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diverting water to mulch basin

Paul Bourdon
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In the tradition of permaculture, I have turned a problem into a resource. Our small herd of cattle (8-23) winter in my backyard and when we first moved in, they ate their winter hay in the barnyard at the end of the driveway which slopes down toward the street. Come spring there would be a brown river running down the driveway into the street. Even though much of the problem was mitigated by moving the feeder, there was still a river of water running down the driveway. So last year I bought a Trackloader and dug an 8 foot trench around the blueberry patch in the front yard which needed constant watering because the soil was so poor. The kind that seems to repel water. By filling the trench with leaves and woody debris and creating a spillway off the driveway I have been able to divert about 90% of the water into this mulch basin which now not only helps water the blueberries but also feeds them. I have also tied the house gutters into the system and hope to at least tie the washer into it next year. It just took approaching the problem from a different angle.
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Mulch Basin
2017 Permaculture Design Course at Wheaton Labs
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