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Soil,Water,andPermaculture
InYourBackyard
Allison Houghton
ImportanceofSoil
Soil can store huge amounts of water
Healthy soil acts like a sponge
Cultivate life in your soil and
acti...
SoilPyramid
All Soil Life
Plants
Insects and Other
Arthropods
Vertebrates
Good Soil
Health
Poor Soil
Health
CultivateSoilLife
Practice Organic Management!
Conventional pesticides do
damage to the soil food web.
Conventional fertil...
DefiningPermaculture
● “permanent” + “agriculture”
● Using resources around us to their fullest
potential.
● development o...
Observe
Slopes
Impermeable Surfaces
Dry, Shady or Wet Areas
Water Sources
Perennials vs. Annuals
Trees and Plants
Bare Soi...
Observe
tree
driveway
house
drain street
gutter
gutter
sidewalk
S
leaf, log
and
brush
pile
Observe
tree
driveway
house
street
gutter
gutter
leaf, log
and
brush
pile
sidewalk
S
poor
drainage
CaptureandStoreEnergyandResources
Water
Compost
Leaves
Branches
Sunlight
Soil Moisture
Garden Waste
compost
creeping thyme...
ActivelyBuildYourSoil
Add organic matter to
BUILD soil structure
and
BUILD the soil’s
capacity
to foster life and
HOLD wat...
Hugelkultur
OptimizeEdge
water running
down a slope
Blackberries
TheBiggestLimitToAbundanceisCreativity
Constraints can inspire creative
design.
TurnProblemsintoSolutions
“We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities”
- Pogo (Walt Kelly)
tree
driveway
house
street
gutter
gutter
sidewalk
poor
drainage
leaf, log
and
brush
pile
tree
driveway
house
street
gutter
gutter
sidewalk
poor
drainage
leaf, log
and
brush
pile
Build a rain garden
driveway
house
street
gutter
gutter
sidewalk
French Drainage Ditch and Hugelkultur Garden Bed
tree
house
street
gutter
gutter
tree
sidewalk
permeable
driveway
Permeable Driveway and Composter
house
street
gutter
gutter
tree
sidewalk
permeable
driveway
Fruit Trees, Berry Bushes, Herbs, and Native Perennials
Vegetable Gardens with Mulch
house
street
gutter
gutter
tree
sidewalk
permeable
driveway
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Allison Houghton, "Soil, Water, and Permaculture in Your Backyard"

Presented at the Restoring Water Cycles to Reverse Global Warming conference October 16th-18th, 2015 at Tufts University.

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Allison Houghton, "Soil, Water, and Permaculture in Your Backyard"

  1. 1. Soil,Water,andPermaculture InYourBackyard Allison Houghton
  2. 2. ImportanceofSoil Soil can store huge amounts of water Healthy soil acts like a sponge Cultivate life in your soil and actively build soil to retain and store water, hold onto nutrients, and capture carbon! www.areaivenvirothon.org soil microbes
  3. 3. SoilPyramid All Soil Life Plants Insects and Other Arthropods Vertebrates Good Soil Health Poor Soil Health
  4. 4. CultivateSoilLife Practice Organic Management! Conventional pesticides do damage to the soil food web. Conventional fertilizers feed the plants not the soil, actively breaking down soil structure
  5. 5. DefiningPermaculture ● “permanent” + “agriculture” ● Using resources around us to their fullest potential. ● development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. ● conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.
  6. 6. Observe Slopes Impermeable Surfaces Dry, Shady or Wet Areas Water Sources Perennials vs. Annuals Trees and Plants Bare Soil Puddles Weeds South-Facing
  7. 7. Observe tree driveway house drain street gutter gutter sidewalk S leaf, log and brush pile
  8. 8. Observe tree driveway house street gutter gutter leaf, log and brush pile sidewalk S poor drainage
  9. 9. CaptureandStoreEnergyandResources Water Compost Leaves Branches Sunlight Soil Moisture Garden Waste compost creeping thyme shredded leaves clover cocoa hulls buckwheat straw wood chips mint pea stones goat manure
  10. 10. ActivelyBuildYourSoil Add organic matter to BUILD soil structure and BUILD the soil’s capacity to foster life and HOLD water. earthworm casting on soil surface
  11. 11. Hugelkultur
  12. 12. OptimizeEdge water running down a slope Blackberries
  13. 13. TheBiggestLimitToAbundanceisCreativity Constraints can inspire creative design.
  14. 14. TurnProblemsintoSolutions “We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities” - Pogo (Walt Kelly)
  15. 15. tree driveway house street gutter gutter sidewalk poor drainage leaf, log and brush pile
  16. 16. tree driveway house street gutter gutter sidewalk poor drainage leaf, log and brush pile Build a rain garden
  17. 17. driveway house street gutter gutter sidewalk French Drainage Ditch and Hugelkultur Garden Bed tree
  18. 18. house street gutter gutter tree sidewalk permeable driveway Permeable Driveway and Composter
  19. 19. house street gutter gutter tree sidewalk permeable driveway Fruit Trees, Berry Bushes, Herbs, and Native Perennials
  20. 20. Vegetable Gardens with Mulch house street gutter gutter tree sidewalk permeable driveway

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