Let me tell you, the course is complete! Sorry I haven't been keeping up. BUT, the course was much more intensive than anticipated! Well, I guess the course isn't complete-complete, since it goes until Monday, but I have finished my final project, and thus, I AM DONE-Zo. Well, nearly, I still have to do a peer review, but that's all. :D I can't believe that even though the last three weeks have been so hard to actually do for me (I don't know what happened), I pushed through and didn't give up on it.
Now, let's see if I can complete these weekly reviews so I can talk about something else! :)
Week 5 was all about the water elements on the property this included rainwater harvesting, swales, grey-water systems, Keyline Water Management, and Aquaculture.
Since you can really delve deeply into the above topics on your own, thanks to the power of the internet, I want to talk about the things I found most interesting.
Firstly, Rainwater Harvesting! This is an especially important thing that can be done where I live in Central Oregon. It only rains here on average 10 inches per year. This is sad.
Here are my rainwater harvesting calculations for the current state of the property:
There are only two real impermeable surfaces to which Rainwater could even be harvested, at the moment. However, there are no gutters or certain downspouts in order for collection. This would have to be amended in the future in order to harvest rainwater.
Home roof, which is ~1,820 sq. ft of asphalt shingles.
Pump house, which is ~48 sq. ft of asphalt shingles.
The coefficient of an asphalt roof is 0.9.
I wont bore you with the exact calculations, but
The average rainfall in Prineville is 10.67 inches per year.
Each square foot of roof receives 0.89 feet or 6.66 gallons of water per one inch of rainfall.
12,121.2 gallons multiplied by 0.9 is 10,909.08 gallons of water per year running off the roof of the home.
The rainfall running off the roof of the pump-house is 287.71 gallons of water per year.
The total rainfall running off the roofs of the property is 11,196.79 gallons of water per year.
According to City Utilities, the average family of 4 uses 6,000 gallons of water per 30 days. Obviously, every little bit of saved water can help, but 11,196 gallons of water is hardly a thing compared to what they probably use on average. They are on well water, so this is a plus. However, harvesting any rainwater and getting it back into the land in a nice way is beneficial for everyone and everything!
Harvesting rainwater can be a tiny way that you can help the earth AND if you pay for your water, take a little tiny bit off of your water bill, how cool!
These babies are SO cool. Seriously, you should look more into it on your own, but my favorite thing about them is how they're able to catch water, and disperse it evenly throughout the soil, essentially storing the water within the soil. This does many things like, filtering the water, and refilling the water table!
Thirdly, Keyline plowing.
Guys, this idea is so cool. The idea of being able to plow a row (on contour with the land), plant it with taprooting type crops, plowing a bit deeper, (repeat a few times), can make your soil better is amazing. PA Yeomans was a genius. I wonder how people come up with such amazing ideas???
In any case, sorry for not going into too terribly much detail. I really want to get through this review stuff and start writing my own things! So probably the next 5 weekly reviews will be pretty sparse of information. I will do my best to at least tell you my favorite things about it, but I don't have the mental capacity to deeply delve into it here, since there's so many things running through my mind of what I want to actually talk about! Forgive me!
I'm Adrienne! Stay tuned for my adventures in beginning homesteading.
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