It’s no mystery that we are in the midst of one of the most serious droughts that California has ever experienced. 81% of the state is now categorized in extreme drought or even worse than that. 3 months ago, that number was 68%.
This article from the LA Times conveys shocking information on the state of the drought, and photos that we should all take a few minutes to look at.
These days more than ever, it is important to save water in every way that we can. Since our gardens are a major source of water usage, we should make sure that what we plant will have a low impact on the environment.
Check out this Water-Wise Garden Design guide by Sunset Magazine to get some tips and insights on what to plant in your area to conserve water. If we work together, our impact will be huge!
Whether you’re growing yummy veggies and fruits, or filling out your garden with colorful flowers, it helps to be aware of the factors that equate to healthy plants, no matter where you live. Check out these 6 fantastic tips from KQED, for urban farmers like yourself to turn brown thumbs green.
Urban Farmers Offer 6 Tips for Turning Brown Thumbs Green
We all want our plants to grow fully and to be 100% healthy. One key ingredient to this is to make sure that you are using quality soil, or to boost the soil in your yard or pots.
There are various ways to boost soil, and you should be able to find soil boosters at low-cost. Check out these tips from Pam Pierce on what she recommends.
The climate in the Bay Area can create difficulties when planting and sustaining a healthy garden. Knowing what to plant in the specific micro-climate that your home resides in is the first step to creating a garden that truly flourishes.
Listen to this CBS radio show from 6-2-2014 for an in-depth analysis on what to plant where you live.
Tomatoes come in many shapes and sizes. From cherry to red round, they are a versitile fruit that finds its way into a wide variety of dishes. Check out this wonderful article that provides tips for growing tomatoes like a master. Soon enough, you’ll be making savory pasta dishes that will have the whole family raving for weeks to come!
< How to Grow Tomatoes: Tips From the Masters >
I have always been interested at how some people create innovative ways to produce healthier, and more sustainable gardens. Check out how some have accomplished these goals in this article about the top 10 innovations in gardening. Maybe it’ll inspire an idea or two for your next home project!
< Top 10 Gardending Innovations >
Earlier this week, we linked you to an article about creating your own container gardens. We hope your creative juices are flowing, and that you’ve been able to get a project or two rolling!
Here’s another article discussing ways to save water in your new container garden.
< 5 Water-Saving Tips for Containers >
Whether you have a large yard, or none at all, container gardens are a wonderful way to add some colorful plant life to your home or work space. Check out these fantastic ideas from Sunset.com to get inspired as to how you could make a container garden of your own.
<< 53 Cool Container Gardens >>
Are you looking to create a veggie garden in the Bay Area, but don’t know what to plant? Check out this wonderful book by Pam Peirce called, “Golden Gate Gardening, The Complete Guide to Year-Round Food Gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area & Coastal California”, by Pam Pierce. Pam is a Bay Area garden guru, and has spent years studying the local climate while figuring out just what flourishes best locally. The only advice I can give you, is to have a some fresh soil and some pots ready, because after reading you’ll be inspired to get creative in your own space!
Be on the look out for more insights every week on the FYGN blog, and happy gardening!