Slowing water for increasing yields

One of the techniques commonly used in permaculture design is to look at ways to slow the passage of water from a site so that it can be used for multiple functions before it exits. This can be done by creating water bodies, building swales, but also designing so the soil itself is capable of holding more water.

This article looks at how increasing the holding capacity of soil on farms – by adding organic matter, primarily – can help use water more effectively and increase crop yields, making profit for the farmer while preserving this precious resource.