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Lotus Cottage in West Virginia, USA has a rubble trench foundation with exterior straw bale walls plastered with lime outside and clay inside. All the timber was locally grown and lots of salvaged parts like windows were used in the building. See the construction steps at www.naturalhomes.org/beths-strawbale-cottage.htm

Lotus Cottage in West Virginia, USA has a rubble trench foundation with exterior straw bale walls plastered with lime outside and clay inside. All the timber was locally grown and lots of salvaged parts like windows were used in the building.

Mike and Greg used chunks of urbanite and old bricks, and then gravel on top of that.  After some tamping the base is ready for the sub floor mix!  The mix they used for the sub floor was 4 parts sand to 1 1/4 parts clay slip, made from the local clay subsoil.

Mike and Greg used chunks of urbanite and old bricks, and then gravel on top of that. After some tamping the base is ready for the sub floor mix! The mix they used for the sub floor was 4 parts sand to 1 parts clay slip, made from the local clay subsoil.

Our story on "Building Earthen Homes" will make you want to start making adobe bricks and filling earth bags. Moving earth around to build a house isn't easy, but can result in beautiful and environmentally awesome dwellings. From MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine.

Building Earthen Homes Using the Original DIY Material - Adobe, cob, compressed earth blocks and clay-straw building methods are labor-intensive but tremendously rewarding. Green Homes - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Dreaming of Bag End, the Shire, Hobbiton I'd live there, I wouldn't care... I'd just go and be a hobbit...

Wouldn't it be great to have a hobbit hole door coming out of your house! I would love to build a house on a hill and have a secret "hobbit hole" coming out of my basement! The Hobbit/Lord of The Rings or better yet, make it a play house for the kids.

This French gardener is inserting dormant willow whips into the ground and weaving the tops into a lattice. They will root come spring and this will become a free living fence. — with la chacra de la abuela. Shared from: Organic Gardening

The living willow fence- In short, you take long and straight willow stems and plant then in a line in the spring (just stick them in the ground), weaving them into a desired form and tie joints together for stability for the first few years for stability

Alternative Gardning: Plants that help other plants grow

Marigolds help tomatoes and roses grow better. Nasturtiums keep bugs away from squash and broccoli. Petunias protect beans from beetles. oregano chases them away from cucumbers. Chives make carrots sweeter. Basil makes tomatoes even tastier.