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Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments radio segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Listeners from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expand on the information provided in her one-minute radio segments.
New tips are added throughout each month, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! Visit Melinda’s website www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and answers to your questions.
Rain Gardens - The Garden Mix
by Melinda Myers,posted Jun 1 2012 12:11PM
Don’t let the all that valuable rainwater go down the storm sewer. Instead, put it to work growing a beautiful garden in your landscape.
Install a rain garden to capture the rainfall that runs off your roof, walks, patio, and other hard surfaces. These gardens capture excess water, filter it through plant roots and soil and then allow it to recharge the ground water below.
Do a bit of research and call 811, the free utility locating system, before you dig in. Proper planning will increase the effectiveness and beauty of your garden. Rain gardens should be at least 10 feet away from your house. Locate the garden on a slight slope using swales, downspouts, and underground PVC to direct water to it. And keep the garden away from septic systems and trees.
The depth of your garden depends on soil type, garden size, and rainfall. Amend the soil with organic matter and fill with plants suited for your climate, flooding and drought.
A bit more information: Check with your local extension Service or Department of Natural Resources for information on installing rain gardens in your area. Many have lists of plants suitable to rain gardens in your climate. And review Rain Gardens: A how-to manual for homeowners at http://clean-water.uwex.edu/pubs/pdf/gardens.pdffor a step-by-step overview on installing a rain garden.
If you ever get a chance to see Milwaukee from the water...do it! I don't know what it is about the water but everything looks beautiful when you're on the water. I took these over the weekend and just looking at them calms me. We have a beautiful city enjoy it and enjoy what's left of summer:)