Is It Raining? Get Outside and Do THIS!

Those of you who know me know I love to play outside in the rain … barefoot, preferably. 😉

But there’s another reason rain draws me outside.

Beyond just irrigation, rainstorms serve another incredibly valuable purpose on the homestead: They show you where the water flows on your property—and where you might be having some problems.

In this new edition of Homesteading Basics, watch as I walk my property during a storm (after making sure all the hatches were battened down first, of course!) and glean some really valuable information—from clogged gutters to the best natural location for a new pond.

You’ll also see a little part of my property that’s almost magical. When my kids were young, we built a gabion with rocks and chicken wire to help slow the flow of water in an eroded spot. We never did anything else to that area, but we still had something pretty cool happen there. You’ll see what I’m talking about when you watch the video.

Then, I’d love to know: What’s your favorite way to slow the flow of water on your property? Share your tips in the comments!

Marjory Wildcraft is the founder of The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of “homegrown food on every table.” Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic. She is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs and a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is the author of several books, but is best-known for her “Grow Your Own Groceries” video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.

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  • jason812 says:

    Hello Marjory, I would like to see videos on what to do with property that I can only visit once or twice a month. I just purchased a property, it is wooded. I want to remove some trees and plant fruit and nut trees and berry bushes and some root crops. A few years from now, I may live there part time and have a vegetable garden, but for now its long turn (trees, bushes). It is only 1.5 acres but is all I could afford within a reasonable drive from where I live now and my kids live.

  • Randy says:

    You need to get yourself a bogie board 36dia. circle throw it on top of the water you run and jump on it – little off center and ride it .

  • Josephine says:

    Our property is over an aquifer so we have a lot of wet areas. Just a week after our 8 year old grandson had told me where to put what for a playground for he and his sisters, we had a heavy rain. The rain showed exactly where the new pond should be. Connor said we needed a water feature so when the kids get hungry, they can just grab some fresh veggies (carrots and green beans) from the garden and rinse them off in fountain before eating. Smart kid!

  • Marjorie, I just love your enthusiasm and your down-to-earth practical tips. And I think it is just great that it would even occur to you to talk about this & to go ~play~ in the rain! Last year I decided to spend a month without riding in any fossil-fuel vehicles and so I had to walk in a few storms. . . and it was Beautiful and Awesome. Now I do it intentionally. 🙂

  • Ooh! I did this a couple of years ago when we planted fruit trees. I made a rain map. It was really helpful for determining which trees would go where, and to see which parts of my property acted as water reservoirs between rains. I should really go out and do it again to see if anything has changed.

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