Win a copy of Grocery Story this week in the City Repair forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • r ranson
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Anne Miller
stewards:
  • Mike Jay
  • paul wheaton
  • Joseph Lofthouse
garden masters:
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Steve Thorn
  • James Freyr
  • Greg Martin
  • Dave Burton
gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • Pearl Sutton
  • Dan Boone

Renovating an Old Pond

 
garden master
Posts: 3825
Location: Missoula, MT US Hardy:5a Annual Precipitation: 15" Wind:4.2mph Temperature:18-87F
1363
transportation forest garden tiny house books urban greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
This morning, I made a few more larger patches in the big lower pond today.









I trimmed around and in the smaller upper pond before I started to work on it, so I could see mroe of what's going on here.



I started clearing out the dirt and rocks from the side of the concrete wall of the smaller upper pond.





Progress pictures of the lower and upper ponds

 
Dave Burton
garden master
Posts: 3825
Location: Missoula, MT US Hardy:5a Annual Precipitation: 15" Wind:4.2mph Temperature:18-87F
1363
transportation forest garden tiny house books urban greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I made some more patches this morning before bucking hay the rest of the day until sundown.







 
Dave Burton
garden master
Posts: 3825
Location: Missoula, MT US Hardy:5a Annual Precipitation: 15" Wind:4.2mph Temperature:18-87F
1363
transportation forest garden tiny house books urban greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I made a patch this morning, then spent the rest of the day bucking hay.

 
Dave Burton
garden master
Posts: 3825
Location: Missoula, MT US Hardy:5a Annual Precipitation: 15" Wind:4.2mph Temperature:18-87F
1363
transportation forest garden tiny house books urban greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I laid some concrete down for some small holes.



Then, I moved a lot of dirt out of the upper pond for most of the day.

 
Dave Burton
garden master
Posts: 3825
Location: Missoula, MT US Hardy:5a Annual Precipitation: 15" Wind:4.2mph Temperature:18-87F
1363
transportation forest garden tiny house books urban greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I made another repair to the lower pond, and then, the rest of the day was spent bucking hay.

 
Dave Burton
garden master
Posts: 3825
Location: Missoula, MT US Hardy:5a Annual Precipitation: 15" Wind:4.2mph Temperature:18-87F
1363
transportation forest garden tiny house books urban greening the desert
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I patched more cracks in the lower pond.







And I moved more rocks and dirt off the walls of the upper pond.



And here's a couple overall progress pictures

 
Dave Burton
garden master
Posts: 3825
Location: Missoula, MT US Hardy:5a Annual Precipitation: 15" Wind:4.2mph Temperature:18-87F
1363
transportation forest garden tiny house books urban greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I made another patch this morning.



Then, I moved more dirt and rocks. Then, the majority of the day was spent bucking hay.

 
Dave Burton
garden master
Posts: 3825
Location: Missoula, MT US Hardy:5a Annual Precipitation: 15" Wind:4.2mph Temperature:18-87F
1363
transportation forest garden tiny house books urban greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I moved some rock and dirt this morning, and then, I was doign hay until sundown...

 
Dave Burton
garden master
Posts: 3825
Location: Missoula, MT US Hardy:5a Annual Precipitation: 15" Wind:4.2mph Temperature:18-87F
1363
transportation forest garden tiny house books urban greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I moved some dirt and rocks on both sides of the upper pond.





And I patched a little crack in the lower pond



Overall progress pictures of the lower and upper ponds

 
Dave Burton
garden master
Posts: 3825
Location: Missoula, MT US Hardy:5a Annual Precipitation: 15" Wind:4.2mph Temperature:18-87F
1363
transportation forest garden tiny house books urban greening the desert
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Yesterday, one of my fellow hay crew members wasn't feeling too well, so we only did half a day of hay. I spent the remainder of the day working on the small upper pond and cleared off the wall of more rocks and dirt. There's a nice little berm going along the side of the pond with all the dirt I'm shoveling out. Today, we'll be trying for a full day of hay.



Overall progress picture of the upper pond:

 
Posts: 1852
Location: Zone 5 Wyoming
123
kids duck forest garden chicken pig bee greening the desert homestead
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I think this will look amazing full of water. But what a lot of work!!
 
Dave Burton
garden master
Posts: 3825
Location: Missoula, MT US Hardy:5a Annual Precipitation: 15" Wind:4.2mph Temperature:18-87F
1363
transportation forest garden tiny house books urban greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Since we started later today to do hay, I spent the morning digging out more of the upper. It took us a bit longer to finish the hay than planned, but I'm quite happy now that hay season is over! We baled all of the hay, and I can get back to working on the ponds more! Working on the ponds is great for me to be able to listen to the Permaculture podcasts!

 
Dave Burton
garden master
Posts: 3825
Location: Missoula, MT US Hardy:5a Annual Precipitation: 15" Wind:4.2mph Temperature:18-87F
1363
transportation forest garden tiny house books urban greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Since it was rainy this morning, I spent this afternoon working on the upper pond. I spent the morning working on the windows.



And here's an overall progress picture of the upper pond:

 
Dave Burton
garden master
Posts: 3825
Location: Missoula, MT US Hardy:5a Annual Precipitation: 15" Wind:4.2mph Temperature:18-87F
1363
transportation forest garden tiny house books urban greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I tried to get as close to finishing uncovering the wall of the upper pond, before I go to Wheaton Labs tomorrow.

I made a lot more progress getting dirt and rocks off of both sides of the upper pond. There's just a little bit left to uncover at the top portion of the upper pond.





This is my overall progress on the upper pond.

 
Dave Burton
garden master
Posts: 3825
Location: Missoula, MT US Hardy:5a Annual Precipitation: 15" Wind:4.2mph Temperature:18-87F
1363
transportation forest garden tiny house books urban greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I got very close to uncovering the entire wall of the upper pond this morning- only five or six feet left.

 
Hang a left on main. Then read this tiny ad:
Solar Dehydrator Plans - Combo Package download
https://permies.com/t/solar-dehydrator
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!