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Dryland Farming Living without Rain Hozho

 
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I want to document the successes and failures with dryland farming.We our hauling water once a week at the moment and using around 150 gallons.All hand watered no flood irrigation.What I have found personally is to make little bowls around plants(accept for potatoes.)Potatoes I have been digging pits so that I can fill them in later to hill them.If anyone has any tips or tricks feel free to comment I'm just learning thru trial and error.
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I also haul water to irrigate with and I also put plant in a depression and found it is not only easier to water but that it stays moist longer. Another big thing that I do is mulch heavily, it truly does hold vastly more moisture in the ground than bare earth. One thing that I use as mulch that I dont think you could do in a wetter climate is fresh bedding from the barn. I have used fresh chicken/ goose manure mixed with straw and even straight horse manure. Being so dry and very interminted rains is that it doesn't burn the plants as it might with more rainfall.
 
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I agree with you marc mulch is great in an arid climate.I like to use dried horse manure for starting seedlings and for fertilizer less harsh then cow or chicken goose ,manure.I've been using wool for mulch lately it works great.
 
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