OFG meets the 4th Tuesday of every month.

All of our blog posts are now done through our Surfrider chapter website at
http://sandiego.surfrider.org/programs/ocean-friendly-gardens You can also visit our Facebook page at 'Ocean Friendly Gardens - San Diego'

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cindy's OFG

"My Ocean Friendly Garden (aka OFG) is far from complete but is almost there. OFG has already solved the flooding problem and no more muddy water flowing down the driveway is better for the environment. It's 90% planted with either drought tolerant plants or California Native Plants which has saved a lot of $ on water...

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 Obama's Organic Garden

The Obama Family is planting an organic garden on the South Lawn of the White House tomorrow. The garden will consist of 55 different kinds of organic vegetables and two hives of honey. The White House chefs plan on incorporating the organic produce in the first family's meals.

"The White House appears to be casting the garden as just another strategy to encourage healthful eating."


Efficient Ways to Keep Your Yard Healthy

This article by Planet Green offers a few tips to keep your lawn and garden healthy through a drought. By mulching flower beds and only watering before 9:00am, the normal household can reduce their water use drastically.

"If you can easily jab a 6 inch screwdriver into your lawn, you can wait a week before watering."

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

How to Make Your Landscaping More Water-Wise

Courtesy of the Water Conservation Garden and KPBS.

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

San Diegans Deciding to Remove Their Lawns

Many San Diegans are making the big decision to tear up their lawns and replace them with drought resistant gardens. The Rightmyer family is hoping to cut their water use by more than 20% by just replacing their lawn. Just in California lawns soak up about 1.5 million acre-feet of water per year – equal to the amount used by 3 million typical homes.

"Californians should end their love affair with lawns, said water officials, lawmakers, conservationists and landscapers."