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    urban; large yard in high desert. focus is water catchment and food production using food producing to create shade and wind reduction, using solar to heat structures, gray water system, building season extensions since our season is short and erratic to make better use of the sun when the nights are still cold. growing cold tolerant food in fall and winter to save storage energy expenditure. plan a food forest on the West year, small one in NW corner and in SE corner more brambles garden plant mixture with tree back drop. I have very low rain fall and lots or ranch land around me so there are many opportunities to improve our living experiences. NE corner root and grain contoured beds and small kitchen garden outside kitchen door for fresh use. i am bringing water off the street and ally in to catchment areas and contoured overflows into the landscape. expanding from there. also roof water catchment systems and storage and usage strategies and overflows.



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    Sounds like you have things hopping where you are located. I am in an urban setting myself (in Farmington). Wish I had known about Permaculture before I started my garden in the backyard! Producing my own food in retirement was my motivation to start, combined with the determination to change my weed lot into something productive and enticing to hangout in the mornings and evenings. Hopefully, I can make adjustments to the overall plan with permaculture design principles which enhance the area and reduce the workload.

    Your water catchment from runoff from the street sounds brilliant. I have irrigation rights at the moment, but the stakes have gone up for retaining those rights because of litigation with the Navajo Nation. I am trying out some of the water retaining techniques such as Hugel beds, keyhole beds, and a spiral herb garden to see what works for me and reduces my need for ditch water. This year I will also woodchip the ground and continue introducing food forest layers between my young fruit and nut trees.

    Blocking wind is also a concern for my garden as you mention about yours. My neighbor built a twenty foot tall garage for his toys across the alley and the wind falls off of the structure and spills into my garden. My solution is to plant Emerald Green Thuja trees as a break which will loft the wind over my garden instead of taking the brunt of the winter winds impact.

    Exchanging ideas with you would be great, since we are both in an urban setting, in high dessert, and will be developing strategies for similar problems.

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