Cheryl Guerriero

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I just bought a house in suburban Reno, NV. About 5,000 elevation. I had hoped to find a property with a large piece of flat land but property like that is expensive and hard to come by. I have about 4000 sf of workable land but half of that is on a slope behind a retaining wall. The house if 14 years old so I assume the wall is as well. Inspector said no evidence of flooding (we had horrible floods in the area last winter.)  My neighbors backyard and house are up above the slope separated by a 6 foot wooden fence. My house is below the slope about 20 feet from the retaining wall. I'm sure the soil isn't high quality and will have to be built up over time.

I initially thought of having a terrace put in but am concerned around finding someone who understands earthworks so there isnt any kind of collapse after doing some research on how poorly some people will do this.  Also, there is the cost of having this done as the mortgage is a pretty  big bump up in monthly  cost for me. I need to figure out an inexpensive solution.

If I don't go the terrace route, I'm wondering if I shouldn't just plant some dwarf fruit trees, fruiting bushes and vines up there. Would I be stabilizing or destabilizing the slope if I do this?  It's hard to tell what is planted there now. Probably decorative desert friendly plants and bushes. Ill probably leave most for now and plant around them until I have  a chance to see four seasons on this slope  There is drip irrigation on the slope although I don't know yet if it's in working order. I move in next week and will figure that all out.

My goal is to safely and inexpensively use the slope to its full potential.  Would appreciate any thoughts on what my next steps should be.

Thanks!
2 years ago

Chadwick Holmes wrote:I know dried large animal poo has been traditionally burned in wood less areas.....mostly ruminants



Interesting idea. I'm looking for materials that would be long burning. Any idea if this is the case with animal dung?
5 years ago
This is my first post to permies. I'm a clinical social worker by trade, but hopeful off-grid permaculture farmer and healer of the land in the future. I'm looking for ideas and input in terms of how to help the Syrian refugees in Lebanon in particular. My oldest and dearest friends are from Lebanon originally, although have been in the US for most of their lives now. In talking with one of my friends tonight about how to help, but wanting to do it effectively and directly, I wondered if rocket stoves could help. Problem is that in Lebanon there isn't an abundance of trees and wood is expensive. I wondered if any of the bright and lovely people on this site had any ideas for inexpensive, easy to build and fuel, heat sources for tent living in winter, in Lebanon (yes, it gets cold there in winter!) My friend will be calling around to her friends in the Bekaa valley to find out what items are most in need, but she agreed that heating is a massive problem right now. Please respond if you have any thoughts on how to help in terms of inexpensive heating or anything else, that would help. Thank you!!

Cheryl
5 years ago