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Our Tropical Forest Garden and Homestead Update: One Year+ Later — 9 Comments

  1. Hi Owen.
    I’m a bit confused about the dates above – not sure if this video is this year or last year. But whichever, you have done a remarkable job! Hard to believe that was an old rice field! I picked up lots of tips – thank you!

    • We started our garden about 2 years, 4 months ago. There are lots of previous blog posts and videos about every step of progress. Sometimes I go back and watch the early videos as a reminder of how far we’ve come.

    • Thanks. It is working great. Just today I noticed lots of new tree growth. The main drawback is it’s labor intensive, so that got me thinking of ways to do it easier next time. There are lots of areas that have been cleared of valuable timber. I think you could actually get rich from buying cheap scrub tree land and converting it into food forests. This would take a number of years. It’s not a get rich quick scheme. But in just 3 years you start to get decent fruit production. In 5 years the system would be profitable. Since it’s self sustaining (few inputs and maintenance) you could do the same thing again and again on more land. If this works you could hire workers to help out.

      Note: by ‘scrub tree’ land I’m referring to small, low value, weedy, thorny type trees and plants that people don’t want. I would look for trees that are no more than 20′ high and several inches in diameter. That way the trees can be cut without too much difficulty.

    • The forest garden is in Thailand. Right now I’m in Indnesia on a tour to promote natural building. My journey will be blogged here. The PI is on my list. Drop me a note if you have leads on interesting projects, including related things like water tanks that people desperately need.

  2. You can make rock dust yourself, using the machine shown in this video. Noisy, but simple to build. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01k3cLfc3Kg

    I’ve seen one of these in action, they will turn chunks of rock into a flour fine dust. You could screen your road grade material to separate out the gravel, wash it then send it through an impact mill crusher.

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