are healthy and support growth based entirely on sunlight needs as though garden soil was used.
Now my low lying 1/3 acre property has received 24 x 20 cu yards free fresh wood chip mulch, and is thriving, after a slow first year and obviously has a higher, less flood prone level.
All free.
I based the concept on the natural forest floor approach, and cannot understand why people pay a fortune to landscapers and nurseries to achieve chemical laden results.
- Beau -
8 months ago