[permaculture] Looking for good examples of the use of berms and swales &...

lbsaltzman at aol.com lbsaltzman at aol.com
Thu Jul 12 13:58:14 EDT 2007

Thanks that is an interesting idea.

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From: Marimike6 at cs.com
To: permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org
Sent: Thu, 12 Jul 2007 10:02 am
Subject: Re: [permaculture] Looking for good examples of the use of berms and swales &...

You complain that your veggies "sulk and fail" in your heavy clay soil. Do 
you have access to any free sand in the neighborhood? If you're talking about 
just putting in a small vegetable garden, I would consider trucking in a couple 
of loads of sand and tilling them in thoroughly. While you're doing that it 
will be easy to berm it into raised beds.

I suspect the problem is not with your dirt's organic content, but just the 
fact that the glue you're trying to grow stuff in is drowning the new rootlets, 
depriving them of air. Give it a try, and see what comes up.

M. Elvin   
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