7th Annual Urban Landscape and Garden Education Expo
Activities for the Whole Family!
Saturday, September 26, 2015
9 am to 2 pm
7601 Irvine Blvd., Irvine, CA
Directions, updates and additional details at ucanr.org/sites/urbanwatermgmt
Explore the sustainable gardening practices at work at the UCCE Demonstration Landscapes
- including rainwater harvesting, low-water plantings, more efficient irrigation, composting,
mulching and environmentally friendly pest control alternatives.
Taste fresh, seasonal fruit grown at the UC ANR South Coast Research & Extension Center.
Learn food preservation methods from UCCE Master Food Preservers.
Kids - visit the 4-H booth and learn how to make a smoothie while riding your bike - along with other delicious snacks.
Listen to presentations by UC experts about more efficient water use and irrigation, plant selections for our local climate and pest management practices for your home landscape.
Get answers to your landscape questions from UC experts, UCCE Master Gardeners, various industry vendors and local water agencies.
This is a FREE event hosted by UC ANR South Coast Research & Extension Center and Irvine Ranch Water District.
Yes, we are in a drought. No this isn't the first one, and based on prior history, it won't be our last. More than the last three years we have been significantly well below the average rainfall for Orange County which is between 10-14 inches. Regardless of the rainfall we receive this year, or even next year, our situation is not going to change. We live in a semi-arid climate and really need to change our day to day living practices to reflect the conditions of our environment. We really wouldn't need to do much - read 'The next drought: Water officials endorse a 'less is more' strategy for the future', an LA Times article by Pete King, for some ideas of what you can do.
Have you ever wondered how much available water there is? And how do they measure it? Is it accurate? I have pondered all of these questions, and so have researchers at UC Irvine. If theses thoughts have crossed your mind as well, please read the following article shared by Don Dunkle, UCCE Master Gardener - Orange County.
How many of you remember those dog days of summer and the simple joy of playing in your inflatable or plastic wading pool? The water was always cold but so delightful. I can recall my sister and neighborhood friends all giggling with teeth chattering, such fun.
Not having a built-in pool as an adult, I have enjoyed a little larger wading pool to cool off in. It is especially fun watching my granddaughter jump in and giggle just as I did in my youth. Mind you, I use the expended water for my plants.
Doing our part to conserve water, we won't be pulling out the pool this year. Looking to find another way to stay cool while enjoying the outdoors we opted for water guns. Being conscious of the water use, we do our very best to shoot towards the plants that could use a little cooling off as well.
If you are looking to use a kiddie wading pool this summer, please check out this information from the CDC regarding the health and safety of use a kiddie wading pool. http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/pools/inflatable-plastic-pools.html
Enjoy the following videos for helpful tips to save water and reduce run off.