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Wet post holes

Watery post hole

One downside of the non-concrete fence-post mix is that it reacts violently with water. So the manufacturers recommend either backfilling the hole or sopping up any visible liquid before application.

How does that affect us? Immediately after auger day, it set in to rain and continued until the holes all filled up with groundwater. So far, the animals are mostly leaving us alone, but we're hoping the weather will let us get more posts in this week before deer find our crops.

In the meantime, if you have four legs and are reading this post --- I hear the neighbors down the road are planting strawberries. Go there!

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Maybe you could tie a woolen sock or pieces of a foam pilow on a string and lower it down into the water, to sponge up that water, but that would be pretty awkward. In hindsight, you might want to cover the holes, so they don't fill up more... Or you might be able to stuff the holes with wadded up newspaper, that you can lift back out when they soak up the water. Good luck!
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