E. Mark wrote:Our home has a sump pump in the basement because of a high water table. As a result, the pump is sending a lot of water out through a pipe with an outlet about 30 feet from our house, near the edge of our property. My wife doesn't want that water to go to waste. She is interested in making a pond by the outlet where the water comes out of the pipe. As a test, she dug up a little area, and found that it fills up quickly with the water that our sump pump expels.
Is a pond a good use for this ground water? I'm concerned that the water might contain a lot of pesticides from our neighbors' lawns or other contaminants. That might make it risky to add fish, but if we don't add fish, a lot of mosquitoes could breed there. If you think a pond is feasible, how could we design an ecosystem that makes use of this water?
What other uses would you recommend for the water that our sump pump puts out?
Jason Nicoll wrote:...The system I prefer is finding the longest, highest site for a top swale and linked dam system with food forest and then sub-soil rip the land below at a slight angle towards the peaks. Then charge local farmers a monthly rate per head of livestock to feed off the land and control their grazing with electric fencing on a chicken/pig/cow tractoring system to make revenue. This should help towards gaining an income whilst improving the nutrients of the land and keeping development and land sale options open.
Jason Nicoll wrote:Thanks for the great advice and encouragement. I feel I am pretty close to getting the right piece of land and can't wait to sit down, take stock and start to see the design. The next challenge is going to be finding a competent bulldozer/digger operator.
Ryan Absher wrote:On today's episode of The Survival Podcast (http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/wop-four), Jack mentioned something that a recent guest of
He called it a "Comfrey Tractor", and it was basically a potted comfrey plant with holes drilled in the bottom of the pot. He would place it somewhere for
a few weeks and water it. The roots would grow through the holes and into the ground. He would then twist the pot, breaking off the roots in the ground.
Of course new plants would spring up from the roots left in the ground. Then it's on to the next spot.
I thought this was pretty interesting.
Jeff Marchand wrote:...The problem with livestock in the bush is they eat all the seedlings. If we killed all our children then before too long we would be extinct as the old geezers die off. Same with the forest. You need to let some seedlings grow up to replace the old trees that die, or you harvest for firewood. It does nt have to be livestock either my maple bush has been over grazed by white tail deer, who prefer leaves from maple seedling to ash or hickory leaves. So guess what the new growth is almost entirely ash and hickory. Neither species will give my grandkids maple syrup