Under the drain out back
It's been nearly a month
since I last posted about our partially-completed
but I haven't been entirely idle. Whenever the water's low enough
to cross the creek without hip waders and I don't have anything more
pressing to carry in from the parking area, I've tossed a ten-foot
section of pipe over my shoulder during my morning walk. I guess
that means the floodplain has been easily passable 6 days out of the
What I discovered
underneath our current drain
out back was a
fascinating system I didn't know existed. Two feet out from the
discharge spot, the clay turned grey --- clearly it had gleyed itself. Closer in, a
band of white...something...had built up right around the base of the
pipes but a few inches under the soil. And atop that white band
was an astonishing number of earthworms.
Our chicken waterer keeps water where you want it --- in your hens' mouths, not turning the coop floor into a swamp.
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