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Rain Garden, Hugelkulture & Terra Petra garden mashup

Unrelated photo. I just love I have Violets growing in my backyard

Unrelated photo. I just love I have Violets growing in my backyard

Today I dug up a bit of my front yard to build a rain garden of sorts. There looks to be a drainage gully leading from the front of the house to the street. I dug a dike 1 lawn mower width from the corner of my driveway and sidewalk. Gotta make the chores as easy as I can.

The city had dug up the water shut-off valve last summer here.

The city had dug up the water shut-off valve last summer here.

What I did is dug a deep trench and dropped a bunch of short logs into it. What will happen is these logs will start to rot in a few years and turn into giant water sponges. By placing these in the path of the drainage gully I am hoping that they will soak up and hold the rain water. I planted a bunch of irises and purple cone flower seeds.

Trenches dug and some logs dropped in

Trenches dug and some logs dropped in

All the logs dropped into this hugelkulture bed

All the logs dropped into this hugelkulture bed

Logs buried at grade depth

Logs buried at grade depth

Watering the bed in. See how it forms a dike making a rain garden?

Watering the bed in. See how it forms a dike making a rain garden?

I also planted my grapevine. This I dug a deep hole that I dropped a bunch of half burned fire wood down. I also mashed up some of the charcoal I made my dousing my campfires. The charcoal will hopefully form Terra Petra of sorts.

Deep hole and charred wood for Terra Petra

Deep hole and charred wood for Terra Petra

Charred wood for the Terra Petra

Charred wood for the Terra Petra

Down the hole with the wood and charcoal

Down the hole with the wood and charcoal

Charcoal made from dousing my campfire mixed into the dirt.

Charcoal made from dousing my campfire mixed into the dirt.

[Edited] Post was posted with the photos in a jumbled up order and no captions.

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