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Post  bpuk on 3/24/2014, 11:41 am

Hello,

I'm in northern Illinois, and during heavy rains, my back yard gets an inch or two of standing water which slowly drains away after 24 hours.  The drainage is fine, but we are at the bottom of a very long and gradual slope, so everyone's water runs across the yard.

I was debating using stilts and a bottom, but am concerned about frost dangers.  Can I just build up the base two inches higher than I normally would?  Or could I just fill it with coarse rocks a couple inches high to keep the mix above the water table when the water levels rise?  

Anyone have any suggestions?  The substantial standing water occurs maybe 6-8 times a year when we get a lot of rain.
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Re: Standing Water

Post  Turan on 3/24/2014, 1:35 pm

Look up table tops in the search for ideas for beds on legs or cinder blocks.
This also sounds like a great spot to make beds 12" or so deep and put 4" of sand in the bottoms and then fill with MM. If you went deeper I would put round gravel for the bottom 2" and then 4" of sand and then the MM.
I hope that helps.

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Post  Marc Iverson on 3/24/2014, 2:49 pm

Putting them on sturdy risers sounds great too. Cinder blocks or such. I've seen some risers that looked like they could rot out or that if you bonked the box hard, it might slip and cost you a toe.

Tabletops would be fantastic for most people, as gardening can be hard on the back. So hard that it becomes easy to find a reason not to tend the garden, and then eventually give it up because the experience becomes too unpleasant or even taxing. Great for older people, too -- as we age, almost everyone's back goes downhill.

You're certainly right on in thinking about not just the water coming down, but that it goes through everyone else's yard first. Who knows what chemicals, diseases, herbicides, and fertilizers might be coming down with it and flooding or slowly accumulating in your soil. Even the nicest, smartest people are sometimes pretty careless about what they dump into the ground or use on their lawns and gardens.
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Post  sanderson on 3/24/2014, 3:38 pm

It sounds likea cinder block base would be the best for your circumstance.  Set on rot-free cinder blocks and you can rest assured for many years. They can be just a block above ground or build them to table top height for easy gardening.
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