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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

Save water, money with ‘smart irrigation’ in the garden

Save water, money with ‘smart irrigation’ in the garden

February 26, 2015 at 2:59 pm Comments are Disabled

Jim Canyon was complaining to a cellphone designer friend about his lawn over beers. Given historically dry conditions, he couldn’t seem to get the watering schedule right. “You can’t put it on a timer,” the San Diego-based electromagnetic techie remembers saying. “You need a demand-based system.” Putting their technological backgroundsRead More

Pathways complete, carpet of mulch spread. (Photo by Cathy Hake)

From thirsty lawn to drought-tolerant landscaping to LADWP rebate, step by step

October 3, 2014 at 4:52 pm Comments are Disabled

Cathy Hake and her husband recently performed a makeover of their front yard in Valley Village. Hake took advantage of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s rebate program, which now offers up to $3 per square foot for lawn that is removed in favor of drought-tolerant plants. TheRead More

How to keep your trees alive through the drought

How to keep your trees alive through the drought

October 3, 2014 at 9:38 am Comments are Disabled

Three years into what may be California’s worst drought in nearly four decades, we are slowly accepting that brown is the new green when it comes to lawns. But many of us are oblivious to stressed-tree symptoms, even though our trees are far more valuable, and harder to replace, thanRead More

Agave plants seen at Descanso Gardens near the Boddy House are an example of drought-tolerant landscaping. (Photo by John McCoy/Los Angeles Daily News)

In grip of drought, let your lawn fade away

September 25, 2014 at 5:00 am Comments are Disabled

These are tough times for lawns and those who love them. Mired in what is now a four-year drought, many of us find ourselves either juggling designated “watering” days — while casting a wary eye for the water police who now patrol L.A.’s neighborhoods — or wincing as we watchRead More

Water School beats traffic school any day of the week

August 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm 1 comment

At Water School in Santa Cruz, the drought police version of traffic school, the folks trying to work off a penalty for using too much water rarely demonstrate the seething cynicism of speeders and scofflaws. There’s a general shrug that — yup — they were caught by a fair butRead More

Learning to conserve at Water School

Learning to conserve at Water School

August 13, 2014 at 3:26 pm Comments are Disabled

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Some overindulged their zucchini patch. Others didn’t bother with that dripping kitchen sink. But now every Monday night in this drought-stricken beach town, dozens of residents who violated their strict rations take a seat at Water School, hoping to get hundreds of thousands of dollars inRead More

New California drought conservation ad features @Lawn_Dude cartoon

New California drought conservation ad features @Lawn_Dude cartoon

August 1, 2014 at 10:10 am Comments are Disabled

In order for Californians to take the drought more seriously, the folks at the Southern California Water Committee drew up a bright green cartoon character who will be mugging on billboards and on Twitter about water conservation. Lawn Dude, a green Smurf-like animated character with two eyes and a tuftRead More

How to grow vegetables in a drought

How to grow vegetables in a drought

July 29, 2014 at 6:02 pm Comments are Disabled

Some gardeners are having second thoughts about having a vegetable garden during the drought, but there are ways to conserve water and still have a robust garden. Contra Costa Master Gardener Marian Woodard offer her best tips for growing strong, productive plants while cutting back on water use: Pay attentionRead More

Think about all the water you can save

July 18, 2014 at 3:44 pm Comments are Disabled

We are a generation of consumers. We shop, we buy … we consume. It’s something we’ve all gotten used to, whether we’re walking into a 7-Eleven to buy a diet Pepsi or going to the movies. We’re pretty used to getting what we want — and as much as weRead More