To: Permaculture Forum
From: Royal A. Purdy, A. H. Tuttle and Company
Re: keyline in sandy soil
Rickster, Paul and Folks,
Yes, of course “Keyline” works in sandy soils – it works in every soil type; let’s think about this, ..to say otherwise would be to deny evolution of soils in a (or any) particular area. Bare soil will “evolve” to establish grasses, forbs, etc. to the limiting factor of the immediate strata – environment involved. Keyline is an excellent management application (irrigation) method in most areas involving grass plains or pastures; …it accelerates the natural process. Anywhere there is a sod - SOM (Soil Organic Matter) to establish (and later sacrifice a small portion), Keyline will work. A percentage “clay” will help in this regard but is not strictly necessary; neither is the build-out of Keyline fixtures such as ponds, collection and distribution channels, etc. as these are simply designed for and added to a site to present water in a timely – predictable manner; if nature provides timely rains, you may choose to postpone or otherwise get by without the expense of earthworks for a time.
I just sold a Mennonite client friend a Yeomans Plow for his sandy soils in the upper (New York State) – Adirondacks; his is very pleased with the quick results and with addressing a hard pan problem.
Royal A. Purdy
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