Hello, my name is Pom, im originaly from canada but i decided to devote my life to healing my self and the earth, in Kenya. I found out recently about greening deserts, and i now want to do the exact same here where i am. You see, me and the community i am creating are 100% fruitarian, wich mean we only eat fruits, beleive or not! So my goal when i came here was to do my best to re-create the natural habitat of human kind, a garden of eden. I recently watched the full video of establishing a food forest by Geoff Lawton, with the extras. It gave me a lot of precious information but not the details that i need. My problem here is that we have no electricity, and ordering a book would cost a lot, and by the time it will get here, around 2-3 month, the rain season will already be here. So i really would like to have someone that could answer a few questions. First i must tell you about the land i live on, it is clay/sandy soil, very dry, with 2 rain season per year, wich gives about 8 to 12 inch (250 to 400mm) of rain. the downside of the hill we will use has a permenant river. So my first question is about that river, will the water we will be harvesting just drift into the river instead of seeping down into the soil? and how deep and how large should the swalles be? can we only plant on the mount created by the swalle? if so, what if i plow the land? (laber here is cheap, 1 worker cost 3$ a day with food). About the timing of planting the different species, i know about the ground cover and the short term legume bush, but what about the fruit and legume trees? should i wait until the soil is fertile enough? or how many months? the rain season is of only 2 months, if we are lucky! how long should it take until the soil is fertile? i mean from clay/sandy to at least loamy, and how deep will it be fertile in how much time? if we aply every advise on the video i mean, and more. So that should be it for now. I have a good idea of where the swalles will be, and im just waiting for some more informations to start the digging. I have started the nursary, about 120 fruit trees. Anyone can read more about us on our website, fruitariancommunity.tk, pictures will come soon. Im just a begginer, but i am seriously devoted to this project, its been gowing on for about 1 year, and the work i have done is nothing compared to what it could be if had that knowledge!! it took so much from! so many failures! so much money! We really hope to find the help we need!