Kicking around ideas about a new design for providing water to my chickens. The idea is to make the watering device accessible from outside the enclosure. I've already got the nesting boxes and food bin accessible, but we still have to unhinge the gate and enter the run every time they need clean water.
When you are planning your lifestyle block, look for the patterns in the landscape ... and then the site will almost design itself.
When designing a lifestyle block or farm, I always start with the basics: creating a healthy landscape where lots of water is stored in the ground, springs are restored, and waterways are clean, productive, and not suffering erosion. A healthy landscape is both droughtproof and less flood-prone, and is very productive and resilient. Sadly, little of the NZ landscape is any of these ... so some of the ideas here may be new and surprising.
Some beautiful concept drawings of the chinampas of Aztec Mexico and then photos of the remnants.
WE are just starting up a fruit forest on a hillside (steepish- but haven't had to terrrace) and being new to permaculture, we were curious to know what people thought about the importance of factoring in swales here in New Zealand- granted we are on the coast east of WHangarei and this summer has been a drought and a swale would have been valuable- but in normal circumstances (what ever they are) how important are swales?
Hope some one can enlighten us.
Shelter trees and water saving techniques, by Aleena La'ulu
SHELTER TREES AND WATER SAVING TECHNIQUES
Providing shelter trees on a dairy farm improved pasture growth by 20%, reduced energy need by 20%, total production increased 30%. There are more trees than just Pines NZer’s!
LARGE CROP PRODUCING SHELTER PLANTS
LOW GROWING HEDGE SHELTER PLANTS FOR AROUND GARDENS
6. Tree lupin
8. List of other herbs to consider