The state is experiencing the worst drought in its history. Find out just how bad the situation is getting and what it means for you. By Carrie Halperin and Sean Patrick Farrell on July 5, 2014
This California drought is no April Fools joke. Gov. Jerry Brown today ordered new mandatory water restrictions for the first time in California history.
I have lived in California for 33 years. I came here long ago to study landscape architecture and horticulture at Cal Poly graduate school of environmental design.
It was here where I learned about sub-irrigation while running a progressive interior plantscaping company in Los Angeles. The information about it came from Europe not California.
In the middle of a record breaking drought it is beyond my comprehension how bad consumer gardening education is in this state. It is stuck in a dirt garden/drain hole era that is long out of date. It was modern in the time of the ancient Egyptians.
Modern water-conserving methods such as sub-irrigation are virtually unknown in the California dirt gardening community.
I have current copies of the California Master Gardeners Handbook (2nd edition) and the Sunset Magazine Western Garden Book, a bible for California home gardeners. Incredibly, there is nothing in these weighty tomes about sub-irrigation or any other technology based "non-traditional" gardening.
Site searching on the Sunset Magazine website reveals the same sorry situation. Searches show nothing about sub-irrigation, only a little bit about so-called "self-watering".
At one time I was a big fan of Sunset Magazine. Not any more. The sun has set! I will finish writing my exposé book somewhere else.
PHILLIPS, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown ordered mandatory water restrictions for the first time in California history on Wednesday, saying that the state’s drought had reached near-crisis proportions after a winter that brought record-low snowfalls.
Governor Brown, in an executive order, directed the State Water Resources Control Board to work with local agencies to come up with ways reduce water use by 25 percent and to enforce what he described as an onerous reduction in use. State officials said the order would impose cutbacks on water use across the board — including homeowners, farmers, cemeteries and golf courses.
State officials said they were prepared to enforce punitive measures — including fines — to assure compliance with the new standards, but said they were hopeful this would not be necessary