Terracing

View from the top of property

Since it’s now winter and not excruciatingly hot, I can spend the next couple of months working on the non-wooded side of my property. The land I purchased two years ago was burned in the Bastrop Complex Fires of 2011. As a result of the deforestation from the fires, the subsequent floods the following Spring and the recent floods from hurricane Harvey, I have a significant erosion problem. After reading many permaculture books, and specifically Brad Lancaster’s books, Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, I have decided to start at the top of my watershed and slow, spread and sink the rainwater that falls on the ground. This is the very top portion of the property that I used a rake just to move the surface rocks on contour and then I seeded the bare ground. This is my first step in building good soil.

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