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Plant hole, swale and little pond.

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Posted by Sven Horner about 13 years ago

Spontaneously to a simple plant hole I attached a little swale and then a pond. Here's how and why. Pictures and video included.

2 days ago I had dug this one of eight holes for Elaeagnus multiflora. Soon after I had finished it filled up with melted water (you can see that some of the water stayed until the next frost the night before) slowly flowing down the slope in the first 10 cm of the soil - I decided to dig a small swale down the hill.
I wanted to ensure that the plant wont get drowned regularly - we have high precipitation here. Plus this hole was the only one that filled with water. Its a spot with pure loam after the first 30 cm there.

Click on the image below to get a bigger sized version:

I then noticed i could build on this and dug a pond. I thought a pond can't be so wrong. :) Finally I filled the swale with gravel and topped it with the sod again.

Then I tried if it works:


Maybe I'll get a pond foil, because at least right now in the pond hole the water seems to suck away quite fast. But maybe that'll change, as the structure of the soil there changes by being flooded again and again, so that fine dust particles close the surface? I think i should wait and observe.
Another idea is to direct more harvested rain water from the top of the hill straight down (off contour) and then finally into this little pond. And if there is water needed elsewhere i can just branch it of with swales dug on contour.

If you want to see some more photos of the site and a little bit of wild life there, that i took today see my flickr album:


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