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"Swales, for example, are shallow channels dug on the contour of a hillside. They slow down the flow of water during rainstorms, preventing it from eroding the landscape, and giving it time to penetrate the soil. Nutrients, in the form of leaves and seeds, are also caught in the swale, contributing mulch and organic matter to the soil. Fruit trees and other crops established in the swale or on its berm can thrive on the captured water and nutrients."

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SWALES: The Permaculture Element That Really "Holds Water" - Swales are water-harvesting ditches, built on the contour of a landscape. Swales are flat on the bottom because they’re designed to slow water down to a standstill, eliminate erosion, infiltrate the surrounding area with water, and recharge the groundwater table.

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van The Garden Glove

Got Stones? Creative, Easy and Artsy Ways to Use Rocks in the Garden

Got Stones? Creative, Easy and Artsy Ways to Use Rocks in the Garden! • Tips, ideas & Tutorials!

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van PermaculturePower

Hugelkultured Swale with Linear Food Forest

midwestpermaculture.com writes… As part of a permaculture design we are creating for Center for Sustainable Community (CSC – our local non-profit) we developed a few educational tools to help…

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Rainhead screen. Another layer of protection from leaves/debris.

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van Instructables.com

Easy Rain Barrel

DIY rain barrel from a 55 gallon water barrel

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Photos of Rain Gardens | Rain Garden Graphic Simulation from University of Nebraska extension

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Backyard gardening creates a mini food-forest up the side of an apartment.

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