Re: A swale to move water from A to B? Here are the photos... This first one shows the idea I discussed with my Permie friend. His idea was the take the level of the first swale from the base of a very sturdy pile of rocks on the erosion repair work the council did. The to swale will go from there approximately to the X at the other end of the block. Then a 2nd swale would be added between Y and Z on the lower slope. The rocks on the right of the shot he suggested could be pushed down to form the start of the swale. They would be placed over a very bare and rocky patch of ground. (as seen in the 2nd image below) This next shot it taken a few steps forward from the last shot and shows those rocks in the bottom that would be pushed down to start the swale where the white line is. You can see how bare the ground is here. This last image is taken from a few more steps forward and shows the rocky ground from which a productive swale will be created. (fingers crossed) Any thoughts on the feasibility of this plan? It is growing so tiring to hear locals say to me "You never grow anything up there". To which I respond, I will if I put a couple of swales in and add tons of organic matter. Might take some years but as long as I keep adding to it and growing what I can, I cant see why this cannot be a productive piece of land. This block cannot be as tough as the land in that https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sohI6vnWZmk Greening the desert video.