Working on the water flows of the top of the food forest. The highest point of your property + the other needs we're designing for show us how to make these first few critical choices, from which all other water travel choices in the landscape then flow. It's a dendritic pattern; one or a few strong starting points, branching into more and more choices as we move down the hill. Since this is the top of my teeny 1/10 acre property, I started by immediately starting to swale on contour to sink and slow every drop of water. The level nature of swales on contour means that when these ditches between garden beds fill to a certain level with rainwater, instead of flooding the garden beds, they backflood and the water travels down the hill to repeat this cycle. You can just picture me out here in the rain nerding around with my umbrella studying the water flow! ☔️Water is one of the best teachers there is for informing design.
This is the decked area that Josh built alone when he was 18... as you can see that corner was full of weeds, shrubs, rubbish and an old shed which was a nightmare to get rid of! But we did and re fenced the garden and made it look so much bigger and lighter!!