April 13th, 2012
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!
1 Francesca! Where are you going? Be careful near all of these big trucks and heavy equipment!
2 Hi Betsy! What's going on? We don't often see excavators on the farm!
3 Oh Sharkey, do you remember when the new hoop house was built? The crew found a lot of water flowing underground.
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?
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.
6 Wow, this is a giant tube! It looks like it would be fun to run through!
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.
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.
9 We better be careful! This pit is quite deep! These guys sure look like they know what they're doing.
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!
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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