Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Such a Dirt Bag!

So I got an e-mail this morning from a Tiny House blogger and he was talking about Earth Bag houses!  You tamp earth (the clayish type) into poly bags (kind' like sand bags) and stack them for your walls.  You put barbed wire between the courses to keep them from sliding and when you're done, you plaster them to seal it all and smooth it out!  It's a LITTLE more complicated than that, BUT......... It costs about $11 a square foot to build one of these as opposed to $100 a square foot to build a "stick built" house!  It's a pretty awsome house when it's done.  Quiet, solid and insulated!  Now to talk the hubby into considering such a thing.  I could see myself living in a cluster of connected round rooms.  I could soooooo see this!  I'm hyped!

Here's a link to an instructable if you want to see what I'm talking about: click here

Monday, February 28, 2011

Back at it!

Wow! It's been a long time since I posted last.  A lot has happened!  We finished the shed.  It's closed up nice and tight and the last few times we went out to the farm there were no mice in the traps!!!!  We'll see what spring shows.  I'm getting the itch and am gearing up to plant seeds for the garden.  Still trying new things and this year will be no different.  I haven't quite got the gardening thing down yet.  It's hard when you can only weed once a week, so you have to outsmart the weeds instead of out muscle them!  Lots of newspaper going to be used as mulch this year.  Yet another experiment.
We have to get out there for the first time this spring and prune the hundred and some apple trees.  That makes for a rough day.  By the end of the orchard, my cutting hand is pretty tired!  Pruning marks the opening of farming season and I'm looking forward to it again!
Did you notice a new look to my blog?  My daughter is getting into graphic design and web design and she did some work on it yesterday.  I think it turned out pretty nice!  Thank you, Rhyah!