After the Lawn Part 12. Cost and Worth

Posted on | May 14, 2015 | No Comments

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How much does a water-wise garden conversion cost? Click on the image to be taken to KCET, where the last installment of the series “After the Lawn” has numbers for the  five-year makeover of its Test Case house.

After the Lawn Part 11: Gardening and Surfing

Posted on | May 8, 2015 | 1 Comment

Root bound nursery plants. Drawing: Emily Green

Gardening is like surfing. With gardening, you hang out with the seals waiting, waiting, waiting for that perfect wave. With surfing, the art is holding on until just before rains to put plants in the ground. For more on the technique and timing involved in planting a resilient native garden, please click on the drawing to go to the penultimate installment of the KCET series “After the Lawn.”

After the Lawn Part 10: Better with less

Posted on | April 28, 2015 | No Comments

How many plants can a Southern California garden carry without relying on potable water? The short answer: Less. Go to KCET to see

Southern California was sold to the world as the place you can grow anything. Click on the site plan to be taken to KCET, where Part 10 of “After the Lawn” looks at what is actually possible for water-conscious gardeners. Image: Emily Green/KCET

 

After the Lawn Part 9: Greywater

Posted on | April 21, 2015 | No Comments

Retrofitting a house to disperse greywater to the landscape and it's possible  and outdoor irrigation could be met with a smart garden design. For more on greywater in the garden, click on the image to be taken to the KCET series "After the Lawn."

Retrofitting a house to disperse greywater combined with rainwater capture could meet irrigation needs of a well-considered California garden. To learn more, click on the image to be taken to the KCET series “After the Lawn.”

After the Lawn Part 8: Rain gardens

Posted on | April 14, 2015 | No Comments

As drought measures target garden irrigation, Southern California homes can replace lost water by landscaping in a way that harvests local rain. Click on the image to be taken to Part Eight of the KCET Series "After the Lawn."

As drought measures target garden irrigation, Southern California homes can replace lost water by landscaping in a way that harvests local rain. Click on the image to be taken to Part Eight of the KCET Series “After the Lawn.”

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