Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Getting Ready For The Rain

We are being optimistic even though this winter we have experienced the worst drought in 20 years. We decided to try to learn from previous winters and  prepare for rain  ( if it ever gets here!)
You see, we live in an area that is basically flat. Really flat. So when it rains, it floods.The rain water sits on our property and causes our clay soil to become sticky, gooey, mud. Which makes it a royal pain in the you know where to even do the simplest of chores.

This picture from last winter gives you an idea of what I am talking about.
One chore that I have to do rain or shine is feed and water the chickens, and collect eggs. Twice a day, 365 days a year. The path that I take to go see about my girls is one of the worst places for mud and my walking this path twice a day does not help the situation at all.
 So the first step was to install perforated drain pipe to help the drainage problem.
As you can tell, hubby had help from our puppy Buddy who was convinced that he was helping and that hubby was only digging holes for his enjoyment!


 Next, we wrapped the pipe with filter fabric, then laid more filter fabric on top of the pipe and path in preparation for the drain rock.

Then the truck from the rock quarry dumped the drain rock for us to spread over the fabric.

Whew! I am so glad that this project is completed! 
Now, when I go do my chores in the pouring rain, I will not need hip waders to get to the girls! 
And all we have to do now is wish, pray, and even dance for the rain because I am ready...... bring it!



Sandy Sandmeyer said...

What a blessing to have a safe and drier way to take care of your girls. Hoping for that rain. We're getting ours in Florida now.

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