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Does the "Earth Ponds" book address creating urban ponds? Or to ask another way ... can the information be scaled down and applied to 1/4 suburban lot?
I am just beginning to see the benefits of integrating ponds into the systems I am working with. Looking forward to learning more.
 
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With all the benefits a pond offers, I can't see how it wouldn't be scalable.
Even if it offered no further benefits, I think it's worth it just to have a bunch of h2o stored on your property available to use however you wanted.
 
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I'm with you, I hope to add 'micro ponds' to my urban permaculture. A discussion about them, creating without machinery, gleying, etc would rock. Most of what I've sorted through has been on the excavator scale of things, the rest is plastic pre-molded no thank you-ness.
 
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Gleying would be a good method for small urban ponds. They would also go well with a grey water system.
 
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Just some conjecture....maybe dig out the pond, fence it, add chickens and lots of grass clippings? This is my first exposure to gleying.
 
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My approach (from current plans) is going to be to excavate to a nice red clay layer and then back fill with 2 inches of grass clippings. Then I'll leave it for a few days, water, leave, water and then hopefully fill. Gleying from grass has been discussed in this manner, anybody try and succeed/fail with it?
 
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David Miller wrote:My approach (from current plans) is going to be to excavate to a nice red clay layer and then back fill with 2 inches of grass clippings. Then I'll leave it for a few days, water, leave, water and then hopefully fill. Gleying from grass has been discussed in this manner, anybody try and succeed/fail with it?



I dug a pond hole that I am trying to GROW grass in, this pond will fill in a good rainstorm, but will empty within a few days.
My hopes are that dead organic matter from grass, clover, mints,etc will make a kind of "gley".
If not, at least I will have a deep swale.
 
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