Garden Renovation: Days 2 & 3 – Layout and Beginning Drainage Work

On Tuesday, the next step in our garden renovation began. Before anything else could be done, it was necessary to mark where all the drain lines and beds were going to be.

There were lots and lots of little green flags all over the garden that marked the edges of the raised beds. I’m impressed that those flags survived the wind!

There’s another look at those flags.

This gives you a good visual of just how hard the dirt is out there and what they had to do to get those flags in. Yikes!

Day 3 – Starting the Drainage Work

Before digging, the crew went through and replaced all those flags with painted lines. Much easier to dig around paint than those pesky flags.

The next step was getting the trenches dug for the drainage. This was absolutely the right tool for the job. The ground was rock hard.

They made quick work of those trenches. It makes it look so easy!

Once the trenches were in place, it was time to start putting in the drain pipes. First they put in the filter fabric, then the flexible drain pipe with the sock on it.

Then it all gets covered with gravel to facilitate the movement of the water to the drain line. This one wasn’t quite finished when I took the picture.

On the southern edge of the garden, there is solid drain pipe that drains to this new cut in the sidewalk, which will be fitted with a grate over it.

That’s as far as the crew got on Days 2 & 3, because as we all know, this is Kansas, and weather happens.

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on March 9, 2012, in Working in the Garden and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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