Keylines at Work

Spring melt and runoff is beginning and the first test of last autumn’s keyline work is visible. As the snow melts, the upper berm becomes clearly visible. Viewed from another angle water can be seen accumultating in the swales on the uphill side of the berm – just like we wanted. I’ll continue to monitor through the spring melt, of course. It won’t be long till we can plant that berm with mixed permaculture-flavored plantings . . .

Keyline looking west

Here is the upper berm peeking through the snow.

Keyline looking east

Another view. Note how the water is collecting on the uphill side – exactly according to plan.

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