Sheet Mulching Our Three Christmas Trees



If you are into planting and gardening, you will come across “Mulching“. Mulching is one of Permaculture technique for ground cover of your plants or Trees. In my case, I am practicing “Sheet Mulching” on my front yard under the Christmas Trees. It was getting difficult to pull out the unwanted weeds under the trees, becoming very tiresome and time consuming to do so. Sheet Mulching the area under the Trees to prevent any weeds and keep in the moisture, specially now during the dry summer period in Thailand.


How to Sheet Mulching?

  1. Define the area that you want to Mulch. This is an area where you do not want any weeds, grass, or anything to grow. I usually make my outline with bricks as seem in the pictures.
  2. Remove some of the taller weeds or plants that not wanted. Most people won’t even bother doing this. They just flattened it.
  3. Cover the area with cardboard. Make sure the whole area is covered, so no grass can poke through later. The cardboard will prevent the plants below from growing. The existing plants will eventually die and compost into fertilizer for our trees.
  4. On the top layer, you can put wood chip or compost. I just took my compost pile and put it all in.
  5. Pretty much done.


I find it much better to do this in the evening. Once done, you can water the top layer so that some of the microorganisms from the compost pile washed down to the soil layer and have time to propagate at night while it is cool and very moist.


Benefits of Mulching

  • Weeds control
  • Maintain moisture
  • Create ideal environment for the microorganism to grow and maintain bio-diversity
  • Keep soil from erosion during heavy rain
  • keep the soil temperature throughout the day
  • Yes, if you have Chicken, Mulching is place where your Chicken will find additional nutrients

When Mulching, try to use anything that is available in your area of the house or farm. No need to go out and buy wood chips. My cardboard was piling up in the trash area, so I made a use out of it. The compost were farm material such as tree branches, hays, etc …


Thanks to our two volunteers who made this possible and make my labor a bit more fun.

So let me know what you think by leaving a comment either on my webpage or in my facebook post at Tantai Organic.

Mulberry Dome for Kids Camping Area


An idea was cooking in my head for a long time on what to build for kids to play with while they walk around the farm. Mulberry Dome!

Mulberry Dome is not just an area for camping, but they can also eat the berry while they play around the Dome.

We completed one dome about midway down the farm. I am thinking a second is needed much nearer to the yard or camping area, so people will get to it much easier. It may not be a dome, but a walking tunnel path leading to the garden.

Here are some pictures of the first Mulberry Dome.


2016-04-07: Update with pictures a few week after the dome was completed.

The Mulberry leaves are growing and budding fruits all over. It is a good day to go walk in the dome and munch on fresh Mulberry fruits.

Looks and taste good!

Testing Cover Crops and Companion Planting


I am testing out using Clovers as cover crop. Planting Tomatoe in the center row, Bell Pepper along the edges alternate with Chinese Kailan. In between all the taller plants, I put leafy salad such as Red/Green Oak, Butterhead Lectuce.

The Colvers should grow at the same time as the Salad. Later, I will move some of the clustering and space them out evenly.

What do you thing? Any recommendation is welcome!

Pictures down below.




Daruma Ecovillage Permaculture


Daruma Ecovillage is in Sri Racha, Chonburi, Thailand. Their FB page is here. To get there just follow their Google Maps link on their FB page.

Not sure why this picture was on the profile of a Permaculture farm.

527766_540502209323704_2061989370_nThen it dawn on me, this is an old painting of a Japanese Daruma or Daruma Doll. The owner is Neil Newmann (Permaculture Network, facebook). He is a 30 veteran of the US Navy. He may have spent sometime in Japan and know about the Daruma. “Daruma dolls are seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck, making them a popular gift of encouragement.“, from Wikipedia.


I was there on a look-and-see trip by Sasin Sustainability group that I frequented. The Daruma ecovillage provides PDC or Permaculture Design Course, Mosaic School for kids, and a community of Permaculturist to volunteer and teach the local people on the way of Permaculture. I expected just a PDC, but the Mosaic School was what interested me most.

His Mosaic School teaches kids to learn from peers and also become teacher among them self. They will learn to be independent and able to make their own decision.

He did not go over the Permaculture side too much. Walking around the farm, it was design primary for teaching PDC and not as a commercial farm. So he main focus is education in PDC and Mosaic school.

I took a few pictures of the facilities below.


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The Chicken has arrived




Our Chicken just came in. I am planning for it to be free-range, but the dogs don’t quite agree!

So we are making a large cage for them. The Chicken will live under the Gac Fruit plants, which is about 6x30meters in size. Very spacious, indeed! Eventually, I want to have about 35 Chickens.
Chickens Benefits:
1. They will eat the bugs under the Gac Fruits plants
2. Chicken pooh will be used as fertiliser.
3. And of course, the eggs daily are a big plus.

Hope this will work out. Right now, I am starting with 5 Chickens. If all work out, we will get more until we reach 35.

The Natural Organic Rooftop Garden Learning Center, an Urban Garden at Laksi District Office


What if you could have your own fruits and vegetables that is very safe from chemical and pesticides on your very balcony or right in the back of your house? Your very own urban garden? If there is a will, there is a way! At Laksi District Office, there is a “The Natural Organic Rooftop Garden Learning” where you could learn such a skill.


A Brief History:

Back a few years ago, the staffs of the district wanted a garden to plant safe vegetable for them self and help reduced the living expense. Living under the concept of sustainability is the keystone of his majesty the king teaching. Be self sustain! So they used the land surrounding the district office building as their garden to grow their own food. As the area developed, the garden was reclaimed by the actual owner. Looking for new area to make a garden, they come upon their building rooftop as their only option. …. And the rest was history!

The garden grow up to be a learning center for the people who come to visit the office on official business. By words of mouths, people started coming to the center to learn, to sit around and look at the beauty of nature in a concrete jungle and take home some of the safe vegetable as well.


Quick Seminar:

A proper seminar will last one whole day, but for us it was only 9-12:00 session. A Quicky! The center will teach how to grow your own food in small confined space, make compost fertilizers, compost juice, organic hormone to meet the need of the plants, how to plant from seeds, how to plant into flower pots, and plant upside down. I can’t name them all, but enough information for you to become an Organic farmer!

The seminar was very informational. I could not cover it in this blog. Please contact them using the info at the bottom of this post.

The center passed out two documents, in Thai and English. Though, I believed the English was done by Sasin Sustainability staff. I will scan both version and put them here in one or two days.


Documents from the Seminar:

In English : [wpdm_package id=’3504′]

In Thai : [wpdm_package id=’3500′]


Below are some of the pictures that I took during the event.


Laksi District Office Building:



Panoramic view of the 9th floor Learning Center Planting area:



Panoramic view of the Garden near the Parking Lot:



Pictures of the Information Session:


Pictures of the Plants around the 9th floor facility:


Pictures of the Garden near the district’s parking lot:


Event Organizer:

Sasin Sustainability (SCSM), find their FB here:


Google Map of Laksi District Office:


Laksi District Office Garden Center Contact:

Phone: 0-2576-1393, 08-6778-0915



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