After a hot dry summer, we got all our rain in one go last night. I’m not sure I’ve ever had my rain gage fill up that much from one passing storm before. What we really need, of course, is a long steady rain that seeps deeply into the soil. I suppose I’ll take the deluge though, in lieu of hot and dry.
The problem, of course, is that the majority of the water from this sort of event flows right off the property, taking good soil with it. Water conscious homesteaders run ditches and swales across the slope of their properties. These control the flow of water off the property, slowing it down and giving it time to sink into the land and buying us more time until the next rain event. Good stuff. Water is life, and it doesn’t do us much good if it doesn’t stick around. Not really sure how to implement this though. Clearly not designed for someone with a full time job and two little kids. Still, something to put on the One Day list.