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April 29, 2012

The main “rice paddy” is ready for planting (the upper section is still just a 2×4 frame.) It is basically a level bottom pond (including pondliner) roughly 10″ deep, half filled with soil. The frame around the top edge allows for a nearly perfect water table control by providing a level rim for the pond. The lower end will have a gate to control the water level if needed.

I’ve been rolling and flopping rocks into place to fill the low spot between the paddy and the pond; a couple of more and a little fill in between will wrap this part of the project up for now. I figured this set up (little or no fill in between the rocks other than porous material) would avoid a soggy spot if rain overflows one or both of the ponds.

And right on cue, the first batch of rice seeds have germinated – they’ve been floating in the speedling trays on top of the frog pond for a few days now. The holes keep the soil nice and moist from below and germination appears to be pretty consistent.

I’ll admit this idea is one of the silliest ones I’ve had since this whole project began in 2009. Why do it?

At this point I’m not really sure. Maybe I like challenges, maybe because I’m curious, maybe because I am pretty sure nobody else is growing it around here…. Whatever the real reason is, I also happen to like to way it looks when it is growing.

More to follow

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Julie Herron Carson permalink
    April 30, 2012 5:55 am

    Rice, Rice, Baby…

  2. April 30, 2012 9:23 am

    Awaiting with baited breath for the rice harvest!

  3. April 30, 2012 3:26 pm

    This is funny, Bruce. Reminds me of your bullet-making project.

  4. April 30, 2012 3:36 pm

    You all might find this interesting, a trip journal about the rice plantations around Georgetown, with photos.

  5. Clay permalink
    April 30, 2012 3:55 pm

    Dude, you are way outta control. I hope I don’t read about malaria outbreaks in Floyd Country due to the correlation between global warming and the proliferation of miniature rice paddies in the downtown slums / barrios / historic areas). I plan to get you a coolee hat for your birthday so you can have that rice paddi farmer look that you deserve

    • April 30, 2012 4:41 pm

      You are way behind dude. Got a coolie hat, friend brought it from Vietnam.

  6. william thornton permalink
    April 30, 2012 8:09 pm

    you are on to something with the rice
    I like the whole idea

    • April 30, 2012 10:19 pm

      I figured you might, you being the only backyard tobacco farmer I know and all…..

  7. Kellen Zemanski permalink
    December 25, 2014 11:48 am

    What did you use?


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