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  1. Last Summer and Fall I planted several trees and shrubs in a woodland garden that I am just starting to develop. Because of this crazy dry Spring weather with no rain in sight, I just spent three hours watering those babies with two five gallon pails (now I must admit that almost two of those three hours was spent being distracted by other plants and interesting stuff in the woods...but it did require 20 trips...yeah, I know it's great exercise and it's a beautiful day!). However, I got thinking about adding some type of rain barrel/container (s) as "hardscape" in the woods that would make this job a little easier. This garden is growing and I'm getting further and further away from the water source. But I'm not sure if this would be successful (it has to rain very hard for the ground to even get wet under the trees) and I'm not sure how to make it attractive....I'd appreciate any ideas, suggestions, thoughts or alternatives....thanks! BTW Janet - the garden steps look great! Bluebells and bloodroot are flowering and the foamflowers are starting to grow and spread!
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