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6 Homestead Design Ideas for Better Water Distribution

Water distribution on your homestead is vital to the success of your crops. There are many different ways to water your plants. We will focus on seven homestead design ideas for better water distribution. These design ideas may not suit every homesteader, so you must do some research before deciding what works best for you and your property.

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Rainwater Harvesting

Water storage is an integral part of homestead design and rainwater harvesting is a great way to capture water from your roof. A large volume of water can be stored in tanks when it’s not raining, which will ensure that you always have enough for gardening or livestock needs, even if the next rainfall doesn’t occur for weeks.


Swale design is a great way to increase your crop yield while also helping the environment. A swale distributes water through the soil evenly, and it reduces the evaporation of existing water resources. A swale starts at an elevated point near any bodies of water, such as rivers or ponds, and it slopes down gradually until it reaches a low point of the property. This means that water will flow easily along the swale, and it won’t just be stored in one area where it can evaporate while other areas remain dry.


Depending on the size of your homestead garden, you may be interested in a sprinkler system or an in-ground watering system from a pump that requires piping. Depending on the garden protection system, you may be able to leave the piping above ground but in most cases, drilling into the ground to install the piping is the best option. By drilling into the ground, you are able to use fertilizing machinery without worrying about damaging the watering system of your homestead garden.

French Drains

French drains are trenches that collect excess water and direct it away from your property. They can be installed in low-lying areas where the soil is often damp, or they can also be used alongside swales to remove any remaining standing water after a rainfall event.


Ponds are an excellent option for water harvesting, and they also help to control erosion. The pond itself will fill with rainwater during storm events, but it will slowly release that water back into the surrounding soil, so your crops have enough access throughout the dry periods. It can take quite a few years before ponds start providing excess water, but you will notice a significant difference in your crop yields within the first few years.

Raised Beds

Raised beds are a great option if you want to grow crops in an often flooded or extremely wet area, but they can also be used for more general homestead design ideas. The raised bed will prevent excess water from entering the surrounding soil while still allowing it to soak into the ground and replenish the water resources.

There are many ways to improve water distribution on your homestead, but these design ideas should be used as a starting point. Before beginning any major construction projects, you must do some research, and hiring the right professionals can also ensure that everything goes smoothly with minimal disruption to your daily life or business operations.


Author Bio:  Anica Oaks is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. You can connect with Anica on Twitter @AnicaOaks.



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