RainwaterÂ Harvesting forâ€¨ Drylands and Beyond,Â Volume 2â€¨Â is a how-to guide enabling you to â€œplant the rainâ€ by creating water-harvesting â€œearthworksâ€â€¨or â€œrain gardens.â€ Earthworksâ€¨ are simple, inexpensive strategies and landforms that passively harvest multiple sources of free on-site water including rainfall, stormwater runoff, air conditioning condensate, and greywater within â€œliving tanksâ€ of soil and vegetation. The plants then pump the water back outâ€¨ in the form of beauty, food, shelter, wildlife habitat, timber and forage, while controlling erosion, reducing down-stream flooding, dropping utility costs, increasing soil fertility, and improving water and air quality.
This revised and expanded full-color second edition builds on the information inÂ Volume 1Â by showing you how to turn your yard, school, business, park, and neighborhood into lively, regenerative producers of resources. Conditions at home will improve as you simultaneously enrich the ecosystem and inspire the surrounding community.
Learn to select, place, size, construct, and plant your chosen earthworks. All is made easier and more effective by the illustrations of natural patterns of water and sediment flow with which you can collaborate or mimic. Detailed step-by-step instructions with over 550 images show you how to do it, and plentiful stories of success motivate you so youÂ willÂ do it!