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Rain Gardens Galore!

Swamp Creek Map

from “North Creek and Swamp Creek Watershed Guidebook” by Snohomish County Public Works as seen on the Little Swamp Creek website (link)

Last year, Farmer Frog received a contract working with Earth Corps and the Sno-King Watershed Council to install rain gardens in the Swamp Creek watershed. The map shows the watershed area which originates near Paine Field (South Everett) and extends southeast under the freeway, toward Brier, eventually draining into Lake Washington.

If the term “rain garden” is new to you, a rain garden is a depression created in your landscape to allow rainwater from your roof or driveway to slowly soak into the ground instead of running off into the nearest stream or Puget Sound. Native soils are removed and replaced with a special blend of soil and then mulched with wood chips. , then mulched. Rain gardens are then planted with beautiful, hardy, low-maintenance native perennial plants, which can withstand drought and wet root conditions.

Gardening: By a Not Very Green Thumb Gardener

As a nutrition professional and sustainable nutrition advocate, it’s hard to believe that until several years ago, I didn’t have much of a garden. Here’s how I got started.

Plants in Nancy's landscaping
Strawberries, rhubarb, a tomato plant, and more tucked into Nancy’s existing landscaping.

A big eye-opener for me was reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, her account of her family’s challenge of eating only local food for a year, much of it grown themselves. Wow – I was inspired! Too bad I read the book in October, really too late in the year to rip up the lawn and plant tomatoes, which was what I was envisioning. And did I mention that my gardening skills are minimal at best?