I'm interested to know what a thriving permaculture set-up would look like in a dessert environment.
Lets assume the following scenarios (which may or may not be real...):
Land Size: 150 acres
Avg. annual rainfall: 13 inches...
Elevation (3000 - 4500 ft)
Temperature Range: (15F - 95 F)
I know this might sound silly, but I want to know what kind of permaculture strategies come to YOUR mind.
Also, if you don't feel like playing this game but you have some pointers or know some useful websites or books, send me the URL link!
Chase, is the land flat or is there a lot of up and down? How far down is the water table?
I'm at a lower elevation but get a similar amount of precipitation. I've begun by cutting terraces on the slope and building ground cover on the soil in the flat areas. I'm using livestock to do part of the soil enrichment (pigs and chickens).
With 13inches of rain per year. You can practically grow anything without supplementary watering.
Hopefully that water comes evenly ever year and not as 50inch ever 5 year and 4 inches the other years.
Create swales to hold and infiltrate the water when it does fall.
Plant daikon radishes to help with infiltration and to pre "drill" holes for the plant roots to use to access the water stores in the soil.
Mulch with woodchips.
Plant close to 75% of the area with nitrogen fixers.
Plant drought hardy species/cultivars.
Creekbeds/gullies are your most productive areas.
Watch greening the desert on youtube.
Iterations are fine, we don't have to be perfect
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