Watering Tips, Rationing and
Most of the plants I write about on my garden pages are drought
tolerant or can withstand less than the normal amount of water.
But there are even more ways to conserve water around the house and in
Graywater Use in The West
Given the current state of water shortages and rationing, especially in
the West, I decided to start a page of resources and tips on saving
Minimizing Water Rationing Woes
If your area has been hit with water rationing, the lawn will probably
have to go, but you can still might save your plants.
Here are a few tips to help save water in the garden and maybe a few
of your favorite flowers!
* Pick one small area, or just one or two favorite plants to water.
* Mulch, mulch, mulch! Use bark chips, purchased mulch or compost.
* Water at night when evaporation is less.
* Pour out the ice chest, leftover water bottles, etc. onto your
* Leftover pickle juice, coffee or tea are great for tomatoes and roses.
* Leftover cooking water from steaming vegetables is great for pouring
on the compost pile or lawn. - Never use water with animal
material in it; i.e. butter or broth.
* One good soak is generally better for plants than several light
* Put a saucer under pots to retain water. Just watch out for
* Consider a greywater system.
Water Info and Restrictions for Los Angeles Residents:
Watering now restriced to Mondays and Thursdays in the City of Los
Angeles by order of the Mayor. Find more info a LADPW.com
If you live in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Water District of
California offers rebates on washers, toilets, sprinkler systems
other water saving gadgets! Check all the rebates they offer on their
More info on Graywater:
Times article: Gray water debate in Sacramento steams up...
Recycling 'Gray Water' Cheaply, Safely
The Greywater Guerrillas
are a collaborative group of educators, designers, builders, and
artists who educate and empower people to build sustainable water
culture and infrastructure.
More Western Water Links:
The California Water News Blog