Confidently plan, construct, and plant your own earthworks to harvest water on your site!
This course gives you a comprehensive guide to the various forms of earth works that can be excavated on a permaculture site to help capture, store and channel water that comes onto your property. From swales and dams to drains and ponds, you can learn everything you need to construct earthworks on your site and discover the many benefits they bring to the soil, plants, animals, and you! Discover how to analyze, plan, create and plant your earthworks to make healthy ecosystems and preserve precious water.
Devising a suitable planting strategy can help stabilize your earthwork, provide a growing niche for a wide variety of plants, and provide food for your kitchen. Indeed, some water earthworks can support entire self-sustaining ecosystems. This course will show you how.
Not only do you get a thorough grounding in the form, function and fruitful use of earthworks, the course offers practical guidance and tips on constructing each of them on your site. You’ll learn how to identify your needs when it comes to water use, so you can use the most suitable earthwork for meeting them. You will also discover how a thorough analysis of your site and your local climate conditions will inform your design strategies, and influence the type and size of earthworks you select. Then when you are ready, you can use the instructions here to implement your design.