Tim Southwell wrote:Rustic,
Good comments. I gave my PDC design overview this week, and the stage implementation into the swale was well received. This might just be because my soils have literally no worthy organic matter to allow for your typical swale install of plants to take root and thrive. The Lawton videos seem to be installed into good black soils, or like 'greening the desert' they were using drip irrigation out the gate. I will not be using an irrigation source, so I am dependent on seasonal water to develop plant life while selecting plants that will work to amend the soil over the various stages in anticipation of plugging in the complete swale make-up.
I think I am approaching this in the correct manner. As an alternative, I have thought of developing the swales and immediately installed a full native forest (pines mostly) with the necessary understory of N fixers / etc, then after establishment, coming back in 2 seasons and selectively removing some pines and plugging in Food Forest plantings. Perhaps this would be less work? I am not opposed to work, but food for thought.
Where is your PDC class? Mine is in Lawrence, KS (outside of Kansas City), with my property a 20 acre parcel in SW Montana.