Glayzing my man made pond / high desert of Arizona

by John Hancock

Frugal off grid high desert man made pond

A while back when out for a jog I stumbled Yoon a man made pond and got to thinking I might be able to make a pond on my homestead using only material available on the homestead.  Vietnamese potbelly pigs man made pond

It's been too cold to fence the pigs in to seal the pond so I decided to try a technique called glayzing.  The theory is that in nature,  manure or vegetation breaks down at the base of a pond creating a sludge that will hold water.  I decided to give it a try.  I dug a pond and layed down 3 inches of compost then convered it in 3 inches of mud. From what I read it should take 2 to 3 weeks to turn the compost to sludge.  Man made pond frugal off grid glayzing

I kept the mud wet and waited two weeks then added about 30 gallons of water which is what it took to cover the bottom of the pond.  Four hours later the water was mostly absorbed into the earth.  What I noticed when looking closer is some of the mud crumbled away on the side where I poured the water in.  I was able to inspect the compost and I'm guessing it could take months to break down to a sludge,  likely because I used compost with straw in it.  Grass clippings or leaves would likely break down much faster but I don't have either.  I'll check it again in a week but I don't expect it to break down for a while.  I might get the pigs fenced in around it soon as it's warming up.  We'll see if I can get it to seal up naturally and if not I'll add bentonite.  I'll update this blog post as I go and I'll add all the videos that show the process.  

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