THE HERE & NOW

Here are some pictures of the current LAC action – first, Alanna’s amazing Bucket Gardens which are supplying all of our leafy greens! Then work on the LAC Studio which involves filling the floor with lightearth [AKA clay-straw]. Then there is a sequence of pics illustrating the LIVE EconoSpaceMaking Workshop held at The Gyreum Ecolodge in Co. Sligo. This was pretty amazing – the frame up and roofed in 7 days! The fleshing out of the frame continues in my absence, so I’ll post updated pics as they become available to me.

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LAC Office

LAC Office

Bucket gardens on the LAC office deck with the LAC studio in the background

Bucket gardens on the LAC office deck with the LAC studio in the background

The floor in the LAC Studio being filled with lightearth insulation

The floor in the LAC Studio being filled with lightearth insulation

Wall raising on The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

Wall raising on The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

The first wall erected on The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

The first wall erected on The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

The first roof truss is lifted into place on The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

The first roof truss is lifted into place on The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

The frame takes shape on Day 2 of The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

The frame takes shape on Day 2 of The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

Joshua enjoys participating in The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

Joshua enjoys participating in The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

The frame speaks for itself on The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

The frame speaks for itself on The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

The frame on Day 3 of The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

The frame on Day 3 of The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

Inserting peter-posts on the gable wall at The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

Inserting peter-posts on the gable wall at The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

The picture sequence continues here …

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The frame at sunset on The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

The frame at sunset on The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

Perfect sheltermaking weather at The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

Perfect sheltermaking weather at The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

Excavating clay on-site at The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

Excavating clay on-site at The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

Filling the frame with lightearth at The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

Filling the frame with lightearth at The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

An installed window frame at The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

An installed window frame at The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

The roof sheeting being installed on Day 7 of The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

The roof sheeting being installed on Day 7 of The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

THE NEAR FUTURE

Here is the Programme for the near future – plenty of opportunities to connect with Living Architecture+Sheltermaking outside of Leitrim.

JUNE Mon30-JULY Fri4

HandsOn Sheltermaking Leitrim

JUNE Sat28

Architecture Playhouse Workshop 3 Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim AT THE LAC STUDIO, DRUMSNA, Co. LEITRIM

JULY Sat5-Sun6

LIVING OFF THE GRID ELECTRICAL SYSTEM INSTALLATION WORKSHOP with leading alternative energy expert Peter Schneider + Peter Cowman AT THE LAC STUDIO, DRUMSNA, Co. LEITRIM

JULY Mon7-Fri11

HandsOn Sheltermaking Leitrim

JULY Mon14-Fri18

HandsOn Sheltermaking Leitrim

JULY Fri18

EcoBuilding On A Shoestring
Common Ground, Beverly Bags Studio, Church Terrace, Bray, Co Wicklow.

JULY Sat19

EcoBuilding On A Shoestring
3pm at “OUT OF THE WOODS” at Caravantasia, Crohane, Killenasule, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

JULY Sat19-Sun27

Various Talks + Workshops atEARTHSONG, Co. Tipperary

JULY Mon28-AUGUST Fri1

HandsOn Sheltermaking Leitrim

AUGUST Sat2

Architecture Playhouse Workshop 4 Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim AT THE LAC STUDIO, DRUMSNA, Co. LEITRIM

AUGUST Mon4-Fri8

HandsOn Sheltermaking Leitrim

AUGUST Mon11-Fri15

HandsOn Sheltermaking Leitrim

AUGUST Mon18-Fri22

HandsOn Sheltermaking Leitrim

Bucket gardens on the LAC office deck with the LAC studio in the background

Bucket gardens on the LAC office deck with the LAC studio in the background

BUCKET GARDENING

For Abundant Leafy Greens

by Alanna Moore

Many people finding veggie growing too difficult and it’s understandable when you see the number of marauding slugs. They also don’t want to be slaves to their veggies, when summer holidays entice them away from the home for days on end.

The solution? A bucket garden that works on the principle of the Wicking Bed, where in-built water conservation allows for less regular watering. It can have a very small energy footprint as well, if only second hand/re-used and local materials are sourced.

Being offered a regular source of empty 15 litre buckets that a restaurant has been throwing out was the start of a whole new phase of gardening for me, here in Ireland. The outcome was luscious! Plentiful green leaves for the salad or stir fry in moveable containers is the way to go, I’ve decided! Here’s the basics of how I like to do it.

