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Here in the UK, research statistics provided by water saving product companies that produce products like specialist shower heads show that the average bathtub needs around 80 Litres of water, the average 8 minute shower consumes around 62 litres of water…

According to the study, the average eight-minute shower used 62 litres of hot water, and some power showers can use up to 136 litres, compared with an average bath’s 80 litres. These findings have been widely reported – in the Daily Mail, The Independent and the BBC, among others.
They are claiming that their special shower head, coupled with a short 4 minute shower will consume almost half of this (32 Litres of water) and that it could take you less than a year to make your money back from the purchase if you are on a water meter.

 

Enter the Tabo method of the Philippines (known as Tabo-Tabo):
  • 1x Bucket (normally 10 – 12 Litres which is around 2.6 UK Gallons),
  • 1x handled Jug (Tabo) of any shape but we like the ones used in kitchen measuring,
  • Water source and area you can splash around (bathtub or shower)

Most people use about 1 – 2 buckets worth of water to finish a normal Tabo session, I use less than One! (1) no jokes! It’s quite simple, fill the bucket with the right water temperature you are comfortable with, use the Tabo to wet yourself (takes two usually if you pour slowly), then just rub your soap around with whatever defoliating cloth you use or sponge etc, then rinse once complete. Note: This is a body only shower, does not include shampooing, hence why some people with long hair seem to use 1.5 to 2 buckets worth of water per session (Which still, is not that much at 20/24 Litres Max / 5.2 Gallons)
It takes me around 7 minutes to finish if I am busy and need to get onto other things asap and I always have about 1/6th of the bucket left over still.

In comparison:

Tabo: 12 Litres or Less / More
Water Saving Showerhead and short 4 min Shower Session: 32 Litres or More
Bathtub (UK average): 80 Litres or More
Power Shower Head (Time unknown but might be 8 min standard): 136 Litres or More

The Tabo Tabo method Still saves an additional 7,300 Litres of water versus the Special Water saving shower head Per Year! …

You could even obtain or have a nice wooden treated Bucket and Ladle made if you wanted to get a bit fancy or to avoid being embarrased when guests visit, just remember to turn the wooden bucket upside down to preserve the wood and prevent rot once not in use.

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Wooden Water Bucket and Ladle – Tabo Tabo

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Woodchip is a great soil amendment and adds nutrients into the soil slowly, I have observably proven this to myself last year on my Allotment where I stashed a few wheelbarrows of woodchip on a section of my plot because otherwise the communal woodchip would likely have been finished by the time I needed some.
Once I dug my pond out, I covered the mound of woodchip with the soil from within the pond, about 6 months later I finally started a new project in the place of the mound of soil where I discovered the very well composted woodchip and noticed when digging that the topsoil layer was darker within a few inches under the topsoil line, when I compared this to a section just a meter away, the soil was lightly coloured and only darker very close to the surface line…

Below is a great video proving and showing from day one to 8 years on, the soil is even dug down seriously deep to prove how far the amendment reached until the soil quality becomes poor again.

 

Important Note: If you obtain free woodchip from your local Tree Surgeons, always ask what tree/s were chipped! Basically, Broad Leaf are usually Alkaline or Neutral PH (Oak is Acidic though) and Coniferous are Acidic PH, So use Conifer Woodchip for pathways as less weeds will germinate amongst the mature rotting chips as well as a mulch for Acid loving plants like strawberries and Blueberries. Use the Broad Leaf for your beds and as a soil amender!

Video courtesy of youtube channel OneYardRevolution

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Looking at my ”Country Stat’s” on this blog, it looks like the Philippines is going to take the lead ahead of Australia this month in views (Australia seems to always be third in my stats right after UK and USA who always both dominate 1st and 2nd place), I’m not entirely sure why they suddenly seem to be searching for Permaculture or finding my blog in particular (Perhaps it is my previous article on GM Rice?) but I have decided to dedicate an article based on Organic and Permaculture projects that I have seen there. I have previously searched for either a Permaculture Farm / Forest Garden or Tour video to include the country in my long list of ”Videos and Tours”. I just never got around to sharing or writing an article so, here we have a few videos to view for any Filipino’s looking to self educate and then be able to try grow healthy food  for themselves and family / community.

So, Salamat for Stopping By, here are a few videos, Some are in Tagalog and I think the one in Bohol is in Bisaya with some English thrown in by the video uploader and some of his friends, enjoy:

Video 1: Urban Agriculture Philippines – (15 mins), container growing, aquaponics, rabbits etc.in an Urban setting (Tagalog)

Video 2: Maribojoc Organic Demo Farm Bohol pt1 (After Watching Part 1, the other parts will be available to watch on the side suggestion bar on youtube) – Entrance to this Demonstration Farm is PHP30 per person! That’s Cheap considering what you will learn …

https://youtu.be/X4AMG6P9qww

Video 3: 1 Project Freedom, a Permaculture Demonstration Site, Tublay, Benguet, Philippines (It will be interesting to learn from them if one can take the time out to go on a tour and visit the site)

Please remember, this is an active blog where you Do Not need an account to be able to use my comments section, anyone can comment selecting ”post as Guest”, please comment and get communicating with me and others, Permaculture is also about community and learning 🙂

Further Reading / Educational = Previous Article: How to build a Banana Circle to increase crop flavour, nutrition and yield!

