Permaculture forum: Growing in drought pods for water conservation.

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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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Jul 16, 2014 10:20 PM CST
With an eye to drought gardening, has anyone tried something similar to this?
http://www.motherearthnews.com/print.aspx?id={88ED2431-ADA9-...


Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jul 17, 2014 7:01 AM CST

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I do bring muck, old hay and fairly new manure and put it in large piles, then garden around those piles. I grew a pretty nice patch of potatoes this year, in a ring around a pretty large mound of manure and muck from the barn. It's raining right now but later I'll try to get a photo of one of these piles.
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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Jul 17, 2014 8:27 PM CST
Thank you. I find it interesting to see all the innovative means to maintain a garden, even under austere conditions. I've watched ollas, hugelculture, keyhole and now drought pods. Amazing what a desire and a need can develop into.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jul 17, 2014 8:39 PM CST

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I agree I said in a recent podcast that one of the things I love about permaculture is that it actually created real innovations that can actually be applied to our own gardens for our benefit. So many things in horticulture are kind of theoretical but permaculture gives us real results. I think that's the primary reason why so many people have been drawn to it in recent years.

I never did get out to take photos, it rained all day (for you, too, I suspect.)
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Level 2
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Jul 18, 2014 9:51 AM CST
Yes, up to five inches. Wishing I had my harvesting system in place. Wouldn't this have been nice in the past few summers.

Not to worry on the photos, no hurry. I have trouble understanding why more folks aren't interested in permaculture... or at least some facets of it. Thanks again.
Name: susy beaty
il. (Zone 5a)
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sipgirl3
Aug 30, 2014 9:04 PM CST
ive built 2 big hugel beds this yr from clearing of land and 3 tons farm dirt hauled in. plenty of rain and in a dip from when creek rises, so doesnt come up to house. cant wait to plant next yr. should be well on way to breaking down. snow will help too. Thank You! field of weeds mowed down and made into garden proved nitro depletion. new chicks/manure will help all of it. im thinking of doin drought pods as a backup. a great idea.....thank you for posting.
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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Aug 30, 2014 9:43 PM CST
Thank you Susy! I hope you won't mind keeping us updated as your projects develop. I am always interested in learning from others.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Aug 31, 2014 5:03 AM CST
sipgirl3 said:ive built 2 big hugel beds this yr from clearing of land and 3 tons farm dirt hauled in. plenty of rain and in a dip from when creek rises, so doesnt come up to house. cant wait to plant next yr. should be well on way to breaking down. snow will help too. Thank You! field of weeds mowed down and made into garden proved nitro depletion. new chicks/manure will help all of it. im thinking of doin drought pods as a backup. a great idea.....thank you for posting.


That is great! I'm also very interested in updates about your projects.
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