Deep south Permies

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  1. satyrandnymph

    satyrandnymph Junior Member

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    Salutations and greetings to you all, my wife and I live in the deep south of Tasmania, we moved here just over a year ago, bought 10 ac. and have begun our permaculture lifestyle. We have what is considered a large family know a days and want to be able to be self sufficient and sustainable, we are both doing a PDC, projects in the pipeline are the building of the house (made from earth/sand filled recycled plastic bottles), an aqua-ponic setup, thermal mass partial in ground greenhouse with wicking beds. We are using various building methods around the homestead from straw bale to CEB and also cordwood, cob and some other building designs. We will be running classes in the near future in the construction of RMH's recycled bottle building and many other aspects of self reliance and sustainablility. We hope to help and be helped within this amazing community

    until our next post
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    The Satyr and The Nymph Sustainable Homestead
     
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    Hi S&N! Welcome. I know you'll be busy with all of your projects but if you get a spare moment, would like to see some of your sand-filled plastic bottle construction (and aquaponics, and greenhouse, and ...)
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    This is one of the piles of filled bottles so far, we have a bin made from recycled apple crates in our local waste refuse/ re use depot were we collect thrown out plastic bottles, they are filled with tamped down sand or soil or can even be filled with compacted trash, they are then used like house hold bricks with mortar beds between each layer, bailing twine is used ( we recycle our hay bale twine) to hold the bottles together front and back so it decreases movement. the once its all up and set we can use a render be it cement, cob, adobe to finish it off and seal it away, the bottles with render will be about just over a foot thick, they are fire proof, bullet proof and earthquake resistant (to a degree). The bottles are our houses main building material, the other building methods will be used for various other buildings around the property to "showcase" how they are done and how they stand up against the weather of Tasmania. We are even making a water tank out of the bottle "bricks" as it works out alot cheaper than buying in a polytank or sourcing a non rusted out galv tank :)

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    The greenhouse location, we will be back filling earth around the back and sides of the greenhouse once its constructed

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    this was the start of our house pad the tarp was for the kids to get out of the sun :) we started this with the pick, shovels and the wheel barrow, then realized how fire baked the clay strata was and had an offer from our neighbor in exchange for some of my mead, and this was the result of the barter/trade

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    Have to get the youngins to help too, make them earn their dinner ;)
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    and My first Chicken prep for dinner that night, the shack is what we are living in at the moment

    Will update the post as we progress, had a fire up the back the other day too, so alot of the undergrowth will have to go unfortunately for safety reasons
     
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    Wow! That must be some amazing mead!
     

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