On April 12, 25 volunteers showed up. We gathered at my house in Muttukkadu for breakfast, pooled our cars and drove over for an all day work visit. I had planned a series of activities that would help the project and hopefully, motivate the volunteers. We marked out a 40′ long contour and dug out a trench along it. The excavated soil was piled on the lower side as a soft, fluffy mound. The mound was seeded with a mixture of leguminous plants, heavily mulched and watered with a rose. Such a contour trench is also known as a swale. Once the swale mound is fertilised by the pioneer legume crop, it will be planted with vegetables.
When the windmill pumps an excess of water[-rarely these days, I must sadly add] it will be led to the trench, where being level, it will spread and hydrate the mound. Swales are excellent water harvesting cum plant growing structures. Several thousand feet of these at pointReturn would end my water woes described earlier.