Posted in Container gardening, Environment, Gardening, hens and chicks, irrigation, Patio Gardening, raingarden, rock gardens, succulents, tagged drought tolerant on July 17, 2015|
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We have struggled with water needs over the last few months in our HH garden beds and levels; we have been seeing the Environmental Group’s concerns “Living Dangerously” documentaries; we have been “enjoying” red sunsets caused by smoke from fires in Canada, mostly exacerbated by drought; and we have read articles about climate changing and global warming. But, what can WE do about that?
Well, we CAN do our little bit. In our apartments we are trying very hard to separate our trash, turn off lights, conserve water, etc. But, how about in our gardens? Are we being water conscious there?
Perhaps the next time you decide to purchase a plant for your garden, you should get one that is DROUGHT TOLERANT
. I have found a wonderful article from Washington State University Extension Service that addresses just that issue. I will give you the link here
. It is for a PDF. The flowering shrubs, vines and ground covers start on about page 13, but these are plants that would happily grow in your HH garden, with a lot less need for water.
Think seriously about the purchase of one of these next time you go to the nursery for plant replenishment!
I received an advertisement from Molbak’s
this past week. They are having a sale on “Hens & Chicks”. They are lovely little, drought resistant plants that would love a spot in your garden!
This PDF also shares many good tips, mostly targeting large gardens…but many of the techniques can be tailored to our little beds. Give it a try. Read it seriously, and see if you can’t make your little piece of paradise a little less dependent on so much water!
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Posted in Container gardening, Environment, Gardening, greenroof, hens and chicks, Indoor Gardening, irrigation, Patio Gardening, rock gardens, succulents, tagged apartment living on July 16, 2015|
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Succulents! If you are concerned (which you SHOULD be) about use of water in your garden…think about planting some succulents.The picture I have here is of what I call “Hens & Chicks”. I had these guys planted in many corners of my garden! They were in stones, by the sides of steps, in gravel, in places where nothing else would grow.
Here is a picture of some Hens & Chicks where you can see the little chicks peeking out from within the fleshy leaves of the mother plant. I would just gently pull these little guys out and stick their rootlets into the soil where I wanted them, and voila, before I knew it, I had a new “Hen” making her own “Chicks”!
Succulents are plants that have evolved into what is called “Xerophytic”. What that means is that they do not need much moisture at all in order to grow. Their roots are extremely shallow, which allows them to take advantage of very light rainfalls. Their leaves absorb that liquid, creating the “fleshy” leaves, the liquid of which can be drawn on during extended periods of drought.
Succulents can be indoor plants as well as outdoor plants. They are easy to grow, because of their seemingly total disregard for water. This makes for a GREAT (indoor OR outdoor) plant for a new gardener !
In this age of concern for use of water, there could not be a better choice! TRY them…you’ll LIKE them!
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