Permaculture Literacy – HHA

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  • Kristy says:

    Bret – you mentioned that above ground tanks would not be beneficial to store rainwater catchment if there is not continuous rainfall. What do you suggest for rain water catchment for areas that have a high amount of precipitation (rain and snow) over the winter months?

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    • Jesscy says:

      {HHA Coach] Hey Kristy! I live in Montana so I fit the bill perfectly for the situation you’ve described. I find that I can use above ground tanks as long as I’m prepared with solutions that aren’t affected when they freeze. You can always create your system to have the storage options inside if you have room, add a heater or utilize underground tanks if that’s an option. I’d do a quick google search to see what options there are that meet your specific needs & budget. Hope this helps! 🙂

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  • Molly Bouffard says:

    Hey Bret, great class. On the link you shared it separates out snow and precipitation. Should I be adding the snowfall, too or just looking at precipitation? I’m in New Hartford, CT looks like about 54″ / yr precipitation w/o snow. Thank you.

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    • Jesscy says:

      {HHA Coach} Great question, Molly. Generally I leave the two separate & just think of snow as an added bonus, but that’s really up to you on whether you want to get that nitty gritty with it. 🙂

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  • Loren Vansant says:

    This was very interesting to me as I”m moving to an area of Florida that is the “mountainous range” area in the Central part of the state. So we will actually have some hills and are in a higher altitude than I’ve lived at before (over 175 feet difference!) So now having this additional information to help me understand this new region to me I’ve got a lot more research to do than I originally thought.

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  • Heather Watson says:

    Just curious, the graphic of foothills and mountains where you are explaining where frost sits, there’s an image with 2 red arrows that point to less-likely-to-have-frost areas, but one of the arrows is pointing at…the top of some snowy mountains? Just what zone within a foothill or slope like that would actually be the ideal section?

    Not that it really applies to my own situation, since I’m in Austin TX (hill country or flat, yall!) but I was thrown off by where exactly the arrows were pointing.

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    • Bret James says:

      Where I believe the arrow was pointing to was the hillside of the mountain – and yes this is an area where frost can be less likely than down low (in a valley) or up at the top of a mountain.

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  • Cristina Tébar says:

    Thanks for the link, Bret!

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  • Cristina Tébar says:

    We are in a Bsk climate so water will definitely be a challenge for us. I’m really looking forward to learn more about water harvesting, I’m already in love with the idea of condensation traps under the trees that you mention in this lesson.

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  • susan tupper says:

    in my Af climate, the rains need to be stored for consumption or else they just wash away. For gardening too, the problem is washing away of topsoil or erosion on a small hilly tropical island…look forward to practical lessons on how to deal with excess rain problems…oh humidity is sky high and plant diseases can be rampant from so much moisture…

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  • Brian Moyer says:

    You mentioned that it would not be a good idea for you to store water in your climate…Why would it be a good idea to store rain water above ground if you have consistent rainfall but not store rain if you typically have dry spells?

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    • Bret James says:

      Hey Brian – We will talk in detail about this in the earthworks / water module but the short answer is it doesn’t make tons of sense for our site from a climate perspective. For example I have 2500 gal in water storage, and to use it to store rainwater from the last rain of the spring wouldn’t really make a dent in the summer water usage. I would need 25,000 + gallons of water I would guess (I’ll do the math at some point soon) and that kind of above ground storage is expensive, generally about $1 per gallon. So here instead we are focusing on storage in the soil since it can hold hundreds of thousand of gallons. Great question and I look forward to discuss this one in further detail here soon!

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