Below are images of the swales that were first dug and planted out at Octoberfest 2011.
Pete has been converting them into living systems, meaning filling the swale part up with matter, including but not limited to:
- Cardboard bales – thank you Bunnings Armidale
- Windfall branches and pruned and dead tree matter
- Biodegradable household waste, including old clothing, paper, green waste etc
- Sheep manure
- A couple of dead animals
We noticed during the drought a huge difference in this area to other areas of the property. The grass was greener on the swale banks, it was longer and more lush.There is a heap of fungi growing and breaking down matter within the systems, indicating that moisture is being retained in these systems. Insect life is increasing. Animal life is increasing in this area also. Trees are growing and healthier.
We have noticed that each type of matter breaks down at different rates, attracts different insects and grows different fungi and plants.
Living Systems are awesome. They create abundance when made with love and given to generously when initially set up. We cannot stress enough the importance of Love and giving generously when setting up living systems. If there is no desire to love and no intention to give generously and abundantly to the project you are engaging in with the earth, the results will reflect that, our soul’s are powerful creators.
We feel that Living Systems are a really great way to begin to ‘drought proof’* a property as they hold and retain moisture under the ground and are a food source for the intelligent life that creates soil and keeps the earth healthy at the same time.
The images below hopefully give an idea of what can be achieved in your back yard as well as on a larger scale.
*More on ‘drought proofing’ to come
Photos taken by Eloisa, 20140611