Rainy days on Fridays never get us down, at least not where our damp but undaunted Wells Fargo volunteers were concerned. We were impressed by their dedication and thankful, again, for their help. If we had been able to finish the rain gardens prior to our volunteer day on Friday, July 11, we would have had near perfect conditions to test their functioning (the rain gardens, not the volunteers).
The Big Question: will the rain stop so we can work outside?
Photo by J. Harrington
Our intrepid volunteers had managed to get the site prepared by removing the old fence posts and getting the planting beds dug and prepared. Here's a site plan to give you a sense of what we're working toward. A rain garden goes in each of the top corners. The north garden is on the left and the south garden, naturally, is then on the right.
Plans developed by: Capital Region Watershed District
& Ramsey Conservation District
Details of the plantings at each location are shown in the following two figures.
Here is a list of what will be planted in the
North rain garden Qty: Scientific Name: Common Name: Size: Spacing: Native 3 Amelanchier laevis Serviceberry 1 Gal 5' Yes 7 Aronia melanocarpa Black Chokeberry 1 Gal 5' Yes 18 Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed 3.5" Pot 18"-24" o.c. Yes 15 Carex vulpinoidea Fox sedge 3.5" Pot 18"-24" o.c. Yes 9 Iris versicolor Blue Flag Iris 3.5" Pot 18"-24" o.c. Yes 14 Liatris aspera Rough Blazing Star 3.5" Pot 18"-24" o.c. Yes
Wells Fargo volunteer crew ready for work
The south garden, visible in the top photo between the sign and the truck, will have the same plants as listed for the North site, but not as many. Before the North garden could be planted, however, a notable stump needed to be dug out so the contractor can pull it later in the week.
digging in to dig out a stump