Cam Mitchell wrote:... I think I need to do swales on contour, and plant biomass N-fixers, trees, and cover crops liberally. Cover the soil, shade water features, berms and windbreaks. Anything else?
Dale Hidgins wrote:With such low rainfall, your best hope of collection is probably going to be by trapping snow and having it melt into deep beds of organic material. Strata like yours can send the water very deep and it may emerge miles away or feed distant wells.
Michael Newby wrote:Along with all these things you'd want to do everything you can to increase organic matter in the soil: chop-and-drop, get ramial wood chips if you can (tree services!), compost/compost tea. All those things will get you organic matter and (more importantly, in my opinion) start building up the micro-organisms that live in and process the soil. As these guys go you get boi-slimes and mycelium running all over, which really hold the moisture and the fungi can actually transport the water (and nutrients).
Jd Gonzalez wrote:Yes, swales on contour to slow and hold water, deep mulching to hold the water closer to the surface while slowing it as it sinks into the soil, and ground cover and plants to shade and slow evaporation. The landrace fungal and microbial strains will go to town in that environment.