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What was/is your biggest challenge?

 
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What was/is your biggest challenge in designing/creating/maintaining your food forest/homestead?

AND...

What did/do you do to handle it?

For us - water is our biggest constrain.
We have 2-3 rain events a year (a few inches of rain each), sunny and dry all the rest of the year.

What we did/do?
  • We catch every single drop from the roof into ponds;
  • We use all grey water straight into the garden;
  • We mulch (mainly live mulching, see exactly how - here);
  • We built flat terraces to make the rain stay (instead of swales);
  • We use shade cloth on the vegetables and 2 of our terraces;
  • And we still buy water delivered in lorries every summer...

  • AND... the good news is... the more established the trees are, the less we need to irrigate them.

    Let’s share our challenges and how we handle them, as a way of acknowledging ourselves, inspire others, and... get some new ideas from others...

     
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    I have a pond that barely has any water in it. my challenge is to dig a well to a depth that will allow me to pull enough water to fill it.
     
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    Phil Grady wrote:I have a pond that barely has any water in it. my challenge is to dig a well to a depth that will allow me to pull enough water to fill it.


    Thanks Phil, for sharing your challenge...
    Would you mind also share with us what you did/do so far to solve it?
     
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