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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in earthworks.

We are going to add a tiny bit of edge next to a berm or hugelkultur bed.  A very small pond that will probably fill up with "stuff" and disappear in a few years - but that little bit of diversity will remain for decades.

You will build and seal a very small pond.  Very, very small.   Stupid small.  But easy!  Very, very easy.  And small.  And sealed!

There are several ways to make a pond hold water.  For this BB, we will emulate a pig wallowing and the hooves compacting.

To get your creative juices flowing, here's compacting with feet and water at the Krameterhof:

Make a hole in the ground that is 2 feet in diameter and at least a foot deep.
  - build at the foot of a berm or hugelkultur
  - pour in 5 gallons of water and prove that the water is gone in less than 10 minutes
  - compact the soil (probably with different kinds of digging bars, or a piece of rebar stabbed into the hole a hundred times)
  - repeat the 5 gallon test with water remaining for at least an hour

To get certified for this BB, post:

- either a series of pictures or a video that is less than 60 seconds
- show the new hole
- show how long it took to drain 5 gallons
- show the compaction process
- show the new 5 gallons going in
- show a toothpick marking the water line once the water is in
- show another toothpick marking the waterline five minutes later
- show that the water level has not dropped more than a half inch in an hour

Can't .... do .... plaid .... So I did this tiny ad instead:
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