My friend Emma Lopez is doing her PhD in Environmental Engineering and specializing in rain gardens. Basically, rain gardens help treat stormwater runoff and provide groundwater recharge. To find out more about how rain gardens do this, read a rain garden explanation.
Emma and I planted seeds on a rain garden with students from a summer camp of (Corporation to Develop Communities) CDC of Tampa, Florida. Here is a presentation of the type of seeds we planted that do well in Florida.
We planted seeds of some native flowers (poor mans pepper, lantana, and spanish needle) and some crops which do not require watering (cotton, spicy peppers, banana peppers, and chia seed).
Progress so far: the seeds have sprouted! See pictures below