Monday, December 3, 2012

And Then the Rains Came...

Our fall field yesterday -- Waah!! Today I'll be working on replanting the Brassicas that got washed away.
It's officially in the wet season now. According to our rain gauge, we had about 7 inches over the past week. The grand finale was yesterday; it was pouring all morning with strong winds. We had just decided to scrap our plans for the day and do some cozy indoor projects when I went out to check on the field and realized that parts of it were flooding! One thing I've learned about farming is that you just have to get out there and do your job, regardless of whether you'd rather be wrapped in a blanket reading a book on the couch. So, off we went to salvage what we could. I put up an extra tarp on the chicken coop to provide some more shelter for our wet birds, and we dug several extra drainage canals in an attempt to send the water away from the crops. Fortunately, Gal had the foresight when we first moved here to install a French drain system around our whole field and house. The system was working at full capacity yesterday, and we were able to connect the flooded areas to the French drain with a little extra digging. It seems to have worked well. Today is sunny, and the field doesn't have any pools of water left, just a lot of mud!

The work of the hydraulic engineer never ends.

Hunker down soggy chickens.

Our little creek got frighteningly close to the top of the banks, but today it's receded back to a trickle.


Jennifer Moiles said...

Wow. That's a lot of rain... I hope it didn't spoil your crops! You will always be in great shape doing the work that you do!

Thank you for all of your hard work and wonderful organic produce!!


Michelle and Gal said...

Hi Jen, Thank you for your concern. It's all dried up now, and the crops are okay. Thankfully the flooding was mostly just in a few small patches of the field.

I'm glad you're liking the veggies!