It sure is. They say that in the Inca moray that the degree difference from the top level to the bottom can be as much as 59 degrees Fahrenheit!
Holzer's permaculture project in family Rosemarie and Hans Moschl, SCHUTZINGERGUT, Schonbach 16, 5733 Bramberg in Pinzgau, district Zell am See.
Due to the disaster damage (flood damage) in 2005, the family asked me to advise on Moschl reclamation of disaster damage to their property.
My redevelopment proposal:
Establishment of a crater garden on plot 739/740 and 741st The crater garden should be more three-dimensional. This micro-climate zones can be created, allowing for versatile use. Thinking of a herbal plant with a water garden and the planting of the entire property with fruit trees and berry bushes. The construction of the crater garden is both the necessary flood protection are met, as well as be an alternative agricultural use possible.
The family Moschl has included this proposal positively and submitted as a project. From the river, building department and the district of Zell am See and the local Bramberg the project was endorsed and approved. In the wake of disaster damage repair the shell of the crater garden was built. The planting and sowing takes place in spring 2007. The collaboration with the River Building Department, the district administration and the community Bramberg been very constructive, for which they deserve a heartfelt thanks.
Together with the assistance of Ms. Daniela Zorn, Gudenhof, 2642 Schottwien, www.gudenhof.at is the sowing and planting of the crater garden in spring 2007. Daniela Zorn has made a "non-farmer" the Gudenhof, after my consultation in 2002/2003, into a thriving paradise and managed her estate with her family with great success. Daniela Zorn has gained their practical experience by working for my projects at home and abroad and is also willing to share their experiences of Holzer's Permaculture.
dj niels wrote:That one is more readable than the ones that pulled up when I looked at the links yesterday. Thanks.
I still don't feel I understand mucht of the process, though. Does he only do that on hills, or does he actually create a crater in the ground? and wouldn't the air in a sunken bed actually be colder because the cold air would sink into it?
I remember reading in a gardening book that a cool retreat could be created in a desert area by digging out a sunken patio, and covering it with an arbor type structure for shade, with grass and a small pond in the sunken patio to increase the humidity of the retreat.