Mountain Steep Permaculture - Permacultura em Declive de Montanha
Mountain Steep Permaculture - Permacultura em Declive de Montanha
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Submitted:
09/08/2012
Last updated:
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Chão Sobral, Aldeia das Dez - OHP - Coimbra, PT
Climate zone:
Warm Temperate





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On rock cropping - "Garden on the moon"

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Posted by João Gonçalves over 6 years ago

Everyday we are more and more people on the planet. The planet though is not getting any bigger. Here on the rocky and steep mountain side, the agriculture surface area is being created for the last + 500 years. Here we see some results.



   

Small terraces built on a steep ridge rock (schist) outcrop slope. Stacked dry stone retaining walls. Stone was obtained from the bed rock seen on this picture.

 

This place has a microclimate, good cold air drainage,  heat storage on the rocks released during the night. Ideal for early Spring and late Winter seeding or planting, taking advantage of wet season, being non irrigated cropping. During the dry season this terraces are used for goat grazing only.




 

 

 

 

 

 

Below, piles of goat bedding ready to be used in these terraces.

This organic material was produced in a goat shed nearby.

 

 

These 2 holes above are components of a "under terraces" channel that works connected to a long ditch further above that fucntions as a diversion drain, all around the top terraces, for flood storm water. Storm run off coming in the valley above is thus directed around the upper terrace, towards the ridge. This water will not flood and dig gullies on the terrace area located in the center of the valleys. This ridge "on bed rock" channel is located under all the terraces seen in this picture, from upper left to lower center on the photo.

 

Below, photos update as 23 March 2013


 







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Ute Bohnsack
Ute Bohnsack : Beautiful! The terrace on the side of the cliff looks very much like Irish potato beds. Such beds were often created with beach sand, seaweed and manure on pure bedrock. When the population here increased to more than 8 million in the early 19th century (followed by the famine of the 1840s) every inch of growing space counted.
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