The Garden Thyme Podcast

S2:E9 Rain Gardens

September 08, 2021 The Garden Thyme Podcast Season 2 Episode 8
The Garden Thyme Podcast
S2:E9 Rain Gardens
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Hello Listener,

In this month's episode, we are chatting all about the benefits of rain gardens (~12:45).  Every time it rains, water runs off impervious surfaces such as roofs, driveways, roads, and parking lots, collecting pollutants along the way. Maryland's average rainfall is about 44”. That is a lot of stormwater, isn't it? Think about how much water can go back into our groundwater table vs directly into a storm drain by using a rain garden.  We also answer a listener's question about how to prepare an area for planting a new garden next year by removing turfgrass (~00:45).

Helpful Resource: Rain Gardens Across Maryland  

We also have our: 

  • Native Plant of the Month (Woolgrass) at  29:50
  • Bug of the Month (splitter bug aka frog hopper) at ~ 33:40
  • Garden Tips of the Month at ~ 38:45

We hope you enjoyed this month's episode and will tune in next month for more garden tips. 

 If you have any garden-related questions please email us at or look us up on Facebook at For more information about UME and these topics, please check out the UME Home and Garden Information Center and Maryland Grows Blog at 

The Garden Thyme Podcast is a monthly podcast where we help you get down and dirty in your garden. The Garden Thyme Podcast is brought to you by the University of Maryland Extension. Hosts are Mikaela Boley- Senior Agent Associate (Talbot County) for Horticulture, Rachel Rhodes- Agent Associate for Horticulture (Queen Anne’s County), and Emily Zobel-Senior Agent Associate for Agriculture (Dorchester County). The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Equal Access Programs.

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Turf Grass reduction
Rain Garden
Native Plant of the Month
Bug of the Month
Garden Tips of the Month