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Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Hellebores Ferns Ponds
Jun 8, 2016 1:07 PM CST
Hi Annie,
Sounds like you have been getting quite a bit done. I'm so glad Pat and I were able to visit you for your Plant Sale because I can now really visualize what you are writing about Smiling I'm also working on a dry stream bed. It is in the backyard outside the conservatory. For the last few years when torrential rains have come, the water found its own way through the back yard and down the stepping stones. It has really eroded the soil along its path. It has been on the never ending "to do list" to dig a ditch with berms on either side to have the water flow where I want it to vs wreaking havoc wherever it was going on its own. The ditch is dug - Mike made short work of it with the mini bucket on the backhoe. I lined it with heavy plastic and got a load of round 1" - 3" rock that I'm slowly dumping on top of the plastic. Not as much color variety as I was looking for, but it will have to do. It has been so hot and muggy the last two weeks that I can only endure moving rocks about an hour or two at a time. I really hope to finish it up this weekend. When the rock is done, I can tackle planting the berms on the sides and cleaning up that whole area of the garden. The ditch serves a useful purpose, but it is also becoming another nice garden feature.

Oh, I forgot to mention earlier to tell your bee keeping friend that Pat and I drove by her house on the way out. I love stone houses to begin with, and her house along with the barn, walled garden, and other outbuildings is absolutely fantastic!!!
Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry
Jun 11, 2016 6:59 AM CST
I will definitely tell Julie you saw her stone house and garden! I know, it's amazing. The truly awesomely amazing thing is ....that place was a total absolute disaster area when they bought it. They had to haul to literally TONS of trash and start from scratch.

Your dry stream bed sounds great! I am a big proponent of trying to use what I've got rather than try to change what Nature's doing. In a misguided attempt quite a few years back, I tried to cover up these big slabs of rock that were sticking up on top of the hill figuring that "erosion = bad". What a lot of wasted work, because of course, no matter how much dirt I spread over them, the next big rain/thaw took it away and left a big mess. Then one day the lightbulb went on: "Embrace Erosion." I cleaned off the slabs and now they are a spectacular feature at the entrance to the Storybook Garden and I'm doing the same a little further up to create a new Rock Garden.

I am a bit disappointed in my pebbles for the drystream bed too...I would have liked more gray tones, but all I can get (in bags) is sand colored. I'm going to have to shop around.

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