Our Mission:

Our Mission: To enable individuals and communities to take an active part in the cultivation of systems that provide the highest quality fruits, vegetables, herbs and other yields, in a way that benefits themselves, cares for the land and environment, and provides a surplus to use, share and reinvest into the system.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Latest Johnston Rain Garden

Our latest rain garden in Johnston took advantage of the city's cost share program (link).  
(Our first Johnston rain garden was featured heavily in their promotional video!)

We were able to capture nearly all of the roof area in this project.
Over 1300sf of rooftop runoff captured

We also removed most of the existing foundation planting, with assorted bushes and edging, and minor rebuilds of the existing retaining walls.  

The dry stream bed also helped address some developing erosion issues.

Lots of abandoned and active cable made the upper stream challenging.  It was also some of the hottest days we've had this summer.

In process..

Butterflies often stop by to say hello during planting!

A whole new look after completion!

New native foundation planting to go with the rest

Limestone bridge keeps the natural look 

Larger rocks disrupt flow at the inlet

This stream and rain garden basin are ready to work!

If you live in Johnston, or other areas in and around Des Moines, and want to help reduce stormwater runoff, clean water and provide habitat for pollinators contact us today.  You can even learn more about possible cost share opportunities at RainCampaign.org