2011年4月30日土曜日

the rice chronicles part 3

Part 0 was levelling, tilling and fertilising the field.
Part 1 was planting the rice seeds in trays.
Part 2 was planting the trays in the incubator rice field to grow.
Part 3 is the water. The difference between a rice field and a veggie field is the water. (Well, the presence of rice and absence of veggies is a big tip off too but yeah, water is a biggie.)

So, to flood a rice paddy you turn the tap on and sit back and watch it fill right?

Wrong.

Well, not entirely right anyway.

You need ditches for the water to run around. That means digging a ditch around the entire perimeter of your rice paddy.


Phew. Now you've done that (Easy Peasy Japanesey, right?) you turn the tap on and sit back and watch it fill (while massaging your tired digging muscles), right?


Not exactly time to put out flood warnings...

Rice paddy flooding relies on gravity and water pressure. Gravity because you let the water in at the high end and out at the low end and water pressure because you need the water to actually run somewhere. We are fighting a hard battle here as we aren't exactly blessed with either quality. The paddy has uphills and downhills throughout and needs a lot of levelling out and the water pressure is more trickle than torrent.

But never say never and where there's a will there's a way and if you dream it you can do it and every other platitude on success and adversity you can think of and there will be rice there one day!

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