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The snow melted early this year and was gone. Normally the ground remains frozen and/or soggy after the spring melt, so drainage is very important this time of year and during rainy periods. When Farmer Eriksson turned over the field to me 6 years ago he landscaped the edges for better drainage. The rainy summer a couple of years ago convinced me that there is always need for more.

Run off from the hill at the far corner needed some diversion.

There once was a ditch here, but over the years it has become filled, overgrown and useless.

Digging out the old ditch is easy and good excercize too.

Unless it’s a big job that has to be done quickly, I’d rather do it by hand, because in my experience, a machine will leave more clean up and landscaping to do after it has left, leaving even more work that often gets neglected.

I was waiting for it to dry out a bit before finishing the drainage ditch, but with a lot of rain and then snow coming I got it done.

I put drainage pipe in the new ditch connecting it to the existing drainage pipe. Then I put in gravel, boards and covered it with dirt. The clay was really mucky and impossible to stamp in, so I just piled it on. It will probably take a couple of years to settle, and I’ll have to add more later.

I decided to do a little bit of drainage.

This garden was waterlogged most of the fall making it difficult to harvest, especially potatoes, carrots and other roots. It didn’t, surprisingly, harm the growth of the crops.

I wanted a so called french drain which is covered. I dug down to about 50 cm and thought it maybe looked good enough, but the farmer said it should be at least 70 cm deep to keep it from freezing. I then read that it should be 1 meter, but dug down to 70 to 80 cm and felt that that is good enough. I still have to find and connect to an existing drainage pipe running parallel to the road and make a drain on the edge of the crop circle, and the whole system has to slope.

I’ll put drain pipe in the bottom of the ditch, then gravel, then a layer of boards, then dirt and then turf on top. After a period it will sink down and need more fill. Next I’ll drain another crop circle connecting it to this one. That should do it, unless it rains even more next year.