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?
You can read about my property here: http://permaculturenews.org/2013/03/20/working-with-what-youve-got-how-losing-my-vision-gave-me-perspective/
A caveat to that here...
Dale Hodgins wrote:Seek out seasoned veterans who have been growing in your area for a long time.
Jennifer Wadsworth wrote:So, desert permies, if you had ONE PIECE of advice to give someone new to desert permaculture, what would it be?
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.