• Creating social change,  water wisdom

    Are you Ready for Rain?

    [see also “Are you prepared for el Niño?” I’ve been thinking about rain a lot lately, especially since we have 151 adobe bricks laid out right now, supposedly drying in the sun. We’ve had to do tarp-foraging, and monitor hourly weather…

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    How to Build a Garden Sink

    You pull a carrot from your garden and take it to your kitchen for dinner. Before you can put it on your kid’s dinner plate, you have to wash it. A mess of black dirt spatters all over your kitchen…

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    What we can do about water use

    We have a “use it once, then send it away” attitude about many earth resources, and water is just one of these. Right now, we’re feeling the pinch because of the California drought.  But these times are a reminder to shift…

  • Abundant Harvests - garden info,  water wisdom

    Drought-tolerant food plants

    Vegetables and food plants that thrive in low water conditions in Southern California … Amaranth African basil (Ocimum kilimandscharicum) Arugula sylvetta – the small-leafed, intensely-flavored perennial arugula Arugula (W) Chicory (W) Grapes Cowpea / blackeyed pea – especially the varieties…

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    The One-Finger Test

      In the Community Garden at Holy Nativity, we use what we call “the one finger test.”  That means you take your finger and stick it into the garden soil – about one inch down into the soil.  The soil…