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Of power tools and ditches

Finally, progress. The weather has been warm enough, in the 40s, to allow for digging trenches.Working with giant powered trenchers in the rain just isn’t a good idea, so we had to wait for the winter to turn a corner. And last weekend, it certainly did it’s job.

With the visit of the consultant, I was able to draw out a plan for 4 circuits to allow water to run to the garden. So we rented the trencher and went for it. There are now rows and rows of upturned soil just waiting to be smoothed and have pipe laid in them. We didn’t get any further than opening the trenches because the rocks here kept throwing the the chain off the machine. Two man rocks are just too big for even a good sized trencher to handle, and taking the thing back to the shop the have the chain reset multiple times sucked out a lot of usable hours.

But now, the initial routes are ready and the smoothing can happen at our leisure. I have the list of pipe to buy, and the drip system doesn’t require plumbing or electrical work to get us up and running. We’re so much further along than I anticipated! We can lay each circuit independently and won’t really need them until June, so we have tons of time to take this project in small, kind to our back, increments.

Originally published at my blog. You can comment here or there.


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You're crazy/amazing. Seriously, I love that you are doing this kind of thing on your own. Way more than I would ever take on and probably why even though we live 'far out' we don't live 'in the country'.

I'm sure we could hire this out pretty easily. But with the teensy plan I had, it seemed silly yo pay someone, especially when we could do it for a tiny fraction of the cost.

Also, I love swinging the pick. That thing scared the crap out of me at first, but it's really fun.

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