It didn’t take long for the cisterns and small pond to fill up, so I expanded the puddle to a full-fledged pond. This will make a nice water feature in the front of the house and will further aid in providing irrigation to the orchard.
The pond holds about another 4,000 gallons – yielding a total of ~8,000. Hope to use this for tilapia in the summer months which will add fertility to the irrigation.
Ideally, I would have done this a bit earlier and been able to put down some winter rye or other cover to help prevent erosion. I’ll redistribute the topsoil and move the clay spoils to another sight. Stay tuned for that project. The next step here is to install a pump and plumb lines for irrigation.