I have a small (6 acre
) piece of land
, located in South-central Tennessee, that desperately needs some rehab. The land is currently a fairly scrubby oak and hickory
regrowth forest situated on rolling hills with one quite substantial valley. The land would have been all in pasture 40 years ago.
On roughly four of the acres I would like to setup some Holzer style terraces and raised beds, but I'm not certain on the logistics. When I create the terraces do I need to try to slope them slightly back tword the hill to capture as much water
as possible, or allow the terrace to slightly pitch forward to allow for drainage? I only ask because here I have a heavy clay with poor drainage, and it seems unless I'm really careful I may cause landslide problems.
Also I have watched all the videos I can find on Hugulkultur. When the raised hugulbeds are created is the prevailing wind direction the only concern? Do any alterations need to be made to allow for drainage in wet seasons?
Sorry if I'm asking obv. questions just hard to find specifics.