Swale success

The swale is working! Look at that water, slowed, sunk and supporting a green belt across El Terreno. One big rain wet that swale (facing west above) and it hasn’t gone dry. Probably won’t until November?

We (Phillip) dug this swale because we’re living on a semi-arid hillside and swales are an excellent longterm contribution to health in this context.

freshly dug after rain

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Looking east:

And from above:


mom August 14, 2018

very cool!!!!!

Beth August 15, 2018

Will the swale increase your mosquito population, or does the water move enough that they don’t like it as a breeding ground?

Anna Lisa Gross August 15, 2018

Good question Beth! There is standing water after a rain but it soaks in (and leaves a damp bed) within a day, it seems. So I think it won’t increase our mosquitos much. We do have standing water around the kitchen and seedlings but try to pour it regularly.

Phillip August 15, 2018

The mosquitoes need standing water for at least 10 days develop, so it shouldn’t be a problem.


Sherry Dilling August 20, 2018

Woohoo! Those are some swell swales! ❤

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