[permaculture] Keyline system, raised beds, tractor implements & other pics of my farm, 4 acres in production

darren at permaculture.biz darren at permaculture.biz
Fri Jul 28 22:41:14 EDT 2006

G'day Lawrence,

Hope all is well with you. Interesting set of photos...Looks like you have
an interesting system on the boil. 

What size Keyline Plow shanks do you have and what depth will you be
operating them at? Also do you have a topo plan/design of the site? 


Darren Doherty

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[mailto:permaculture-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Lawrence F.
London, Jr.
Sent: Saturday, July 29, 2006 5:40 AM
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Subject: [permaculture] Keyline system, raised beds, tractor implements &
other pics of my farm, 4 acres in production

Regarding the large production raised beds I use that I have written about
in the past:

Here are shots of raised beds on the 4 acres I have in vegetable production
on my farm produced using a John Deere 3020 
tractor, a Roll-A-Cone hiller-bedder, a Howard Rotavator, a tillage tool
(spring shank cultivator)
and a 3 bottom plow. I have Three Yeomans plow shanks which will be mounted
on the 6' toolbar pictured below 
(YeomansPlowToolbar.jpg) and applied to the entire acreage when soil
moisture in low enough to avoid compaction.
I farm on a number of converging slopes so erosion is a problem, access by
tractor is also. I plan to build small 
temporary earth dams across all the beds on all slopes at 100' intervals to
limit erosion. I have lined the bottom edges 
of widest slopes with dozens of 5' round bales to catch nutrients and soil
and limit nutrient-rich water loss - this is 
shown in: catchment-erosioncontrol.jpg. The tall, long raised beds were
prepared on the flats and along the slopes on 
the contour; they usually contain all rainfall and dispense it gradually
during dry times, by capillary action to the 
growing beds. During heavy rains the beds look like chinampas. At the lowest
point on the West side of my property, 
below the driveway, I have constructed a small wet-weather water
impoundment. This fills with nutrient-rich water 
overnight in a large rain. I have planted duckweed, cattails, papyrus and
water lillies in it. The duckweed seems to 
have taken off as of today. Frogs breed readily in this nurturing
environment - have had only one mosquito bite all 
summer thanks to them - the tadpoles love the duckweed - the cattails are
sprouting new growth 2 weeks after planting.


bottomplow-tillagetool-YeomansPlowToolbar.jpg   200KB   640x480x16M jpeg
catchment-erosioncontrol.jpg                    197KB   640x480x16M jpeg
raisedbeds1.jpg                                 189KB   640x480x16M jpeg
raisedbeds2.jpg                                 237KB   640x480x16M jpeg
raisedbeds3.jpg                                 225KB   640x480x16M jpeg
raisedbeds4.jpg                                 249KB   640x480x16M jpeg
raisedbeds5.jpg                                 213KB   640x480x16M jpeg
raisedbeds6.jpg                                 196KB   640x480x16M jpeg
Roll-A-Cone-Hiller-Bedder.jpg                   174KB   640x480x16M jpeg
smallpond.jpg                                   156KB   640x480x16M jpeg
YeomansPlowToolbar.jpg                          163KB   640x480x16M jpeg


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