This is the story of one women’s experience of living in drought conditions, but still managing to enjoy a colorful garden. I found this article by Amy Stewart who has over time perfected her method of gardening in a climate with no rain from May to October. Stewart’s approach may be rather “throw it at the wall and see what sticks”, but it obviously works for her.
Hi friends! Sorry I?ve been so very, very absent?if you?re wondering why, it?s because I wrote a novel called Girl Waits with Gun?and that shit is time-consuming. It?s coming out September 1 and I?m going on a book tour that I very much hope puts me in a city near you. Really, you have no idea how much I?d appreciate it if you?d come out and say hello, or cajole some friends who happen to live in Austin or Portland or wherever into going, or both. Last bit of new business and then I promise to move on: If you?re at all interested in pre-ordering a book, it turns out that pre-orders matter quite a lot in this brave new era of publishing, and I?ll send you a little something if you take that bold step. Details here.
OK! On to the subject at hand. I live in Eureka, CA, which is not only at the more terrifying end of the Cascadia Subduction Zone everybody?s talking about, but it also in that state that?s having that big drought we?re also all talking about. Water restrictions are a fact of life here now, as they always should have been. And the kind of gardening I do is suddenly very much in vogue, which is to say that I don?t water at all.
At all. Ever.
Even in a normal year, we get no rain from about May-October. None. Not a drop. That?s just regular California weather.
So I was not all that put off by new watering restrictions that allow me to only water on Tuesdays and Thursdays or whatever it is. Who cares? Why water?
What a lot of people are doing is letting their lawns go brown. I?m totally good with that.