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The un-finished catch-basin with a pump just tossed in for testing.

Springfield Neighbor

Where will the water go?

That's a good question, I'm leaning toward a large pond and a couple of laying geese so the excess water doesn't kill my first plantings each year.

Standing water

The area around the German Township in Springfield Ohio becomes saturated quickly with standing water

Catch-Basin is born

Although standing water might not be entirely eliminated by the installation of a catch-basin, the installation of a catch-basin should diminish the standing water that affect a few of my neighbors as well.

A solar panel creates the electricity for the pump.

Solar Water Pump

Standing Water

Springfield Catch-Basin Water being transferred from basin Springfield Green House

The Catch-basin project was started late 2017. It's 2019. I'm waiting for a good drought to get to the depth I need.

Although there is a switch to turn the solar panel on and off manually, left in the ON position, the pump starts to push water as soon as the sun rises, and ceases automagically when the sun sets (so there's not really a need to ever turn it off unless servicing something, or not needing the water).

The simple 12v pump has a variance of about +/- 7volts which allows for the direct connection to a 12v solar panel (without the need for batteries).

The water coming from the hose shown below has been transferred through over 75 feet using the method mentioned above.

A couple of the area Springfield Masons, such as Wright Sons Masonry, as well as other contractors and residents, began bringing in truckloads of masonry and dirt debris which has been layered to allow for easier underground travel of the water to the location of the pump.

In retrospect, I should have just stockpiled the masonry in one pile and the dirt in another and kept digging for a lower depth when the opportunity was available.

Not to change the subject, but the bottom photos are the first stage photos of the small green house that was in the making. It was hoped that the greenhouse would aid in starting the seedlings for early planting of the more hearty vegetables such as Kale, onion, garlic, etc.

For each of the pvc uprights there are 3-foot steel stakes which the pvc pipes slide over. After the legs of the greenhouse were slipped over the steel stakes, the tops of both sides were pulled together and secured to allow a good pitch for the snow to fall.

There were also added four 10-foot sections of truss-steel driven into the ground.

Springfield Catch-Basin Springfield Ohio Water-Catch Basin Springfield Hut

Shortly after construction was underway it was realized that not only does the greenhouse block the sun to the garden, but as luck would have it a wind storm took it away.

Video of God deleting the greenhouse:

June 2018 Jam made for mom's visit

On a cheerier note, Mom came for a visit.

She has a sweet tooth so this jam ought to hold her over.

Raspberry Jam

Start Jam by Stirring

*the Raspberries

ohio Stirring Springfield Jam
More stirring in Springfield

Then keep stirring

Stirring Jam
Stir Springfield Stir

After hours of stirring, comes the arduous lick tests

Ohio Stirring
Lick Test 1


Lick Test 2
Lick Test 3

Not quite...

Lick Test 4

Pick this one

Lick Test 5

After all that licking, Steam Sterilize jars and ...


Raspberry Jam

2018 side-note - First year for Blackberries!

2018 First Year for Blackberries

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