- Author: Denise Godbout-Avant
Whenever a drought happens in California, most of us look for ways to conserve water in our gardens and home. However, with droughts becoming the norm, rather than the exception, practicing water sustainability needs to become a way of life.
How can we conserve water in our daily lives? Our gardens are a good place to start, since about half of urban water is used for outdoor irrigation. The following are some suggestions which can have an impact on the amount of water you use in your gardens.
Practice water-wise garden irrigation by changing sprayers to drip system whenever possible, since sprayers decreases the amount of water going to your plants due to evaporation. Water according to the season, reducing or eliminating watering during the cooler, wet winter months – investing in a water timer with a rain sensor can help with this. Water early in the morning or late in the day when temperatures are cooler. Check your irrigation system regularly to check for leaks, repairing or replacing as needed.
Plant water-wise plants that need little water once established. The above link will provide you with many suggestions. Another wonderful source of plant information is the UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars: https://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/arboretum-all-stars
There are ways to reduce our water use in our homes also, including having a water-efficient washing machine, dishwasher, shower and toilet, and not letting the faucet run while shaving, brushing our teeth, or washing our hands.
These are a few of the many ways we can make being water-wise a way of life in our gardens and homes. Every drop of water counts!
To learn more about our water and ways to use it wisely, join the UCCE Stanislaus County Master Gardeners on Tuesday, June 29th at 6:00pm on Zoom for our talk “Water-wise Tips for Your Garden and Home.” You can sign up at: http://ucanr.edu/water-wise/2021
Who are the UCCE Master Gardeners?
UCCE Master Gardeners are residents in the community trained by University advisors and experts using science-based information. They take a weekly class for 6 months and learn about a variety of topics, including soils, horticulture, vegetable gardening, composting, fruit trees, and many more! After passing an exam, the trainees become certified UC Master Gardeners, ready to answer your questions about home gardening.
You may see the UCCE Master Gardeners at events such as farmer's markets, the library, the fair, or a school garden. They will also be at the UCCE office each week, available to answer your questions.
UCCE Master Gardener Focus
The UCCE Master Gardener Program plans to address local issues related to reducing green waste, conserving water, integrated pest management (IPM), and sustainable landscaping.
The first group of trainees will start their classes in January and finish in June, ready to volunteer. In the meantime, you can still bring your pest or gardening questions to the UCCE office at the Agricultural Center at 3800 Cornucopia Way, Suite A in Modesto. Or call (209) 525-6800. The office is open M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Posts for this blog will include seasonal gardening tips, posts on how to solve pest problems, and notices for events featuring the UCCE Master Gardeners.
Interested in Becoming a UCCE Master Gardener?
Visit https://ucanr.edu/sites/stancountymg/ to read about the program in detail. Our next class will start in January of 2020. Click on the big yellow button to fill out a survey to be contacted when sign ups for the class are available.