Jen Fan wrote:
Other other headaches are mean roosters. Personally, on my farm, a mean rooster is a dead rooster. I don't abide birds that think they can attack the hand that feeds them. Some people don't mind living with a mean roo though. Some people think it's fun. To each their own. I also think mean roos breed more mean roos, so my breeding boys are super docile and calm, which may attribute to having very few man cockerels around here.
Love the photos...your land looks fabulous. Very GREEN! :)
I'm currently researching/designing a water irrigation system that will pull water from the river without any need for power...a bit more testing but will post observations here once it's up and running and doing what it should be.
1) He has lots of ponds. Some are deep. Some are shallow. In the shallow ponds, he puts lots of rocks. The rocks heat the water and the water evaporates. The air surrounding his farm becomes humid. He gets more morning dew than average.
2) Sepp plants no monocultures. Everything is a mix of lots and lots of things. And there is a strong focus on deep rooted plants. Deep rooted plants reach deep water sources and can transpire the water out of their leaves adding to the general humidity. Plus, there can be symbiosis between the deep rooted plant roots and fungi. And between the fungi and shallow rooted plants.
3) Terraces and hugelbeds do move and hold water when it rains - and then share it properly when it is dry.
4) Rocks, rocks and more rocks .... Rocks seem to be a major component in everything Sepp does. Rocks have a powerful thermal intertia ... If you stack a pile of rocks, air can move through the pile. And the rocks in the middle will be quite cool. If humid air moves through the pile, water will condense on the cooler rocks, thus creating a poor man's drip irrigation system.