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A quick and easy cool-season vegetable garden

A quick and easy cool-season vegetable garden

After a rain, the weeds sprout — so quickly that you can almost hear them. What if the green that magically appeared wasn’t weeds, but food plants? Your cool-season vegetable garden can be just that easy! And, this time of year, you can lay the groundwork in a single weekend. So what are you waiting for?

What’s in your El Niño garden?

What’s in your El Niño garden?

Oh, this is the season for leafy greens and root vegetables — and an El Niño year is no exception! They grow plenty of veggies in English gardens and (although we in So Cal may be unaccustomed to it) that’s the kind of climate we have here this winter. Just to prove my point, yesterday evening my smartphone weather app had the same forecast for London as for L.A. … rainy, high 40s … The thing to know about wet winters…

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What’s your get-ready-for-rain routine?

What’s your get-ready-for-rain routine?

We’re ever hopeful that we’ll get some rain.  Here in L.A., deep into this historic drought, that still remains a big hope! But each time the weather forecasts call for precipitation, I run around doing my routine … garden tools away, close the sheds, buckets and wheelbarrows inverted.  Here are a few special ones …

El Niño: What to check on your downspouts

El Niño: What to check on your downspouts

In usually-water-lean Southern California, most of us have directed rain gutter downspouts to run into our gardens, so that we can make the most of every drop. (drawing A) This is a great setup for most years, when we get a mere drizzle. But this year with Godzilla El Niño floods coming, we need to make some changes.

El Niño: Protect garden pets

El Niño: Protect garden pets

At my house, we have city chickens. At the Community Garden at Holy Nativity, we have bunnies. With a Godzilla El Niño coming, all of these delightful little critters need rain protection.

Making the best of drought and flood

Making the best of drought and flood

Seems like we’re getting the weather extremes this year.  A summer of extreme drought, water rationing, and lawn removal.  And winter forecasts are for record-breaking rains (but all that water isn’t here yet). How do we make the best of all these extremes?

Rainwater harvesting: Infiltration features

Rainwater harvesting: Infiltration features

One category of rainwater harvesting uses Mother Earth as your “storage device.”  You design your landcape, including choices on surface materials and making decisions about the grading (land sculpting), with the goal of making water soak into the ground. Up until fairly recently, architects were trained to wisk stormwater away from properties as quickly as possible.  Thus rain gutters and downspouts are directed into storm drains, and storm drains go (around here) out to the ocean.  Sidewalks, driveways, and pathways were made…

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Rainwater harvesting: Capture and Store devices

Rainwater harvesting: Capture and Store devices

  I’ve written before about rain barrels.  At the Community Garden at Holy Nativity, we have rain tanks.  TreePeople has a massive cistern up on Mulholland. All of these devices — rain barrels, rain tanks, cisterns — are what are considered “capture & store” devices.  Capture the rain, and store it for your own personal future use.