Fixing Poor Drainage at the Farm

Posted by F&S

We, Frenchies, heard the hum of heavy machinery coming from somewhere on the farm and, of course, we went to investigate.  It’s always fascinating to see how problems can get fixed and sometimes, it really helps to bring in those machines!

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Francesca!  Where are you going?  Be careful near all of these big trucks and heavy equipment!

1 Francesca! Where are you going? Be careful near all of these big trucks and heavy equipment!

Hi Betsy!  What's going on?  We don't often see excavators on the farm!

2 Hi Betsy! What's going on? We don't often see excavators on the farm!

Oh Sharkey, do  you remember when the new hoop house was built?  The crew found a lot of water flowing underground.

3 Oh Sharkey, do you remember when the new hoop house was built? The crew found a lot of water flowing underground.

These guys are here to dig drainage ditches to make sure that water is going to the proper place!  Sharkey, did you know that improper drainage can desiccate soil, making it very unhealthy?

4 These guys are here to dig drainage ditches to make sure that water is going to the proper place! Sharkey, did you know that improper drainage can desiccate soil, making it very unhealthy?

Look Sharkey, they've already dug a trench.  This area is on a downhill slope so the trench has been dug according to the natural arc of the land.

5 Look Sharkey, they've already dug a trench. This area is on a downhill slope so the trench has been dug according to the natural arc of the land.

Wow, this is a giant tube!  It looks like it would be fun to run through!

6 Wow, this is a giant tube! It looks like it would be fun to run through!

Too bad it's going to be buried underground!  However, it will collect the excess water in the ground and lead it away from the soil.

7 Too bad it's going to be buried underground! However, it will collect the excess water in the ground and lead it away from the soil.

The plastic pipe leads the excess water into this drainage ditch here.  The water is guided away from areas where it isn't wanted.

8 The plastic pipe leads the excess water into this drainage ditch here. The water is guided away from areas where it isn't wanted.

We better be careful!  This pit is quite deep!  These guys sure look like they know what they're doing.

9 We better be careful! This pit is quite deep! These guys sure look like they know what they're doing.

This drainage ditch is going to help a lot!  Martha is starting rows of corn right across the way.  We want to make sure we can control the amount of moisture to ensure strong, healthy plants!

10 This drainage ditch is going to help a lot! Martha is starting rows of corn right across the way. We want to make sure we can control the amount of moisture to ensure strong, healthy plants!

Right, Sharkey.  Let's not stand in the way of their jobs or that heavy equipment!  I wouldn't want to get smacked by that swinging arm!

11 Right, Sharkey. Let's not stand in the way of their jobs or that heavy equipment! I wouldn't want to get smacked by that swinging arm!

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  • Hello Ladies,
    Where is G.K. on all these rounds? Maddox, you need to talk to the boy again. I know he is a champion and all, but he needs to watch out for the girls now and then on the explorations. Kids...!!!! I think Mama Martha needs to have some doggie hard hats made in her line of pet apparrel. You two exploring ladies need to meet OSHA regulations you know. We are preparing for a big spring snow this weekend. I am excited. That means a fire maybe and more "cc" time. Zoe, Mom said I was trying my best last night to help you get rid of the houseguest by sending stink bombs all the way to your house. Did it help?I must tell you all that my week has been a pretty good one. Last Friday I wasn't the best and then the Warrior Prince call came to me and I perked up. Mom says it is the Glue Squad and everyone's prayers that are keeping us both strong. Oh, Cora Belle, one racoon siting last night. My brother went out and was investigating, as everyone seems to get to the scene and the criminals are gone. But we are going to investigate more today, but he thinks he found their residence between the shed and fence. Now what do we do, if we find them in the day? I hope everyone stays warm and has a great weekend and maybe next week Kirby and Chloe will be home. And Zoe, it is best you didn't break her out. That would have just put her back in longer. Enjoy the weekend all!!
    Love & licks,
    Warrior Prince Basil

