Here's a short video to show you our gutter to swale system in action. Back in May, during our Water in the Landscape Workshop, participants constructed a swale on Broken Ground's property to collect water both from the gutter and graywater from our washing machine. I'm happy to report that the system is functioning beautifully! On Monday, with our day-long rain event in Bozeman, I donned my muck boots and rain jacket and shot this short video to show you how it's working.
Swales are ditches that are dug on contour and a great way to slow, spread, sink and store water in your landscape. Check out the video below and let me know what you think!
I hope you're enjoying fresh and delicious food from your garden! We're taking a break from potlucks in August but stay tuned for a date in late September as well as our popular and fun Soap Making Workshop on September 26th!
Hot enough for you? It’s always such a shock to go from our rainy and cold spring into a hot and dry summer. Besides very occasional sprinklings of rain, I don’t expect to see much water dropping from the sky for the next six weeks.
If you haven’t already, this is the time to make sure that all the soil between your plants is well mulched (with leaves or straw). This will go a long way in terms of maintaining consistent soil moisture, conserving water, and keeping your plants happy.
Even if you’re mulching, July and August in our climate always translate into a challenging time for your garden in terms of water usage.
What if I told you that there’s a way to water your garden that can save you time, water and money? In my video below I describe a super-efficient irrigation method that was around long before we were messing with soaker hoses, spaghetti tubing, spray emitters and all the other hardware that comes with irrigating a garden. It's definitely a simple and inexpensive method that you might want to implement in portions of your garden this year or next!
So click on the video below to learn more!