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Design Update: Swale system, ponds and rock piles!

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Posted by Sven Horner over 13 years ago

Attempt to using swales in very humid climate (up to 1300mm/year). I want to attach some ponds as well. And: I learned something great about rock piles today.

While digging the plant holes for the plantings in (hopefully) the first week of march, I noticed that I didn't consider water harvesting principles and methods enough. Besides spontanously digging a little drainage swale connecting a loam-sealed plant hole to a then created little pond I thought about that part a little bit.

Now these are the extensions to the current design i made so far. (click for a larger view):

Swale system, ponds and rock piles.The changes you see are:
The blue and brown dashed lines represent "woody swales", that is swales filled with woody material that should keep the moisture, serve as path, smother weeds, offer habitat for fungi (and perhaps other forms of live?) and ultimately build soil. I guess that would be pretty good stacking of functions here, right?

The eastern keyhole hügelbed is already on the western facing slope so the larger one of two swale systems will lead the water down the hill. I see this as a water supply line that I can tap into with side swales, that are on contour.

You can see this approach with the eastern hügelbed. Until now its just an idea - I dont know if it makes sense to get the water under the hügelbed? Any suggestions?




I also added the already created pond to the sketch.

AND: I drew in a pile of rocks and stones. Inspired by this YouTube video I found today, I now have a solution to the potential slug problem and this makes me a bit more optimistic about growing some vegetables this year.

I knew that reptiles like stones and rocks but I never considered them as serious slug predators. And I completely forgot about the snake branch of the reptile class. But this short clip mentioned above gave me a hint. ;)


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