Another 100 yards upstream is the magic spot. It's a spring (seepage) that can flow up to 12 weeks after a rain. The goal is getting it to flow longer. It's seems that when it flows, the pond stays at a constant level.not full, but it doesn't fall.
When I first started on this it was a solid thicket of cedars and dense growth. You could not see the ravine.
When we cleared the brush out, we noticed a man made rock sidewalk across the ravine. Just rocks set across it. I think what happened is the rocks stayed put as the upstream side eroded out. Once there was sufficient height from erosion, Sticks and debris got caught on the rocks and made a beaver dam of sorts.
This gave me inspiration for a debris dam a little further down stream, but before the road. It's a section I didn't clear out. I'm putting debris in there. The thicket should keep it from washing down stream. Hopefully it will grow.
This is part of the ravine area. 2 big magnificent oak trees.I swear the Temps drop 10 degrees when you walk under them. The amount of mustang grape vines and thorny vines I pulled out of them was amazing. I wish I had " before" pics.
Our chicken tractor. I've since added a pullet shut self opening,closing door.
Advise for chicken tractors, 1" chicken wire not good enuff. We had to add a layer of 1/2" hardware cloth around the outside. We lost 2 chickens that were inside. A raccoon reached in a tried to pull the chicken thru the poultry wire. All he got was a head, and then a leg. The hardware cloth resolved the issue.
The bedding area is off the ground with hardware cloth as a floor so the poop self removes. Or should self remove. I made a mistake of using 1/4" hardware cloth cause I had it laying around. 1/2" works better. I have to hose it down thru the mesh.
I have 6000 gallon capacity water tanks. The cow trough is supplied by this. I also water a feed plot for deer with it.
For rain harvest, I use a groundfos pump. It's brilliant. It uses standard 110v plug and needs no pressure tank. The down stream pipe is the pressure tank. It has a built in back flow preventer and pressure guage.
I've learned where trees want to be. It's anywhere a bird poops. Cedars are choking out my oaks. I've been selective cutting. Only removing them from oaks. If the cedar is by itself, I'm letting them be.
I'm slowly collecting nice cedar posts. A wofati may be in my future.for now, I've used them with electric fencing to make cow padfocks.
Looking good! With rain harvesting earthworks, even little changes can make a big positive difference. Although the rock dams I made are very small, already they are collecting soil and growing grass. I'm especially interested in how your pond develops. I still dream of a real pond.....
I spent some time on a swale to feed the creek that feeds the pond. Lol. First thing was build a contour marker. I made an "A". First came the /\. Then i set it on a level floor and screwed the - in it using a level. I stopped at that point, just using the level on the crossbar to find contour.
Here's my front yard. It was grazing area for sheep. We are turning it into butterfly/hummingbird area. After fixing driveway. Water now slopes that way. I'm making a swale/dry creek bed. Will line it with rocks. I need to use it as a road once in a while.
I planted my container Meyers lemon and my orange tree today. Misc flowering plants are close to house. Its work in progress.