Splashing Our Way Into November
I believe I mentioned that we were forecast for a record rainfall on the last day of October. The puddles in my driveway seem to indicate that this did indeed happen. I need to get out there with a shovel and expand my “drains”.
I think what I need to do is make a deeper drain hole, and clean out the drain ditches. It's funny, but Windy Woods is almost entirely sand, and yet, our driveway always gets puddles when it rains, and only our driveway. There are no other water features anywhere, even though we could wish there was a pond.
I need to find a book and/or web site with methods for creating a pond. I don't think we're lucky enough to be able to just dig one and have it fill naturally from the water table. The boys did start a hole in the ground back in the lowest area of Windy Woods, but it's still quite dry, even with the rain we're currently getting.
What this rain means is that this weekend will have to be spent constructing in the pole barn and greenhouse. As we're not going to just let the chooks have full freedom in the greenhouse, I need to section off an area just for them to use. They've become such good jumpers that it'll have to be wired up all the way to the top too.
I also need to construct a sleeping area for Altana. I think I'll have to spread chicken wire on the bottom of that and then some kind of bedding over that. She has become quite the digger. I'm also thinking solid sides to the walls, so she doesn't try and dig her way through the plastic of the greenhouse. This is kind of unfortunate, because it means I'll have to use more lumber than I really wanted to for her bedroom.
I bought some more field peas last weekend. Writing this has reminded me I need to get those spread over the floor of the greenhouse to start building some green manure for our early spring planting.
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