We all learned in school that water covers 75% of our vast blue planet, but in truth 97% of that is salt water, and another 2% is frozen or inaccessible! There’s a lot of demand on that remaining 1% of water – for drinking, bathing, cooking, washing clothes, dishes, not to mention watering our lawns and gardens.
We as gardeners are responsible for a lot of that water use, so in this episode we look at ways to reduce municipal water use in the landscape.
Joe visits with garden designer, author and speaker Nan Sterman in her own back yard. Nan shows us how she grows a breathtaking garden in Southern California, a region where water shortages are a regular part of life. Through careful selection of plants, planting in irrigation zones, eliminating the lawn, and (in a few spots such as the vegetable beds) efficient drip irrigation, Nan manages to have a lush, beautiful and colorful landscape that uses very little water.
From harvesting rainwater in barrels to planting a rain garden, using mulch and careful plant selection, there are many techniques gardeners, landscapers and homeowners can use to reduce our water use every day!
For more information:
- Chef Nathan’s recipe for Swiss Chard Frittata
- California Gardener’s Guide Volume II
- Water-Wise Plants for the Southwest (Water Gardening)
- Canary Test, the other meaning
- Rain Garden Network
- Willows Lodge
- A Growing Passion-Nan Sterman’s website
- Growing herbs outdoors
- Rain Gardening in the South