Progress on Pond

Last Friday I was able to dig most of the pond for the orchard.  I chose the crotch of the small valley on the site as the site, so that drainage from the surrounding slopes can collect there, and hopefully recharge the water on-site.  There was 2-3ft of topsoil before I hit clay and sand which I kept seperate so as to till into the rest of the site (in some areas the clay is almost on the surface).  I also measured the site with a tape measure in order to create an accurate plan.

 

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The next steps are to plan and then dig the keyline swales. I’ve been listening and researching P.E. Yeoman’s “keyline” system which is a form of small scale geo-engineering involving swales on contour (podcast by Agroinnovations and another).  These swales help hold the water on the site and create more moist habitats for plants and mitigate drought risk.

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