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RE: [naturalbuilding-4] adobe/cob raised beds

From: user 4.
Sent on: Thursday, January 10, 2013 10:49 AM
Does anybody have experience with "earth bags"?  Would those work?  In theory, they would at least maintain their form.  The outside faces could maybe even be planted with grass or something to tie it all together and add long-term stability.  

If that works, I might have a source for jute cocoa-importing bags, which are approximately 2 feet by 3 feet when laying flat: I used to work at a concrete statuary store, and oddly enough the statues come packed padded with these empty bags.  Though we reused some to pad customers' purchases before loading their cars, there was almost always a big pile leftover and we would occasionally throw some out. 

With these bags, a person could probably cover the outside with sod and have a good chance of it taking.

Good luck; and, personally I would be just as pleased to come to the south side to participate with a project as I am to go to the north side.  East and west would be fine, too!
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Sent: Thursday, January 10,[masked]:31 AM
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Subject: Re: [naturalbuilding-4] adobe/cob raised beds

look at the 50 gallon drum and tire planters on the internet. Cob
doesn't take much water to go back to being soil.

On Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 10:22 AM, Gabriel Piemonte
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> Hi everyone -
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> As they say on the talk shows, I'm a long time listener and first time
> caller to this list serve. I am interested in doing some natural building
> as part of a couple of projects I am involved in on the South Side.
> Unfortunately, it seems the Natural Builders Group meetings tend to be
> quite a distance from me, so I haven't been able to meet anyone in person,
> but I'm hoping y'all can give me some advice via the group.
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> I am part of a newly established community garden with (surprise,
> surprise) no money and a need to build raised beds because of the quality
> of the soil in the lot we are working in. I was considering proposing
> adobe or cob raised beds, which would also introduce a whole lot of people
> to natural building. Any advice?
>
> Gabriel Piemonte
> The Abundance Project
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