Rebuilding Hueyapan, Mexico after the Earthquake — 7 Comments

  1. Hi there
    The bags shown are not pre-filled. We just had to “storage” the dirt somehow. We did not have too much room for the piles of dirt, so we put it in the bags. When needed the dirt, we emptied the bags back into our big pile to moist it properly.

    • Yes, this may be true. We don’t talk much about things like this because it’s so hard to predict what will happen in the future. There are lots of reasons to grow a garden, live simply and in general be prepared for uncertain times no matter what happens.

  2. I get concerned when I see people pre-filling lots of bags. It’s VERY important to use slightly moist soil in the bags that will tamp down into a consistency very close to rammed earth. Rammed earth can last thousands of years. However, overly dry soil that doesn’t solidify properly with tamping creates walls of dirt that won’t be nearly as strong or durable as rammed earth. To properly bind soil particles together you need the moisture and solid tamping. Pre-filling bags and Leaving them sit around could dry out and not work correctly.

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