Heavy rain today

I finished planting for the day just ten minutes before a rainstorm tore through the area. I put a goumi, nanking cherry, and black currant in a small group on the southwestern edge of the front yard

The city of Frederick is prone to flash torrents of water streaking through the roads. The city’s planners carved out a creek on an east-west line to capture water from rain. It would be great to have ways to capture all that water for use in the city during dry times, or at least use it for urban food forests.

Plum tree has settled in and started leafing out. It overlooks a nanking cherry, goumi, and black currant, as water, which could otherwise be captured and filtered, rushes to bring contaminants and soil runoff into the creek.

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