This was the manifold setup I designed in Las Vegas, NV to capture rainwater. 55 gallon drums were chained together and could be individually shut off for repairs. the water came off a shed roof - there was no pre-dirt-debris "first flush."
The output was only used to water the garden during dryer times. Normally this kind of setup would need to have a cover against sunlight to prevent algae build-up. but in the desert, the water was used up fairly quickly and thus, was not an issue.
I will be building something like this on a much larger scale at the Seed of Life in Texas! And yes, it will include a first flush element.
Part of the original WholeWay Home concept in Las Vegas was to offer biohacking tools, before they were called "biohacking!" Now I have set up a permanent space in the Heart of Hill Country Texas where if you are a fellow healer or health coach, etc., you can rent it out as a safe space to offer your clients... OR you can the rent the entire suite overnight and get the best night's sleep you ever ever had.
For Healers: https://www.wholewayhome.com/space/
For Public: https://airbnb.com/h/biohack
Hugel Culture or more properly... Hügelkultur... is a permaculture technique for gardening. A mound is constructed from decaying wood debris and other compostable biomass plant materials and planted as a raised bed.
Our ongoing saga to effectively deal with the critters eating away at our newly planted fruit trees in our "Gentleman's Orchard." We have used garlic oil, neem oil, netting and fencing and so far everything is hanging in there.
Now that we have been here over a year and have the 1800s rock room up and running... and are starting to actually work on building things, it is fun to look back at our initial first boho campout: living in a tent and the stealth van (not so stealth here) and having the outdoor kitchen, etc.
We are using all sorts of techniques in this project including "lasagna" cardboard layering to keep down weeds and five or more inches of mulch for weed suppression and water retention. Also, we found a toad.
Sometimes you need to spare the shovel and get the big tools out. In this case about a half hour of paying for an heavy equipment operator was more affordable and less physically demanding than a few days of day labor.