Michael Cox wrote:I'm immediately thinking about land levels. 20 acres is a large area to surround, and it is highly unlikely that you will have a level circumference to build you moat around. A series of connected pools and channels sounds better.
Have you seen the Geoff lawton video where he walks around a property he used to own in Australia. He built a series of lovely connected pools and water courses.
[EDIT: Unfortunately I can't find the video easily on youtube right now. Anyone got any clues?]
Dillon Nichols wrote:That article is amusing... but not meant for serious reading imo!
By far biggest worry for me would be the departments of sadness.
In my neck of the woods, I think that to avoid them it would need to NEVER be connected to fish bearing creeks, even in winter flood.
Stocking it with anything is another point that they involve themselves with... either to license or ban depending on the species.
Using the water it contains for any commercial purpose, ie a farm that sells anything, is another.
Dams are another, engineering and permits to make aure you don't build a shitty dam that washes away an elementary school when it fails...
If you are live somewhere where the cannibal hordes have consumed the office-weasels, things get simpler..
Retention is a big concern. I have clay, but it isnt bottomless, and isnt a very predictable thickness, so the larger the work the greater the risk of delving too greedily and too deep, and losing water retention as I bust through into sand or some such. More numerous smaller ponds seem safer from this perpective..
On the other hand for storage purposes a deeper pond is preferable for temp control, evap, space required, etc... going deeper becomes a calculated gamble..
Finally, it's not that hard, if you have an excavator, to dig a lot of holes/trenches. What is hard is disposing of all the stuff you dig up! For me to dig a 14ft deep pond from ground level I end up with lots more space occupied by spoil than by pond, and taking it anywhere at all will take much more time than digging it did. And in the summer that pond will only have maybe 5ft of water in it, so going shallower isn't much of an option..
All that said... a really good contour map would be a good place to start your planning, and more info would surely spark further discussion!
thank you...I also found this article and read a bit of it. 😊👍
bernetta putnam wrote:found some good sounding instructions for this here:
be sure to share pictures of this adventure with us.
Albert Habi wrote:Hi DeeDee
I thought it would be easier to communicate by email/hangout. I had written my address incorrectly; the correct address is email@example.com. I'm not always on this site. I am african, however, I am a very serious guy with what I am trying to achieve in life. I live in Ghana, Accra but, I am moving to one of the villages to implement a permaculture programme based on what I have been learning on youtube and in the books. I would like to live off the grid, growing my own food and selling the extra to generate some income. I am looking for a lady who wouldn't mind going on this adventure with me and this website is I believe the best place to look. I like to live a natural life, I am 45 years old. I am reliable and I always do my best to get on with everyone as much as possible. I hope you could consider Africa. Despite all the negative publicity about Africa, I believe there are still many African countries which are very peaceful and Ghana is one of them.
Kyle Bob wrote:Howdy DeeDee! It looks like your goals and ethics line up with mine and my partner's. And our skills might be in line with your needs. I'd like to know more about your group.
Erica Colmenares wrote:
DeeDee Anderson wrote: Tennessee is pretty cool! Will you be farming or working with bees there? Id love to have a network of friends from all over, working together.
I sure hope to have bees, though I'm trying to take things bit by bit. Right now, we're in an apartment, 40 minutes from our land. One of our awesome rural neighbors has bees, though, and is starting to figuring out the market side of that. I'm sure I can learn a lot from her!
I'm with you on networking. I want both IRL community and online community - and if they overlap, that'll be a treat!
Erica Colmenares wrote:This looks so exciting! Thanks for sharing all the information. We just moved away from Washington (to Tennessee) so I guess I'm not your target audience, but I definitely wish you the best with this endeavor. Super cool!