It’s time to devote some time to learning (and practicing) straw bale gardening. I’ve been aware of this technique/system for a while but have not paid much more attention. Here’s a great starting point, an article from The Dirt I Occupy “The Amazing Straw Bale Garden“. And another from No Dig Vegetable Garden. Here’s an… Read more »
Straw bale building guidelines for wet and humid climates Climate and Straw bale construction Five tips for keeping straw bale walls dry in a wet climate Yes you can! Build with Strawbale in Wet Climates Moisture and straw bale walls. Sun Plans Strawdio Template Straw Bale Futures Passive Solar Design Lime paint, lime wash and… Read more »
This book describes a way of making compost, i.e. humus, which is simply, labour saving (no turning) and quick, both in ripening the compost and in getting results in the soil. It is adaptible to all conditions and to every size and type of garden, allotment or farm, the process being based on nature’s own methods.
I have the opportunity to add “smart” technology to my house as I’m building. I’m considering using either, or both, arduino boards & Raspberry Pi computers as the main processors to which I’ll attach various sensors and switches. Primary considerations will be power consumption, heat production & cooling, and reliability. Both Arduino and Raspberry Pi… Read more »
Straw-bales can be made from a range of plant fibres not only grass-family species like wheat, rye, barley, blue-grass, and rice, but also flax, and hemp. Bales of recycled materials like paper, pasteboard, waxed cardboard, crushed plastics, whole tires, and used carpeting have also been used or are currently being explored for building.
We’re shopping for land in Hungary and while prices are relatively low, when compared to those in Scotland, it’s possible that our budget will only stretch to a 1-, or 2-acre plot.
Local USGBC members and families build Nashville’s first straw-bale house The owners of the house, Bob and Irma Bernstein, worked with general contractor Ryan Nichols to create this eco-friendly structure that not only draws upon pioneer tradition, but incorporates proven ideas that pre-date the founding of the New World. Straw, used as insulation and then… Read more »
Following the full design and build process for a small (480 sq. ft. External/312 sq. ft. Internal) “starter” straw bale house using a small budget. Build a small straw bale house.
Passive Solar Energy Passive Solar Energy as a free heat source for your straw bale house. Read the article A rule of thumb for installed window area East side of the house 4%, west side 2%, north side 4%, and south side 7-12%. So if you had a floor plan of 1000 square feet, on… Read more »
A strawbale and mud-brick eco-house built near Adelaide, Australia. These people have very similar ideas to us. House of Bales
New Straw Bale House at Solar Haven: design details, lots of pictures, and budget figures. New Strawbale House Plans