Win a copy of Permaculture Design Companion this week in the Permaculture Design forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Anne Miller
  • paul wheaton
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Mike Jay Haasl
  • Burra Maluca
garden masters:
  • James Freyr
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Steve Thorn
  • Greg Martin
  • Carla Burke
  • Dave Burton
  • Pearl Sutton

Keyline vs Swales

Posts: 121
Location: Danville, KY (Zone 6b)
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I've been reading about swales quite a bit, and figured I'd put some in after I've had a little more time observing my land. But I'm also now reading about Yeomans keylines, and wondering if that would be a better option. Most of my land is about a 6-10% grade, decent soil, and 45-50 inches of precip a year. I feel like I could do a lot in the way of harvesting and using all that water, but I want to make sure I do it right the first time.

Is there a good write-up or video that directly compares the two, and offers advice on how to decide?
Posts: 4320
Location: Missoula, MT US Hardy:5a Annual Precipitation: 15" Wind:4.2mph Temperature:18-87F
transportation forest garden tiny house books urban greening the desert
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
It might not have to be an either or situation; Geoff Lawton's article on keyline swales is very informative on the subject.
I'm not dead! I feel happy! I'd like to go for a walk! I'll even read a tiny ad:
permaculture bootcamp - learn permaculture through a little hard work
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!