Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The area around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is no exception. A large residential area is above the linear or norther section while Point Loma Nazarene University surrounds the hilltop or southern section of the park. Both have accelerated runoff, pollution and erosion in the park over the years. Currently the City of San Diego is working with the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council to develop a drainage plan for the area.
Recently, Surfrider was able to document some of the drainage issues and we look forward to being involved in the drainage project. Click Here for more photos.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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Friday, November 6, 2009
The good news is that by removing your lawn you are left with a blank canvas on which you can create a lush and unique Ocean Fiendly Garden full of native plants and grasses, artistic features, and, best of all, life!
The photos above show a lawn recently turned turned OFG (along with a few other upgrades) at a residence near Long Beach. His brother is now installing his own OFG a few blocks away!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Published: October 17, 2009
It is no accident that a key player in the water talks is State Senator Joe Simitian,. a Democrat from Palo Alto. He represents the Silicon Valley, where the pharmaceutical and computer chip industries depend on a reliable supply of clean water for their research, development and manufacturing. They are working feverishly to guard the valley’s supply.
“Historically, people have characterized this as a north-south issue,” Mr. Simitian said last week in an interview. “But the fact of the matter is a significant portion of the water for the district I represent comes right out of the Delta.”
A key issue in this fight is whether Bay Area residents from San Francisco to Fremont should give up some water to preserve the Delta’s ecosystem. Randy Kanouse, a Sacramento lobbyist who represents East Bay MUD, says that if that happens, more water rationing will surely follow.
“When you make conservation a permanent way of life and all of your customers take the waste out of their household and business use,” Mr. Kanouse said, “there’s no more excess water they can give up. Consumers will have to let their lawns die, their landscapes die, and business customers will have to cut production. If the Mokelumne River has to have more water kept in the river to flow into the Delta, it’s a virtual certainty that rationing will be more frequent and deeper than it is today.”
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Sunday, October 25
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
In Talmadge - RSVP for address email@example.com
Come see water harvesting in action! Guided by Water Harvesting Professional and Permaculturist, Brook Sarson, you'll see how a 1320 gallon rainwater tank combined with laundry greywater and bath greywater work together to grow a garden of edibles using only 1/4 of the water that most San Diegans use each day.
As you tour this urban farm setting, you'll see natural building techniques including a cob chicken coop, decorative benches as well as an earth pizza oven. Brook will be on-hand to talk to you about solutions for your space and how you can make a difference during San Diego's water crisis and beyond.
Please feel free to arrive at any time during the open house to learn about simple greywater systems, do-it-yourself options, rainwater-harvesting systems, resources, or schedule an appointment with Brook to assess greywater opportunities at your site.
Suggested donation of $5 will go toward supporting water activism in San Diego.
Please RSVP to Brook at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 619.964.4838 for the address.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Recently, I saw someone driving through my neighborhood with an "I Killed My Lawn. Ask Me How." bumper sticker. After some further research, I found out the bumper stickers are available from the Tree of Life Nursery in San Juan Capistrano.
They also offer "Replacing Your Lawn with Native Plants" workshops throughout the year.
More information is available at Kill your lawn!
The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College is sponsoring a Water Smart Gardening Festival on Saturday, November 14, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
There will be a drought tolerant plant sale, free landscape design consultations, water smart gardeners, master gardeners, and presentations on drought tolerant garden design, plants and irrigation. Free admission and parking.
For more information, please visit The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College web site or view the event flyer.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Coastal Factoid: We can all help minimize the problem of storm water runoff by planting rain gardens
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
From Sign On San Diego:
The garden at Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego has been seeing a 69 percent increase in visitors since July as more San Diego County residents seek ways to make their backyards more drought-tolerant, said Executive Director Marty Eberhardt.
“San Diego is going to have to change its whole look,” she said. “It's not something we need to be afraid of. It's something we can embrace.”
It's the only water conservation garden in San Diego County and has received national recognition as a pioneer extolling water conservation in the Western United States.
Cheers to the Water Conservation Garden!
Click Here for the full signonsandiego.com story.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
To get ideas for plants in my OFG I often visit nature centers, preserves or go hiking and find the plants growing in their native habitat...
Since planting my yard with California native plants I've noticed a number of different butterflies and hummingbirds plus many other birds I haven't seen in my yard before. Birds I've identified so far are house finches, scrub jays, acorn woodpecker, black phoebes, morning dove, mocking bird. I've noticed many of the same birds you find hidding in coastal scrub such as white crowned sparrow, red winged blackbirds and some others..."
Click Here for the full story with a step-by-step description and great details on what types of native and drought-tolerant plants were used. Nice work Cindy!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
"The White House appears to be casting the garden as just another strategy to encourage healthful eating."
"If you can easily jab a 6 inch screwdriver into your lawn, you can wait a week before watering."
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Brian had a great quote at the Core Volunteer Training last night: "California is beautiful as it is so we should use more native plants" Ok, so maybe I did not quote him exactly, but that was the message for sure. Not only do native plants help save water, they can also look good (Califonia poppy) and smell great (various types of sage).
Click Here for the video and full story.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
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Wednesday, January 7, 2009
A "La Nina" weather pattern is characterized by colder than usual temperatures (NOAA description). This creates a high pressure system that sits off of Southern California and redirects storms northward.
The result.....drought conditions.
Although we have had record rainfall in December and January, experts are calling for a drought. Therefore, our water deficit will continue and we need to continue conserving water in our yards and gardens.
Come by the next Ocean Friendly Gardens meeting to learn methods on how to conserve water and reduce urban run-off!!
Email me and I will put you on the email list....