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Drought gardening tips: Marvelous mallows

Drought gardening tips: Marvelous mallows

May 18, 2015 at 2:38 pm Comments are Disabled

When considering replacing water-hungry plants for those that use less water, you can’t go much wrong if you look at natives.

Drought gardening tips: Staying away from invasives

Drought gardening tips: Staying away from invasives

May 14, 2015 at 1:38 pm Comments are Disabled

One of the troubling side effects of the California drought is the increasing use of invasive plants by landscapers and home owner desperate to plant low-water users.

Drought gardening tips: Irrigation

Drought gardening tips: Irrigation

May 11, 2015 at 2:46 pm Comments are Disabled

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to look at your irrigation and figure out how to keep plants alive without using lots of water. Here are five things to try.

Drought gardening tips: Words to the (water) wise

Drought gardening tips: Words to the (water) wise

May 4, 2015 at 1:57 pm Comments are Disabled

The warm temperatures are telling us it’s time to plant our summer gardens, but some of us are hesitating because of the drought, water restrictions and possible fines. So here are five tips on how to have a fruitful garden without a lot of water.

Drought gardening tip: It’s all about the soil

Drought gardening tip: It’s all about the soil

May 1, 2015 at 2:29 pm Comments are Disabled

Getting rid of lawns and growing native, low water using plants are both great things, but you can do even more if you think less about the plant and more about the soil.

Drought gardening tips: Taking care of trees

Drought gardening tips: Taking care of trees

April 29, 2015 at 3:27 pm Comments are Disabled

We may be OK with letting the lawn turn brown, but what about the trees? Not caring for them can have huge impacts on the environment.

Drought gardening tips: Replacing lawns with herbs

Drought gardening tips: Replacing lawns with herbs

April 27, 2015 at 2:32 pm Comments are Disabled

So you’re tired of mowing and worried about using too much water during the drought restrictions. The idea of ripping out that lawn is getting more and more appealing, but what to replace it with? How about oregano?

Drought gardening tips: Talking dry farming

Drought gardening tips: Talking dry farming

April 23, 2015 at 6:20 pm Comments are Disabled

Contra Costa Master Gardener Janet Miller, manager for Our Garden demonstration garden, joined me for a discussion and demonstration on how to grow tomatoes without using a lot of water.

Drought gardening tips: Join the discussion

Drought gardening tips: Join the discussion

April 22, 2015 at 9:34 am Comments are Disabled

Have a question about gardening in a drought? Join me and Contra Costa Master Gardener Janet Miller for a Q&A from Our Garden, where we not only produce thousands of pounds of produce for the hungry each season, but we do so with a minimum of water. We’ll be tryingRead More

Drought gardening tip: 6 ways to reduce water in the garden

Drought gardening tip: 6 ways to reduce water in the garden

April 20, 2015 at 1:46 pm Comments are Disabled

The first place to reduce your water use is in your own backyard. For most people, we’re spending more than half of our water allotment in our yards and gardens.