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Drought gardening tips: Consider a cactus or two

Drought gardening tips: Consider a cactus or two

April 17, 2015 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

If you’ve ever harbored desires to have an English country garden, now is a good time to let go of those dreams forever, at least if you remain in California. Plants and gardens that require ample amounts of water to grow is just not an option these dry, dreary days.

Drought gardening tips: Lawn alternatives

Drought gardening tips: Lawn alternatives

April 16, 2015 at 12:59 pm Comments are Disabled

With water restrictions looming, a lot of people are looking at places to cut back. The best place to do that is by eliminating your front lawn, which is unfortunate if you are one of those people who really enjoy seeing that expanse of green out your front door.

Build a fort, save water at home, too

Build a fort, save water at home, too

April 16, 2015 at 5:00 am Comments are Disabled

When I was a kid, I remember building a fort from upside-down dining room chairs, annexing all defenseless sofa cushions and spare quilts. I then would declare this space as my own micro-nation and secede from the oppression of Household High Command. Under the banner of Angtopia, I did initiateRead More

UC Berkeley students create low-water templates for San Lorenzo yards

UC Berkeley students create low-water templates for San Lorenzo yards

April 15, 2015 at 4:40 pm Comments are Disabled

SAN LORENZO — Catherine Kavasch knew she wanted to get rid of her lawn, she just wasn’t sure what to grow in her yard instead. But now she has four templates to guide her in what and where to plant, created by UC Berkeley landscape architecture students specifically for SanRead More

Los Angeles homeowners may be able to install small gray water recycling systems without permit fee

April 15, 2015 at 4:36 pm Comments are Disabled

LOS ANGELES — Residents who want to re-use their shower, bath and laundry water in their gardens or lawns would no longer need to pay permit fees to install select gray water recycling systems under a plan proposed April 15 by two Los Angeles City Council members. The city typicallyRead More

Gardening tips: Container gardening in drought

Gardening tips: Container gardening in drought

April 13, 2015 at 1:14 pm Comments are Disabled

For those with little space or poor soil, container gardening is a great way to go. However, growing vegetables in pots can use more water than traditional in-ground gardening.

Tomato seedlings, ready for planting. (Joan Morris/Mercury News)

Gardening tips: Dry farming tomatoes

April 11, 2015 at 11:38 am Comments are Disabled

Gardeners are loathe to give up on their vegetable gardens, especially when it comes to growing those lovely, flavorful tomatoes. There is a way, however, to grow tomatoes without using a lot of water – a priority given the California drought and water restrictions.

This Southern California college is trying to learn to farm with less water

April 8, 2015 at 9:31 am Comments are Disabled

A day after Gov. Jerry Brown ordered drought-stricken cities to restrict water use for the first time in state history, Pierce College announced a plan to reflower its historic farm. But if new rows of avocado, citrus and grapes should ever reach fruition next to fresh fields of hay andRead More

How to grow a vegetable garden during California’s drought

How to grow a vegetable garden during California’s drought

April 7, 2015 at 10:30 am Comments are Disabled

Growing a vegetable garden in a drought may seem reckless if not impossible, but Contra Costa Master Gardener Janet Miller says there are ways to lower your water use and still have a healthy, fruitful summer garden. Miller, speaking at the opening day of Our Garden, a demonstration garden thatRead More

Smart water meters aimed at lawn-watering violators

Smart water meters aimed at lawn-watering violators

March 12, 2015 at 6:09 pm Comments are Disabled

The Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners voted Thursday to approve a “smart meter” program to help customers lower their water consumption — and target those who refuse to comply with conservation measures. Long Beach Water Department customers are currently allowed to irrigate lawns for 10 minutes two days aRead More