How to water plants through a heat wave

How to water plants through a heat wave

Heat waves make me a worried gardener. What can I do to help my plants? Should I water again? How much? This summer of 2017 has started off with a blast of multiple heat waves for Southern California’s valleys (the beach has been spared by the presence of a...
Free talk on rainwater collection

Free talk on rainwater collection

If you live in the San Diego area, you might be interested in attending a talk I’ll be giving in two weeks on rainwater collection. Should’ve done this two weeks ago, I know. Feels like we’re getting our entire winter’s worth of rain right now....
Rain makes dreams come true

Rain makes dreams come true

This morning I awoke to the sound of rain. It’s the most pleasant sound, a muffled pecking on the roof. This is the first storm in a series of four that the National Weather Service says will give us three to six inches by Tuesday, an event with more potential...
How long to run drip irrigation on vegetables

How long to run drip irrigation on vegetables

The thorniest question. My short answer is: Start with something like 45 minutes, observe, and adjust. But there are a lot of variables, which is why it’s a thorny question, and which is why observing and adjusting is necessary. Read on for details and reasoning...

Sizing rain tank #2

I just picked up our new rain tank from the Bushman factory, and I chose to size it like our first one because that one worked very well last year. (I suppose I got lucky in sizing that first one.) In other words, I chose a size that would hold between three and four...