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 … Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
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).
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 of impermeable materials like concrete, asphalt, or mortared brick or stone, and were similarly graded to drain to storm drainsas quickly as possible. Unless you’ve reworked your property’s drainage within the past 5 years or so (or you had a rather extraordinary architect), this is probably how your property functions.
When we send precious rainwater zipping out to the storm drains, it does us no good in easing the drought. The water is wasted. Continue Reading