Submitted by lettuceLeafer in lobby

Turns out my understanding of topography was bad. It's not 20% of the property that occasionally floods it's 100%.

I have no idea what my plan is now. Fuck

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ziq wrote

You need to get a backhoe and mound soil high enough that it's above the floodline. Then plant wattles or other thirsty invasives in the low land so it drains it faster.

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existential1 wrote

Where I did a lot of gardening at my last house, we had:

  • ivy
  • blackberry
  • morning glory
  • vine maple

And they all are thirsty-ass plants. xD

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fast_monday wrote

Would it help to put french drains around the base of the mound?

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lettuceLeafer OP wrote

Yeah thanks for the advice. I'll have to think about it a bit more but I think this is a situation where it's best for me to cut my losses and do something else sadly.

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NeoliberalismKills wrote

Is there enough land you could rent a backhoe and build a large runoff pond? Turn half of it into wetland?

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Vulgar_Soda wrote

Don't give up yet! Think of all the jerks that were against you, and the sweet satisfaction of proving them wrong.

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moonlune wrote

At least your holes will be easy to dig 😅

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fool wrote

While I think there's a way through, it takes time, which you said you don't have.

I'd imagine that it depends on how harsh winter is, to how difficult it is, and whether you're trying to build in the wet season.

If you have the money to hold onto the land, while taking a few years to build for a permanent fort above the water it could be awesome.

But if not ...😫

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lettuceLeafer OP wrote

I mean I would have the time t do such a project is just seems a waste of resources to teraform the whole property. Also kinda against my anarchist ideals to dramatically change the landscape for myself personally and fundementwlky alter all the other living things homes.

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fool wrote

I was more thinking a platform on stilts, but that's completely the opposite of what you were planning to begin with, so I understand.

Another idea would be a pontoon which floats...

But these would likely need certain knowledge of engineering to ensure it doesn't sink, which really wasn't your plan.

So fair enough if you decide to cut your losses, and move on.

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fast_monday wrote

Do you have a picture of your local watershed?

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fast_monday wrote

Hey, I hope you see this before you fully abandon the land...

From what I have read /user/ziq knows a good bit about land. I am very early into Permaculture but I think you might can find an answer to your land in Permaculture training. I started watching Andrew Millison on YT and his content looks as good as Jeff Lawton's. If you want to DM a picture of your land I will gladly search through online content to see if there is an easy and hopefully inexpensive solution to make your land usable.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgb_TbreMgfDdLKkr4yYJHw

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