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Re: The Ranch, and swales on a north facing slope

Postby pa_friendly_guy » Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:56 pm

Matt, I think it was designed for dry lands, but I see no reason why it would not work to move water to places on a down hill slope that normally would not recieve as much water as the natural valleys no matter what the annual rain fall was. To help irrigate fruit trees for example. More evenly distribute the wealth so to speak. When the idea of the keyline is combined with swales to move water to places that normally recieve less and hold the water there and allow it to perk into the ground slowly I think you could reap some real benefits. I am like you, I do not know much about the idea and want to learn more. It seems to me from what little I have read that the idea has real possibilitys. I have never tried any of this so my experiance is extremally limited in this area. I am hoping that others in the group can share what they have learned with the group.
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Re: The Ranch, and swales on a north facing slope

Postby CJ in VT » Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:10 am

I think it's been used in the [not]dry land of Vermont, but probably in the flood plain, not the mountains. The benefit was breaking up compacted soil w/out tilling.
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Re: The Ranch

Postby matt walker » Sat Dec 12, 2015 2:38 pm

Still too lazy to post my own stuff at the moment, but here is a link to some posts from my friend Evan who spent a week with me over Thanksgiving. He and Sharla did a great job documenting our time together and it shows a bit of how the ranch is looking now...

http://www.permies.com/forums/posts/list/520/45960
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Re: The Ranch

Postby matt walker » Sun Jun 05, 2016 6:14 pm

Hey look guys, a little garden update!

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Re: The Ranch

Postby mannytheseacow » Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:27 pm

Great to see an update on what you have going on, Matt. Lots of food is a good problem to have. I've been cutting all my excess greens like that, giving them a quick blanche, and freezing them in about 1 cup size portions. It's great to have those frozen greens all through the winter for stews and stir-fry, or even just on their own with some dried mushrooms; even if we do still have fresh greens in the greenhouse and cold frames.
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Re: The Ranch

Postby matt walker » Mon Jun 06, 2016 2:22 pm

I've been freezing the kales, but are you freezing the tender salad stuff too? I can do that man, thanks.

Dude, you know......I have so many things I want to share. Soon man, soon.
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Re: The Ranch

Postby mannytheseacow » Tue Jun 07, 2016 3:45 pm

Yeah, that's kind of an interesting question... I don't really grow or eat stuff like head lettuces or that delicate stuff and there's not much nutritional value in it anyway. My basic blend is a range of kales, spinaches, arugula, chards, beet greens, various choi, and then the obligatory foraged wild native greens. Yeah, I freeze it all because I hate seeing anything go to waste. My mix works for eating fresh in hearty salads, braising, freezing, etc.

The suspense for your other updates is building!
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