New Patio Roof for our Sustainable Homestead — 4 Comments

  1. Looks great Owen…a practical and relaxing communal space. Outdoor living must be ideal in your climate.
    The food forest is intriguing…have you uploaded a video of your process?

    I’m at the plastering stage of an earthbag studio I’m building for my sister in the UK…largely inspired by you and the information found on this site, as well as Atulya K Bingham. Thank you!

    • Glad we’ve been helpful. Search this blog for keywords Forest Garden and you’ll find articles and videos about each step. I documented pretty much everything every year so far. For me the whole process, the whole journey has created the ultimate life for health and happiness. It’s not just to save money or save the environment. Oh, and you can go to my Sustainable Homestead channel on YouTube. The link is in most of the previous articles.

  2. I haven’t talked about the booster pump before. We’ve been using it for about 2 years now and it works great. It doubles the water pressure, which means you can water the garden twice as fast. So our current system consists of poly water tanks on a homemade wooden tower, our well and main Hitachi pump in the earthbag pumphouse (shown in foreground), and the booster pump. The booster pump is a cheap ‘no name’ $100 Chinese pump. I was very hesitant to buy it but our kids talked me into it. I expected it to burn out after a few months. Instead it’s been a real workhorse. Yeah, it could burn out any time, not sure. But no big deal if it does since it can be replaced for $100. The water pressure is so high that it’s hard to keep the PVC water lines from leaking.

  3. The patio roof protects a key outdoor work area where we prep vegetables, cook, etc. It’s the perfect place to gather and relax because it’s right in the center of everything — sort of like a crossroads. Plus it’s behind the house away from the road and wind. Previously this area was covered with tarps but they kept flapping, tearing and falling apart.

    So the water goes from the well to the water tower and then through the booster pump = gravity and the booster pump combined.

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