The soil mix is here!

by Tony Heath, Project Engineer This post covers Thursday, August 15. Howdy! Today was a big day at the garden: the soil mix is here! The Landscape Recycling Center (LRC) delivered the bioretention soil mix backfill for the south cell. LRC started delivering the soil mix slightly before 8:00 a.m. while Facilities & Services’ Josh andContinue reading “The soil mix is here!”

Mixing the soil and moving the lamp

By Tony Heath, Project Engineer This post covers the garden’s Phase I: demo/prep progress for the past two days, August 13th and 14th. Howdy! TUE, AUG 13: Yesterday, work progressed in the garden along two fronts. While Josh and Stephanie continued their soil excavation of the south cell, the Facilities and Services Electrical Shop (ShopContinue reading “Mixing the soil and moving the lamp”

Rocks, rocks, and more rocks (and also filter fabric)

By Tony Heath, Project Engineer Today was another productive day at the garden. When I arrived this morning, the Facilities & Services crew was continuing with rock removal in the north cell. I noticed that they were using a smooth-bladed bucket for the excavator. It was more effective at pulling the rock out without bringingContinue reading “Rocks, rocks, and more rocks (and also filter fabric)”

Species of the week – Pale Purple Coneflower

By Reshmina William, PhD in Civil Engineering at UIUC, RORG Volunteer Digging deep… In late spring and early summer, the vibrant blooms of pale purple coneflower will bring a dash of showy color to our rain garden. However, this particular species is more than just a pretty face. Together with its other coneflower cousins, EchinaceaContinue reading “Species of the week – Pale Purple Coneflower”