  • Wow, lots of things going on at the farm. You girls do a good job reporting these things to us. We know so much about the farm, we feel like it is sort of our place too. Martha should build a little club house for the Glue Squad. We could meet there once a year. It would be like a retreat for us. hehehehehe
    By the way, where are you in all this stuff going on at the farm GK? You could help the girls with their reporting.
    Hey Rebel, how is the assistant job going? Are you real busy? Zoe, get that girl when she leaves. Pee all over her shoes on the way out the door. She won't want ever to come back. I can't believe it is Friday already. I hope everyone has a great weekend, especially our Warrior Prince, Basil. I will check back later today.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good morning ladies!
    I bet those machines are loud! That is quite a project & very important. Corn? Planting corn? We have a lot of cornfields here, little dogs can get lost in the cornfields....Can't wait to see how big the plot is going to be. Sweet corn, pretty indian corn, popcorn....
    Morning to our Warrior Prince. Keep passing those "toots". You'll chase something (or someone) away. Does it work for ants?
    To Maddox, your idea is kinda like the movie "The Four Seasons", right? A once a year special weekend. Oh,yes, I am very busy at work. I greet people and generally keep an eye on all goings on. I'm on guard duty, too.
    Have a great day everybody!
    Your Pal,
    Rebel

  • Good Morning F & S and the entire Glue Squad :)

    Can you see the big smile on my face - the witch is gone. I'm so happy, I'm so happy, I'm so happy :)
    So she brings her own pillow when she travels and I got on the bed and laid on it she wasn't happy about a little dog hair ;) Then I ran out the door when dad was taking her to the airport this morning and she had to chase me and her shoes got all wet from the sprinkler being on - hahaha too bad.

    Franny and Sharkey you better be careful around those big ditches you don't want to fall in and get hurt. Sharkey I bet it would be fun to run through that pipe you could play hide and seek.

    We have house guests coming over tomorrow but thank God they are just staying for the day. Bringing 2 babies who are teething and drop cookies and pretzels so I won't mind. Sunday I'm spending all day on a lounge chair by mom's side. We plan on working on our tans and having a few cocktails by the pool I can't wait. F & S did your mom every come out with a bathing suit line? I think I need a thong swimsuit to show off my nice butt and a pair of Paris Hilton white sunglasses - I'll be so hot looking by the pool. Hey Basil I'll send you a picture :)

    Have a great weekend everyone!!!

    Zoe

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Yep, it’s me. Back from my trip which only lasted 13 days. Speaking of 13, that’s today. I think I will stay home today and be careful. Wait, dogs aren’t superstitious. So I can do what I want to do today. Had a wonderful time traveling. I saw some turkeys while traveling. They were the two legged kind with long necks and wings. I’ll bet you thought I was talking about something else. If you go to the Smokey Mountains, you will find that I have been there. Just check some of the trees, you’ll see. I’ll put some pictures of my trip on Facebook later on today. If you go there, you will find my story of my Daddy’s cancer. That’s “Kirby Bear” on Facebook; just look for my picture. Have a good weekend all and be safe.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K.+Glue Squad, WOW! You girls sure showed us a nice project going on at Martha's Bedford farm to protect drainage in the vegetable garden areas! Fun to see those great big trucks and equipment working there! How fun to see Betsy, too! I miss seeing GK and I'll bet he's at some new dog shows! Hey Basil, our Warrior Prince, sure glad you felt better all week and my prayers are with you and Lynn forever! Rebel, you sure are a great worker and I'd love to see your new bed, also! Zoe, glad your problem person is gone! Hope you enjoy the babies! Abby, be sure to wish your cat buddy, Herman a great birthday tomorrow! Lola, hope your weather is nicer today, ours is , too! Maddox, hope all is well at you home, especially your wonderful Mom, Karen! Cora-Belle, were you anywhere near that earthquake down in Oregon that you are kind of close to-it happened yesterday?! Sure hope you are doing well, also, my good friend! Hope all of you delightful friends have a great weekend! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Now that BIG equipment!!! yes indeed rerouting water drainage is important...we had to do that at our Horse Ranch in Missouri, but did not have that big of equipment, but here we are talking of MS's place, and that's BIG!!! ;-)

    Basil forgive my bad manners of not answering your question...I asked Kitty if she liked water and she said, well I drink it! and I told her not to be so fresh...she obviously is not afraid of water as she goes out when it rains cat's & dog's (oops!) :-) but I don't think she would jump into a bathtub or pool.

    This weekend we have a Veterans/Military "Hanger Dance" and I have to lead the Pledge Allegiance...I'm honored.

