Here's a wonderful free book to help you use permaculture principles to harvest rainwater and put it to use in your yard and gardens.
Milkwood (a fabulous source of permaculture information itself and definitely worth following) posted the 8-page book, which was created by by Joe Linton (of LA Creek Freak) to accompany a workshop he did in 2008.
It’s a great little primer for explaining the sheer scope of projects that you can do in an urban (or otherwise) environment to harvest rainwater and get things growing.
The guide draws heavily from Brad Landcaster’s excellent books Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands I + II which lay out many, many strategies for creating lushness, shade, and food in the suburbs, using the resources at hand.
The wonderfully illustrated book goes into how to build urbanite (broken concrete) walls, how to lay out your gardens and permaculture elements, do's and don'ts, how to use mulch, french drains, basins, sunken beds, terraces, swales, berms, mulch, recommended reading and more.
Get full details and download the book here.
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