Gardening during drought, semiarid conditions

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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.

Drought Protection on a Budget « Sustainable Sources

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. Mr. Smarty Plants - List of native perennial Texas flowers. Ask Mr.

Mr. Smarty Plants - List of native perennial Texas flowers

Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. 5 Best Flowering Perennials for Austin — J Peterson Garden Design. We all know that fall is the best time to plant perennials, right?

5 Best Flowering Perennials for Austin — J Peterson Garden Design

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! Outstanding Perennials for Texas. Greywater Action | For a sustainable water culture. Greywater irrigated landscapeGreywater is water from your bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines.

Greywater Action | For a sustainable water culture

It is not water that has come into contact with feces, either from the toilet or from washing diapers. Greywater may contain traces of dirt, food, grease, hair, and certain household cleaning products. While greywater may look “dirty,” it is a safe and even beneficial source of irrigation water in a yard. There are many simple, economical ways to reuse greywater in the landscape.

Www.austinchronicle.com/issues/spec/greenbuild/greywater.html. Greywater by Suzy Banks Thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens are greywater hoodlums.

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You know who you are, with your washing machine draining onto your lawn or your bathtub water drenching your prized petunias. Greywater. Elimination of greywater[edit] 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

Sewage water can then be treated to limit pollution and health risks, before being returned to the environment at large. Rainwater harvesting. Rainwater harvesting is the accumulation and deposition of rainwater for reuse before it reaches the aquifer.

Rainwater harvesting

Uses include water for garden, water for livestock, water for irrigation, and indoor heating for houses etc. In many places the water collected is just redirected to a deep pit with percolation. The harvested water can be used as drinking water as well as for storage and other purpose like irrigation. Advantages[edit] How to Build a Rainwater Collection System: 9 steps.

Steps Method 1 of 4: Getting Rain Barrel Supplies 1Obtain one or more water storage barrels.

How to Build a Rainwater Collection System: 9 steps

You can buy a water storage barrel online, but it's cheaper to get a used one from a company that uses large barrels to store food and other merchandise (just be sure to clean it thoroughly with soapy water). A rain barrel can also be made from a large plastic trash can. Collecting rainwater now illegal in many states as Big Government claims ownership over our water. (NaturalNews) Many of the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S. are quickly eroding as the nation transforms from the land of the free into the land of the enslaved, but what I'm about to share with you takes the assault on our freedoms to a whole new level.

Collecting rainwater now illegal in many states as Big Government claims ownership over our water

You may not be aware of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties because, according to officials, that rain belongs to someone else. As bizarre as it sounds, laws restricting property owners from "diverting" water that falls on their own homes and land have been on the books for quite some time in many Western states.

Only recently, as droughts and renewed interest in water conservation methods have become more common, have individuals and business owners started butting heads with law enforcement over the practice of collecting rainwater for personal use. Anupam Mishra: The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting. 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’.

Tips for a Drought Friendly Vegetable Garden | A Sonoma Garden

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. Gardening in a drought. Guest post by Mark M. NOTE: This may be something to print out and store in your SurvivalMom Binder for future reference. image by International Center for Tropical Agriculture I have lived in many countries over the years, and have always had a vegetable garden. 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. The Natural Gardener - 404.