Redesigning my yard using permaculture methods is time-consuming and backbreaking, but it makes me feel good that my little property is becoming friendlier to the earth. This year I made a soil swale - a water reservoir that is supposed to keep rain water in the ground.
When I acquired this property 12 years ago, I wanted to make a Japanese garden, but I postponed the project indefinitely. As I assumed that maintaining a Japanese garden in the dry climate of South Dakota would consume lots of water, I just could not bring myself to do it. When permaculture gardening was introduced to me a few years ago, however, I felt the calling. My progress is extremely slow, but in 10 years I envision to have a little oasis with lots of edible plants.
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