Late Spring Permaculture Update

As we transition from the wet season into the dry season, the importance of water management is clear. We have installed a number of small water management features such as this swale.

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This filled during a 30 mm rain event. The water will feed the pumpkins planted along its length.

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We have also planted a vulnerable hillside with poplar poles seen here with blue protective leaves.

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Meanwhile, here is the neighbouring farm.

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Water management can also be as easy as mulching heavily.

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We’re also having great success tractoring chooks and ducks around the orchard and market gardens.

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Edges tend to be high maintenance so I like to use the birds to do the work.

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Recent signs of spring include pear blossoms.

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I have a real affinity for pear trees.    Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 6.15.38 am

Another sign of the season is Jersusalem artichoke starting to poke through.

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Love this time of year.

Peace, Estwing

5 thoughts on “Late Spring Permaculture Update”

  1. I’ve seen a few comments and an article lately saying that swales aren’t usually worthwhile in climates such as those in the UK & NZ.

    Although it did say in the article that was partly because their rain was spread out through the year. I know NZ has had a few dry summers lately, I guess if that becomes the norm, then swales will be more important here right.

    What are your thoughts?

    1. I think a swale would be very useful in my garden in the UK. It was dry throughout the winter/spring and into the summer. Every year is different, so best to prepare for the worst!

    2. Hi Nathan, NZ has lots of different climates so no one answer for the country. But the dominant land use and climate change both mean worse droughts and floods. Swales moderate both, but must be accompanied by tree planting and soil rehabilitation if possible. We live on a ridge, so holding water high on the property is important, but we have also planted trees on the slopes beneath us to prevent slips.

  2. I hope you haven’t been inundated with comments from me as I was having trouble logging in on a feeder app.

    Anyway, I would be interested to know how you keep the water in a swale. Do you line it with anything?

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