Oct 3, 2010

Fruits of the garden, and the Compost Toilet


Finally I finished the Compost Toilet... well, there are still some details here and there, but I can always use a rainy day for that... I have other priorities now...I'm just starting another shed for fire-wood and possible working place as the rainy days are approaching...it's just behind the kitchen stone wall...
But anyway, I will not write much on this post, as pictures will speak for themselves, with few comments...
I also wanted to post some pictures of few of my little veggetable gardens... I didn't garden much this year, but I still have enough for me not to need to go shopping :-)


nice cherry tomatoes, peppers and egg plants...they like each other very much...and basil is in the mix as well :-)

nice water melons as well !!!

and the winter cabbages and lettuce, planted on "sheet-mulch" made by the participants of the permaculture course... behind you can see the nectarine tree that improved significantly after I made a mulch around and planted some beans for Nitrogen fixing...the tomatoe plants came everywhere...actually, I didn't plant any of the tomatoes, they simply came along with the compost I used :-)

Anyway... I just love seeing plants grow...
Now the Compost Toilet...

It started like this... I made a structure with Mimosa poles, against the existing wall from the terrace...

I easily made the floor, and then I started to build up the walls, and the door frame... that was more challenging... I already noticed things I would made different, but hey, this was my first construction alone... from scratch...

then the windows...another challenge...

my idea was to support the roof frame on the walls, so I had to keep going...

the door!!!

the 2 chambers below, all sealed with mosquito net to prevent flys to come in...the idea is to have 2 toilet seats...using one for 6 month or a year...then close that and move to the other one for another 6 months or a year, while the first chamber is composting... I need to check how long does it take to compost properly...

the doors for each chamber, with mosquito net as well... I didn't bother to make proper doors as it would be harder to close it well for the flys, and also because I will only have to open each one once a year or so...keep it simple :-)

the chimney for the smell and gases to escape :-) I painted it black at the end...here I was just trying out to fix it...

the pee collector detail...so the pee will go through this pipe straight into a strawbale which is also inside the chamber... this will make a good compost as well, and it will not create so much smell as if it was mixed with the poo... I might collect it in liquid to mix with water , but not for now... I need to learn better about that :-)

finally, the toilet seat... also all sealed so the flys have no way in...
I just made one for now, but I will have time to do the second one later... another thing to do on a rainy day :-)...

the outside door handle... little detail :-)
That's it ... a "compost machine" :-)...

It was exciting, and not such a big deal after all :-)

5 comments:

Emmanuel said...

Very nice construction. I have a "pee collector" on my todo-list as well. Much love!

gaffycowan said...

What super work! imaginative and practical - well done! Its great to see that even practical things like loos can also be beautiful!

The Winters said...

you go girl! awesome work. you should feel very proud of what you and your friends have built. we are. we love you. us. xxxxx

The Winters said...

you go girl! awesome work. you should feel very proud of what you and your friends have built. we are. we love you. us. xxxxx

Tom_motmot said...

great work,baba. it looks great.
i look forward to s(h)it there =)

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