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We still need to add a tree, and divert the downspout to the rain garden, & also add a rain barrel.
The hard work was done by Let’s Go Chicago’s participants!
Riverside, Illinois is hosting FRED, in honor of Frederick Law Olmsted. The RIVERS Project is a collaboration with among Lupfer Landscaping, Dig Right In Landscaping, Semiramis Studio, and Aquascapes. We are offering to address residents’ flooding problems with installation work culminating in a green infrastructure extreme build and education event August 16-18! Contact the number on the postcard above if you are intersted in attending or addressing your flooding problem. Exciting!
Please see the earlier post about Triton’s Rain Garden here.
In preparation for the Bucktown Garden walk this weekend, Let’s Go Chicago planted native sedges in the parkway outside Center for Neighborhood Technology’s building at 1741 Western Avenue. The building houses CNT Energy, so the group also learned about Energy’s programs and toured the building. The group’s assistance doing final planting in the garden was key in getting he garden in shape for tomorrow. Pizzo Native Plants donated more plants and Grace Koehler taught the grup about native plants. Thanks everyone!
The Rain Garden was installed last fall, and topped with pine fines mulch for the winter. This spring, we refined the grading and removed most of the mulch for use in other areas.
The soil at this site is extremely sandy, so standing water will be rare. We installed native sedges in the lowest areas of the swale, and they should hold the sandy soil quite well.
Over the next few months, as the plants establish, we’ll introduce the downspout water.
This is the beginning of a larger effort to initiate educational programming at the CNT garden on Western Avenue. Check it out!
The first step is to bring in clean garden mix and place it at 18-24″ depth.
It is important to not drive on the soil with equipment. The skidsteer placed the soil and did minor backdragging to grade it. Hand shoveling was done to finish up the grade and fill in the corners. Boxes will be built this week to keep the soil in place.
For the first year we’re planting lots of corn, beans that climb the corn, squash, beets, tomatoes, and greens. There will be a raspberry & blackberry patch soon, bearing fruit next year. We’ll espalier some apple trees on the fence at the front of the lot.
Over this first year, we will be building trellises for climbing edibles like cucumbers, various squashes, peas, and beans. There will also be a pergola for heavier edibles like grapes.
To top it all off, we have an artist who will paint the fence with an amazing array of fun imagery!