[permaculture] IPC Values ?

Lawrence London lfljvenaura at gmail.com
Sat Jul 4 00:28:03 EDT 2015

On Sat, Jul 4, 2015 at 12:10 AM, Lawrence London <lfljvenaura at gmail.com>

> I have been thinking about a permascape system for that facility over the
> past few days.
> 1) Rain goes to concrete basins
> put aquatic plants in them - water hyacinth would be ideal; not sure what
> other floating aquatic plants you have down there.
> If you construct some kind of rudimentary floating island you could stick
> cattails on them and eventually they would send  roots down into the  silt
> on the bottom if that could be allowed to exist, probably a good idea. This
> would pretreat/remediate the water.
> 2) Overflow goes to wetlands and pond
> Have the flow pass through an expanse of "lawn", a gradual slope planted
> with durable, vigorous weeds and grasses, unmowed.

Plants I have in my yard that would work well for this purpose: vast
expanses of Nature's wild bounty: Johnson grass, vetch, greater burdock,
broadleaf plantain, grasses, ground ivy or creeping charlie, Carolina horse
nettle or Jimson weed, red clover, mystery weeds, morning glory, Canada
thistle or milk thistle, trumpet vine or campsis radicans, honeysuckle,
wild rose, probably some poison ivy, daisy or ragweed or goldenrod, milk
weed for the monarch butterflies and bumblebees. If there is room for trees
include persimmon and wild plum which are amazingly hardy; I think they
spread by underground runner as well as by seed.

> From there it would pass into a wetlands that serves as habitat for
> amphibians, birds, snails, dragonflies and other insects. It would contain
> cattails, iris, and duckweed in the shallows plus similar water tolerant
> plants usually found in a riparian zone and swamp.
> These remediation stages will clean the water pretty well so that when it
> flows into the pond a robust aquatic ecosystem will be allowed to develop
> and regenerate. The pond should have cattails, duckweed, azolla and water
> lillies at the very least.

Lawrence F. London
lfljvenaura at gmail.com

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