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58% of California is Experiencing Severe Drought

Yesterday the U.S. Drought Monitor reported that more than 58% of the state is now experiencing “exceptional” drought, the most severe category available. And 81% of the state has one of the two most intense levels of drought.

During Drought, Should People Get Fined for Brown Lawns?

This article about a Glendora couple receiving a warning regarding their brown lawn sure caught our eyes. Attempting to be responsible in light of California’s severe drought, they stopped watering their grass and got a notice in the mail that they may be cited for a “potential public nuisance” and might be slapped a fine up to $500. Tell us: Is there a […]

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10 Ways to Save Water at Home

As we reported in our June issue, large areas of the West have been suffering from prolonged droughts. California was especially dry last year, and while this year’s rains helped mitigate the situation somewhat, the state is still facing a crisis. Even if you don’t live in California, cutting down on water usage makes sense not just from an environmental […]

Planting Ideas: More than just pie

Rhubarb is one of the few edibles that the deer will ignore so I take advantage of being able to grow it in my garden borders where it makes a BIG leafy statement. Stout ruby and green stems support the giant leaves which emerge in early spring and continue to add bold texture until fall.