Originally Posted by DragonflyGardening
So, some further developments...turns out there is a giant rock about 2.5 feet down and the water was sitting on that rock. I'm hoping that as I dig wider I will find an edge to the rock and will be able to build a little drainage ditch beside the rock.
Interesting stuff, I find it fun.
Sounds like you have a perched water table...probably seasonal. Before you go digging your tail off, use a digging bar to probe around and see how big it is. If it's big enough to perch the water table, chances are you aren't digging it out or diverting the water around it...more likely it's ledge with a signfican't area to it. Could also be a clay or other relatively impermeable layer underlying it and there happens to be a rock there too.