Water! We’ve got water!

I came home from my day job on Friday night to find Mike and Uncle Dave digging up the orchard with a backhoe.

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Remember that middle spigot? The one that hasn’t worked in 20+ years and the one we thought was plugged somewhere? To refresh your memory here is the spigot.

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You can’t really tell from this picture but the line was really shallow. And of course it wasn’t a straight line back to where the water starts up in the yard. After much digging they finally found the line. There it is!

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I didn’t know this but apparently outdoor water lines must be at least 3 feet deep or they will freeze in the winter. This was not three feet deep. And it was broken (probably an accident by the back hoe but still – it would’ve require patching). It was at this point that the group let out a collective “F*$% it!” and we decided to lay new line. (I use the term ‘we’ loosely. It was mostly Mike and Dave).

So, Dave filled in what he’d already dug up and began a new trench starting where Mike patched the hose last week. And Mike unfurled our new pipe/hose starting back where our new spigot will be.

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While Dave was digging Mike cut the old line from the new patch and got it ready for the new line.

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And when the trench was done we laid the new line and hooked up the new spigot (or hydrant as Mike calls it).

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I ran in to the house to turn on the water and yahoo! It works!

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By now it was getting to be dusk and we were all tired and hungry so we called it a night. But the back filling began bright and early Saturday morning.

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It was a very muddy job.

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I am so excited! The new spigot is just a couple of feet from the garden and we’re also going to set up an outdoor sink so I can rinse veggies right where I pick them. Woohoo!

Of course it’s a rainy Sunday so it will be a soupy mess up there for a while but that’s ok. We’ll put down some grass seed and some straw and we’ll be able to water it no problem!

 

 

 

 

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About Barton Farms and Gardens

My husband and I are bringing an old family farm back to life.
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