The 20 acre triangular planted pine plantation (Twig Forest)we own in partnership with my brother has been sorely neglected this winter. I thought I would have been out there more during this wonderful wintery time of coolness, low humidity, and no mosquitoes,
Alas, a combination of early winter sunsets and a very busy basketball schedule have combined to reduce my visits.
My last visit was on an overcast day over a month ago.
This old logging track through the planted pines had been hit pretty hard by feral hogs. Hogs are pretty efficient plows, even domestic ones like Chewie, but these wild ones are more highly motivated since no one is bringing them $14.00 bags of show pig feed.
I watched a show on pigs on one of the IQ channels a few weeks ago and they showed how a pig will reshape it's skull within months of escaping from domesticity. They make this adaptation to become better shovelers of soil.
They do this as individuals ... not as parents sending a trait to their offspring.
Here's a Homo crackersapiens dig site.
I've slowly acquired the parts for a simple shallow well on Twig Forest and this hole was a little test dig to see where the water was during a drought. Even in a drought I hit water bearing sand at 5 feet, so this well won't need to go very far.
I have the pitcher pump, the pipe, the well point/sand screen, fittings, etc. so I'm about ready to go.
I just need to set aside the time.
My basic plan is to first dig a hole with a Minorcan backhoe (a shovel). I'll need a hole about twice this size and deeper to stand in and work the post hole diggers to dig even deeper.
I will be doing all this digging with my fingers crossed around the shovel handle, hoping to avoid the limerock which may lie just beneath that yellowish layer of marine clays.
I do love to dig.