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Re: shade/bog gardening

Marge: I'll get together with my friend this week and see about getting
that dry well done asap as you suggested. And FWIW, I don't blame the
neighbor at all...I think he's been very patient in all of this. As for
the new garden under the lilacs, it's a project we're planning on
involving our little Brownie scouts in...many of them live in apartment
complexes and don't have a chance to do any gardening at all, so they
are all excited about having a place to do this...Steve's yard will
become kind of their collective garden. Last year we started a bird
sanctuary out there and they loved doing that little project. They also
love to help maintain their school's wildflower/wildlife ravine
habitat...a big, deep gully with a small stream really that many years
ago the Master Gardener's in our county helped the school/PTO transform
from a ditch full of garbage into a walking trail/nature habitat. It is
extensively used by the school and lots of groups help to maintain
it...this is a favorite activity for our brownies and very convenient
since it is right across the street from Steve's house where we meet on

Anyway, your advice/knowledge has been invaluable and I really appreciate your help.

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Tue 04/27, Marge Talt < mtalt@hort.net > wrote:
From: Marge Talt [mailto: mtalt@hort.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2004 03:15:45 -0400
Subject: Re: [CHAT] shade/bog  gardening

> From: Melody <mhobertm@excite.com><br>> Wow, Marge! That is an
incredible amount of info...gonna print it<br>off<br>> and study it
carefully. You are the second person to mention dry<br>wells<br>> and I
guess I must have misunderstood Kitty...it sounds like it is<br>>
actually filled to the top and grated over so
small<br>children/animals<br>> wouldn't be a real problem?? Guess I will
look into this<br>more...thanks<br>> and my apologies to
Kitty!<br>----------<br><br>Well, hope it helps, Melody. Yes, dry wells
(AKA French drains) are<br>filled to the top with gravel or have a grate
- not just a hole<br>someone can fall into. The reason they're called
dry wells is that<br>they are shaped like a well but dry most of the
time. How they got<br>the French drain name, I do not know.<br><br>From
your other post, seems like one would be the answer to avoiding<br>a
real donnybrook with his neighbor. Don't blame the neighbor, I'd<br>come
kick his hose away myself if someone was draining water into
my<br>yard:-) Would also probably say some very uncharitable things to
your<br>friend in a very loud voice about it:-)<br><br>He'd best deal
with this ASAP. <br><br>If the water only stands for a short time,
there's no need to go to a<br>lot of trouble trying to build some kind
of new garden under those<br>lilacs - just plant a shade loving
groundcover if one is needed and<br>deal with the water issue before it
becomes a lawsuit:-)<br><br>Marge Talt, zone 7
Maryland<br>mtalt@hort.net<br>Editor: Gardening in
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