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Behavior of Sun on Equator, how do I plan for this? Resources?

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I live in the Ecuador Andean mountains alt. 8,100-8,900 feet.

Just finished a Geoff Lawton lecture. In which he stated very briefly about his work on the Ecuadorian Equator. He stated "thought is would be easier planning sun sectors at the tropics", "it get awfully complicated". Mid summer and mid winter day, sun is the furthest away. Half the time in the north, half in the southern sky. "you got to think about it" he says... Example being, planting fruit trees East to West created short fat trees, and planting North to South created shading, so they all grew tall and slim. Put them in a circle you get a wave of height: sounds cool. He said "It is quiet different and reasonable complicated" referring to Ecuador's sun path. I should probably find books on Inca growing techniques and morph it into PC methods. I do have the "Lost crops of the Inca" Haven't read it in depth. But mostly about crops from a quick skim.

I am Planning for thermal mass heating, sun angles and the like? Luckily the weather here is pretty great year round, however in the rainy season it can get cold, and so we need to heat the house during that time. Nov-April (wet season) What resources are out there for planting/building- planning for Sun, Seasons on or near the equator?? Hope this isn't a stupid question, I thought after years of researching I would stumble upon some good leads, but yet haven't.

Oh, one more question, anyone familiar with solutions for 'no see 'ems', a very popular bug that bits you until you get indoors?

Referencing Geoff Lawton Permaculture Design Cert. Course Disc 04 42:10 min mark
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