Brandon Smith (Redwoodtwig)

A permaculture design is like any plan:  looks fine until you actually do it.  But if you don't have a plan, the result will be a lot worse.

In permaculture design, we want as much as possible to mimic natural designs and work with what's there rather than totally change the whole place.  Well, sometimes, if the place is a desert, more than simple tweaks will be needed.  

Some design examples

  • Woodland swales and cleanup

    There are 4 or 5 existing drain paths through the woods that would benefit from a cross swale water catchment modification. Only this and one other have visible left over trash from previous owners. In some cases, like this tire, the trash can be used in the dam aspect of the swales; but mostly trash needs to picked up and removed.

  • lower pond drainage

    Originally there was a few rocks set up as the spill way, but they were eroded by heavy rains and the gully widened considerably as the pond washes out through here. Pond fix up has to start here.