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Terrace this piece of land?

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We are just starting to work on our land in northern Thailand. I try to learn as much about permaculture as possible and already read Mollisons book and just started Gaia's garden.

The land on the picture shows the end of our land. The land border is on the left side where the tall trees begin. Our house will be about 100 meters away to the right.

When I took the picture I was facing south. My idea was to terrace this area and make it a food forest. If I do this I destroy pretty much all the wild growth that is there now so im not sure if that makes sense. Any suggestions and ideas what to do with this piece of land would be great.

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I am not sure terracing is the best thing to do with that plot of land.
You could however put a swale in the middle and maybe another swale at the tree line where the tall trees begin.

What type of plants do you envision growing there. Mostly veggies/herbs or 20ft (7m) trees or is it more along the line of 60ft (20m) trees.
Will you have chickens, how about other animals?
What is the size of the land
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We plan to have a variety of trees. Mango, coconut, avocado and papaya for sure. We are still looking for what else. We will also have chicken and geese for sure and maybe rabbits. Vegetables will be planted closer to the house in raised beds. The overall size of the plot is 4.5 acres.

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That is am awesome location.

I suppose that a lack of water is not a major issue, but that erosion and runoff is.

The advice I have heard over and over again is to build the first swale at the top of the property, and then work downward.
In your case, you will have difficulty in building wide swale, clearly a 2m wide swale would be challenging.

You might start with 1m wide swale, .5m deep, and space them closer together than I would where I might have a 4% slope.

I would place the swales really close together, 10-12 meters apart (center to center, assuming the the swale and the mound are about 2m wide) which, until the trees mature, will give you plenty of space between to run animals through the system.

When the trees grow up a bit, maybe in ten years, you will be largely a closed canopy system, unless you do some thinning.

Plant your most common trees and support species from seed or from cuttings. That will be your most affordable way to plant them. You will not be able to afford to plant nursery grown trees on one acre planted like this, as it comes to a line of trees 2.5 miles long at a spacing of 10 meters.

For those keeping count, that will involve over 2500 plantings at a five foot spacing (which would probably be light) and as many as 800 productive trees.

Good luck! Please post pictures as you make progress! Very exciting!

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