Terra Nova Gardens has water and a gate.

| 8/20/2012 6:22:12 PM

A photo of Nebraska DaveJust a tinge of fall is in the air.  Some of the tree leaves are starting to fall from the trees.  The garden plants are definitely passed their prime.  The season continues to be a month ahead of the normal seasonal schedule for this area.  The extreme heat seems to be over.  The day time temperatures range in the middle 80s and the night time temperatures are consistently in the 50s.  It makes for very slow ripening of tomatoes.

School is back in session so more time can be given to yard and garden projects.  A much neglected back yard will welcome a grooming and perhaps a bath.  It's been a long hot summer and all the yards have taken on the grunge look.  Only rain can bring the lawns back from zombie land.  We have only had about 1.5 inches of rain since June 20th.  Rain is still desperately needed through out the midwest.Platte River 

This my friends is supposed to be the mighty Platte River.  Every year it does show many sand bars but this looks like the desert.  The weather folks are labeling this as a flash drought.  It's like some one just turned off the rain on June 20th.

I have been actively hauling water to Terra Nova Gardens until just a couple weeks ago.  Some of you will remember that Terra Nova Gardens has a natural spring on the property.  A decision was made to dig out the spring and see just how much water it would produce.
Terra Nova Gardens Spring 

This is a ground level look at the spring with all the brush and weeds cleared away.  It appears that someone has been trying to fill up the spring with brush, rocks, and (big sigh) trash.  Many sticks, bricks, chunks of concrete and plastic bags were pulled out of the pit while being dug.
Terra Nova Gardens Spring pit 

Here you can see a good portion dug out with water filling up the pit.  This pit is about three foot deep and has a foot of water in it when this picture was taken.  The dimensions are some what odd but I figure just this part will hold some where around 300 gallons of water.  I am determined to dig out a section about five feet wide and six feet long.  The end result will hold some where between 800 and 900 gallons of water.  The plan is to build a platform over the pit and pump the water out with an old fashioned hand farm pump.  The cost to sink a well here would not cost much but then I would have to involve city hall for well permits and water testing and who knows what else.  I'm hoping to circumvent all that by just digging a pit, letting it fill with water, and pumping it out for garden use only. 

9/12/2012 9:27:50 PM

Mary, I've already started covering the other property with mulch. Surely no one will complain about keeping the weeds down. I should have enough mulch to cover a good portion of that property after my garden is covered. Have a great day in the garden.

Mary Carton
9/12/2012 2:41:36 AM

Dave, option 3 sounds good until option 2 becomes available. Amazing what people will trash up nature with. Tomatoes is all I have left and they are really starting to produce.

9/7/2012 4:40:20 AM

Shannon, it looks like the hay venture will produce enough mulch to cover my garden area and a good portion of the gorilla garden as well. If nothing else, I'll be able to help keep the weeds down and improve the area. The water has worked out great. It's so nice just to dip the water out with a five gallon bucket and water the plants. Hopefully by next year I'll have a make shift water tower to use to water the garden. Water will be pumped out of the spring and into 55 gallon barrels which will reside about 30 feet up the bank behind the pond. It's about a 20 to 30 foot drop to the garden level. It should produce enough pressure to water all parts of the garden area. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a great day in the garden.

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