hubert cumberdale wrote:
i agree, when its hot and dry you need to go down instead of up. specially if you know you wont get flooded with rain in the winter.
Have any photos of your sunken beds? Do you plant the plant a few inches lower in the ground and put mulch around it?
H Ludi Tyler wrote:
That's a very interesting idea, Kathleen.
My 'home area' is a tide-water area of the Oregon Coast, up one of the coastal valleys. In order to farm the flat valley bottom land (most of the land there is either flat alluvial land or very steep hillsides), the farmers diked all around their fields to keep the flood and tide waters out. Each property has at least one drainage ditch with a gate through the dike to drain excess water back into the river. That's where I got the idea.
H Ludi Tyler wrote:
I'm trying to figure out how I might implement your idea on my place....a few years ago we had terrific flooding that tore through our yard between our workshop and house, knocking down fences and trees. I want to try to slow that water with berms and basins with maybe some "hugel pits" but I wondered what to do with the excess water....
Didn't that guy in Africa who 'greened' his desert property have swales leading to dry wells to refill the local aquifer? You could do that -- dig deep holes, filling them with large rock (you just want to minimize evaporation, and not have open holes for anyone to fall into), and have your swales direct the water to these, where it could gradually soak into the soil and replenish your ground water.
I've set things up to gather road runoff that flows into the swale system but it requires rain to work...
Finally put in drip tape irrigation system for my swales and it's starting to make a huge difference.
Very low water usage .21 gal per hour per 100 feet. So 1000' would use 2.1 gal per hour...not bad.
It's buried and puts the water right where it needs to be. So nice to dig past the mulch and find things nice and moist.
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with water think big, also with the swalling insead of a trench swale how would rip swales go that is use a single tine ripper on a tractor to depth of about 20"s what ever the tine reaches.
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And yes rain water barrels are suitable for the chicken pen but for your house you need something decent. The biggest tank you can squeeze in, it is not so much more expensive to buy a bigger tank. 10.000 litre is the absolute minimum.
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