[permaculture] Techniques for capturing moisture

J Newman jn at jnweb.com
Mon Jul 17 15:32:32 EDT 2006

Hi Marjory,

This is a little late but, for some reason, the mail system kept 
rejecting this simple message - something ithasn't done in my many years 
on this list.

To answer your question of a few days ago Yes, I slept in the trench 
with groundsheet over the top. Lots of condensation in the cool desert 

- Jeffrey

Jeffrey Newman
108 MIle Ranch BC, Canada.

Inside British Columbia:
Weblog: http://jnblog.typepad.com/provocations/

> Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2006 18:31:58 -0500
> From: "Forest Garden" <forestgarden at gvtc.com
> Subject: Re: [permaculture] Techniques for capturing moisture
> To: "permaculture" <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org
> Hi Jeffry,
> I am having a bit of difficulty grasping the logistics of the desert 
> sleeping arrangements you wrote about. You dug a sleeping hole / 
> trench.. and you slept in the trench with your ground cover above you 
> capturing water? er what?? sorrry for being so dense, but I am curious.
> Sincerely,
> Marjory
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "J Newman" <jn at jnweb.com
>> To: "permaculture digest" <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org
>> Sent: Thursday, July 13, 2006 2:28 PM
>> Subject: Re: [permaculture] Techniques for capturing moisture
>> I spent a little time camping out in the Namibian desert. It was 
>> accepted practice to dig a sleeping hole and cover it with your 
>> groundsheet, weighted around the edge of the hole with rocks. I awoke 
>> each morning dry and - of interest to this discussion - my (canvas) 
>> groundsheet was sagging with a good few litres of water.
>> - Jeffrey

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