In Phase 1 of my latest permaculture transformation, I installed three raised beds for a senior who's looking to garden for years to come. My next step was to dig a 2' wide x 6" deep swale using this homemade A-frame level to make sure I dig level with to the contour of the hill.
I moved the dirt to the downhill side of the property, creating a mound (a berm). The elevated area will become a perennial vegetable growing area, and the swale, when filled in with organic material like these wood chips, will catch gallons and gallons of water on the property, releasing it for the surrounding plants to use. It will also serve as a walking path.
It looked pretty good when finished - and it's just begging to grow something!
Next, I moved two bluberry bushes from the shady front yard to the permaculture area in the backyard, and planted them with two other blueberry bushes for easy pickin'.
backyard farm transformation? I'll be glad to help!