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

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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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