Swale Digging Party - Livin' the Good Life
Jul. 3rd, 2014
09:55 am - Swale Digging Party
Damian invited the family over Sunday evening for a meal and a Swale Digging Party... Bring your shovel! We dug until dark.... some much longer with headlamps. And I'll be darned if we didn't get a LOT done. Many hands do make light work! Well, I would not exactly call digging a swale "light work". It was Hard Work.
Here is our family + a friend or two. Even little Ollie got in the act. He was in the middle of everything!
The purpose of a swale is to save water, that would normally run off your property during a downpour, into a "ditch" so it can soak into your own land, and you can use it to irrigate your trees and plants. In a dry desert climate, with very little rainfall, this makes good sense. When it does rain, it rains so hard that it becomes a torrent and slides right off your property to the lowest points in the landscape and rushes off to parts unknown... often dry lakes miles away. Damian wants to capture that water!
We used a two-person technique where one person digs a shovelful of dirt, and the other person lifts the shovel out of the ground with a rope attached to the shovel handle. Then the shoveler turns the handle to drop the dirt on the pile next to the ditch. It makes it much easier and less tiring to do a lot of digging. So we worked in teams and got the job done. (You can see a shovel in the foreground with the rope attached.)
Damian was clearly pleased with our progress!