Episode-199- Methods of Rain Water Harvesting

Today’s show expands on last weeks first show about Permaculture Zones and Layers (Episode 196)  by discussing different methods to harvest and conserve water.  Today’s link section includes some of the best resources i have ever featured on a shows subject matter, I encourage you to check them all out.

Tune in today to hear,

  • Why you don’t have to want to save the planet to benifit highly from water conservation
  • Thoughts on rain barrels and getting water closer to where you plan to use it
  • Thoughts on moving from barrels to underground cisterns or tanks
  • Rain chains a much more attractive way to get water to where you want it than a down spout
  • Harvesting water from outbuildings and greenhouses
  • Converting garbage cans to low cost rain catch barrels
  • The swale and how it can create an oasis even in a salted desert
  • Following contour lines is what makes a swale effective
  • The pond the right way as part of an ecosystem not a hot puddle in the middle of a field
  • Micro ponds and micro swales
  • Intensive mulching actually creates a 1 inch deep lake within the entire surface area of a food forest

Resources for Today’s Show

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12 Responses to Episode-199- Methods of Rain Water Harvesting

  1. Jack good show its amazing how much more life inside plants will have after 3-4 days of giving them a drink of mother natures rain water.

  2. Jack a ideal for a show or topic you often talk about CONCEALED CARRY . I would like to hear you talk a little about LUBY,S CAFE and what SUZZANA HUPP did about this. I think because of her standing up on her feet TEXAS and a lot of other states changed the laws in favor of the people.If you watch the right video she also puts JOHN BRADY in his place.

  3. Jack,
    id be very cautions about accidentally creating a wetland on your property. In many states if you do that and someone finds out then government people can come in and designate your land as a wetland zone. If that happens then you cant touch the land and it becomes protected and you get fined if you use it improperly.

  4. Don’t forget to check what system of water rights are implemented in your state.

    There are “riparian” rights and “use” rights and these vary state to state.

  5. Jack, I’m sure I’m missing the obvious about the water that’s under deep mulch. Is this harvestable for uses other than sustaining what’s planted in the mulch? If so, how? thanks.

  6. timfromohio

    Great show. A couple comments related to rain barrels – you can’t have enough capacity. I hooked up 2 75 gallon barrels used for our raised bed garden area. 150 gallons sounds like a lot, but we can use that up in two waterings during a dry spell in the summer. Also, make sure you elevate them sufficiently to get adequate head pressure if you plan on running any length of house.

    Thanks for the great show – the swale idea is very intriguing.

  7. I had intended to put in a rain catch to water my vegetable garden. However after looking at some of the sites suggested, I see that there may be issues with rain runoff from roofs. Does anyone have any thoughts on this.

  8. Modern Survival


    Nope it is for the plants, you never extract it. It is still “harvesting” though because you are trapping such a massive amount of water.

  9. Modern Survival


    Personally I wouldn’t worry with a standard house, I think most of the concern is like the commerical buildings coated in tar, etc. I and many others use roof water all the time with no issues.

  10. Best show yet.

  11. 96Charlie check this out for water under mulch.


    click on rain drop cisterns landscape swale