Monday, July 6, 2009

Rainy Gardens - Part III

More rain is in the forecast for this week, and I'm finally ready to put gutters on the new garage and order some rain barrels.

Times-Union: Raining again? Just roll out the barrel

Last year I dug two rain gardens, to collect runoff and let it diffuse slowly into the ground (rather than forming a swamp along the back fence).

Here's how my rain garden looked on Thursday. The water had all dissipated by Sunday. I need to add some plants, since everything has finished blooming already (it has rugosa rose, siberian iris, lily of the valley, and columbine).

If you want to create a rain garden, here's a great free publication from the University of Wisconsin (3 Mb PDF): Rain Gardens - A howto manual for homeowners

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