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Re: High desert garden/Question about swales

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  • Adam
    Chris, Thanks for the article. I ve seen the greening the desert videos. They were part of the inspiration for the project. I suppose all I need to do now
    Message 1 of 4 , Mar 1, 2010
      Chris,

      Thanks for the article. I've seen the greening the desert videos. They were part of the inspiration for the project. I suppose all I need to do now is dig the swales, scatter some seed and see what happens.

      AH

      --- In fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com, "Chris" <abdichristia@...> wrote:
      >
      > Hi Adam,
      >
      > I've got no experience on desert climate farming because I live in Indonesia. However, I have something to share about swales. For small area of land I suggest A-frame as easy and cheap method to set up swales.
      >
      > This is a link I found to be useful:
      > http://permaculturetokyo.blogspot.com/2007/03/water-catchment-strategies-for-drylands.html
      >
      > However you can always google on 'swale, contour, a-frame, or hose level' keywords.
      >
      > Hope your project goes well.
      >
      > NB: If you have no offense to the Mollison's permaculture method, you would love to watch 'Greening the Desert' videos on You Tube.
      >
      > Regards,
      > Chris
      >
      > --- In fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com, "egan_harms" <adambharms@> wrote:
      > >
      > > Howdy,
      > >
      > > My name is Adam and I'm currently WWOOFing at a hostel in the Chihuahuan desert of west Texas. They're growing vegetables here in raised beds, but I've sold everyone on the idea of "do-nothing" gardening. My plan is to dig a few swales then make and scatter some seedballs. I have a few questions:
      > >
      > > Does anyone know a simple way to lay the swales out on contour?
      > >
      > > Will the seedballs protect the seeds from frost even after the first rains come?
      > >
      > > I'm planning to mix seeds from mesquite which is a hardy pioneer tree that is also leguminous, a bean for food and to fix more nitrogen, panic grass to attract birds, melons, peas, a few herbs, squash, okra, greens, and wildflower. They are also planting fig and apricot out here and that might get mixed in if there is some left over. Does the mixture sound reasonable? I don't eat grains so they are noticeably absent.
      > >
      > > Are there any recommendations for ground covers that will grow in a high desert climate?
      > >
      > > Approximately how much seed should be in each seedball and how many seedballs per square foot or meter?
      > >
      > > I would love to hear any other thoughts or recommendations.
      > >
      > > Peace,
      > >
      > > AH
      > >
      >
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