Mark Kissinger wrote:I would recommend using Hugelkulture techniques to form your terraces. Using your Permaculture process, first observe what you have going on on your property:
Tommie Hockett wrote:...Anyway, his land is a very steep incline. To put it in perspective the floor of his barn is about even with the roof of his 2 story house. And it is only 150 yards away. He has to haul in water by truck because his well only produces 8-10 gallons an hour. They have 5 kids. I am going to help him out with wicking beds and terracing. I am a bit concerned with erosion. All of his land and the land surrounding it is covered in moon dust. It is a very fluffy sand like dirt that I think is limestone. He lives on the south side of a mountain. If there is any advice you can share it would be greatly appreciated. I am thinking of maybe making a terrace/retaining wall out of IBC totes. My main concern there is he only gets 9 inches of rainfall a year and if he used the water inside them then they would lose their stability
Jeff Campbell wrote:You have to have gutters to catch the morning dew. I have friends around Pecos and Sierra Blanco, that’s how they get their drinking water. Start planting what you can in the shade of the house. You have to set up a grey water system to water what else you can. Goats do well there and you could start using them to build soil and at the same time they could make all your erosion issues much worse. Tough place to homestead. My dads great uncle moved from East Texas out to Andrews in the 50’s, he got out of the car and the wind blew his hat off. He chased it about a quarter mile, came back to everyone laughing, told his wife to get back in the car and they drove back to Dallas.