The first task as we start up again is to soak more clay for our cob walls. Nathan it’s working on a major drainage trench along the top of the property line. It will direct downhill flowing water away from buildings and into a small pond and a storage tank near the bathtub/greenhouse.
After we used all the clay we dug up for the foundation, these trenches became the source of our clay. Different areas of our little acre turn up different variations in texture, color and smell. There are ribbons of very hard, deep yellow stuff that needs a lot of soaking or it hurts the feet. Our best clay is very light in color and smooth. Too much organic matter can produce a pretty poopy smelling batch. Those usually end up on the fire pit backing.