Alice Cantelow

Grow For It! Native by design: landscaping with native plants

Are you one of the many gardeners turning toward native plants? Do you want to save water, have an easy care garden and stop spending so much on pesticides and fertilizer? But just how do you go about designing a beautiful garden with natives? It’s really not all that different from designing other gardens. It’s […]

Grow For It!: Hope for rain, plan for drought

We’re all holding our breath — will the El Nino really come? Will the drought finally end? Can we return to our water thirsty ways? Maybe, maybe and no! This is not the first drought, nor will it be the last. In fact, let’s look for a second at California climate history, both the wet […]

Grow For It! Graywater in the garden

Picture your favorite shrubs green and healthy all summer with water from your clothes washer. Imagine several small fruit trees thriving with regular irrigation from your shower. Yes — that wastewater you and your family produce can actually be a resource. Two weeks ago we wrote about the wonders of harvesting rain water — today […]

Grow For It!: Rain: Saving for a sunny day

Wow. What a dry year. And yet there has been rain. Were you prepared and able to store some of that precious rain for your parched garden? If not, it’s never too late to get set up for the future. Rainwater is a wonderful resource that every homeowner has but few take advantage of. Those […]

Grow For It! Gardening with a Mediterranean Thumb

You’ve probably heard the term “Mediterranean climate” bandied about. Yes, that is the official name for the pattern of cool, wet (usually) winters and hot, dry summers found in El Dorado County below about 3,000 feet. Did you know just how rare this climate is? In the whole world, only California west of the Sierra […]

Grow For It!: Harness the rain — use your greywater

Rain at last! Wouldn’t it be nice if you could store it for future use? Well — you can and without too much trouble. You can also look at the possibility of using your own greywater in the landscape. How wonderful that these water resources are available on your own property and free for the […]

Grow For It!: Garden resolutions

As the year comes to a close and we are inspired to do better next year, let’s not forget our gardens. This is a wonderful time to pause, reflect and plan. Stop and consider: is your garden meeting your needs or are there fundamental changes you want to tackle this coming year? Are you using […]

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