Miska Posted March 26 Share Posted March 26 Please let me know if I should move this to off topic, because it is going to contain a *lot* of plants and garden pictures, and pond pictures will be mini ponds. And MAYBE one large pond for now that my husband does not think we could put fish in (I want to put fish in). Disclaimer: These posts are going to be long and you may want TL:DR, which I will try to include. It is mostly for my own documentation and edification. Especially as I further my education. I went to college for Poli-Sci and History (Africana Studies, Women's Studies, International Relations, etc) but my passion for conservation, ecology, environmentalism, etc never really died away. It seems that Fish Tanks have really reignited it, and I fully believe that folks in their mid-30s should be allowed to follow those passions, and be encouraged to do so. So this is my place for that. Background/History/Reasoning My family (we are a pod that formed during covid) have a small .5 acre home in Maryland (which is a lot of land for this state in most cases). We want ponds, and water retention, and slow drainage. One of my biggest passions is restoring native plants, fish, and feeding opportunities to the bay. The Chesapeake Bay is the Environmental Love of my life aside from The Great Lakes (I am originally from the Erie, PA area). Wetlands, specifically have been my passion since I was 12 years old and went to the Erie National (Wetland) Reserve-Refuge in Guys Mills PA on a field trip (There is a native seed place there that I still want to order from but they sell for commercial, agribusiness, etc). I want to transform my yard into something that will make my neighbors love and hate us (The yard has been unkempt as we purchased it from a woman who was in her late 80's and had not touched it since her husband died a decade prior). Be filled with beautiful plants, mini ponds, and a couple of rain gardens, a dry bed, and water retention areas. One of the greatest threats to the Bay is runoff water. With the rapid construction in the area, the massive widening of congested roads, and the farms in PA, the Bay has been devastated. I cannot fix that. But I can create a home ecosystem that helps wildlife flourish and keeps our neighborhoods run off (a lot of which ends up in my yard because one house over is the apex of a "Mountain" that drains into the Chesapeake Bay). I have been dreaming on a wild garden home for a decade now, and everything I use here will be brought over to the second home I own (a rental property currently) in another city near the bay. And will spread to Elodie's home even closer to the harbor. She will also be putting ponds in her scape. And we will be utilizing as many native aquatic plants as possible in our rain gardens, etc. This concludes the Reasoning Portion of my project. It is a multi year project, and it looks as though I will be undergoing minor back and neck procedures, to help restore function to my body, so expect it to be a long time, and that I will have health related challenges. 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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