Bring On the Rain

Where has the week gone?!  It’s somehow Thursday and I have yet to do a post this week, but I guess I have good reason.  We were dealing with construction allowances for the house on Monday, drove to Whittier to drop off a trailer for a friend on Tuesday and had friends in town Wednesday so there just hasn’t been a spare moment to blog until now.

During my allowance budgeting I did do some research on a couple of things we’re looking at tackling right away when we move in.  I’d like to get some planting done, if we get in before the first frost, so that I have things started for next season.  I toyed with the idea of going to the nursery plant sales to snag up all the 40-50% off perennials and shrubs I plan to use, but I’ve held off just because I don’t want to be stuck with a bevy of potted greenery that I can’t plant because the ground is frozen and needs somewhere protected to winter over.  So instead I decided to research things I can prep for spring.  One of those things was rain chains from our eaves to a barrel which will collect run-off water.  I plan to snap up the supplies during the off season for less and prep them so everything is ready to be put in action as soon as weather allows.

While researching ideas for that project I discovered that our community has a Rain Garden program.  I had never heard of a rain garden, but it sounded interesting.  Described as a vegetated areas, built specifically to manage storm water runoff from driveways, sidewalks, roofs and other paved surfaces, it provides runoff an area to spread for removal of sediment and pollutants while also preventing flooding and erosion.

What a perfect complement to the rain chain and barrels I was already planning to use.  Plus the natural ravine we have on our property provides an excellent footprint for this type of garden.  If we can get it installed before winter takes hold it should be a big help in controlling spring’s thawing run-off.

What’s even better is that the local program encourages the use of rain gardens by paying home owners to install them!  They will reimburse up to $500 of the cost you incur to install your garden, green roof or porous pavement.  How awesome is that?  Check out these gardens that have been created around the community through this program.

The hard part will be deciding what vegetation to include in my rain garden.  Although I’m pretty sure the first round of plants will be those that are currently living in containers around my home now – iris, hydrangea, strawberries, lavender, marigolds, and daisies along with bulbs that I have not yet planted because I’m out of room. I’m sure not all of them will survive the transplant and impending winter, but those that don’t will create pockets of space to try new things come spring! And then I’ll be singing Jo Dee Messina’s “Bring on the rain” to watch our handy work in action!

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