I'm currently working on a rainwater run off pipe to divert water from entering the foundation of two houses. We are using black corrugated pipe with gravel inside of a trench to divert the water.
I'm interested in what vegetation could be used to: 1) Prevent erosion on the graded soil which carries the water to the trench ( away from the houses) 2). Provide some sort of medicinal/edible product.
I wanted to throw this out there to the permaculture minds to see what suggestions may spring up.
A photo is included in this post to give an idea of what micro climates are available. The gap in between the houses runs East to West. So It gets a fair amount of sun in mid summer - especially mid day. It seems to be a fairly moist area as moss grows on many of the rock and concrete surfaces.
I don't think enough water will be held in the soil/ gravel to grow cattails.
Let me know what yall think.
John Elliott wrote:Where you can't plant cattails, plant chufa.
C.esculentus is known as one of the world’s worst weeds. It is a weed for over 21 crops in more than 30 countries around the world. The plant is extremely difficult to remove completely from lawns and gardens, where it is considered an intrusive weed. This is due to the plant having a stratified and layered root system, with tubers and roots being interconnected to a depth of 36 cm or more.
Despised by the despicable...
I have a new respect for Chufa.