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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.

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

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.