1. Drill small holes into the sides of your buckets at about 2″ to 3″ up from the bottom. This will create a water reservoir, but allows for overflowing so your plants don’t drown on a wet day. When watering you’ll know when they’re full when you see water start trickling out the holes.

2. Fill this reservoir with small stones or gravel and top this with a layer of dry grass or straw, to stop soil from clogging the holes. If you are stuck, dry grass or straw can also be an alternative to the gravel layer. Make sure that the holes are just below the top of the dry grass/straw layer.

3. Then fill the rest of the bucket with good topsoil and / or good compost. Fill to the very top then bang the bucket on the ground a few times to allow the materials to settle down.

4. Find a good sunny site for the buckets. Ideally on a deck or flat ground. If not a level site, check the levels with a spirit level and adjust. This way your water reservoir will work best. Water will wick upwards towards the roots of plants. They love to get their water this way, from below.

5. Plant out with young vegie plants. Water in.

6. Fertilise regularly with a dilution of urine, 10 parts water to one of wee, when plants are small. When more mature, raise the dilution rate to 1 in 5. Water this onto the soil/compost surface, not on the leaves. Wash tleaves before eating.

7. Repeat every 2 or 3 weeks for an ongoing plentiful supply of greens.

8. If slugs do find their way up into the buckets, buy some copper anti-slug tape and attach it around the middle of the bucket. They will get a nasty shock on contact with it and go elsewhere.

Happy Bucket Gardening!

Alanna Moore and her giant cabbage

Alanna Moore and her giant cabbage

WATCH OUT FOR THIS WOMAN!

Nicole Foss, or Stoneleigh as she is also known, is a commentator that I have been following for some time. She tells it like it is in respect of economics. If you are in Australia, try to catch her on her tour with Permaculture here David Holmgren. FURTHER DETAILS HERE

It is because of people like Nicole and my own interpretation of what is happening on the economic front that I have chosen to give up car ownership, live off-grid, shelter myself mortgage-free and produce as much food on-site as is possible.

You’ve been warned!

On yer bike!

On yer bike!

LAC Studio3

ARCHITECTURE PLAYHOUSE
SATURDAY JUNE 28th
AT THE LAC STUDIO
DRUMSNA, Co. LEITRIM

The next Playhouse gig will take place next Saturday June 28th. The previous event was such a buzz that this one will be equally exciting! If you want to get the inside track on natural building and n natural living, this is the place to be.

The gig will be followed by a communal vegetarian meal and film screening on the Saturday night. Alanna is offering her Fairy Walk on the Sunday afternoon – so why not stay over and make a weekend of it?

FURTHER DETAILS HERE

FEES

€75 Unwaged €65
2 people booking together €120

Basic overnight accommodation available at low cost! [Limited availability, so book early!]

Peter-post framing at the Gyreum EconoSpaceMaking Workshop

Peter-post framing at the Gyreum EconoSpaceMaking Workshop

LIVING OFF THE GRID
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM INSTALLATION WORKSHOP

SATURDAY+SUNDAY JULY 5th+6th
AT THE LAC STUDIO
DRUMSNA, Co. LEITRIM

PV panel array

PV panel array

With Living Architecture Centre director, Peter Cowman and Peter Schneider, one of Ireland’s foremost alternative energy experts.

This 2 day Workshop will focus on the installation of a set of PV panels with energy diverted to battery storage and hot water production, integrated into the system which provides 220v electrical supply to the Living Architecture Centre which is off-grid and has been for the past 7 years!

FEES

€50 per day/€85 for both days
2 people attending together €85 for 1 day/€160 for 2 days
Basic overnight accommodation available at low cost! [Limited availability, so book early!]

FURTHER DETAILS OF WORKSHOP HERE – PLUS INFO. ON A FABULOUS WIND CHARGER FOR SALE!

To book Contact the LAC
or text 086 10 22 400

Peter Cowman multi-tasking ... working+instructing!

Peter Cowman multi-tasking … working+instructing!

Peter Cowman asks 'what if industrial civilisation collapses?

Peter Cowman asks ‘what if industrial civilisation collapses?


INDUSTRIAL CIVILISATION HEADED FOR INEVITABLE COLLAPSE?

A new study partly-sponsored by Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.

Noting that warnings of ‘collapse’ are often seen to be fringe or controversial, the study attempts to make sense of compelling historical data showing that “the process of rise-and-collapse is actually a recurrent cycle found throughout history.” Cases of severe civilisational disruption due to “precipitous collapse – often lasting centuries – have been quite common.”

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