The Pistachio Swale
The beginning of the “pistachio swale”
Adding a deep layer of mulch.
My helper showing off our work. The pistachio swale extends all the way to the road.
Pistachio swale where it connects to the road.
Mulch and woody debris.
Digging, mulching and phase-one planting on pistachio swale completed.
The Driveway Swale
We had a great work-party with our friends one late afternoon in May to get started on the “driveway swale”. It was very compacted digging because it literally was a driveway, but soon it will harvest water and grow trees!
Digging the driveway swale.
Shaping the driveway swale.
West side of driveway swale. Ready to start planting!
Flagging out locations for phase-one tree planting.
First tree planted on the driveway swale!
Young trees–Screwbean, Velvet, and Chilean Mesquites varieties along with Museum, and Mexican Palo Verde varieties.
The Jujube Swale
The “jujube swale” named after the eight-year-old fruit-bearing trees that this swale is wrapped around.
Experimental plantings in the swale-trench bottom.
The Jujube swale with eight-year-old Asian Pear in foreground.