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Swale sunflower at dawn:

This post is a series of photos showing the swales and the progression of shaping and cover crop growth over the 3 months since installation (End of June).

There will be 3 consecutive photos of each swale. at 2 weeks,  at 6 weeks and at 3 months.

Swale 1 at 2 weeks:

Swale 1 at 6 weeks:

Swale 1 at 3 months:

Swale 2 at 2 weeks:

Swale 2 at 6 weeks:

Swale 2 at 3 months:

This photo was taken after the first significant rains saturated the dry earth. It was exciting to go see the swale ditches after the rain.....not much had accumulated in swale 1. It will be interesting to see what it's like after the usual weeks and weeks of rain through fall, and winter.

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Comment by Brian Kerkvliet on October 2, 2013 at 1:26pm

Looks good Angela, the cover crops came through nicely and the swale are starting to catch some water. This fall look as though it might be a record wet one, I hope that your soil continues to loosen and build, as the dry wells help recharge the water table. Winter is a great time for observation and planing what to plant in your perennial system in the spring.

Comment by Heather K on September 23, 2013 at 3:07pm

Lovely swale progression pictures!  Let us know how the water is flowing & soaking now that some of our fall rains have started!

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