The Owner Built Homestead - Chapter 4: Water Management
Soil and water are intimately related, and modern methods of using them treat both very poorly. In this chapter of his book, Ken Kern discusses a less destructive and wasteful approach to water management.
The conventional (i.e. USDA) method of irrigation and water management is wasteful.
Table shows the effects of irrigation on crop yields.
Map of aquifers in the U.S.
Table shows types of soil irrigation and their effects on the land.
Plan for building a small farm or homestead pond.
Tables and illustration show water infiltration depths for clay, loam, and sandy soil.
Ken Kern's plan for a circular subirrigated vegetable garden.