I am planning on creating a large scale water retention and I wonder if this would give an interesting surface of cultivation during summertime, getting its level lowened by about a meter i would have a surface a couple hectares availaible.
Rich, clean (no weeds) soil ready to plant and harvest during the same season.
I know this has been a very ancient way of cultivating (with the mounsoon)
I would just like to know if anyone on this forum has ever done it or know peoples who does it?!!!
I have pretty cold winters, where the retention will be it can get to minus 25 in a cold winter night, it can keep freezing at the latest May 25 and start again 15-30 september.
This is in the south of the Alps (France), at 1150 meters above sea level.
This is, I think, a very nice climate: it rains a lot (enough) when it rains, and then clear sky.
I would like both: water loving plants and also having an "artificially" dried surface (with Sepp Holzer's Monk) where I could grow plants for the summer.
The problem is: If I get the water level lowened the water plants (the ones that need to grow along the retention) will eventually die. (Even if I still do have a few plants like water lilies that like to be in the water.)
My main focus is having a dry area where I can cultivate, the is the best way to grow aromatic plants, with very little work and good yelds. My income idea being essential oil production.
I have heard about chinampas, and I would like to try them out but thoses are cultures ALONG the retention so this might be the same problem no?!
The rice idea could be a good one but i need to find special varieties, maybe I could even grow quinoa?!!!
Yeah, but how did the squirrel get in there? Was it because of the tiny ad?
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