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Water for Every Farm - Yeomans Keyline Plan by [Yeomans, Ken B., Yeomans, P.A.(dec.)]
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This is the first Yeomans Keyline book published outside Australia and it details the principles, techniques and systems for sustainable development of rural and urban landscapes.

One of the primary objectives of Keyline planning is to enhance the swift development of deep biologically fertile soil, i.e. living soil, in a systematically designed landscape. Developing and deepening biological soil fertility will rebuild the soil structure and reduce the damaging effects of excessive storm-water runoff, which exacerbates erosion and infrastructure damage.

This book reveals how Keyline is the natural way to defeat the menace of soil erosion and salinity by healing the primary causes of soil erosion that are declining soil fertility and excessive stormwater runoff. The bio-adsorption of salinity and the long term storage of atmospheric carbon in the soil as humus are simply incidental benefits of Keyline.

This book reveals the Keyline methods to systematically convert subsoil into living topsoil. It explains the Keyline management techniques to resuscitate topsoil quickly so that the soil’s aerobic organisms are enabled to easily move down into the subsoil, spreading biological fertility and the resulting humus into the sub-soil below and so increasing the structural stability of the landscape.

This book will show you how to produce soil better than exists in the untended supposedly natural state.

Learn about Keyline pattern cultivation; a technique to achieve an exaggerated contour ripping pattern in undulating country. It causes the low points of the contour rip marks to occur in the centre area of the ridge shapes. The high points of the rip marks are in the centre of the adjoining valleys. Rainfall is of course rapidly adsorbed into the loosened soil. When runoff does eventually occur it tends to hang on the ridge shapes longer. This is a nice effect, considering ridges are normally dryer and harder than the adjacent valley shapes. The valleys benefit too from this pattern of cultivation because they don’t receive runoff during storm events till much further down where they are naturally flatter and more stable.
Keyline pattern cultivation is unique in this water spreading effect. All other common patterns of cultivation will somewhere cause runoff water to arrive in the valley shapes higher than would occur naturally. Keyline pattern cultivation is so effective for surface water control that it has enabled the rapid flood irrigation of gently undulating land without the need for terracing.

Whilst deep biologically fertile soil in a well-designed landscape was P.A. Yeomans’ goal, it was his development of the Keyline Scale of Permanence that provided the priority guide for planning the various factors of broad scale landscape planning and development. The correct planning priorities order is key to achieving optimum results.

On fully developed Keylined properties the vistas are of lakes with water birds; roads that climb along the ridge lines and follow level paths beside contour channels that are also adjacent to stepped contoured tree belts that shelter healthy crops and green pasture growing in deep, dark, biologically fertile soil.
No wonder this book is a recommended text for Permaculture students and natural farming enthusiasts worldwide.

This book includes updated selections and information; from the original P.A. Yeomans books:- The Keyline Plan (1954); The Challenge of Landscape (1958); (Water for Every Farm (1964 and 2nd edition 1968) and The City Forest (1971).
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5434 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Keyline Designs; 4th edition of this book since 1993. edition (3 June 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00557Z0OE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.0 out of 5 stars BUY AN EARLIER EDITION!! 23 November 2009
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The editor of this book butchered it so atrociously, it would flunk as a high school English assignment. While the information may be useful, extracting a complete idea from the sentence fragments, hopelessly vague grammar, and editor's irrelevant digressions and contentions requires extra labor. This edition is as much about P.A. Yeoman's personal beliefs and business as it is keyline planning. See an earlier edition for all the information and none of the fluff.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for the average gardener 8 February 2014
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Strangely worded and difficult to follow. For very large scale land owners and farmers. Not helpful for the average person who would be better off with a book like Gaia or other books on permaculture farming
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 13 March 2013
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Interesting and very detailed book of the Keyline method of water and general soil management. While most relevant for droughty areas, many of these ideas would be applicable to other areas where water management could reduce the impact of floods by capturing some of the water during heavy precipitation events, and slowly releasing the water to reduce peak flow periods. A useful tool for urban water management as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic Keyline design book 11 March 2014
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Water For Every Farm is a compilation of other books written by PA Yeomans starting in the 1950's. The information presented is not outdated, and applies today. This book is invaluable to any landowner, farmer, or rancher that has ever struggled with periods of drought, or just would like more water available for their farm enterprises.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Water for Every Farm 3 April 2009
By David - Published on
Excellent time tested material on developing fertile land and using water carefully. Mr. PA Yoemans spent a lifetime developing the recommendations in this book and his son provides a very beneficial update to the original work with updated examples of the recommendations as implemented. Tremendous resource of information and very well written.