William James wrote:@Peter
I'm thinking the Pocket pond idea is something similar, the same as, or related to the "Dieu (or dew) pond"
Yeah, a neat little way to do small scale earthworks that have big impacts and get around code violations at the same time. They would dry up in the summer, so not really a water storage technique, per se, but definitely a 'waterproofing' strategy for seasonally inundated land and mitigating big rain events.
Miles Flansburg wrote:And a new permies word "STUN"... "Strategic Total Utter Neglect"
Also liked his comments on planting apple seeds and getting one of his best trees from a seed.
Peter Ellis wrote:
I think Mark's farm shows what a terrific water storage technique it is, William The water soaks into the ground, where it moves along (the plume Geoff is always talking about with swales) without being exposed to evaporation. Water stored on the surface has the constant loss to evaporation happening. This pond system doesn't give you a constant body of water that you can use to feed through your irrigation system, but it works to hydrate your system so you don't need the irrigation.
So, I see your point that it doesn't give you a holding pond of available liquid water, but I think it does a great job of storing water in a different way.
And the getting around the issue of damn building is a pretty big deal, I think.
Earl Mardle wrote:
Which raises the question of where and how he stores water. As he says in the video, there are timers you don't want to totally neglect the trees, such as watering them in a drought. I'd be interested to know where that water comes from.
nancy sutton wrote:I caught his remark about having to till to control the rhizomatous grasses ... which I'm guessing is quack (couch, etc) grass. I guess he hasn't found a more permaculture way to deal with it, either ;)
siu-yu man wrote:that's a really great idea about continually expanding the border Earl. genius even.
what are you resowing with? clover?
old carpet works too on a garden scale.
nancy sutton wrote:
It was reading about Stefan Sobkowiak's Permaculture Orchard and Jean Fortier's organic market garden, both in Canada, where success would not be possible without judiciously using black plastic mulch, that convinced me I could use the available help :) Although, I wish that the 'problem was the solution' for quack grass ... and also bindweed ;)