Virginia Home Grown July: Rain Gardens; Hanover County Cannery
Amy talks with Dr. Jim McGlone of the Virginia Department of Forestry about the importance and function of a rain garden. A rain garden is a man-made depression in the ground that is used as a landscape tool to improve water quality. The rain garden forms a “bioretention area” by collecting water runoff and storing it, permitting it be filtered and slowly absorbed by the soil. The bioretention concept is based on how a forest produces a spongy litter layer that soaks up water and allows it to slowly penetrate the soil layer. The site for the rain garden should be placed strategically to intercept water runoff. Barbara White also joined Amy in the studio to answer questions.
Richard paid a visit to the Hanover County Cannery (and Commercial Kitchen). Whether you are experienced at canning or just starting out, the Cannery offers professional grade equipment and an expert staff to support you. The Cannery has large stainless steel sinks and work tables, steam jacketed kettles, a steam blancher, corn cutter, and juicer-pulper. The Commercial Kitchen is available to those who wish to sell their canned goods. The Cannery is open during July, August and October (September by appointment only). Visit their website and download their canning guide.
Topic: Rain Gardens Guests: Barbara White and Dr. Jim McGlone • Virginia Department of Forestry • 900 Natural Resources Drive, Suite 800, Charlottesville, VA 22903 • 434.220.9070 (office) • 434.989.0665 (cell) • 434.296.2369 (fax) WATCH NOW