Rainy Day Projects

Are you a little bummed because it’s too cold outside to work in the garden or do anything outside? Well now is a great time to start planning the rain garden you want to plant this spring! Rain gardens are great ways to protect your local river or stream while beautifying your house. And building one is fun too. Now I’ve talked about rain gardens a bit on this blog but in order to prepare for the spring, I’m going do a series of posts with my friend Patricia Pennell at the West Michigan Environmental Council to give you some tips on building your own rain garden.

To start off, visit Patricia’s site, Rain Gardens of West Michigan. The website is easy — www.raingardens.org — and there are a series of easy steps to follow to create and build your own rain garden.

One thing you might want to consider (and we recommend) is making your rain garden with native plants. Check out this article from This Old House on “Going Native in the Garden”. It’s not a complete list of natives that are available to you, but it does give suggestions for the different regions across the U.S.

If you want to get into a little more detail on native plants, do some research at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website. They have a really good natives database you can peruse.

Don’t forget to check out our first video post on Monday.