Draining A Wet Spot

I have a spot of about an acre that in a wet winter becomes very miry

and as a rule is wet up to July. Can I put in a ditch two and one-half

feet deep and fill in with small stones for a foot or a foot and a half,

until I can afford to buy tiles?

Drains made of small stones are often quickly filled with soil and stop

running. However, it will work for a time, and such drains were formerly

largely employed in Eastern situations when cash was scant and stones

abundant. Dig the ditch bottom to a depth of not less than 3 or 3 1/2

feet, then put in the stones deep enough not to be interfered with by

plowing. If you have flat stones you can make quite a water-way with

them and fill in with small stones above it.

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