February 2018
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Updated Walk-Thru of the Swales

Today I did another walk-thru of the swales. It’s been a hot summer and we’ve had a lot of rain. Many of our fruit trees are doing great, but others not so well. Deer have devastated the young plum and apple trees.

The pond has stayed full from the rain. The goldfish are still doing […]

The Swales and Pond Fill from a Heavy Rain Shower

Yesterday it rained hard for about an hour. The upper swale filled up fast and overflowed to the pond. Then the pond overflowed out the spillway and filled up the lower swale. Here I talk a little about the swales and some of the trees from the cover of our front porch. It’s great to […]

The Swales and Pond Fill to Capacity from a Heavy Rain

Last night a band of heavy rain came through. This morning I captured this quick video of the results.

First the upper swale fills to capacity from both ends. Then the spillway in the middle overflows and carries the water down to the pond. The pond fills to the point that is overflows at […]

Fruit Trees in Bloom on February 26th

Today I did a quick video tour of the swales where several of our peach trees are blooming. This is very early to get fruit blossoms in our area. The risk is that we get a late frost and lose the crop. Right now the weather forecast is still looking good that we won’t get […]

The Swales and Pond Fill from a Heavy Rain

Today I did another video walking around the swale project after a rain.

Last night and this morning we had second good waves of rain. After the first rain, the upper swale was almost full. Then the second wave came through. The swale filled and overflowed to the spillway. The pond filled up and […]

Video Walk-Thru of the Swales During a Steady Rain

Today I did a walk-through of the swale project during a rain. It was a very dry summer, so we badly needed rain. Now we are finally getting some winter rains. The rain has been coming down at a light drizzle for the last couple of days. Today the rain picked up enough to start […]

The Pond Project – Doing a Test Fill

Recently I started a project to build a pond between our two swales. The purpose is to increase our water storage and infiltration. Another benefit is to attract more plant and animal life to the food forest. I will explain more about the design and construction process once it is complete.

Once the initial […]

Another Video Tour of the Swale Project

Today I did another walk-through of the swale project. The summer was very hot and dry. We’ve had 70 days of 90 degrees or higher, making it hard on the plants and even harder on me. As I get older, it is becoming a necessity to make the systems here lower maintenance. The swale system […]

Peach Trees Thriving in the Swale

I’ve described before how our fruit trees are thriving in the swale environment. Today I took a couple pictures that demonstrate that fact again.

In the first picture is a peach tree that was transplanted from a pot about 2 and a half years ago in March 2014. It was purchased from Lowes in […]

The Story of Our Swale As Told by Four Fig Trees

The weather here has been incredibly hot and dry all summer. We’ve had almost no rain for weeks, and the average highs are 95 degrees. In many areas of our property, plants and trees are looking stressed. Grass is dying and the ground is starting to crack.

In the midst of these brutal conditions, something […]