[permaculture] reed beds

Toby Hemenway toby at patternliteracy.com
Thu Feb 7 14:36:03 EST 2008

Anecdotal evidence: I have a 3x20 foot (1x6m) reedbed for our greywater 
system. Our summers are essentially rainless (western Oregon, US), very 
low humidity, with temps in the 80s F (low 30s C) much of the summer. 
The reedbed is in partial shade in the midafternoon, which I would 
recommend for dry climates if you can. It's also well mulched. I get 
plenty of water from it; never measured the outflow versus inflow, but 
at 25-75 gallons (okay, you do the conversion to metric this time!) a 
day input, there's lots to irrigate with.


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