Swales in action
We already discussed Swales in a previous post.
Now we want to see them in action!
In the video below, Matt shows us how he passively harvests rainwater in his permaculture system using Swales.
By marking the land using an A-frame level, you can dig ditches that follow the contour of the terrain.
You can build simple canals or ditches that are contoured with the landscape, to prevent water from running or eroding the topsoil in your permaculture farm.
The soil you will get from the canal, can be placed on the side and serve as a berm; when it drains the water accumulates on the canal or the Swale, the berm will prevent the water from eroding the soil.
The water will also slowly percolate in the soil, keeping the moisture level high.
As you start harvesting rainwater using the Swale you need to plant ground cover together with legumes, fruit trees and herbs.
This is the key for Swale success.
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