more about: Waterwise Gardening

Why we shouldn’t let our gardens go dry

I’d like to welcome Annie Hayes, owner of Annie’s Annuals and Perennials and life-long gardener, with a perspective on gardening in dry times. Read on to discover a few surprising things—including how much water is really going to residential use in California and a watering tactic for encouraging plants to grow deeper roots and help weather the drought.

Sunset‘s Best Drought-Fighting Tactics From 1989

Sunset published this booklet, Waterwise Gardening, in the midst of a California drought during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. It wasn’t the first time we wrote about the West’s water future, but it was very forward-thinking in its evaluation, bringing up problems we still face today: population growth, ground-water depletion, and the natural cycle of our semidesert climate, which, […]