A few months back before I got my excavator, I had just returned from a lengthy stay riding trails and exploring out west. It was right at the height of the summer heat and no rain conditions for two months. My renter, hadn’t fulfilled their agreement to water everything. Not once or ever and Boy was I ticked! Anyway, I started watering heavily to try and save what I could. (Some were good drought tolerant and tough survivors). Besides running the sprinklers and hand watering with the hoses strewn about the farm, I wanted to look at more serious ways of drenching my soils with water, without having to tax the wells. I have a single plow but it’s almost too big and heavy for my tractor and awkward to plow on my slopes with something so heavy as this land anchor is. So, I decided to use my middle buster plow and even though it only went about 6”-8” deep, it made a big difference when the next rains came. Especially since I ran a bunch of parallel lines along the contours and following in between my already planted rows. Just recently I picked up my Yanmar Vio 35-6A excavator. I’ve been so busy lately that I hadn’t had the chance to start the swales until a few days ago and I dug into the night. The next day it rained all day and the swales operated wonderfully. It’s a bit tight working between the rows and trellises but it’s all coming together in a grand fashion! Ain’t Life Swale!
Started working on the second swale. I had already installed my 2 x 300' trellises almost two years ago and I didn't have access to an excavator at the time, so I'm doing this a little backwards, as I only recently purchased one. I didn't want to dig everything up and start over. So, I'm happy that I left enough room to install these swales between plantings. I'm also thankful I was thoughtful enough to have installed all the plantings and trellises on contour.
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