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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Take Advantage of El Nino Rains - Harvest That Rainwater!

Dear Folks,

This was such a great graphic shared by the Valley Permaculture Alliance on facebook, I had to share it.

Rainwater harvesting is a two'fer -- use natural un-treated water for your gardens AND save money.  The more you utilize rainwater, the cheaper your water bill.

Go to the Milkwood website for more information.

If you have a garden you should be taking advantage of every rain drop which falls on your property.

Mulch does many things.  I eased the impact of hard rain on the soil - minimizing impact compaction; keeps the soil moist longer by minimizing evaporation and keeps weeds and some pests at bay.  ALWAYS keep mulch several inches away from the base of plants - some pests love the subway tunnel to the tender and vulnerable plant bases.

Full berms catch direct fall rain.

Half berms or swales, positioned on the downside of a tree or garden catch direct fall AND slope run off.

Sunken beds retain more of the moisture while mitigating heat and evaporation.

French Drains are really interesting.  I had an opportunity to see a demonstration of one several years ago at Bee Oasis.  Instead of a gutter at the roof edge the rain fell into a French Drain on the ground, filled will rocks and with underground tubing to re-direct the rain to outer area trees and beds.  Genius I thought, with a little bit of work all the re-cycle of the water is done by the underground pipes.

NOTE:  Today (Nov 4) is the last day to take advantage of my publishers FREE MAIL SHIPPING offer on my Calendar and Books.

You can start using the Calendar the day you receive it, for what to plant each month, gardening tips and maintenance information.

Free Shipping! My Publisher is offering Free Mail Shipping through November 4th
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This is a good opportunity to get my gardening calendar for family, friends or yourself. Month by Month planting information for herbs, vegetables, fruits and edible flowers, plus planting tips and maintenance information. Pictures from my garden show what you can be harvesting from your garden.

My Calendar and Books

After the rain finishes falling is a great time to get some seeds into the ground.

Make It A Best Day!


-- Catherine, The Herb Lady

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