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FREE: Learn as U Survey for Swales (No Dig); See Village; Make Seed Balls & More

Learn Swales Correctly, Make a Bunyip Level, & Survey for Swales. Learn to Make Seed Balls plus See the Ecovillage for a pleasant day in the country.

Swales are a secret to water for the dog days of summer in July and August--maybe the most important secret. They are going to be crucial to saving your urban landscape and your rural homestead/farm/ranch in the drought that is shaping up for North Central Texas.

It is easy to see that a swale is a ditch with a tiny dam. But there is also a lot of math and other knowledge to get the right kind of swale and shape of swale for the job. You need the ditch the right depth and width, the berm the right height and width, and get them spaced correctly for the soil and rainfall, the overflow, etc. That is what we plan to teach you this Saturday.

Plus how to make a bunyip level--easy & inexpensive--do it for many jobs at home.

You will learn how to survey for swales, the difference and when to use a diversion or contour swale, and how to minimize the tripping hazard, especially in a small yard or for children.

Don't think swales are only for acreage. They are the secret to keeping your urban grass green and your gardens alive. You will learn how to add swales to your urban front yard that even your HOA will not frown upon.

You will not be digging swales, just surveying. We will dig the ecovillage swales mechanically. If you don't mind a little mud, we will be making seed balls, pitching then around, and sowing our cover crop for the summer.

Also, if you are interested in the ecovillage, you will be seeing our acreage and getting your questions answered.

All in all a nice way to spend a spring day in the country.

We don't have water yet or anywhere to cook so please bring water and a midday snack. Also a folding chair as the soil will probably be too wet to sit on the ground.

Directions: Come through Greenville going east on I-30. Exit #104: FM 513. Stay on the access road and PASS the following turns: Campbell, Lone Oak, and CR 3101. Turn right at CR 3202, a gravel road that has a building with signage SwatTeam on it. Be sure to duck as you turn (-:

In about a mile, take your first right on CR 3204. We are about 1000 feet down the road on the left. Our double gate has a red strip of cloth on it. Our ecovillage is on the SW corner of CR 3202 and CR 3204.

Please park on the LEFT SIDE of the road so people can get by. There is a physical address. I hesitate to give it because unless your GPS is well updated, you will end up anywhere but the ecovillage--one person was actually six miles away.

Ecovillage, 6257 CR 3204, Campbell (Be aware the hamlet of Campbell is actually on the other side of I-30), 75422.

BRING THE DIRECTIONS with you as my cell phone service is not always reliable. You're in the country now!

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  • Robert N.

    I've begun building a berm and swale for my permaculture garden, I'd like to see how y'all do it. I might bring a friend, I've poked several to see if they're interested. Thanks for hosting this

    March 26, 2014

    • Terry J.

      Robert: Please do bring friends. This is very important information, especially for an area that appears to either be in or headed for a drought. You will be surprised at how much water falls on your land that is being drained away. Terry

      March 26, 2014

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    A former member

    I move to Texas the first week of May so will not be able to attend this. But I am looking forward to meeting everyone soon after that. Great topic!

    March 25, 2014

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