Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Middle South

July, 2008
Regional Report

Web Finds

Rain Barrel Plans
If you'd like to build your own rain barrel, here are some sites with detailed instructions.

Mid-America Regional Council: Build Your Own Rain Barrel

University of Florida Extension: How to Build a Rain Barrel

Covington Water District Water Conservation Program: Rain Barrel Plans

Maryland Department of the Environment: Building a Rain Barrel


Rain Gardens
Building a rain garden is a good way to conserve water and reduce runoff. A rain garden is designed to capture precipitation and store it so it can soak slowly into the ground. Rain Gardens: Managing Water Sustainably in the Garden and Designed Landscape, by Nigel Dunnett and Andy Clayden (Timber Press, 2007; $34.95) is a common sense guide to designing, installing, planting, and maintaining a rain garden. It's filled with color photos that illustrate practical solutions to a variety of landscape situations.


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