Barbara Weiler's southern California garden is a great example of how to thrive during a drought.
"My garden on 1 1/2 acres in San Diego County has undergone major changes due to the ongoing drought and water restrictions. Four years ago I started planting succulents in areas with no irrigation and they are all thriving. Winter starts the long bloom season for Aloes, which produce brightly colored blooms that attract hummingbirds. I leave the flower stalks on the plants to dry, and then incorporate them in creative floral designs. Sadly, I have lost many plants and trees due to stress from extreme heat (over 100 degrees) and 5 years of drought. I am replacing them with drought tolerant California natives, many Australian plants and succulents.
Our house sits in the middle of a gently sloping property and I have created a series of large garden beds connected by pathways. There is no lawn. Everything is heavily mulched and the whole garden is organic-no pesticides or chemical fertilizers. My biggest problems, besides the lack of water, are gophers, snails and soil pathogens."
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