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Restoring Degraded Land — 5 Comments

  1. This is very much like my area. Land is cheap because the climate is a bear. Just in May we have had 70 mile winds, 1 inch of snow and several hail storms. We have had only about 7 days without at least 25-30mph breezes. It makes it almost impossible to plan for a garden. My fruit trees started to bloom when the temps were in the 80s, then had a couple of frosts.
    Here it takes 80 acres to feed one cow. So far the range is empty because of lack of rain. All of the watering holes are near empty. I like the idea of pigs. I wish I could locate a local source of biomass. Perhaps a few hogs are in my future.

    • That’s a good point about weather. Some areas are really harsh and make planting anything extremely challenging.

  2. Here’s another very good find. A farmer in India explains his forest garden system in detail, including what plants he uses and profits. He said he’s making $9,500/year per acre. (That’s a lot of money in India.) He’s hard to understand, but thankfully the text in the video description box has all the details in English.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plgB6xuztlk

    “CONCLUSION: He doesnt have any borewell in his farm and he says that his Land is a double wet land and mostly it is rainfed, canal water is used very rarely during peak summer. Water consumption is 10% of regular farming. He suggests that all the farmers to adopt similar Natural Farming Methods and grow plants & crops suitable for their local climate and reap money.”

  3. There’s a part on this page about the water battery: http://velacreations.com/howto/forest-garden-howto/

    It has worked really well, super impressed, ready to be scale across the property.

    This is the “pig dozer”, basically getting pigs to do the swale/terrace work: http://velacreations.com/blog/pig-dozer/

    This is the chicken step, compost and top covering: http://velacreations.com/blog/composters/
    I don’t have enough animals to scale this part, but working on figuring it out.

    Then it’s planting. We plant trees on the hill side of the terrace, close to the swale area in pits along it, and then shrubs around that, lots of herbs and smaller plants around the base of the trees and shrubs, and then on the majority of the terrace, we broadcast hardier stuff to provide protection and biomass, like amaranth, johnsongrass, alfalfa, and others. These get cut and spread on top to form a thick mulch, and then seed with something else when it rains.

    If you have some local biomass, you can build it slowly, but the limits are the retaining wall, which is slow, but fairly cheap (just labor), the logs/branches backfill – trimming junipers and local shrubs (possibly extracting products from these), and then seedlings/seeds/plants for planting (can let the weeds do this for you if you time it right).

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