 

GMO / Golden Rice has a competitor, it’s called Permaculture!!

Some of you have heard the lobby backed calls for the GMO Golden rice to be pushed into production asap because many people mainly in Asia suffer from vitamin A deficiency, Golden Rice is a Genetically Manipulated product whereby Vitamin A is forced into the genes of the original rice (The agenda is purely for profit as the multi billion dollar Biotech cartels have their investor’s interests to look after and please).

Ban Golden Rice - Philippines

Ban Golden Rice – Philippines

No doubt, someday soon, a Monsanto / Bayer / Syngenta / Dow / Du Pont / Pioneer et al Troll will pick up on this article and label me as a ”child killer standing in the way of poor 3rd world peoples health”, that’s absolutely fine, as they themselves ignore independent research into GM technology and only look at what the industry itself and it’s paid ‘scientists’ report on their completely ‘unbiased’ findings … I have looked at both sides of the story and theirs is Not convincing!

Ban Golden Rice - Philippines Protests

Ban Golden Rice – Philippines Protests

There are so many green / veggie foods high in vitamin A that can be grown Exactly where these people live, which makes this ”technology” completely unnecessary.

Ever heard of the Moringa Tree? AKA The Miracle Tree … Well IRRI definitely either has not or, they don’t want you to know! (IRRI = International Rice Research Institute) < Sponsored by US / EU Biotech and hosted in the Philippines.

Lets take a look at the three images that totally undermine the goals of the Golden Rice Lobby:

Moringa ''Miracle Tree'' Benefits / Nutrients

Moringa ”Miracle Tree” Benefits / Nutrient Composition

Moringa Leaves, Mineral / Vitamin Composition

Moringa Leaves, Mineral / Vitamin Composition

World Map where Moringa grows naturally / or when planted – this is exactly where it is needed. People don’t know so education is far more beneficial than some unproven technology

There you have it folks, Golden Rice Debunked in Three Images!

Dear Filipino People and the Philippine Government … IRRI’s budget in 2014 according to Wikipedia is USD 99.19 Million, Moringa Seeds are available online on sites such as Ebay. I did some calculations and this budget would buy 3,171,888,500 (Billion) Moringa Seeds for immediate planting worldwide, starting where there is the most recorded cases of Vitamin A deficiency !!
NOTE:
Moringa is grown in the Philippines already, but has clearly somehow skipped Media/ Authority attention … for some reason.

For further reading on GMO’s so you can come to your own conclusion, here are Independent websites containing articles and research into the controversial technology. I highly recommend you to Always look at what the alternative / independent media report on world changing issues as most likely, what you read in the newspapers is one sided (the side of the one paying the most money):

http://www.gmwatch.org/

http://www.anhinternational.org/

Good Documentary on GMO’s

http://permaculturenews.org/2015/07/16/the-power-of-duck-a-review/

If you have never heard of the Banana Circle, it may be because you live in a non tropical / sub tropical climate. They are a permaculture design and increase the yield of Banana and other fruits in this simple but very good guild.

Banana Circle 1

Banana Circle Guild with re-purposed sacks for mulch

The basic concept is to prepare a circular section of your area with a radius of about 2 meters (6 feet) plus, once you have measured everything out you start digging in the centre about 1 meter (3 feet) deep and placing all displaced soil around the edges of your measured out circle in a berm like fashion.
Once the centre ‘hole’ is complete and you have built the surrounding berm edge, you can plant 5-6 Banana suckers (baby banana plants) evenly spaced in the edge wall and throw in organic matter (vegetable / fruit scraps, leaves, wood etc.) into the centre hole.

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Newly dug out Banana Circle with green waste in the center cavity

The center hole is going to be constantly topped up with organic matter to break down and feed the bananas / other crops in the circle guild. The center cavity will encourage water absorption into the soil and the decomposing organic matter will prevent evaporation, any moisture from the decomposing organic matter will also seep into the soil and provide a nutrient rich liquid feed for all plants in the guild!
Many designers recommend planting Papaya (Pawpaw) trees between the Bananas, Sweet Potato underneath as ground cover, Lemongrass even Comfrey or other Herbs etc. where possible.

Birdseye diagram of a Banana Circle Guild design

Birdseye diagram of a Banana Circle Guild design

Once a mother banana plant dies or gets cut down after cropping, the results will be thrown into the compost centre and the baby suckers will be replanted right near where she was before and so on, therefore continuing the cycle and use of the prepared bed …
In many designs, people often have a greywater pipe leading into the centre of the circle as a recycling irrigation system, there are so many possibilities with this design I feel.

I hope that the pictures and diagrams are enough for those who may be able to install a Banana Circle, just in case, I’ve found a good 6 minute video showing the procedure:

Further Reading:

http://permaculturenews.org/2014/04/08/banana-circles/