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Drought gardening tips: Skip expensive additives

Drought gardening tips: Skip expensive additives

July 9, 2015 at 1:54 pm Comments are Disabled

As we try to cut down on water on the landscape, we may be tempted to buy chemicals, sprays and additives that purport to conserve water, but compost still is the best solution.

Drought gardening tips: Installing drip irrigation

Drought gardening tips: Installing drip irrigation

May 22, 2015 at 1:30 pm Comments are Disabled

Drip irrigation is the right choice for many gardens, and it can be as extensive and involved as you need, or a simple as attaching a timer and drip line to your backyard faucet.

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

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.