Jen Fulkerson wrote:Thank you so much for sharing, It's a comfort to see such amazing changes if people are willing to open there mind and put there back into restoring nature. I water too much. Living in Northern California water is an issue! I have made raised bed and plant less and pack more into the space I do have. This year I'm building a Hugelkulture, and as things die out I think I will scoop out the dirt in my raised bed, and put wood on the bottom then replace the dirt. I'm going to get better about mulching. I also water my fodder under my very large walnut tree. I justify thinking two plants one water. I think it's a mind set, to not take for granted not only water but all of natures resources. The little things matter, many small pieces of pie eventually make a whole.
Jen Fulkerson wrote:Thank you for your input. I didn't know what a Ollas was so I looked it up, and I'm definitely going to try it. I am on a very tight budget, so I will use a DIY I saw on the internet. The lady put a thin layer of cement in the bottom of a terracotta pot, let it set. Planted it and used the saucer to cover the top. It might not be quite as good as a ollas, but I can get the pots for a dollar at the 99 cent store, and I may improvise on the top, but I'm excited to give it a try. Thank you
Beth Wilder wrote:In one of the two "mesquite islands" in the new garden are several tree holes connected in to the basin and ridge earthworks, waiting for compost, mulch, and the native mulberry (Morus microphylla, I think) and Mexican elder (Sambucus mexicana) saplings and non-native jujube root suckers (Ziziphus jujuba). We're observing a couple more rains first to make sure the channels to the tree holes are working. If they don't, we're considering planting the little baby trees in the other mesquite island instead, at least temporarily, because it gets floodwater first (but there's less mesquite shade there, so in the long run, the other island would probably be a better nurse area).