Thanks to our friend Kim and a group of her friends, our garden project is reaching its final stages. All of the terraces are dug, leveled, etc. (3600 square feet of new garden space in 6 terraces). Pipes have been laid and buried from house rain gutters to upper pasture fence. Four barrels have been placed at the ends of the pipes. These barrels have 1-inch outlets at the bottom to which are connected 1-inch black plastic pipe that runs downhill underground to the terraces. At the terraces, blue irrigation tubing has been attached to the 1 inch black plastic pipe. This irrigation tubing runs throughout the gardens.
The older kids (ages 12 and up, boys and girls) have been divided into partners and given a plot of garden (about 275 square feet per pair). Just this weekend, they have begun to till up the soil and spread compost on their gardens to prepare to do some planting in the next few weeks (as soon as we get some rain… the “small rains” usually come in March here in Wolaita; with our irrigation set up, we hope that these rains will be sufficient for us to plant). This past Friday, we went to market and bought some garden tools for the kids to use.
We have a few little loose ends to complete, such as straightening out and perforating the irrigation tubing, cleaning out the rain gutters, pouring a little cement at the head of the pipes where they connect with the rain gutters, etc., but we’re nearly finished. In the next week, kids will be deciding what they want to plant and we’ll be purchasing seed.
Below are some pictures of the current set up.
Here is the new spill-water catch basin at the base of our hand-pump well. With this basin, we can capture extra water from the well and direct it to the pipes and run it to our gardens.
One of the pipes running from the house rain gutters.
Up through the banana trees you can see the green barrel. There is 1 inch black plastic pipe connected to a spout at the base of the barrel (buried under ground). At the end of the black plastic pipe we’ve attached the blue irrigation tubing.
View of several of our new garden terraces with the blue irrigation tubing spread out.
View of 2 of the 4 water collection barrels. Water that comes down the pipes from the house rain gutters empty into these barrels and then exists through a 1 inch spout buried at the base, which is
One of four points at which water coming through house water gutters enters piping on its way to the garden.