Terra Nova Gardens has water and a gate.

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

Tags: natural spring, gate, gorilla gardening, desert river, Nebraska Dave,

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. 

nebraska dave
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.

nebraska dave
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.

s.m.r. saia
9/6/2012 5:39:53 PM

Wow, how amazing that you have your own water source right there! And your gate looks great. I love your guerilla gardening idea! I look forward to seeing tha take shape!

hank will
9/4/2012 6:39:44 PM

Cool on the spring, Dave. I can't wait to see what kind of capacity it has ... I wonder if you could dig out a pit, set a sand point into it and then back-fill with crushed rock. I think springs are magical. Can't wait to see this spring get developed!

nebraska dave
9/3/2012 1:12:20 PM

Allan, yeah, I have always had good intentions about testing the water to see just what could be in it but since I'm just using it for garden watering, I just haven't seen the need right now. I have a newly acquired friend in the neighborhood that has taken an interest in helping me with some of the work in the garden. He initially helped with the weed cleanup and always stops to talk a few minutes when I'm there at the garden. He is 84 and retired from construction work. He's decided that I should let him help with digging out the pond and wants to bring in his backhoe to make it bigger. So I may have a much larger pond than I figured on but that's OK. It gives him something to feel needed in the neighborhood. I have really been well excepted into the neighborhood. I hope that things don't get so bad that either of us will have to use our springs to have drinking water. It may get to the point where gardens will indeed become a factor in helping with the food budget. Food prices continue to rise each year and I don't see that trend changing. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a great day in the garden.

allan douglas
9/3/2012 11:46:11 AM

Looking good Dave! We have a spring on our land too. The story is told how 100 years ago there was a lumber mill up the road and the workers would come down here at lunch tine to drink from the spring. Then Old Earl bought this piece of land and commenced to building a house. He didn't want the spring and the muckiness in his yard so he planted a willow tree there. It has kept the area dry ever since. But I figure: should society fall apart and we lose use of the electric well pump, I could always cut down the willow tree and dig out a pit like yours to have access to some kind of water. Don't think I'd want to drink the pit water, but apparently it was drinkable once.

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