Author: Sorting Last Post on Top ↓ Message:
SHARJOPAUL's Photo SHARJOPAUL Posts: 31,188
4/22/11 10:36 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Great Pix!
You have a wonderful start going those few more plants and a couple of years so they multiply and your rain garden will be wonderful!

1234MOM's Photo 1234MOM SparkPoints: (143,945)
Fitness Minutes: (183,477)
Posts: 6,558
4/21/11 4:02 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
The rain garden is almost done and has handled it's first 3" rain. I've posted a few pictures on my SP Page. My daughters are also on SP and were a GREAT help in the construction. There are a few more native plants that will be going in as soon as they arrive. I will take pictures to post of this garden through the season.

¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨)
(¸.•´ (¸.•´ *Linda¸.•*¨)
2011




*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-


 Pounds lost: 11.0 
 
0
6
12
18
24
BET212's Photo BET212 SparkPoints: (55,852)
Fitness Minutes: (50,532)
Posts: 4,487
4/5/11 5:06 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks for the links! Those living walls are amazing!

Brandyn--San Antonio, Tx

“Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?” A. A. Milne
1234MOM's Photo 1234MOM SparkPoints: (143,945)
Fitness Minutes: (183,477)
Posts: 6,558
4/5/11 11:56 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I managed to get some pre rain garden work done last week. I put in a 4" underground tube to combine the downspout water from the upper roof and the water from the sump pump. THat will add to the water going into my 'rain garden' when I get it dug. Both my girls are here but one is not feeling well so I'll give her a few days before we dig. Trying to find all the right connectors to put in this drain pipe was a bit of a challenge but Lowe's had all the connectors I needed...they just didn't know they had them. The grading of the yard behind the house isn't the greatest that is why I'm doing this. Everytime it rained the downspouts would was mulch and dirt into the wrong places. Now one downspout is going into a rain barrel and the other goes into the rain garden.

I mean't to take pictures of that process but we ended up doing it on a dark rainy day that was supposed to be sunny and nice.

Edited by: 1234MOM at: 4/5/2011 (11:57)
¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨)
(¸.•´ (¸.•´ *Linda¸.•*¨)
2011




*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-


 Pounds lost: 11.0 
 
0
6
12
18
24
LIBERTYGIRLFLA's Photo LIBERTYGIRLFLA SparkPoints: (20,188)
Fitness Minutes: (6,878)
Posts: 1,947
4/3/11 6:48 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Do you start your plants/seeds indoors? That would give you a good head start when your soil warms up.

Lib

I used to say, It is what it is, but now I say, "If you don't like it, change it!!"


 current weight: 143.0 
 
158
151
144
137
130
GJSISSON's Photo GJSISSON Posts: 988
4/3/11 12:05 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Woke up to snow on the ground this morning. No telling how long it will take for the ground to warm up to planting temp - I will have to be patient for a few more weeks!

Gayle


 current weight: 154.0 
 
160
156.25
152.5
148.75
145
LIBERTYGIRLFLA's Photo LIBERTYGIRLFLA SparkPoints: (20,188)
Fitness Minutes: (6,878)
Posts: 1,947
4/3/11 8:21 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
We just had 3 days of LOTS of rain. We checked out the garden the NEXT MORNING and the ground was already dry is many spots. Can't wait until my first batch of compost is ready to incorporate into the garden. I'm hoping that will help...

Lib

Lib

I used to say, It is what it is, but now I say, "If you don't like it, change it!!"


 current weight: 143.0 
 
158
151
144
137
130
DOWN2SEXY's Photo DOWN2SEXY Posts: 8,023
3/31/11 12:19 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm not sure there's enough sand in the world to break up my red clay. emoticon

Thanks for the link to the rain garden plants. That will come in handy when the weather finally cooperates with me. I'm ready for some dry, sunny days. Warm would be bonus!

Write on!


Won't I look good in my publicity photos when I am the leanest, meanest, most agile writing machine I can possibly be?


 current weight: 215.0 
 
215
197.5
180
162.5
145
1234MOM's Photo 1234MOM SparkPoints: (143,945)
Fitness Minutes: (183,477)
Posts: 6,558
3/31/11 10:34 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Yes I could use a good dose of sand. I tested the drainage and it will drain in about a day even when the ground is saturated.

Those pictures of living walls are beautiful. I was reading an article on a way to take two old shutters put together and grow herbs and lettuces between them. We could actually grow our own walls that way. I wish I had a good wintering place for something like that.

¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨)
(¸.•´ (¸.•´ *Linda¸.•*¨)
2011




*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-


 Pounds lost: 11.0 
 
0
6
12
18
24
LIBERTYGIRLFLA's Photo LIBERTYGIRLFLA SparkPoints: (20,188)
Fitness Minutes: (6,878)
Posts: 1,947
3/31/11 10:17 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Wish we could share soil. I live in FL and ours is so sandy, the water drains off so quickly that it's actually dry the day after watering. The gardens sound FANTASTIC! I love that English garden look!

