Change in a place sold for its climate

Imported water gave Southern California's public gardens and urban canopy a tropical wash. Drought is re-landscaping the region.

Weed cloth always fails

One of the few things that weed cloth is good for is growing weeds. Fugitive dust settling in the gravel or wood mulch topping soon creates a potting mix perfect for rye grass, burclover or whatever seeds might blow in.

Rat-proofing row homes in Baltimore

Former mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake rat-proofed Baltimore's trash but left recycling for the vermin. This new receptacle by two of the city's most notable art welders and a Californian garden writer offers a prototype shed that could secure trash and recycling while eliminating visual blight caused by the bins.

Forget it, Jake. It’s Cadiz

In May, an appellate court ruled that a bid by an Orange County water company to export desert water for sale to So Cal cities qualifies as “conservation.”

The weeks that were, May 1-14, 2016

Hands down the most delightful story in the world of water this week was Hazel Davis's short profile of Lord Rokeby, "the original hipster."
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