Why and how to do shaft sampling
At any time, a person wants to get the maximum at the lowest cost, and people who are engaged in permaculture especially! So we decided that when we dig a pond, we will not take out the land and throw it away, but we will make a natural and simple fence in the form of a shaft, especially since the neighbors did not mind. And with neighbors it is necessary to coordinate such grandiose earthworks so that later there would be no misunderstanding!
Since the site did not have the ability to drive large equipment and we had a rather small 150 m2 pond, we dug it using magorite technology. And the Kamaz delivered the land to the plot. The land was unloaded gradually layer by layer, so that KAMAZ would ram it after it poured out, otherwise, after rains, the shaft would sag and spread. The KAMAZ driver skillfully maneuvered between our garden and the garden of neighbors, poured and tamped the ground, and as a result, for the second year, the earthen rampart did not sag.
Since we made the shaft in spring, we planted it with alfalfa and clover, so that their roots would additionally hold the ground. But then other herbs grew and also began to hold the ground. Many other plants, bushes and even trees can be planted on such a shaft. We made shafts on both sides of the site, one shaft 70 meters long, 3 m wide at the base and 2 m to 1.5 m high at the end, and 30 m long, 3 m wide and 1.5 m high, gradually they declined towards the end of the site, as a result, we became almost invisible. In addition, additional sound insulation was added.
Among the many advantages of such a shaft, one can add a drawback, for example, if animals (cows, sheep, hens) can climb onto your site, then their shaft will not stop! And it’s better to make a small fence on top. But since it was of little importance to us, we were quite satisfied with our shaft sampling!