[permaculture] Fruit trees and swales

R Freeman sunnysidesourdough at gmail.com
Sat Mar 25 16:00:20 EST 2006

Hi all,

In December (southern summer) our neighbour started a fire that destroyed 70
of our 4-year-old fruit trees (almost burned down our house too).

I am going to replace them, but this time I am thinking to put them along
swales (contour banks/ditches). We have a nice, sun-facing slope--the
countours run east-west.

The question I have is whether the the trees should go in the dug-out part
of the swales, uphill of the dug-out part, on the mounds, or downhill of the

Any experience, opinions, or ideas gratefully accepted.

Robert Freeman
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