Urban Swales Part 1: Weeping Tile & Mulched Pathways

 In Featured, Permaculture Projects, Verge Permaculture, Water

Last year, we did a series of videos looking at the swale systems on our property and demonstration site. Part one looks at how we’ve combined the featuress of a Hügelkultur system, a wicking bed, and swales to nourish a productive garden that requires very little additional irrigation:

Check out Part 2 and 3 on our video on swales

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Jesse Stacken
Jesse Stacken
5 years ago

Hello Rob. Thanks for all the info. I’ve checked out all the videos and all the comments, but I’m wondering a couple things. You say you’ve put holes weeping tile. Where are they drilled? Sides, top, or all over? And how far apart are the holes?

Also, you mentioned in your wicking bed video that swales too close to a house can be a problem. How far away from the house do they need to be?


6 years ago

What is it that wicks the water from the swales into the garden beds? Is it the contact of the swale mulch with the soil below the bed? How does the water get up to the plant roots – especially the young plant roots of new transplants and sprouts?
(I am so excited to see these videos. I am planning something similar but had no idea there were others doing the same. Thank you!)

6 years ago

what kind of wood is the mulch


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