It's time for us to put away our shovels for a job well done. Over 40 volunteers have been involved in this project in some way or another and I am grateful for each and every one of them. From the moment I said, "Hey the boys and I have a good idea..." No one ran away (though they may have wished they had.) There were so many people that supported us, helped us grow and make our project better. There were ideas that I never would have considered that ended up in our final garden and made it so much better than if we had done this project alone. Our children worked so hard measuring, calculating angles of hillside, testing the soil, sorting plants I am so proud of all of them. It is amazing to see what they have been able to accomplish in just a few short months. After all the holes have been dug and flowers planted I am so glad there were so many hands to help us. I am especially grateful for all the hands who helped dig, whether it was holes for plants or pipes, I hope you think in the end that the blisters were worth it. Thanks you for driving five hours to help us Lori, Jacob, Michael and dad!
I know that all of the animals around the church will be grateful from the humans who stop to watch the butterflies enjoying the milkweed, to the bugs who will have a new home to visit for years to come. We have added more than just a garden to stop erosion, we have actually made a habitat come to life. GOOD WORK PEOPLE- and thank you from the bottom of my dirt loving heart!
A special thanks goes out to our generous native plant donors Ginny, Nick, Margret and Mary, without your plants this never would have happened. How fortunate am I to have just met someone and hours later she donates several wonderful plants to me? Or to have someone donate an entire native garden to me, you know who you are!!! Or how about having such a good friend, that even though she wasn't home, when I needed more sundrops and hers was the only yard that had them in the neighborhood, she let me dig them up? This all happened because of the four of you, thank you so much!
Thursday May 28, 2015 we will finally break ground on our restoration project. We will meet at St. Peter's in the Woods in Fairfax, VA at 10am. After months of planning, we will begin inserting the drainage pipes that will take water away from the eroded hillside and into the woods.
Thanks to some amazing friends from ARMN, we have some native plants to put in the ground on Sunday. More native plant donations are always welcome, just put them in the shade with the others. Please meet us at 1pm on Sunday, May 31st for the planting. Everyone is welcome, bring your own shovel, roll up your sleeves and get ready to dig with us! Email anna with any questions.
The 4-H group was hard at work on our restoration of the hillside project. About 23 children measured and tested soil in anticipation of our soon-to-be garden to prevent further erosion. A plan has been submitted this week to the church for approval. The boys and I will be going back on Monday to do some final soil and drainage tests.
As part of our efforts to save salamanders, the boys decided to take on planting a hillside outside of where our classes were this spring. The runoff from the hill feeds into this stream.
There's some pretty bad erosion from kids walking on the hill and from the rain washing down the hillside with no thing to stop it. We are hoping to replant the hillside, with the help of NovaScoop's 4-H club. These are the areas of concern: 1. the top- where there is only a hydrangea and where the down spout is located. 2. the central piece which is mostly clay in part to full sun on about a 40 degree hillside. 3. the lower section which has a retaining wall that needs to be addressed 4. the area below the retaining wall that is just in front of the door