|Km 20 Sigatoka Valley Road (PO box 1368 Sigatoka), Sigatoka , FJ
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Sigatoka , FJ
Posted by Austin Bowden-Kerby about 10 years ago
The secret to this method is to plow along the contours of the hill in ONE direction, and to throw the soil downhill- that means plowing left to right when facing uphill. The plow is dragged on its side to the starting position each time. The first plowing forms a sill that catches the second, third, and forth plowings and it forms a steep embankment. The last several passes with the plow form the nearly flat terrace... about 1.5-2 meters wide, which is finished off by hand with hoes. We complete the terraces by shovel, cutting away some more at the uphill side and digging a trench to catch runoff and any soil that is being carried with it. This forms a swale that encourages the watr to be absorbed by the ground- and it prevents heavy rains from running too quickly off, adding needed moisture to steep hillsides. The terraces in effect become self-watering- AND they will last for generations!
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