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The big melt is on.

We still have cold nights, but the days are warm and longer. It’s melting fast and there’s lots of standing water that doesn’t drain well in the frozen ground.

I do what I can to make some temporary shallow ditches.

And get more water over to the ‘lake’ for quicker run off into the drainage system.

‘The sign of an excellent garden is it’s edging’.


I’m edging the one of the crop circles where it has become filled in and gotten infested with weeds – mostly crabgrass and dandelions.

It looks nice but a bit uneven. Not excellent by any means. The real reason is it helps keep out weeds like crabgrass, and is also important for drainage, especially in the spring.

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.