Did you know that only 1% of the water on the Earth is fresh water? This isn’t very much. Water is an important natural resource that affects
everyone on the planet. We use about 100 gallons per person per day for all that we do, from drinking to irrigating our lawns and landscapes.
The good news is that we can conserve water in many ways. In this episode, we are going to look at the different ways of conserving water from San Diego, California to Atlanta, Georgia, where we install the latest Waterwise irrigation.
Joe takes us to San Diego, California to visit Nan Sterman, host and co-producer of the public television series, A Growing Passion (which airs in San Diego, CA). Nan approaches gardening from a waterwise perspective and is able to demonstrate conservation tips anyone can achieve with incredible landscape design. She shows us how she manages her garden in order to preserve as much water as possible.
Nan takes us exploring through her home garden and discusses the need to understand your surroundings and the climate you are trying to grow in. The types of plants used in your climate area are very important because not all plants can survive in every area; use theplants that work.
We then travel back to Atlanta to check out the irrigation system installed at Joe’s home. We talk to Jeff Nettles with RainMaker Irrigation about the best ways to install irrigation and how to use the least, but most efficient, amount of water.
With the groundwork in place, it’s time to install the brains of the whole system. Ben Raines, from DIG Corporation, then comes out to make sure Joe’s irrigation system will meet the requirements.
Later, Chef Nathan Lyon uses drought tolerant herbs to season some of our favorite meats.
For more information:
A Growing Passion on Public Television
Plant Soup – Nan Sterman’s website
Chef Nathan’s recipe for homemade spice rubs using drought tolerant herbs
Photo courtesy of Nan Sterman