One of the simplest ways to harvest rainwater, and keep it around your garden for a while, is to direct the flow of water from your downspouts into mulched garden basins. Mulch slows evaporation and, when the organic matter decomposes, it adds to the sponge-like, water-holding capacity of the soil.
Broadfork Season is upon us! Working up new ground for a garden with our broadfork is a pleasant way to spend some time outdoors while listening to the birds. We had a chance to get out the broadfork to work up some soil in our trial garden.
A small section of garden space, nearest the kitchen, is an excellent place for a garden of culinary herbs. This enables the cook to reach out the door and gather up fresh herbs right when they are needed. In one of our gardens, a long-neglected spot by the front door is being transformed into just such a thing.
California is in one of the worst droughts since record-keeping began. We've had such little rain and snow that our reservoirs are low, or drying up altogether. This will likely mean the price of food will be going up, as farmers will have less irrigation water. Taking steps, like mulching, will help conserve water in your own food garden.