This is What Keyline Design Looks Like

Water rests in pathways rather than coursing downhill, taking precious soil with it.

Water rests in pathways rather than coursing downhill, taking precious soil with it.

Although our wee little plants are still rather small, I post this picture to show how our new keyline design system is working.  The large quantity of rainfall we had Tuesday evening through this morning would normally have caused water to go coursing down the pathways of our raised beds, taking some of our precious topsoil with it.  As you can see in the pathways shown in the photo, water is held along the entire length of the pathways, meaning it will soak deeply into our soil for future use by the plants, and the nutrients and soil will be retained where they are in the field, rather that racing away into the nearest stream.  How exciting when things actually work out like you planned!  Thanks again to Ethan Roland at Appleseed Permaculture for helping us lay this out.
-Shane

Read Shane’s post about Ethan Roland’s visit and more about keyline design at Cropsey Community Farm here.

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