M-J de Mesterton

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tree-Mulching for Water-Conservation

Gardening with Trees in Dry Climates

Create a well inside the mulch-ring, and keep mulch pieces away from trunk as shown..

Dry-Climate Landscaping with Stone and Gravel Conserves Water
Landscaping in dry climates and during serious droughts that may be permanent is a challenge.
To conserve water and protect this fruit tree's roots from drying heat as well as cold mountain weather, a classic Japanese gardening component, namely large gravel, was employed outside the initial wood-mulched ring around its trunk. Not only does gravel look gorgeous during the changing light of day and evening, but it inhibits the growth of competing plants--weeds and "volunteers" that steal precious water to survive. Gravel endures more than grass in dry climates, keeps dusty soil from blowing about, and always looks right.
©M-J de Mesterton 

Gravel for Water-Conservation

Before: Bare Soil Awaits Gravel after Ground Was Cleared of Water-Depleting Undergrowth
Fruit Tree after Water-Wise Landscaping

Baby Beet

Beets or beetroots can be eaten whole, with their greens, when they are small. This baby beetroot was steamed and then dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Today, April 28th, is a good time to plant such root crops. Tomorrow, April 29th is also a favourable day for planting these useful vegetables: radishes, potatoes, beets or beetroot, carrots and celeriac (celery root).

Easy-to-Grow Vegetables

Summer Squash or Yellow Marrow and Zucchini are Fast-Growing, Prolific Producers 
Plant squash or marrows around the 15th of May for Summer Harvest.
Summer Squash, from Garden to Table