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Step 1: Find a drain.
Step 2: Remove turf grass adjacent to the drain to the size you want your garden to be.
Step 3: Excavate existing soil any where from 6 – 12″ (depending on your energy level – deep is good!)
Step 4: Mix excavated soil with composted leaf mulch; about 50-50.
Step 5: Fill in the excavated area with the amended soil.
Step 6: Plant tough, native plants that can tolerate both wet and dry conditions.
Step 7: Topdress with leaf mulch.
Here’s what we put in our garden – so far!!!
Asclepias incarnata, swamp milkweed
Carex grayi, Gray’s sedge
Hibiscus moscheutos, Hibiscus
Ilex verticillata, winterberry holly
Iris versicolor, blueflag iris
Lobelia cardinalis, cardinal flower
Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’, switch grass