Berms & Swales

Berms & Swales

As well as working on renovating our garden, the “Southern Exposure” permaculture team are also employing sustainable agricultural design principles on other parts of our land.

In order to maintain optimum soil moisture and biodiversity in this often arid landscape of the Texan Hill Country, the permaculture team are laying down some berms and swales along designated contour points on our land. Swales, essentially small ditches located along a slope, retains moisture on the land by capturing the run-off downslope. By planting fruit trees and native species on the berms (the raised part of the swale and berm system), we cultivate further soil richness and biodiversity.

To begin this process, the team first had to tackle our lovely long overflowing grass, courtesy of a healthy wet August in Wimberley! Here’s Paige mowing the back to prepare for berm construction.

They then laid out flags along certain contour lines on the land, marking out the location for the berms and swales system. We’re excited as their location will also interact with our wedding venue landscaping. Our guests can enjoy our rich layers of fruit trees, and see these permaculture structures in practice too.

Time to start digging! Here’s Southern Exposure starting the berm construction.

These berms are now ready for planting!

Stay tuned for progress on the gazebo ... 

Until next week,

Bill & Marilyn.

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