Monday, April 28, 2014

Rain garden.

Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day...

Like, tomorrow. Tomorrow would be great.

See, in a few hours, we're picking up twenty five deep-rooted native plants from Cumberland River Compact to plant in our very own rain garden.

What's a rain garden, you ask? Well, let me tell you!

A rain garden is a shallow, constructed depression that is planted with deep-rooted native plants and grasses. It is located to receive runoff from hard surfaces such as a roof via a downspout, a sidewalk or driveway. Rain gardens slow down the rush of water from these hard surfaces, hold the water for a short period of time and allow it to naturally infiltrate into the ground. A rain garden can be thought of as a personal water quality system because it filters the runoff from your roof and lawn and recharges the groundwater. (from the Cumberland River Compact website)

Rain gardens can also be really pretty.

Win, win, win!

Bill and I spent most of yesterday clearing an 8X10 section of our backyard. It was hard but satisfying work. By the end of the day, pretty much everything hurt (that's a lot of shoveling, bending over, sorting soil and worms from grass, weeds and roots...) but our shallow depression was ready to go. I couldn't wait to see our finished garden.

Then it started to rain.


And it really hasn't stopped since. I haven't peeked outside yet this morning, but I'm guessing there's an 8X10 mud puddle in the wettest part of our yard. (Fortunately, I already know it'll drain fast.) And it's very likely that all the pretty little plants we put in containers yesterday are drowning by now.

Edited to add: just got up to get the boys a bagel (yes, I'm in bed drinking tea and writing this, so sue me!), and it looks like I was right. ALL the rain is rushing straight toward our puddle and it's the only place in the yard with standing water. More or less exactly what we want to happen. It's starting to look like we'll have ourselves a real nice rain garden! Stay tuned... (And please let all this potentially awful weather pass us and everyone else by)

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