Swales for water retention

A swale can best be described as a ‘ditch’ on contour designed to hold rainwater and then disperse it into the surrounding soil. Traditionally rains would come and literally millions of litres of water would land up in rivers and eventually the oceans and…

Swales and berms – urban Permaculture farm in the making

Using swales, (shallow, broad and vegetated channels about 30 to 40cm wide in this instance) designed to store and/or convey runoff and remove pollutants. The excess soil from the digging the swale (trench) was used to create a ‘berm’ (A berm is a level…

Consider the benefits of harvesting rain water for your garden:

Rainwater is free Rainwater is a clean, chemical-free source of water for plants Rainwater seeps into the soil, pushing salts from tap water down and away from the plant’s root zone Rainwater allows for better root growth and water absorption, increasing the drought tolerance…