Island of Green (in the desert)
Island of Green (in the desert)
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Commenced:
01/01/2014
Submitted:
04/03/2014
Last updated:
07/10/2015
Location:
5675 Majestiv View Rd SW, Deming, NM, US
Website:
www.facebook.com/IslandofGreen
Climate zone:
Hot Desert





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Douglas Smith Elizabeth Goodman Roderick  des Tombe Tammie Hewitt Trish Sanders Yosef Hernandez
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Island of Green (in the desert)

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Project Summary

This project intends to transform a 10-acre sandbox into an "Island of Green" in the desert.

Project Description

This is what we start with: a 10-acre sandbox in the Northern Chihuahua desert.

10 acres = 4 ha = 220 yards (200m) squared. 
Mesquite, noxious weeds and some annual grasses is all that grows here without extra water. About 65% of the property is bare sandy loam. 
The land is quite flat with a gradient NW to SE of only 0.4%, and most of that in the right bottom corner.





This project is still in the early planning stages:

Main problems perceived + intended solutions:
1. rainfall is rare, but strong with runoff.
--> high-volume swales and water collection pits to capture max. amount of water.

2. land is extremely flat, with flooding danger of house
 -->  Around house = drainage away instead of collection,  The berms of swales downstream of the house need to be frequently interrupted to prevent backup flooding of the house.

3. mesquite is virtually undestructable.
--> goats can eat mesquite. This maintains the native mesquite in the landscape, but as a single-trunk shade tree rather than a nuisance thorn bush.

4. Wind erosion is extreme with severe dust storms. --> multiple swales + berms along the West border will be planted with high trees and / or bamboo. 

Comments and suggestions invited.  

Updates

Island of Green - February 2015 update.

An early Spring is a good time to get started again.

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Island of Green - September 2014 update.

Island of Green - September 2014 update. Rain at last!

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Island of Green - August 2014 update.

Island of Green - August 2014 update. Progress is slow.

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Island of Green - April 2014 update.

Island of Green - Initial dirtworks April 2014.

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Volunteers Invited!

What is needed, and who can help?

Posted over 6 years ago (1 comments)

From Sandbox to Island of Green - STAGE ONE.

Ideas and Planning: the How and Why behind this Project.

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'Island of Green" is alive!

From design to practice: trees, bees and chicks.

Posted over 6 years ago (0 comments)
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