Ok, so this is a example of a small rain garden for a house in the city or town.. Mine is a massive rain or storm garden to be.. It will collect the water off my roof, as well as collect the overflow from the one side of the driveway to the other side. This system is created to catch storm waters and recharge your ground water.
Given our big hard storms, in the past few years we seem to have a pattern of no rain.. HARD large volume’s of rain. Collecting that rain for storage is important but so it creating a system that helps keep that water on the property so that it can recharge our shallow house well.
We called in help on this one, It was not a do it by hand project, we had cleared the tree’s but the machine cleared the roots, and did the first digging.. The bottom is nicely created flat and we have already started adding in many loads of compost from our farm to the pit and it will be mixed with the native soil into the first layer
We will continue to clean our barn and use the fall prep to have the barn ready for winter use into this project, mixing the compost and the native soil till we get the level we want.. then we will have the gravel hauled in and hire the same person to come back and move the rest of the soil in at levels and to build the permaculture berms around the rain garden itself.. I also have a area that we need to have him pull another large amount of roots up.. he can do it in a hour that would take us much longer.
Then it comes back to us and we will need to start planting it.. Its a longer term project and of course we have to create the dry creak bed that will lead the water to the rain garden itself from the house.