Tara Swenson wrote:Hi Jenny,
. After last week I've been thinking of how to manage water, since we border a flood zone. Have you been interested in permaculture for long? Curious what sorts of projects you have going on as well.
The water has been crazy the last two winters. We are high up and out of reach of any flood zones but we have a high water table and probably a spring somewhere we haven't found yet. A couple of times during this winter and last winter, we had to limit our use of water going down the drain because our drain field got over saturated from rain and the septic tank couldn't pump
the normal amount of water out to it. It really has me wanting two things. #1 A gray water system. #2 A rain water cistern for the summer drought months. (A giant one. Little rain barrels aren't much use when you don't get any rain in July and August.) We've put in some little hugel
beds to help hold water through the summer and the one we actually finished works really well and doesn't need watering in the summer. The others... Well they turned into piles of blackberry covered logs. 😜
My husband and I grew up north of Seattle and we bought our property 7 years ago. So many projects and the list just keeps growing. But that's ok. I don't ever want to be done. My husband and I enjoy projects and say that's our hobby! You have some really interesting things on your to-do list. 😊
We have raised beds over what used to be an RV parking pad. We are trying to grow a food forest along the fence
we put in the front yard to corral kids and keep out neighborhood dogs. We have some seasonal ponds that border a wetland and we'd like to build some "stream beds" to channel the winter deluge into those ponds so maybe they would last longer into the summer. We used to have geese and they loved swimming in the ponds when they were full. I'd like to get some more but we need to have a better fenced area to keep themb at night. Coyotes got all the geese and chased away the turkeys we had and then moved on to eating our chickens. So fencing to protect birds is on the to-do list.
I'm also interested in starting a little annual plant nursery, something to help cover the cost of my seed and plant addiction. So that's a project
I'm slowly working on. It would help to have a green house and a high tunnel but I'm already growing my garden in the best part of our land with the best sun. So figuring out how to squeeze that in is one of my brain teasers lately.
Another puzzle is how I can put in a root
cellar when our water table is only a few inches under the soil. I'm thinking how people used to utilize streams for cool houses and how I can make the building to run the water through it instead of trying to keep the water out. Probably with gravel, pipes, and cinder blocks. Another brain teaser!
Those are some of the more interesting and fun projects.