is part 4 of the weekly food forest tour for 2/23/20.
I originally was going to dig a pool in between the larger cherry trees. Then I decided to make it bigger, and then I decided I needed to focus on some other pools in more strategic locations first, that I could use the dirt to put around nearby fruit
trees in more wet areas. I started digging the outline of this pool, which will probably be one of the larger ones, and dug about one half of the outline of its shape.
It will probably connect to the ditches located around each of the mounds of both cherry trees. At the point where these ditches connect to the pool, I'll probably make a little mound, so that the water
will fill up the ditch around the trees first and then overflow excess water into the pools.
Late winter has been a great time of the year to locate potential areas for the pools. The weather is cool and rainfall is usually high here this time of year, and as a result the water level is usually at its highest. Natural puddles can form in these really wet areas where the water drains to and pools up. I'm trying to get the outlines dug and maybe the first layer of soil dug out for the pools during this time of year, then later in the year when the rains and water level drop enough
, they can be dug out deeper. When I dug out just the first few inches of soil recently, the pool filled up overnight. It makes it a little harder to dig when it's underwater.
I'm excited to create a lot more of these pools very soon!