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Monday, June 18, 2007

Practical Ways to Keep Water on Your Land

by Nate Downey, Santa Fe Permaculture

  • Build soil with organic compost.
  • Choose appropriate plant material.
  • Consider the effects of microclimate.
  • Control soil erosion caused by wind and rain.
  • Harvest precipitation with simple, passive systems.
  • Harvest precipitation with cisterns, pumps, and drip irrigation.
  • Install deep-pipe irrigation and other water-conserving techniques.
  • Mulch for water retention, wind protection, soil building, and insulation.