Tony de Veyra wrote:I've got a fairly large area that I'd like to cover with swales and was wondering if anyone has used a small two-wheel, walk behind ditch witch or a ground hog trencher to dig them. I don't feel like paying a crew to help me dig and the rental rate on the trenchers from home depot are fairly reasonable. The only drawback I foresee is that these trenchers tend to dig fairly narrow trenches. I was thinking of just digging the trenches down to 24" or so then going back with a shovel to widen them by breaking one of the sides and bringing the depth back down to 14-18". Could this work? Anyone have experience doing this?
Anyways, my acre is pretty flat. I was going to make a series of two trenches approximately five feet from each other, with all the back fill going in between. After the swales are done, I will fill them with wood chips, put drip over the woodchips then plant trees in the shared berm.
Tony de Veyra wrote:@Jennifer: I'll definitely have to look into Brad Lancaster's books. I really want to do greywater, too, installing the bypasses into my plumbing seems like it will be difficult. I've already figured out what to do with my urine (fertilizer for duckweed pond) and feces (black solder fly maggots) so recycling the shower and sinks is the last thing.
Tony de Veyra wrote:@Michael: Yeah, I've thought about harvesting from the roads. We don't actually have any storm drains or gutters on the roads--rain water tends to just pool off to the side for a few days before infiltrating/evaporating over the course of a week or so after a decent rain. I will eventually have to dig in around the sides of the road and install a french drain or something that leads into my property before backfilling the road shoulders with river rocks or pea gravel.