Hmmm, I had made a swale below my kitchen cabin in order to collect all the sink water, but now the sludge has sealed it apparently, because it is filling with water.
I guess the good news is that if I were to make a pond, I just got the experience that slime does seal the bottom of it.
What should I do? change the landscaping choice? Put gravel in the swale? Maybe I'll just make it bigger so the gray water will always either evaporate or immediately soak in.
H Ludi Tyler wrote:
The outlet of the water pipe should be below the surface of mulch or protected by a construction of stone or a bucket - the water should not be exposed to the open like that (vaguely potential health hazard, plus flies, mosquitoes, etc)
Check out the coolbot room fridge video around here. Also might think about putting a small up strean dam for the dry season to keep the electric on.
Oi, this is so obvious I didn't even think about it! Thank you so much!
You definitely need erosion control measures like terraces, and those paths going straight down the slope are
runways for water carrying soil away. Try some Sepp Holzer turns in your paths
hubert cumberdale wrote:
look how green the grass is below your swale, thats where you should be planting, not directly on the berm.
Brenda Groth wrote:
if it is usable as a bog planting, put in some water lovers like elderberries, cranberries, blueberries, etc..they will soak up a lot of the water and the roots might make the water more easily penetrate into the surrounding soil
and by upstream dam, just a dam (I'd look for a natural choke point) upstream that will give 365/24/7 flow for micro-hydro power.
H Ludi Tyler wrote:
Can you try growing some other kinds of tropical fruits besides only bananas? There are so many!
Now I'm freaking out about the soil erosion. What if the whole hill gets covered in maní? They make a pretty thick web or roots. I can already tell you that no matter how we shape the paths, people will always walk the shortest distance and create new ones, but if the hill is thoroughly covered by vegetation, it shouldn't be too much of a prob to have some dirt run down the paths?