A quick update on the well digging and various other plans moving forward. Fortunately, the well diggers were able to hit water at 89 feet and I’m told the well is a total of 150 feet deep. Seems we should have about 10gpm and have been told this is a fine flow to support our two cabins. Making the decision to use compost toilets and build rain water catchment systems for any structure with a roof will help make us water rich.
While a well can be hand dug, most modern wells are machine drilled, which requires a fairly complicated and expensive drill rig. They use rotary drill bits that chew away at the rock, percussion bits that smash the rock, or if the ground is soft, large auger bits. Drilled wells can be more than 1,000 feet deep.
We’ve capped the well for now since we aren’t occupying the property yet. No need to have creepy crawlies heading down the casing! The pump still needs to be installed and Mr. Bluejeans and I haven’t determined exactly what pump we’d like to utilize. There are so many options!
Mr. Bluejeans and I need to build a well house and plan to start on that, along with a few other projects on the property that include:
- Fencing off the north side of the property.
- Building lodging for our future Guinea Hens.
- Dragging felled trees out of the woods to cut and stack to start the drying process.
In the works are the driveway… we are awaiting bids as I type!! Plus, starting a conversation with our cabin manufacturer and planning a visit to their facility early next year.
Once the driveway is finished our game plan is to bring both our and Gigi’s campers to the property which will really help us move forward. We are 45 minutes away from 5 Dog Farm and I find it harder and harder to leave after a visit “home”. I’m looking forward to learning more about our land, how the water flows, what animals we have and their habits, how the various pastures can support our gardens and cover crops. All this fact gathering will be so much easier when we live there 24/7!
What projects do you have planned?