permaculture of the ditch

Simon St.Laurent simonstl at
Wed Aug 11 13:31:21 EDT 2010

On 8/11/10 10:21 AM, joel gagnon wrote:
> What direction does the slope face? Even if it has no overhead shade,
> the direction it faces will make a considerable difference in what
> plants would be happy there.

The overall edge faces north (of course) and a little west.

It's largely partial shade because the road cut is so wide, though there 
are trees on both sides of the road.

Every road's a litle different, but the road itself creates at least 
some light.  The other common challenges are likely:

* rockiness (side effects of paving)

* salt and other pollutants

* litter

* government mowing, possible herbicides, ditch scraping

* water, coming off the road and settling in the ditch (when there is one)

All of these are difficult!

Simon St.Laurent

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