April 27th, 2008
Bog Garden Comes to Life
2008-04-27. Taken after much of the water had soaked in…poor light and a dead camera battery kept me from getting a good shot of how it looked at its worst–the lawn was completely under water.
Imagining the bog garden is a much easier when we get a month’s worth of rain in about 15 minutes. Even without any roof runoff the holes I’ve been digging to collect water fill quickly. The water overflows into the lawn and is slowed temporarily by the berm before rushing around it and flooding the garage.
Note to self: dig deeper holes.
This morning’s downpour was intense. I cringe to see all that precious water running off. My rainbarrels were already full from the rain the other day.
Note to self: get bigger rainbarrels.
My rain-catching terraces are having some effect in slowing down the runoff. The amount of rain pouring off the place where the roof forms a valley by the front door looked like someone had opened a fire hydrant. I think it would have overwhelmed any guttering system. Must check to see how VBDB’s new rainwater collection system handled this storm.
by M Sinclair Stevens in Austin, Texas