Gardening during drought, semiarid conditions
Drought Protection on a Budget « Sustainable Sources This article first appeared in the Austin American Statesman. by John Gleason As the weather turns warmer, landscapes are breaking their winter dormancy and waking up to a powerful thirst. Although the current drought has been especially tough on ranchers and farmers, homeowners are to feeling the pinch too. Many are turning to local irrigation contractors, who are scrambling to fulfill an overload of requests for sprinkler system installations and repairs.
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We all know that fall is the best time to plant perennials, right? So if you’re an Austin gardener and you’ve suffered through the Summer of Hell ’11 (we should have T-shirts made), you might be reconsidering what plants to put in the ground now. They’ve gotta be tough, drought tolerant, relatively pest-and-disease free, and oh yeah—really, really pretty! Are there such plants in existence? Why, yes, there are! 5 Best Flowering Perennials for Austin — J Peterson Garden Design
Greywater Action | For a sustainable water culture Greywater irrigated landscapeGreywater is water from your bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines. It is not water that has come into contact with feces, either from the toilet or from washing diapers.
Greywater by Suzy Banks Thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens are greywater hoodlums. You know who you are, with your washing machine draining onto your lawn or your bathtub water drenching your prized petunias. www.austinchronicle.com/issues/spec/greenbuild/greywater.html
Definition Elimination of greywater Domestic wastewater is usually combined at the sewer, so that grey- and blackwaters are removed together using a shared sewerage system in a process called elimination. Greywater
Rainwater harvesting Rainwater harvesting is the accumulation and deposition of rainwater for reuse before it reaches the aquifer.
Collecting rainwater now illegal in many states as Big Government claims ownership over our water
Tips for a Successful Drought-Tolerant Garden
Tips for a Drought Friendly Vegetable Garden | A Sonoma Garden As a native Californian, you get used to the word ‘drought’. It comes up every once in a while so you do what you can to cut back on your water usage. Sometimes it gets so bad that you expect that everyone has to let their lawn die that summer, you adopt the rule, “if it’s yellow, it’s mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down.” You put buckets under the bathtub faucet to catch all the cold water before it turns hot. You do what you can. But this year is different.
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Want drought-hardy plants? It's time to think agave By Diana C. Kirby The long-term forecast for Central Texas is a little daunting for gardeners. Some experts are predicting that our current drought pattern could hang around until 2020. That's a long time to wait for rain.
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