The water table is very high in our garden. When John Coe used to mow our lawn he declared that it was the greenest midsummer lawn that he had ever mowed.
“Even in the hottest summers it’s still lush when the lawns in my village are burnt and dry.”
Admittedly he gardens on sandy soil over in Freckenham. That’s why he can grow long straight carrots. Unfortunately I can’t but win hands down on the lawn front.
When the pond was being dug I wanted a deeper area for the fish to hibernate safely overwinter. The men digging the pond found that water started to come up at five feet. I wanted a six foot deep area but the fish survived until the heron arrived.
So we feel pretty confident that making a small well is possible and would save us £££ on watering our garden. Our water is metered and is expensive. Several cottages in the village have active wells and this cottage must have had one too in the past. If we could discover where this was located it would be a real boon.
There nothing that I enjoy more than researching a new project. I read with awe this account of digging a well in Montana. I have dowsing rods and have used them to find water on several client’s estates so we’ll probably start with these. We have plenty of rubble for the base and bricks for the sides that I dug up when I was extending the herbaceous borders this year.
Our garden is on a gentle SW NE slope dropping away from the back of the cottage to the end of the garden. It also gently slopes from one side of the garden to the other. This is why our drip watering system from the two 1500 litre tanks sited beside the cottage works so well, gravity takes the water in ordinary hoses to just where the water is needed. The drip feed hoses make the best use of every drop of water and are extremely effective.
But 3000 litres of water runs out very fast in a hot dry spell hence the hankering for a well. By using a diaphragm hand pump water could be fed directly into the same system – this one looks pretty good to me as it continues to siphon water when primed without the need to keep on pumping.
Although in my dreams I fancy digging a hole and finding water in reality it would take me weeks to dig a hole six feet in diameter and heaven knows how many feet deep. So we’ve decided to get someone in to help hand dig the pit as there isn’t wide enough access for even a mini digger in the back garden.
This is a long term project that really needs to be up and running by the Spring. Have you ever dug a well or have any related experience? Any tips would be treasured.
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