Subtropical desert (Köppen: BWh)
Elevation: 1090 ft Annual rainfall: 7"
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Jennifer Wadsworth wrote:Hi everyone:
If you have ever lived in a desert, you know that our dry climate and temperature extremes can be challenging. Not all permaculture standbys work for all climates. A really telling example of this is the Herb Spiral. Herb spirals are a poor choice for dry climates because anything raised is going to dry out more quickly. If you combine dry with HOT - it gets even worse. You've exposed your plants to a super-heated, super-dry microclimate.
So, desert permies, if you had ONE PIECE of advice to give someone new to desert permaculture, what would it be?
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Jennifer Wadsworth wrote:So, desert permies, if you had ONE PIECE of advice to give someone new to desert permaculture, what would it be?
My opinions are barely worth the paper they are written on here, but hopefully they can spark some new ideas, or at least a different train of thought
Zone 6 Ohio
Jennifer Wadsworth wrote:@Richard - thanks for the comment!
--in the hot deserts, plan for shade. According to Geoff Lawton, hot deserts need 25% shade on the east side (for low sun), 50% shade canopy over everything and 75% on the west side for the super hot setting sun. Annual veggies will grow under this shade very nicely. The term "full sun" on seed packages never met Phoenix's "full sun" - LOL.
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Zone 6, 45 inches precipitation, hard clay soil
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