Lib

I used to say, It is what it is, but now I say, "If you don't like it, change it!!"


 current weight: 143.0 
 
158
151
144
137
130
JWOURMS's Photo JWOURMS Posts: 750
3/31/11 4:58 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Wow, those sound like excellent projects. I'd love to see the result.
I'm thinking or rebuilding the front wall so that it can accomodate some plants - I'm thinking it would be a small contribution to helping with runnoff.
These are really inspring www.biotecture.uk.com/news.html But I was thinking something on this scale....
maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_
q&
hl=en&geocode=&q=sw11+3ds&aq=&sll=53R>.852527,-4.042969&sspn=14.914788,30.
62
9883&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=London+SW
11+3DS
,+United+Kingdom&layer=c&cbl
l=51.47355
5,-0.172601&panoid=446rx
oaRk3ko0VGgCsQ
3XA&cbp=12,70.46,,2,
19.48&ll=51.473471
,-0.172563&spn=0,0.029912&z=15


..you may not be able to really feel compassion toward others until you are able to feel compassionate toward yourself. Margaret Paul


 current weight: 212.0 
 
229
216.25
203.5
190.75
178
GYPSY_DANCER Posts: 2,007
3/31/11 12:53 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
That sounds wonderful! I can't wait to see pics of your progress with it!

ANOTHERMOMOF2's Photo ANOTHERMOMOF2 Posts: 4,414
3/30/11 12:34 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks for the link.

Karen

http://www.fitbit.com/user/23NSBD


 October Minutes: 2,413
 
0
31.25
62.5
93.75
125
1234MOM's Photo 1234MOM SparkPoints: (143,945)
Fitness Minutes: (183,477)
Posts: 6,558
3/30/11 7:35 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'll post some before pics and some that will be ongoing.
This area is on a mild slope and we will dig a shallow depression and improve the soil to reduce a variety of plants that tolerate wet feet and absorb water. Sedges will be set where the heaviest flow runs. Other native flowers will fill in. Many will be ordered from a local native plant supplier. Last year a row of plants that grow 6_8 ft were planted as a visual barrier from the street along with a swamp oak at the street.
I'll be starting in about a week but have to get my plant order in today.

¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨)
(¸.•´ (¸.•´ *Linda¸.•*¨)
2011




*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-


 Pounds lost: 11.0 
 
0
6
12
18
24
SHARJOPAUL's Photo SHARJOPAUL Posts: 31,188
3/29/11 6:56 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Here is a link for rain garden plants.
www.rainkc.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/
pl
ants.main/index.htm

Many of these are natives. Good rain garden plants are plants that at least temporarily do well with their roots in standing water, they also have deep roots which encourages the water to drain into the soil replenishing the aquafer but can also survive drier conditions.

DOWN2SEXY's Photo DOWN2SEXY Posts: 8,023
3/29/11 4:54 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
We've been considering doing a dry creek bed with water-tolerant plantings along the banks for the same purpose. We have one section on the side toward the back of the house that just gets mushy and then runs down between the backyards. It's not really a ditch that runs there, just a low area. We don't plan to redirect the flow. We're just going to line the natural runoff path with varying sizes of river rock and maybe build a little footbridge across. Then I want to plant iris (flags), some ornamental grasses and some of the smaller hosta varieties along the edges - probably intermingled with flagstone stepping stones. I really want to go for a very natural look. That's the side of the house where I have my shade garden with lots of hostas, English ivy, lilies of the valley, foxglove (digitalis), and coral bells - as well as lots of annual impatiens. The focal point is a 30+ year old white pine that shelters a flagstone patio with a little bistro table and chairs. It's my favorite place to be in the spring and summer months. The dry creek bed would just make it that much more appealing to me.

I live in the St. Louis, Mo area and our hard red clay doesn't particularly absorb moisture well. It just turns mucky during snow melt, spring rains, and summer thunderstorms. Then, during the heat of summer, it dries up and cracks. - Sort of like a mud facial! LOL

Write on!


Won't I look good in my publicity photos when I am the leanest, meanest, most agile writing machine I can possibly be?


 current weight: 215.0 
 
215
197.5
180
162.5
145
GJSISSON's Photo GJSISSON Posts: 988
3/29/11 2:59 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Where do you live that you have a "rain garden"?

Gayle


 current weight: 154.0 
 
160
156.25
152.5
148.75
145
COACH_NICOLE's Photo COACH_NICOLE SparkPoints: (71,928)
Fitness Minutes: (142,122)
Posts: 9,350
3/29/11 2:39 P

SparkPeople Team Member

My SparkPage
Reply
Wow, that sounds awesome! Be sure to post some pictures for us to see.



 October Minutes: 0
 
0
30
60
90
120
1234MOM's Photo 1234MOM SparkPoints: (143,945)
Fitness Minutes: (183,477)
Posts: 6,558
3/29/11 2:10 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
THis is the year of the rain garden for me. My girls are going to help me prepare a bed for a 'rain garden'. I'm ordering the plants this week...they will be water loving and will soak up the excess water and keep it from flowing into the street. It is mostly a Spring problem but this is something I can do to help reduce the storm sewer overflow. The sump pump runs briskly when we get a lot of rain and spouts out like a fountain into this area.

Most plants will be natives. I'm thinking watercress would be a nice addition in the Spring

¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨)
(¸.•´ (¸.•´ *Linda¸.•*¨)
2011




*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-


 Pounds lost: 11.0 
 
0
6
12
18
24
Page: 1 of (1)  

Report Innappropriate Post

Other Organic Gardeners General Team Discussion Forum Posts

Topics: Last Post:
A couple of things I do each season to attract 8/7/2013 8:06:40 PM
Composting. Do you or don't you? 4/10/2014 9:12:23 AM
How do you know when pumpkins are ripe? 10/1/2013 6:29:23 PM
Cultivating Dead Land 5/6/2014 1:16:56 AM
Obesogens 2/21/2014 2:34:17 AM

Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x12953x40872146

Review our Community Guidelines