Over the last few days, we’ve been kind of busy planning the chicken pasture. Since that quadrant of the land is the highest point with a slope, we’ve been trying to figure out where we are going to put our earthworks, swales, and diversion ditches. It’s not like we’re dealing with a steep slope, but harvesting the water we do get as well as keeping rain runoff from pooling at the bottom of our driveway is of great concern to us since that’s exactly what happens right now.
I’m hoping that in the next few days we’ll be able to make our A frame and also water level tools, and start mapping out the quadrant where the chicken pasture will go. Next will be pegging the ground to mark where our contours are, then mapping out and drawing up our plans for our swales, walkways, diversion ditches and so forth. I have a rough draft which isn’t to scale, but just a guide line for Dom to see, since the way I verbally explain things seems to always get lost in translation. LOL
As we get out there and start mapping everything out, I’ll try to get some pictures of our process. The other thing on our minds is making compost since we have a HUGE amount of tumbleweeds. Even though we do have a copious amount of tumbleweeds (and then some) most of them will be buried in the berms…I know that we aren’t going to have nearly enough to make compost. Luckily there are plenty of places for us to get the materials we need to make some nice hot compost heaps. We need to get out there and start utilizing all the resources that are available to us, but first we need a very well thought out plan of action! We’ll be discussing all of that today.