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After evaluating so many of our gardens, I’m seeing a need to plant a more hardy native perennial understory.

Below are a couple of photographs I took of a highway median between an over pass and the access road in Bastrop, Texas along US Highway 71. Someone in the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has their shit together. Read More

Several of us spent about 5 hours yesterday helping to lay out the Festival Beach Food Forest earthworks. The heavy equipment will be showing up no later than the 17th of October, our permablitz there will be on October 31st and November 1st, and the big Tree Folks planting event will be on November 7th. Stay tuned everyone! Read More

Report: Funny Farm

ERC Permablitz Garden Monitoring and Maintenance Program

2015.08.17 | Report by Michelle Hernandez

The gardens are doing well and producing in this summer heat.

Irrigation System: 2 separate systems of drip line on timers, run for 1 hour every other day early in the morning. The 2 systems run in alternating days. As a very rough estimate of water usage, we use 461 gallons of water to run all the berms. (length of berms x # of drip lines x distance of emitters on drip lines x emitter rate/hour). Read More

Dana and I just filed the Earth Repair Corp’s (ERC) Certificate of Formation with the Secretary of the State of Texas. Then, just moments ago, Dana filed for the ERC’s Employer Identification Number (EIN) with the Internal Revenue… Read More

Swale Flow after a Heavy Rain

Michelle Hernandez captured this video of the swales flowing into each other after 1.5 inches of rain in 1 hour in Southwest Austin. This was just two months after the permablitz at her homestead, The Funny Farm.

by Kirby Fry

This article covers what a swale is, the functions of a swale, how to lay out a system of swales, and one way to build a swale using a shovel and a rake.

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