Here comes the rain, and finally! A full .1 inches for the week! (as of this writing) Of course, most traditional garden vegetables require 1 inch per week, but at least it’s something. So far this year, the unseasonal heat and unusual dry have had us gardeners in S.W. Michigan working over time keeping their plants watered and wilt-free. And yet, 90% of our garden has received no irrigation this year. We have yet to water any of our established forest garden or hedgerow areas. The small amount of irrigation we have done has mostly come from collected rain … Continue reading Water Wise Permaculture – Tour/Class This Sunday!
“Swales” are one of the most common water-harvesting devices used by Permaculturists. Like most Permaculture techniques, the use of swales is extremely site-specific, so I’d like to give a few tips and thoughts about using them in my biome, the Great Lakes region. If you aren’t already familar with swales, here’s a great “basic” introdcution from PRI: http://permaculturenews.org/2012/05/16/swales-the-permaculture-element-that-really-holds-water/ (Water-harvesting micro-swale/ditch system at Lillie House) ———————- The impact of swales can be nearly miraculous, especially in dry, wet tropical or Mediterranean climates where rain comes infrequently in large events and run-off is a big problem. But, as respected Permaculture teacher Patrick Whitefield points … Continue reading Gee, that’s Swale! Resources for Permaculture Swales in Michigan