    I'm on Facebook, so have to check out “Kirby Bear”

    delia & Kitty =^.y.^=

  • Good Morning Adventurers Frannie and Sharkey, Warrior Prince Basil, Traveler Kirby and all the Glue Squad,
    I was worried watching the girls run all around those big machines and ditches but Sharkey's tunnel looked like fun. The girls always look spotless even playing on excavators. Maddox has a good idea about a clubhouse for the glue squad.Cora belle thanks for wishing Herman the cat a happy bday for tomorrow. He has a heart murmur and has been slowing down lately, watching birds from the window in the back forty.
    RISKY BUSINESS time for ZOE, pool time and margarita magic now that your black swan guest has gone. Rebel we are amazed by your security job. Today is OPENING DAY for the Red Sox at Fenway!!! All my baseball dog friends celebrate the weekend and of course Nicky, Kris, Kitty and our Hermanator. Stay Strong Warrior Prince Basil, you are in our hearts. Love and licks to Dudley, Rebel, Chloe, Cora Belle, Missy Chow, Lola the white sox fan too and all- ABBY frenchie Pug XXX

  • Wow lots of good chats this a..m. on TDW...
    First! Kirby, It's about time you checked in! The Glue Squad was going to get a Posse together and come looking for you and your folks.
    Zoe, you sure sent the visitor off in style, hair on her pillow and water on the shoes, bet she was fit to be tied!
    Basil aka War Prince... you sound so much better this a.m. and that certainly starts my day on on a good paw. Keep the faith my friend.
    Basil, I forgot to mention be sure and tell your folks to watch out for those coons. They are NASTY! My people cousins in South Carolina has a neighbor who after hearing awful noises outside, looked out the window to find a very mean coon sitting on top of his dog and chocking the poor animal with his claws! Happily the dog was saved but the Beast got away. Makes me nervous just thinking about it. Gran and Mom never leave me unattended outside.
    Zoe, you are too funny.... PH Sunglasses and a Swim Suit, just be sure you and your Mom use plenty of Sun Screen.
    Finally now that I don't have to worry about Kirby ... I now have to wonder the whereabouts of GK.
    Frenchies stay away from those machines and especially the deep construction holes.
    Love the retreat idea.
    Hope everyone's BaseBall Teams win this weekend.

    Love and Peace from Little Lola

  • Forgot to wish Herman the Cat a very Happy Birthday tomorrow. Dogs get biscuits, will someone read Herman, The Cat In The Hat? And Kirby, glad you have returned. Remember I don't do Facebook since we had bad identity theft a couple years ago and the police said no to Facebook. So Kirby, I am not sure what is going on with your Dad and the "C" Monster, but give him lots of "cc" (comfort and cuddle) days. I just had a warm shower on Mom's lap and fell asleep snoring. In the shower...what fun!!! Zoe glad the witch is gone. Have fun this weekend and think of the Rocky Mtns. getting 2 feet of snow.
    Love & licks,
    Warrior Prince Basil

  • Hi Girls, GK & Glue Squad, You girls are well versed on the happenings at the farm; please be careful near the heavy machinery. Where is GK?? Friday already, where did the week go?? Welcome back Kirby, hope you are well rested. Zoe, you are too funny! Have fun tomorrow with the little ones visiting. Warrior Prince Basil, so happy you had a great week, "c&c" time with Mom and family, you are one spunky little buddy. Keep it up!! :) Happy Birthday Herman! Maddox, great idea on the retreat. Today's weather in MA has been sunny & bright, great day to be outside.

    Everyone have a great weekend!

    Till next time,

    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • I see things are buzzing at the farm!

    I was hoping to see either F or S don a construction hat with a bright orange vest to boot! :)

    Sun is out here in NH today. A bit breezy, but nonetheless beautiful.

    Have a wonderful weekend and hugs to all the critters loafing about.

    gail :)

  • Ladies I concur, where are your hard hats running around the farm with all of that heavy equipment around? :shock:

    Once again Basil the Mighty Warrior Prince, you have beaten back the distant calls of the night to celebrate another day of sunshine with your family and friends. Rest well and enjoy a wonderful cc weekend. :smile:

    Good for you Zoe! I was hoping that you might leave a little "deposit" in her shoes for a going away prsent. :lol: Kirby Bear, it's good to see you home again. Happy Birthday to Herman the Cat tomorrow. He shares his B-Day with the Shiba Inu C-Team kids who will be celebrating their very 1st B-Day tomorrow!

    Is G.K. off at another dog show I wonder? Great idea for a once a year clubhouse Maddox. Hello to Abby, Rebel, Lola. Cora-Bell I hope your tail is feeling better. Dudley D it was so nice to see your photo again. Jan, Delia, Gail. I hate to leave anyone out. Everyone have a fantastic, happy weekend! :smile:

  • ...what busy litle frenchies..I, too, like heavy equipment..any major projects around the farm/ranch and i supervise..I am tired today, so I must take a snooze..all my glue squad buddies have a great week-end...over and out, CoraBelle the cattledog

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