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#1 Paul

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 09:54 PM

So, January of last year (2016), we dug a new pond, filled in an old pond, and added a bit more fill dirt about to expand the higher land at the farm. 

 

Running a bit behind, mostly due to rainy season lasting into January of this year, and delays in getting funds transferred. But, we are here now. Chan rang the farm today, learning the dirt guys were across the road working. Talk about timing. She got off the phone and let me know what was happening. So, for tomorrow (Monday the 13th), we agreed to pay $8.00 per load of dirt, delivered and filled in to continue expanding the higher property so we will be able to expand the farm with livestock. We will build a larger barn for the cows, to allow for those to have needed room, and for future cows, as well. 

 

A bit later, someone rang us from the farm. It was a neighbor who lives very close by, letting us know she would like a pond dug. So, it looks like this could be a win-win situation for us, and the neighbor. Due to them being so close to the property, we will get the loads of dirt needed, at $7.00 each. Possibly even cheaper. (Negotiating tomorrow, at the farm.) We will start with another, oh, 50 to 60 loads or so, then see where that puts us. So, it looks like there is no need for us to dig another pond, or expand our current pond at the farm, at this time.  


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Posted 14 March 2017 - 10:19 AM

59 loads, total. 57 @ $7.00 USD. 2 free. 

 

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Tha went along and decided to trim a tree while he was there. 

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 12:23 PM

Good job! looks like a lot of dirt for the money. How much was the tractor and labour to do the work.



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Posted 14 March 2017 - 07:00 PM

How much was the tractor and labour to do the work.

 

Included, believe it or not.


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Posted 14 March 2017 - 09:25 PM


Included, believe it or not.

 

That's excellent Paul. If you had not bought the soil, what would they have done with it?



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Posted 14 March 2017 - 09:53 PM

If you had not bought the soil, what would they have done with it?

 

As I stated in my first post, we were going to get the dirt from another off site location ($8.00 / load), determined by the owner of the digging company. However, as a last minute thing, a neighbor came up with dirt much closer ($7.00 / load). Worst case scenario, we could have widened the pond we dug last year, or started a new pond, on our property ($6.25 / load). So, for $.75¢ to $1.00 per load more, it was worth it to buy from either off site location available to us.

 

Getting dirt in that part of the province is not a problem. Almost any time, you can find someone wanting / needing a pond dug. Since most farmers are rice growers, they don't want to keep the dirt. So, better for them to get a free pond and to give the dirt away to a hauler like the one that filled our property. They seem like really nice people, as well. 


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Posted 14 March 2017 - 10:02 PM

Had we not planned to head to Phnom Penh, we could have stayed an additional day and got another 59 loads finished, or maybe even more. But, can't stop moving forward. And, other fill can be done later, as it is not a priority. 


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